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Business Essentials

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Essentials with a big impact

You want your business to stand out, and Office 365 can help you make an excellent impression. You can easily attach your custom domain name to your email address to increase name recognition. And meeting your customers and partners online with HD video conferencing and screen sharing will show them how professional you are.

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Get work done, anywhere work happens

You need to be able to use your Office tools from anywhere, any device, and Office 365 gives you that flexibility. Access your email, meetings, and other services online. Create, edit, and share Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote files online and stay up to date with everyone’s changes in a file, even if they’re made at the same time. For even greater flexibility, you can also use Office 365 with your desktop version of Office.1

Easy setup and management

Get started using your services fast. Deploy with step-by-step guidance and set up users quickly. Access your admin center from anywhere to easily manage all your services, from email accounts to file-sharing rules. With a 99.9% uptime guarantee and robust recovery-oriented design, you can work free of interruptions and delays.

A man at his desktop. You can access the Office 365 admin center from anywhere.

Office 365 Business Essentials includes:

Email and calendars Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop2 or from a web browser using the Outlook Web App. Get a 50 GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 25 MB.
Online conferencing Host online meetings with audio and video using one-click screen sharing and HD video conferencing.
Instant messaging and Skype connectivity Connect with other Lync users via instant message, voice calls, and video calls, and let people know your availability with your online status. Share presence, IM, and audio calling with Skype users.
Social networking Keep ideas and work moving with enterprise social networking that makes collaborating with the right people easy and comes with advanced support, security, administration, and integrations.
Simple file sharing OneDrive for Business provides 1 TB of storage for each user for virtually anywhere access to their documents. Share files with others inside and outside the organization, control who can see and edit each file and easily sync files with PCs and devices.
Team sites Enable easy access and sharing of documents with 10 GB baseline storage plus 500 MB of storage per user.
Mobile apps for your devices Access, edit, and view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on Windows Phones. Use the OneNote, OWA, Lync Mobile, and SharePoint Newsfeed apps on most devices.3
All Office 365 for business plans include:
Reliability Get peace of mind knowing your services are available with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially backed service level agreement (SLA).
Security Your data is yours. We safeguard it and protect your privacy.
Administration Deploy and manage Office 365 across your company, no IT expertise required. You can add and remove users in minutes.
Up to date No need to pay for version upgrades; updates are included in your subscription. New features are rolled out to Office 365 customers regularly.
Active Directory integration Manage user credentials and permissions. Single sign-on and synchronization with Active Directory.
Support Microsoft Support provides telephone and online answers, how-to resources, and connections with other Office 365 customers for setup and quick fixes.

Frequently asked questions

Office 365 Business Essentials supports a maximum of 300 users. If you have more than 300 users or think you will soon, take a look at our other plan options.

Office 365 Business Essentials works best with the latest version of Office, Office 2010, and Office 2011 for Mac. Office 365 works with slightly limited functionality with Office 2007. You do not need a desktop version of Office to use Office 365 Business Essentials. However, you will receive a much richer experience and be able to work offline if you do connect a desktop version of Office to the Office 365 services.

You can pay with all major credit cards, and your subscription amount will appear on your credit card statement.

You can choose monthly commitment payment or annual commitment payment for Office 365 Business Essentials.
  • Monthly commitment payment: You pay month by month, and you can cancel at any time.
  • Annual commitment payment: You sign up for a one-year subscription, but you can choose to pay month to month or pay for the entire year at the time you sign up. There is a discount for using this payment option.

You can cancel your subscription at any time. Office 365 Business Essentials subscriptions are available for monthly commitment payment or annual commitment payment. For monthly commitment subscriptions, there is no penalty for canceling your contract at any time. Annual commitment subscriptions that are paid month to month may incur some penalties if canceled early. Annual commitment subscriptions that are paid up front do not receive a refund if canceled prior to the full contract period. Read the complete Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement.

Your data is yours. If you decide to cancel your Office 365 subscription, you can download your data—for example, your email and documents on team sites—and save it to another location. You should save your data before you cancel. After you cancel your subscription, data associated with your Office 365 account will be available to your administrator(s) in a limited function account for 90 days.

Yes. If you need to upgrade, you can transition your account to a different plan. For example, you can upgrade from an Office 365 Business plan to an Office 365 Enterprise plan.

In most cases, you can use the Switch plans wizard in your Admin center to upgrade your plan. If your subscription has more than 300 users or if you used a prepaid card to purchase your plan, the Switch plans wizard is not available. Plans that are not eligible for the Switch plans wizard can be upgraded manually. Learn more about upgrading Office 365 plans.

NOTE: When you upgrade your account, your domain name is transferred to your new account, whether you brought your own domain name to the Office 365 account or you set up a domain name with Office 365.

Yes, you can mix and match Office 365 plans. However, there are some product and license limitations. For example, if you have an Office 365 Business Premium plan, which has a limit of 300 users, you can combine it with an Office 365 Enterprise E3 plan, but only for up to 300 people in your organization. For details, talk to your Microsoft representative.

You can add the domain name you own to Office 365 to create domain-based email addresses. Find your domain registrar or DNS hosting provider. Compare domain management in Office 365 subscriptions.

Microsoft experts are trained IT and development companies that can help you move to Office 365 or develop custom solutions for your business. You can find a listing of all of our Microsoft experts in Microsoft Pinpoint.

“The cloud" is a friendly way of describing web-based computing services that are hosted outside of your organization. When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property (off-premises), and is maintained by a third party (hosted), instead of residing on a server at your home or business (on-premises) that you maintain. With Office 365, for example, information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage. Because this infrastructure is located online or “in the cloud,” you can access it anywhere, from a desktop, PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device with an Internet connection.

Office 365 Small Business has been renamed Office 365 Business Essentials. Office 365 Business Essentials includes all the features of the Office 365 Small Business plan, plus additions and improvements. For example, Active Directory has been added to Office 365 Business Essentials and the maximum number of users has been increased from 25 to 300.

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1Office 365 Business Essentials is compatible with desktop versions of the latest version of Office, Office 2010, Office 2007 (with slightly limited functionality), Office 2011 for Mac, and Office 2008 for Mac.

2Plans that do not include the desktop version of Office work with the latest version of Outlook, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007 (with slightly limited functionality), Outlook 2011 for Mac, and Outlook 2008 for Mac.

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