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Don’t Pay More Than You Need To For Office 365


There are so many versions of Office 365 that it is easy to end up paying too much. Many of a smaller businesses don't use all of the features that come with Office 365 such as Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business and Business Teams. So are you paying the right subscription for your business?

Do you have software disks/licences for Microsoft Office

Image of a person and emailIf you do, and you don’t need the latest version of these programs you can just elect to have Office 365 for your email.
Cost: £3.80 or £4.50 per user per month for Office 365 Business Essentials.

Full details here

Do you just want the Microsoft Office suite and email and a little online cloud storage

Cloud storageIf you don’t need Sharepoint and other online business services then you can go for Office 365 Business.

Cost: £7.90 or £9.50 per user per month. Less if you commit to a year’s subscription*.

Full details here

Do you also need SharePoint?

Image of 4 people connected via computers to the Internet

Do you also need Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business and Business Teams?
Then you should consider Office 365 Business Premium. Designed for small businesses, this is cheaper than Enterprise.
Cost £9.40 to £11.30 per user per month. Less if you commit to a year's subscription*.


Don’t Sign Up for Microsoft ProPlus unless you Need it

It’s easy to sign up for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus when you don’t need its features. ProPlus is more expensive and:
• Can be deployed to more than 300 users within one organisation
• Includes Microsoft Access
• Allows you to run Office on virtual desktops
• Includes Sharepoint archiving and compliance
• Includes Group Policy support
• Supports rights management

Features that many small business do not need.

Cost: £6.00 to £30.80 per user per month*.

What About Microsoft Office 365 Home?

Surfing on a TabletWe know of lots of really small businesses that are running Microsoft Office 365 Home. Things to consider here:
• You can’t have more than 5 users
• You can only install the software on one computer, one tablet and one phone for each user (Business allows 5 computers, 5 tablets and 5 phones)
• You don’t have access to an Exchange server

Cost: £7.99 per month*.

Rebecca Mansbridge

*Prices correct at time of writing.
August 31st 2018

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