Office 365, Microsoft's attempt to bring Office to the web as a subscription based service, has been available since 2010 for a select number of beta testers. Back then you were able to enter your email address to receive a notification once the service would enter public beta.
That day has come and users from all over the world can now join the beta of Microsoft Office 365. Users who sign up are informed that it may take between two to four weeks before they receive their official invitation.
Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses is a subscription service that combines the familiar Microsoft Office Web Apps with a set of web-enabled tools that are easy to learn and use, that work with your existing hardware, and that come backed by the robust security, reliability, and control you need to run your business.
Office 365 combines access to Office Web Apps with services like email, online meetings or websites. Two different beta programs are offered, one for small businesses with up to 25 employees and professionals, and one for enterprises.
Pricing and service availability differs between both programs. The small business subscriptions start at $6 per user, the enterprise plans at $10 per user per month.
Microsoft Office 365 for Professionals and Small Businesses
Microsoft Office 365 for midsize businesses and enterprises
A total of four Enterprise plans are offered starting at $10 per month and ending at $27 per month.
Depending on the plan this includes all of the features of the small business plan plus additional features like Enterprise voice capabilities, advanced archive capabilities, unlimited email storage, hosted voicemail, ability to publish Access databases or all features of Office Professional Plus.
Interested users can sign up on the official Microsoft Office 365 website for either beta program. You need to fill out your country, name and a valid email address for this.
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