Office 365: Plan P for Small Business Users
When Microsoft launches Office 365 in mid-2011, there will be a lot of different SKUs and price points available to users. The P Plan is aimed at SMB customers, and is priced at $72 per user per year. This is Microsoft's main shot across the Google Apps bow , and is aimed at price-sensitive users.
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For more than five months now, the K plan mailbox size is 1 GB and supports Exchange Active Sync (as opposed to 500 MB and POP, see http://community.office365.com/en-us/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2012/01/09/office-365-new-capabilities-for-kiosk-workers.aspx)
I'm a one-person business and $6/month is excellent. I think it will be worthwhile for anyone who uses Outlook and travels occasionally. Then, you'll have access to your e-mail when you travel without losing your e-mail history -- which is what happens to me now when I travel and switch to a browser-based e-mail.
Is there a plan for home users or are we in the lurch? Also, does this mean that this is for businesses only? Is it worth it for people outside of Microsoft?
Hi Ellen, If you use IMAP as your email protocol instead of POP3, it will leave all of your emails on the server so you can access them when you are using the browser based mail client. POP downloads your emails from the server and stores them on your personal computer, IMAP just accesses the ones that are stored on the server without removing them.