Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the launch of the company's Microsoft 365 cloud service in New York (Photo : Reuters)
Microsoft has confirmed the addition of 2 new packages to its list of Office 365 options, titled Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Small Business.
On its official site, the Redmond-based company writes, "Office 365 is secure, anywhere access to email and calendars, Office Web Apps, instant messaging, conferencing, and file sharing."
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ZDNET reports that Midsize Business is targeted at companies with 10 to 250 employees, and delivers Sharepoint Online, Lync Online, Exchange Online, and Office 365 ProPlus. The site adds that Small Business is identical to Small Business Premium, except for the omission of Office 365 ProPlus.
As for pricing, Midsize Business will run consumers $180/year or $15/month. Microsoft has not confirmed the cost of the Small Business bundle.
Here's a pricing breakdown of the previously announced bundles: Office 365 Home Premium will cost $99.99/year or $8.33/month, Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $149.99/year or $12.50/month, and Office Enterprise and Government will cost $240/year or $20/month. If Office users opt for the traditional licensed offering, Office Home & Student 2013 will be priced at $139.99, Office Home & Business 2013 at $219.99, and Office Professional 2013 at $399.99.
Microsoft's Gerald Leo states, "Office 365 was built based on our previous experience, and Microsoft is not new to the cloud business with Hotmail, now Outlook.com. We needed to ensure we had an enterprise-grade solution [with Office 365]."
ZDNET reminds consumers to expect these new packages to release in November 2012.
Stay tuned to Latinos Post for future Office 365 updates.