Follow us:

Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Janet I. Tu.

February 27, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Microsoft releases major update for Office 365 for businesses

Though much of the attention on Office in recent months has focused on the launch of Office 365 Home Premium — Microsoft’s new subscription-based Office offering for consumers — it’s worth noting that Office 365 initially was geared toward businesses.

Now, Microsoft has released a major update for Office 365 for businesses. The release emphasizes business-oriented social networking (including recent Microsoft enterprise networking service Yammer), and includes updates to its core applications such as Excel and PowerPoint.

Among the new offerings are Office 365 Midsize Business, designed for companies with 10 to 250 employees, and Office 365 Small Business Premium, for companies with up to 10 employees.

Also new is Office 365 ProPlus, which offers Office for use on up to five devices. (Office 365 ProPlus is included with the updated Office 365 Enterprise offerings and the new Office 365 Midsize Business; it’s also available as a standalone purchase.)

Office 365 ProPlus is clearly another way that Microsoft is shifting toward becoming a devices-and-services company, emphasizing its ongoing, cloud-based services in addition to its traditional one-time software purchase options.

That shift may be boding well for Microsoft, at least where Office is concerned. Office 365, which launched in 2011, has been the fastest-growing Microsoft Business product, revenue-wise, said Kirk Gregersen, general manager of Microsoft Office Division. A year ago, about one in seven enterprise customers was using Office 365, he said. Now about one in five is.

And the Office 2013 consumer release, including Office 365 Home Premium — the consumer-oriented offering — is selling faster than Office 2010 did, said Gregersen, noting that Office 2010 was one of the strongest releases in Office’s history. And more people have opted for the subscription service than Microsoft had expected, he added.

Comments | More in Microsoft | Topics: microsoft, office, office 2013

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►