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February 28, 2013

Microsoft Issues Major Update to Office 365 for Business Users

Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365 customers with active subscriptions from all over the world are connecting to the cloud to stream full versions of Office applications and documents, in addition to being able to receive offerings like Skype (News - Alert) world minutes and online storage through SkyDrive. 

With most of the focus for the past two months on the launch of Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft’s consumer-oriented version of Office 2013 which released in late January, its option for businesses users, Office 365, were left without service upgrades and updates.

This also meant business clients didn’t receive any new features and offerings – until now.

On Wednesday, February 27, Microsoft released a major new update to its Office 365 services for businesses. This comes after months of high demand for new cloud services for those with a subscription plan.

Now, subscribers can rejoice as they are being offered more options to the Office 365 lineup for business.

There are an additional three business versions of Microsoft-hosted Office 365: Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 ProPlus.

In addition to having a complete Office suite in the cloud, as part of Microsoft’s next-generation office 365 for business, the new update has new collaboration features and offerings tailored to the needs and budget of all-sized organizations.

Other than the newest additions to the Office 465 lineup, Microsoft has improved the capabilities of Excel and PowerPoint online, while enhancing its social capabilities. In fact, the company put emphasis on business-oriented social networking, which comprises Yammer (News - Alert), the company’s social network service.

Office 365 has so far been a fast-growing Microsoft business product. This news about extending its lineup is sure to influence more company users to call upon one of the new additions, if not the old, to attain a cloud service from virtually anywhere at any time.

For those who use Office 365, all that remains is deciding which one to opt for. That, of course, depends on the users choice or the amount of employees it will serve.

The Office 365 Small Business Premium, for instance, is designed for companies with up to 10 employees, whereas the Midsize Business release caters to companies with 10 to 250 employees.

Office 365 ProPlus, on the other hand – available as a standalone purchase, including either the Midsize Business release or the updated Office 365 Enterprise offering – is a suitable option for those seeking use of Office 365 on up to five PCs or Macs.

Those interested in the Office 365 for business can click here for more information. Free trials are available online as well.  

Edited by Braden Becker

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