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What is Office 365?

Officially launched on 28th June, Microsoft Office 365 brings together Microsoft cloud productivity services in one highly secure, reliable and flexible package.  Office 365 is effectively a relaunch of the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) with the elements being updated to 2010 versions, and the added benefit of Office Web Apps or the full version of Microsoft Office.

Office 365 Logo What is Included in Office 365?

How Much Does it Cost?

Office 365 is a hosted online service from Microsoft that includes email and calendar, Office Web Apps, Websites and collaboration, IM and online meetings and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.  Everyone can work together easily whether you are a small business or multinational enterprise, and Office 365 offers a plan designed to fit your organization's unique needs.

What is Included in Office 365?

The Office 365 plans will involve some or all of the following products:

Microsoft Office Professional Plus.  Available in select Microsoft Office 365 service plans, Office Professional Plus delivers the productivity of Office as a flexible, pay-as-you-go service. It’s a complete, enterprise-class Office experience that ensures you’ll always have the latest versions of all Office desktop applications. And with Office Web Apps, you can access your documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device*.  By using the power of the cloud, you can experience the Office suite as Microsoft  designed it—fully integrated with all the other great services of Office 365.

*Access from mobile devices requires Wi-Fi capability or depends on carrier network availability.

Microsoft Exchange Online.  Exchange Online offers email, calendar and contacts designed to provide your business with the control you want and the security and reliability you need. With Exchange Online, you run your email on our globally-redundant servers, protected by built-in antivirus and anti-spam filters and unlimited, IT-level phone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week in your local language.

Microsoft SharePoint Online.  Microsoft SharePoint Server technology delivered as an online service makes the power of the cloud work for your organization. SharePoint Online gives you a central place to share documents and information with colleagues and customers. Designed to work with familiar Office applications, it’s easy to save documents directly to SharePoint, and work together on proposals and projects in real-time because you have access to the documents and information you need from virtually anywhere.*

Microsoft Lync Online.  Lync Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways from anywhere by using presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling, and rich online meetings with audio, video, and web conferencing. Lync Online transforms interactions with colleagues, customers, and partners from today’s hit-or-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and productive experience.

Microsoft Office Web Apps.  Office Web Apps are convenient online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote that offer you an easy way to access, view, and edit documents directly from your web browser.  And because Office Web Apps work with the Office applications you already know, your documents always look the way you want – from your PC to the web, and back again.

 

How Much Does It Cost?

Whether you are a new business or an established organisation, a small office or a multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans tailored to meet your online productivity needs.

Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (P)
This service plan is designed for businesses with up to 25 employees who want a solution without dedicated IT staff; essential email, calendar and website services; free online community support and a month-to-month subscription.  This pay-as-you-go subscription service gives the productivity features below.

  P1
  £4.25
Key Features per user/month

Email, calendar, contacts, personal archive, and 25 GB mailbox storage with 25 MB attachments with Exchange Online

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Online document viewing and basic editing capabilities with Office Web Apps

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Easily access and view files from your mobile device with Office Web Apps

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Consistent file formatting from desktop Office versions to web versions with Office Web Apps

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Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online

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Easily design and maintain a professional-looking public website with SharePoint Online

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Instant messaging, presence, online meetings, and PC-to-PC audio/video calls with Lync Online

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Share your desktop with colleagues and partners with Lync Online

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Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

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Microsoft Office 365 for mid-size businesses and enterprises (E1-4 & K1-2).

Microsoft has a variety of plans to meet the needs of midsize businesses and enterprises. Office 365 offers great flexibility by allowing businesses to provide users access to only the services they need.  These pay-as-you-go subscription services give the productivity features below.

  E1 E2 E3 E4
  £5.75 £9.75 £15.00 £16.50
Key Features per user/month per user/month per user/month per user/month

Advanced administration capabilities, Active Directory integration and 24/7 support

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Email, calendar, contacts, personal archive, and 25 GB mailbox storage with Exchange Online

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Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online

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Instant messaging, presence and online meetings with Lync Online

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Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering for email and sites with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

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License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Lync Server

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Online document viewing and basic editing capabilities with Office Web Apps

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Complete and full-featured set of Office productivity applications with Office Professional Plus

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Sites with advanced capabilities for rich forms, enhanced data visualization with Visio Services, and publishing of simple databases through Access Services with SharePoint Online

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Advanced archive capabilities, unlimited email storage, and hosted voicemail with Exchange Online

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Enterprise voice capabilities to replace or enhance a PBX with Lync Server on-premises

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Does your organization include users such as ‘deskless’ workers, shift workers, or retail store employees? Many larger businesses have ‘kiosk workers’ who do not have dedicated computers.  Office 365 also has plans for this type of user.

  K1 K2
  £2.82 £5.75
Key Features per user/month per user/month

500 megabytes (MB) of mailbox storage per user with Exchange Online

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Web-based access to email, calendar, contacts and the company directory through Microsoft Outlook Web App, as well as POP email access with Exchange Online

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Access to sites to keep up to date with company news and information with SharePoint Online

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View and make basic edits to documents on the web with Office Web Apps

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Prices do not include VAT