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Partners: Know which Office 365 SKU to sell...

03 Mar 2014

Over one billion people use Office, equating to one in seven people on the planet.

With Microsoft’s Partner Network including over 430,000 organisations with more than 160 million mutual customers worldwide, Redmond says one in four of its enterprise customers now has Office 365.

In what is fast becoming a huge hit for the tech giant, Office 365 has become the fastest growing commercial business in Microsoft history, currently enjoying over $1.5 billion annual revenue run rate.

During the past 12 months in New Zealand, there has been over 150% increase in small and medium sized businesses using Office 365, representing somewhat of a resounding success for the company.

For the benefit of channel partners across New Zealand, The Channel explains which Office 365 SKU to sell to clients below.


Office 365 Small Business:

Working with the Office SMBs already have, Office 365 Small Business is best for businesses employing between 1-10 employees.

For businesses that want cloud services without a subscription to the desktop version of Office - costing $6.40 per user - Office 365 Small Business offers business-class email, a website, video conferencing, and online document storage and sharing, with no IT skills needed to manage it all.

For more information on Office 365 Small Business click here

In upgrading to the premium version of the service, Office 365 Small Business Premium also caters for SMBs with between 1-10 employees, and also includes the latest desktop version of Office Professional Plus in addition to cloud services.

Costing $16.60 per user/month or $199 annually, Office 365 Small Business Premium works across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and most mobile devices.

Allowing Office on any PC and mobile, Office 365 Small Business Premium allows users to stream full versions of Office programs on any Internet-connected PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 with Office on five device install and five Office Mobile installs as well.

For more information on Office 365 Small Business Premium click here

Office 365 Midsize Business:

Applicable for businesses with 10-250 employees, Office 365 Midsize Business is designed to simplify your IT with always up-to-date Office tools and services.

Costing $19.20 per user/month through annual commitment, Office 365 Midsize Business provides the latest version of Office integrated with business email, file sharing, and HD video conferencing, while also delivering best-in-class productivity tools with the IT control you need.

Catering for businesses that require more advanced IT functionality, Office 365 Midsize Business allows businesses to manage user credentials and permissions, including single sign-on and synchronisation with Active Directory.

For more information on Office 365 Midsize Business click here

To compare all SMB Office 365 plans click here


Exchange Online:

Designed so users can work smarter, anywhere, with hosted email for business, Exchange Online providers business email, calendar, and contacts on your PC, phone, and web browser.

As well as offering enterprise class email with a 50GB mailbox delivered on Microsoft globally redundant servers, Exchange Online allows Enterprises to stay protected by anti-malware and anti-spam filters and supported by 24/7, IT-level phone support.

Costing $5.10 per user/month, Enterprises can also get an Exchange Online plan that includes unlimited storage and In-Place Hold. Exchange online can be used from single person SMBs to the largest enterprises.

For more information on Exchange Online click here

Office 365 Enterprise E1:

For businesses that need enterprise-grade email, HD video conferencing with Lync Online, document storage and sharing, company intranet and team sites built on Sharepoint Online, and more productivity services, Office 365 Enterprise E1 allows organisations to grow their business with the latest productivity services they can run their way.

Office 365 Enterprise E1 combines Microsoft productivity services for the most integrated work experience and updates the service with new features and functionality to keep your business on the cutting edge.

Costing $10.20 per user/month (annual commitment included), Office 365 Enterprise E1 also provides anywhere access to familiar Office tools plus cloud productivity services.

For more information on Office 365 Enterprise E1 click here

Office 365 Enterprise E3:

For businesses that need the power of the latest Office suite, Office 365 Enterprise E3 providers businesses with a wide range of productivity services coupled with rich compliance features and full management capabilities for IT, including a complete enterprise solution with advanced compliance, management and UC capabilities.

Costing $29.50 per user/month (annual commitment included), Office 365 Enterprise E3 is designed to modernise enterprise Office and productivity infrastructure without any compromise.

Catering for businesses that need more advanced Exchange features such as Data Loss Prevention, Information Rights management and advanced archiving, Office 365 Enterprise E3 offers the latest Office applications plus the most advanced enterprise-grade communication capabilities and compliance features that enable IT to be more agile.

For more information on Office 365 Enterprise E3 click here

Organisations requiring Lync Voice services such as PBX replacement, PSTN breakout, and Unified voice communications you can also purchase this licensing using the Enterprise E4 plan. For more information on Office 365 Enterprise E4 click here.

To compare all enterprise Office 365 plans click here

Office 365 Standalone plans are also available including Lync Online, Sharepoint Online and Office 365 ProPlus.

Office 365 ProPlus:

For businesses that want the latest Office productivity and collaboration tools fast, with smooth upgrade, Office 365 ProPlus costs $19.70 per user/month (annual commitment included).

For more information regarding Office 365 ProPlus click here