Office 365 Business is complete office suite in the cloud. It provides all the standard office products like Excel, Outlook, Word, SharePoint and more, but available from any internet enabled computer!
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Pricing with annual commitment; per-month plans for $6, $10, and $15/month per user, respectively
Last updated April 22, 2016. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.
There's a handful of tools almost every business needs: email, calendar, live chat, to-do lists, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and file sharing. There's a wide range of tools for each of those items—or for most of them, you could just install Office and take care of everything at once.
That's easy. The only problem was, you'd then need to run your own Exchange server for email and calendar sync, along with perhaps a Sharepoint install for collaboration and file sharing. Those services were far more complicated to install and run than the individual Office apps, and were a considerable investment in servers and software. To simplify things, in 2008 Microsoft began launching hosted versions of its software, so you could simply pay a monthly fee for email hosting instead of running Exchange yourself.
Today, every Office tool—from Word, Excel, and the other applications you install on your PC to Exchange, Sharepoint, and other server-based tools—are part of Office 365. Instead of setting up a server and management everything by hand, an Office 365 subscription lets you get installable Office apps and online Office services for one monthly fee per user. It's all of your core business tools in one package.
The core Office 365 plans (Business Essentials and Business Premium) both include email, calendar, sites, and other features you'd expect from Exchange and Sharepoint. These options let you add your own domain names to Office 365 to manage your email and calendars professionally. You can check email and add events online in the Outlook Web App interface, or sync them to Outlook on your computer or any other Exchange, IMAP, or POP3 compatible email tools. There's advanced online tools, too, so you can send vacation replies, sort email automatically, and more. The new Clutter tool can be especially handy: it watches your inbox for new email messages that aren't likely important to you, and moves them to a separate folder to help you focus on the most important email messages.
If you just want Office software on your computers and OneDrive online to sync files, the Business plan offers just that for a more collaborative option than traditional boxed Office software. With that—or either of the earlier plans—you can sync files from your computer and share them online with your team, or use Office Web Apps to view and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations from your browser. There's also new Office Add-ins to connect your files to other popular software, to automatically gather data in Excel spreadsheets and then have it synced back to your computer with OneDrive.
No matter which Office 365 plan you choose, you can manage each of your users from the Office 365 online portal, where you can see how many copies of Office are installed, how much storage is being used, and more. And, if you need more features, upgrading is only a click away.
Traditional boxed Office was easy to install once—but collaborating or using Office on multiple computers was always a pain. With Office 365, you can get the software you need for your business, along with hosted email, calendars, websites and more to collaborate with your team—and without ever having to manage an Exchange server on your own. You'll get all the same features, with far less trouble. And thanks to new Office Add-Ins, you'll be able to get more done and bring other new tools into your workflow even more easily.
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