Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

Oct 19 2010   4:32PM GMT

Office 365: now officially a Microsofty tax

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Fact or fiction?

Microsoft says Office 365 for enterprises allows people to buy Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, or $24 or 22.75 euros per user, per month – so if you buy the software for two years, you’ll end up paying $576 per user over the term of the subscription, which is more than if you bought the software outright.


Scaling up to a deployment of 500 users, I reckon you could probably get a better deal through an MS Enterprise Agreement.

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  • Clint Patterson

    Office 365 for enterprises also includes full versions of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. So, in addition to Office Professional Plus and Office Web Apps you get e-mail, voice mail, calendar sharing; audio, video & web conferencing; team sites; enterprise social networking and 24/7 phone support.

    You can find this information in our fact sheet at



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  • Pankaj
    Office 365 is not really new. Its BPOS + Office Web Apps + Office Professional Plus. All old components now brought together. The key question is, how "unified" is this experience, which will tell how groundbreaking Office 365 is.


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