O2 unveils Office 365 packages for SMBs

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O2’s business arm has launched a range of SMB-friendly Microsoft Office 365 bundles, with prices starting from £3.90 per month.

The telco said its packages are suitable for sole traders and businesses with up to 2,000 employees, who will also benefit from having telephone access to a Microsoft-accredited O2 support team.

Office 365 is Microsoft’s online business productivity suite, which provides users with cloud-based versions of Office, Exchange, Lync, Sharepoint and SkyDrive on a monthly subscription basis.

Each Office 365 license extends to up to five PCs and Windows tablets, O2 Business added, and users will have the added benefit of automatic software updates.

Paul Lawton, general manager of SMB at O2, said the packages will benefit small firms that do not have the resources to manage their own IT in-house.

“Our business customers have told us they value flexibility but they can’t afford costly set-up and maintenance fees, or devote their time to IT issues,” said Lawton.

“We believe this offering addresses those issues, plus with the added support from our experts, our customers can feel comfortable that there is someone on hand if they need it.”

Mark Rice, senior director of business services and operator channels at Microsoft, added: “Customers are choosing Microsoft productivity solutions because they deliver a comprehensive experience and flexibility to move to the cloud...[and] customers will get to enjoy the benefits of enterprise-class IT with no expertise needed.”

The O2 launch comes nearly two years after rival operator Vodafone launched its own range of Office 365 bundles for business users, after being crowned a Microsoft launch partner for the cloud product suite.

Caroline Donnelly is the news and analysis editor of IT Pro and its sister site Cloud Pro, and covers general news, as well as the storage, security, public sector, cloud and Microsoft beats. Caroline has been a member of the IT Pro/Cloud Pro team since March 2012, and has previously worked as a reporter at several B2B publications, including UK channel magazine CRN, and as features writer for local weekly newspaper, The Slough and Windsor Observer. She studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at PMA Training in 2006.