Microsoft Office 2013 is the current version of Microsoft’s popular software productivity suite. In 2011, the company launched a complementary offering called Office 365, which offers users a cloud-based version of the software, delivered as a subscription service, that features online file storage, syncing, and online access to the Office programs. It has proven a popular, if at times confusing, product for consumers – the names at this point are used interchangeably, but they aren’t quite the same thing. A subscription to Office 365 ensures you will always have the latest version of Office, in this case it happens to be 2013, but you do not have to buy the subscription-based plan – you can still get the traditional desktop version of Office 2013.
The announcement you have been hearing a lot about these last few days, though, is in regard to the availability of Microsoft Office 365 for business. Available in a different version for months to consumers as Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft’s new Office cloud service now is available in a business edition, with new features tailored to the needs of small, medium-size and large companies, like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync as well as all the new Office 2013 versions of the traditional desktop programs, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
The new business editions break down like this:
Office 365 Small Business Premium – For companies with one to 10 employees, this version includes the complete set of Office applications, this service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD videoconferencing capability.
Office 365 Midsize Business – Covering businesses with 10 to 250 employees, this service provides midsize businesses with enterprise-quality communication and collaboration with Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online — along with the simplified IT tools they need to maintain control while reducing complexity. Active Directory integration, a Web-based administration console and business-hours phone support are also included.
Larger companies will need the Enterprise Plan.
All of the editions of Office 365 ProPlus include the latest versions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath and Access — delivered as a service, on up to five devices per licensed user. Their documents and personalized settings roam with them, allowing them to quickly pick up right where they left off. IT departments also get the controls they need, including the ability to run Office 365 ProPlus side-by-side with other versions of Office and tools to streamline and manage updates for their users. Office 365 ProPlus is available as a standalone annual subscription and is included with the updated premium Office 365 Enterprise offerings and the new Office 365 Midsize Business.
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