Top 5 Subscription Options for Microsoft Office 365

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Top 5 Subscription Options for Microsoft Office 365

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By Jake, Marketing | June 18, 2013

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The benefits of Microsoft 365 are vast and can be quickly and effective utilised by forward-thinking business owners in countless fields and industries. Here are five of the major options and how they can benefit the business-types they were designed for.


Small and Medium-sized businesses


They are three plans for SMBs looking for functionality within Office 365. They offer an entry-level package, which includes Hosted email (Exchange Online) and has been specifically designed to allow workers to embrace enterprise-grade email with minimal outlay and maximum ease. Office 365 Small Business is a way for users to get to grips with web-based communication services, the slightly higher-grade version, Office 365 Small Business Premium, embraces the idea of empowering employees to work from anywhere in the world by using advanced virtual working solutions.

Midsize to Larger businesses

Bigger companies also have three plans on offer to them. Office 365 Enterprise (Plan E1) offers companies business-class emails, file-sharing and conferences all inside the cloud but without the use of mobile working features. Office 365 Midsize Business gives users an array of options, including Office Mobile Apps – which includes access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint on any mobile device. The third option is Office 365 Enterprise (Plan E3), which has been especially designed for businesses with 250+ users.

Kiosk Workers

The kiosk plan allows employees with no desktop or office of their own to use Microsoft Office 365. This empowers employees who are constantly on the movie to take to take advantage of the suite’s endless uses.This package gives users 1GB each of mailbox storage with Exchange Online, a web-based email client offering calendar, contacts and access to the company directory via Outlook Web App.

SharePoint Online gives users access to the company intranet and website and Office Web Apps allows users to view and make document edits.

Government Bodies

It is not only the private sector that can benefit from the wide range of Office 365’s productivity features. Public sector bodies are increasing becoming more open minded about this. Microsoft offers four plans for government departments. Exchange Online (Plan 1), Exchange Online (Plan 2), Office 365 Suite (Plan E1) and Office 365 Suite (Plan E3) – each offering different communication and collaboration benefits.

Educational Institutions

Educational bodies like schools, colleges and universities are able to try out Office 365 free of charge by signing up for a 50-user trial. As with all public sector bodies, they will be required to prove that they are eligible.

There are three different options – Plan A2, Plan A3 and Plan A4. Each of these tariff options allows for 25 GB of hosted email storage for each user. They also include Officer Web Apps, web conferencing facilities, intranet sites, archive directory integration, spam and malware protection and community support. Plan A3 and A4 also offer desktop versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Access plus advanced email, eDiscovery centre tools and advanced voice.

Information was correct at time of writing


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