It’s no secret that for small businesses, the right technology can mean the difference between merely surviving and fully thriving. Office 365 is transformational for businesses of all sizes, but levels the playing field for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) in particular because it makes enterprise-grade tools affordable and easy to set up and manage.

We are excited today to announce the availability of three new Office 365 plans designed to meet the needs of SMBs with up to approximately 250 employees. The new Office 365 plans, which we originally announced earlier this year, provide even more flexibility and value to SMBs.

The new Office 365 plans for SMBs are:

  • Office 365 Business: The full Office applications—Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and OneDrive for Business cloud storage, which makes it easy to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
  • Office 365 Business Essentials: The core cloud services for running your business—business class email and calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage and file sharing and much more.
  • Office 365 Business Premium: Get everything from both the Office 365 Business and Business Essentials plans.

You can compare the features of the new SMB plans on to see which of them is right for your business.

Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses 

Visit to compare plan features.

Next steps for current Office 365 SMB customers

The new plans will replace our current plans for SMBs over time. If your business is currently on one of the previous SMB plans (Small Business, Small Business Premium or Midsize Business), you should visit your Message Center in the Office 365 admin center for more details on how the new plans impact you, or talk to your Office 365 provider. The current Office 365 Enterprise plans remain the same.

You can learn more about why cloud-based productivity and Office 365 are so transformational for SMBs over on the Official Microsoft Blog.


Published: 10/2/2014 18:33