Microsoft announced South African pricing in a press statement today (27 February 2013) for its newly launched Office 365 for Small Business and Mid-size Business offerings.
Office 365 for Small Business is designed for businesses with 1 to 10 employees, Microsoft said, and has an estimated retail price of R1,600 per user per year.
This is 10 times more expensive than Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium edition.
In addition to the complete set of Office applications, this service includes “business-grade” e-mail, shared calendars, website tools and HD video conferencing. According to Microsoft the service is so easy to manage it doesn’t require IT expertise.
“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 Uriel Rootshtain, Office lead at Microsoft South Africa.
The estimated cost of Office 365 Midsize Business is R1,750 per user per year, and includes Active Directory integration, a web-based administration console, and business hours phone support with the extra cost.
The website also notes that users are allowed to install Desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync on up to 5 PCs or Macs.