Microsoft is offering a version of its all-in-one package specifically for small and mid-sized businesses.
Microsoft 365 Business has now officially left its beta preview phase, with the package including Office 365, Windows 10, Microsoft’s suite of device management tools and associated security software.
The suite was originally pitched as a single solution for businesses of any size, however, the software giant then decided to split the offering into two packages – Microsoft 365 Enterprise for large organisations, and Microsoft 365 Business, which is aimed at smaller businesses of up to 300 employees.
Microsoft says the package is “purpose-built” for small and mid-sized businesses that have yet to develop IT resources but require a collaboration tool.
Microsoft 365 Business costs $29.59 per user per month on an annual commitment, according to iTnews. It offers all the applications, storage and email services of Office 365, which includes Microsoft's Teams collaboration app, as well as device management capabilities and added security measures such as Windows Defender.
The Business version of the suite has been tweaked in order to support companies that may not necessarily have dedicated IT support services. This includes simplifying the interface and the addition of the Microsoft Admin Console, which allows for the management of security settings, device access, and the installation of Windows 10 and Office 365 from a single window.
Alongside its release, Office 365 is also receiving new features as it expands to 96 new markets. Translation tools for Microsoft Word have been revamped, which now supports 60 languages and can translate sections of text or an entire document, saving the results as a separate document.
OneDrive users can now choose whether they want their files stored online or on their disk at any time with a double click, and the service now also supports 3D objects, allowing users to upload their concept designs without needing a plugin.
Perhaps the biggest change is the integration of LinkedIn data into Outlook, added this week, which allows users to view profiles, work history and activity from a person's social feed from within the Outlook inbox.