“@Michael: Currently, the Enterprise E3 and ProPlus plans support Terminal Server (RDS) environments. This will continue to be the case moving forward. Midsize Business does not support this capability today, nor do the new plans.
We are also improving support for RDS in the Enterprise E3/ProPlus plans. You can read more about this here: http://blogs.office.com/2014/05/14/the-garage-series-for-office-365-updates-to-office-365-proplus-for-admins-and-first-look-at-upcoming-shared-computer-support/”
“@Chris – Thanks for your question. You are correct with your analysis, except for the part about pricing going up 15%. We are NOT raising any prices for our SMB customers, for ANY plans. Enterprise E3 will continue to be available for $20/user/mon. If you purchased Midsize Business today, you can continue to use until July, 2016 for all your users. At this time, you can move some users to Business Premium for the lower prices of $12.50 user/month, and the users who need Access would need to move to “Business Essentials ($5) + ProPlus ($12) = $17 user/month” or Enterprise E3 at $20.
One of the benefits of this update is the added flexibility to combine Business, Enterprise and add-on plans in several ways. We will evaluate your suggestion of making Access an add on.”
“@Scooter – see my above responses. We expect many organization to move to Business Premium for all or the majority of their users, now that plan mixing is enabled. This will results in a savings of $2.50 per user. Customers who have users who need Access will be able to use Business Essentials + ProPlus option, which results in a $2 increase for that small subset of users.”
“@BrentonS – If you chose to purchase Midsize Business, you would be able to continue to use Access until July, 2016 (which would be your first renewal after Oct 1, 2015). As you mention you are moving away from Access for your timecards, this may give enough time to implement your new solution. If you still have some users on Access after July of 2016, these users would need to move to “Business Essentials ($5) + ProPlus ($12) = $17 user/month” or Enterprise E3 at $20.”
“@Caleb – You mentioned earlier you have many users using the Enterprise plans today, and wanted to mix with the new “Business”, “Business Essentials” and “Business Premium” plans. Users who need Access will need to continue using Enterprise E3, or move to “Business Essentials ($5) + ProPlus ($12) = $17 user/month”. You can move those who do not require access to Access to those “Business” plans.”
“@FormotusGlen Infopath will continue to be available in the Enterprise E3 and ProPlus plans. This will not be available in Business Premium or Business.”
“@Danny: This will be possible (and we are sure you’d make your customers very happy!) A note of caution - it is REALLY important you and your customers understand the exact differences between the plans before you make this move. Enterprise E1/E3 plans include additional capability when compared to Business Essentials/Business Premium. If your customer is using these features and they disappear, that may be difficult for their business. We will be updating our Office 365 service descriptions for the new plans closer to launch to help you understand all of these details.
The process will be very similar to the Licensing Reassignment process described in this deck. https://readytogo.microsoft.com/global/Asset/Pages/Transitioning plans in Office 365.aspx”
“@urfaan: Yes, all 3 new plans will be available October 1, 2014 in the Open programs.
For your 2nd question – you will be able to mix and match any of the new plans (Business, Business Essentials, Business Premium) with any Enterprise plan or standalone plan (e.g. Exchange Online plan 1, OneDrive for Business, etc). Existing Midsize or Small Business customers will need to move to the new plans before they are able to mix and match plans.”
“@LizzieLou: A Midsize Business customer who is renewing November 2014 will see the updated price starting in November 2014. All Midsize Business customers will see the new $12.50 user/month pricing at their next renewal date.
We will reach out to each customer directly, starting September 2014, with exact details explaining the differences between their current plan and the new plans and how & when they can move. For most customers, this will begin on October 1, 2014. If a customer is unable to move immediately, they will be able to continue using Midsize Business as they do today (add seats, receive updates, etc) at the lower $12.50 price.
Small Business & Small Business Premium customers plans will continue at their current prices. On October 1, 2014, all customers will see their seat cap raise to 300 users. This happens immediately and is not tied to renewal timelines.”
“@alastairn: Customers using the new plans will have the same capability as what is found in our Enterprise plans, which includes full support for transport rules in the portal.”
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