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Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft 365Microsoft Office 365 (often referred to as Microsoft 365 or Office 365) is a Web-based version of Microsoft's Office suite of enterprise-grade productivity applications. Office 365 is delivered to users through the cloud and includes Exchange Online for email, SharePoint Online for collaboration, Lync Online for unified communications, and a suite of Office Web Apps, Web-based versions of the traditional Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Office 365 was announced in October, 2010 but the product was not made widely available until June, 2011. This product was designed to replace the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite for corporate users, however the Office 365 release offered numerous plans to suit the needs of home and business users. Office 365 users have the option of accessing the applications in Microsoft Office 2010 Professional via a monthly subscription.

Microsoft Software Plus Service

Microsoft 365 is part of Microsoft's Software Plus Services strategy, combining the advantages of cloud-based remote computing software options with the company’s traditional base of on-premises software offerings. One advantage of Office 365 is that it is regularly updated approximately every 90 days without users being required to pay upgrade fees.

Office 365 Subscription Plans

Office 365 is available in several plans to suit your business needs, ranging from $5.10 user/month (Business Essentials) up to $23.20 user/month (Enterprise E3). Pricing is based on an annual commitment. Standard Office subscriptions are also available for home, student, government and nonprofit users.

Accounts may include features such as full installed versions of the software, Web apps, online meetings, online storage, Office for tablets and phones, file sharing, email and more. Functionality of Office 365 may be extended by purchasing apps from the Office store.

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