Microsoft Releases Next-Generation Office 365 for Business

Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:00am EST

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Wave of continued customer momentum underscores demand for new cloud service.
REDMOND, Wash.,  Feb. 27, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
worldwide availability of a major new update to its Microsoft Office 365
services for business. Microsoft's most complete Office cloud service to date
has new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small,
medium-size and large organizations. In addition to updated Microsoft Lync
Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online services,
business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with,
on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service. Office
365 features enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer
today, and Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, instant messaging (IM), and
voice by June. The new Office 365 service is available today in 69 markets and
17 languages and will be available in an additional 20 markets and 16 languages
in the second quarter of this year.


"With Office 365, everyone from large enterprises to small businesses to
individual consumers can now benefit from the power of Office and the
connectivity of the cloud," said Microsoft Office Division President  Kurt
DelBene. "This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far
surpass anything available in browser-only solutions."  

Since launching in mid-2011, Office 365 is one of the fastest-growing businesses
in Microsoft history. After only 18 months, one in five of Microsoft's
enterprise customers now has the paid service, up from one in seven a year ago.
The number of small and midsize businesses using Office 365 has also grown by
150 percent in the past 12 months. Today Microsoft continued the wave of Office
365 momentum, announcing three new customers - Hamburg Port Authority, which
manages operations for  Europe's second-largest port; Midroc Europe, a property
development and management organization composed of 15 companies across  Europe 
and  South Africa; and Sephora  USA  Inc., a leading specialty beauty retailer.
These customers join others that are choosing Office 365 across business, public
sector and education, including the  State of Texas, International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Helly Hansen, Tesco, Toyota, Barilla
America Inc. and the  City of Chicago.  

"For Hamburg Port Authority, our typical day on ships and in the harbor is
different from most companies, as are our technology and business needs," said
Dr.  Sebastian Saxe, chief information officer at Hamburg Port Authority. "Our
workforce is mobile, so communication and access to information is critical for
our 1,900 employees. Office 365 helps our team connect to the people and
information that are important, while also reducing IT time on testing,
installing and updating versions by 75 percent."

"At Toyota, we always strive to provide innovative products and exceptional
customer satisfaction. We needed to improve our productivity service to support
our business speed and demands as well as improve collaboration across our
affiliates," said  Karen Nocket, corporate manager, Toyota Motor Sales,  USA,
Inc. "We evaluated our options and found that Microsoft had the most robust,
integrated suite with Office 365. It has the capabilities we need to excel in
today's business environment, such as email, calendaring, video, IM and document
sharing. Microsoft Office 365 is enabling us to make faster, unified decisions
across Toyota."

More information on these customers and others is available at  

New Office 365 Offerings Tailored for Customer Needs  

Today, Microsoft is announcing a new set of Office 365 offerings designed to
meet a broad variety of business requirements:

* Office 365 ProPlus.  Office 365 ProPlus includes the latest and most complete
set of fully featured, rich Office applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath and Access - delivered as a service, on up
to five devices. People can now simply sign in to Office 365 from any of their
devices, and their documents and personalized settings roam with them, allowing
them to quickly pick up right where they left off. IT departments also get the
controls they need, including the ability to run Office 365 ProPlus side-by-side
with other versions of Office and tools to streamline and manage updates for
their users. Office 365 ProPlus is available as a standalone offering for  $144 
per user for an annual subscription and is included with the updated premium
Office 365 Enterprise offerings and the new Office 365 Midsize Business.  
* Office 365 Midsize Business.  Office 365 Midsize Business is designed for
medium-sized businesses with 10 to 250 employees. This service includes Office
365 ProPlus and provides midsize businesses with enterprise-quality
communication and collaboration with Exchange Online,  Lync Online  and
SharePoint Online - along with the simplified IT tools they need to maintain
control while reducing complexity. Active Directory integration, a Web-based
administration console and business-hours phone support are also included.
Pricing is  $180  per user for an annual subscription, the equivalent of  $15 
per user, per month.  
* Office 365 Small Business Premium.  Office 365 Small Business Premium
isdesigned forsmall businesses with one to 10 employees. In addition to the
complete set of rich Office applications, this service includes business-grade
email, shared calendars, website tools and HD videoconferencing capability in an
easy-to-manage service that does not require IT expertise. Pricing is  $150  per
user for an annual subscription, the equivalent of  $12.50  per user, per

The New Office Now Available for Everyone          

With today's general availability of Office 365 for all businesses, the new
Office is now fully available to businesses, academic institutions and
consumers. In addition to the business services announced today, on  Jan. 29 
Microsoft launched Office 365 Home Premium and updated versions of the
traditional Office suite and servers.  

Customers can purchase Office directly from Microsoft or through an authorized
retail outlet or partner. More information on Office and how to sign up for a
free trial is available at  

Microsoft will be holding a live webcast for customers today at  8 a.m. PST 
featuring DelBene and Microsoft Office Division Corporate Vice President  John
Case, along with customers the  City of Chicago, Meals on Wheels Association of
America and Toyota, which will share the vision and benefits of Office 365 for
businesses. The webcast is available at

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