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Microsoft launched updated business versions of its Office 365 offerings this week, rolling out three new packages in the form of Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office 365 Midsize Business.

These new packages complement the existing Office 365 Small Business and Enterprise offerings, which Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT) has also updated with some of the latest features.

Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath, Access and Lync. These can be installed on up to five Windows PCs or Macs.

Office 365 Small Business Premium, aimed at organizations with one to 10 employees, includes Office ProPlus, along with Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint. And Office 365 Midsize Business is designed for larger organizations of up to 250 employees, and comes with Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online on top of Office 365 ProPlus.

Office 365 Small Business Premium costs $150 per user, per year, while Midsize Business costs $180 per user, per year.

As reported by ZDNet, the launch means that users are able to sign up for the new offerings for the first time, while existing users will be able to start using the latest set of Office applications, such as Office 2013.

Office 365 is a direct competitor of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Apps; the latter says it has 5 million businesses using it. Microsoft has declined to provide figures, except to say that among small and mid-sized businesses users, Office 365 has grown by 150 percent in the last year. Office 2013 is also available as a retail product, which you can read more about in our earlier report .

For more:
- check out this article at InfoWorld

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