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Jul 9 2014   5:50PM GMT

Microsoft details new Office 365 plans for SMBs

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

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Small and midsized businesses are the targets of new Office 365 plans Microsoft will begin offering later this year.

Just two weeks after Microsoft released a new roadmap with details about its plans for its Office 365 business, the company said it will deliver three new Office 365 plans for SMBs beginning Oct. 1 of this year.

The three new plans are Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium. These plans will gradually replace the current Office 365 plans SMBs use, Microsoft said.

Customers who use one of the existing Office 365 plans won’t have to take any action for their subscriptions until Oct. 1, 2015, one year after the new plans are released. There will be no data loss or downtime during the process as SMBs choose a new plan, Microsoft added.

The company said it would discuss more information about the plans at next week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, the company said. We’ll keep an eye on this story throughout the conference and update if anything new develops.

It’s been a busy week with Microsoft making changes to Office 365; the company also raised prices of Office 365 for enterprises not on Software Assurance earlier this week.

Tell us: How will the new Office 365 plans affect your business? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

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