The next-generation Microsoft Office 365 was launched for businesses in India yesterday. The Office 365 productivity suite comes with Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, InfoPath and Publisher), Project and Visio and includes updated Microsoft Lync Online, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Yammer.
Users should note that the Microsoft Office 365 can be installed on up to five devices for a single user under the Office 365 licensing. Office 365 suite for business (Enterprise KI SKU) starts from $4 (Rs 219 approx.) per user, per month and goes up to $22 (Rs 1204 approx.) per user, per month. Office 365 Small Business Premium is also available in retail for Rs 9,119 for a 12 month subscription, Office 365 Home Premium (Consumer SKU) is available for Rs 4,199.
Office 365 can be used across multiple devices and can be integrated with the cloud. The company has also made available business SKUs of Office 2013 for on premise users.
“In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the next generation Office 365 unlocks social and mobility scenarios that will allow businesses and individuals to take full advantage of the cloud. It gives them the freedom to do things, when, where and how they want”, said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
Open to businesses in India now
SharePoint together with Yammer and Lync allow people and teams to work together, collaborate and share organisational knowledge and information. The company adds that the suite's usability across multiple devices – tablets, PCs, phones, hybrids, etc. increases it value.
Microsoft also announced new customers of its Office 365. They include, Lupin, Godrej Group, Tata Communications and AEGON Religare. These customers join others who have already chosen Office 365, including Tata Elxsi, FICCI, SIRO Clinpharm, Unilog, Gavs Technologies, Visaka Industries, ACME Tele Power, Dabur India, Adhunik Group, Infiniti Retail, to name a few.
“There were many reasons why we have decided to go with Microsoft's cloud services. With Office 365, we can take full advantage of reliable, state-of-art technology that help our business run more effectively at lower costs. Most importantly, Office 365 creates a more productive mobile workforce by providing employees access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars – using a variety of devices from virtually any location. The first wave of our global rollout of Office 365 has successfully been able to unify our geographically diverse workforce providing them with the access they need anytime and anywhere, with tools that they are already familiar with. At the same time, we have been able to retire a number of legacy messaging systems and consolidate the footprint. That is a great advantage,” said Mr. Mayur Danait, CIO, Lupin.
Ramkumar Pichai, GM – Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. said, “This release of Office brings to life the power of next generation computing. It also reflects Microsoft’s commitment of powering the newer work scenarios businesses are experiencing. While on the one hand it is helping users simplify their work and get things done, on the other it is helping CIOs stay in control of a diverse environment created by a proliferation of devices.”
Customers can purchase the next generation Office 365 directly from Microsoft online or through an authorised retail outlet or partner. For more information on Office 365 and to sign up for a free trial, please visit office.microsoft.com/en-in.
Interestingly, it is known that since its launch in mid-2011, Office 365 became Microsoft’s fastest growing businesses globally. The number of small and medium-sized businesses using Office 365 around the world has also grown by over 150 percent in the last 12 months.