Microsoft is adding three new apps to Office 365 Business Premium, the highest end version of its version of Office 365 targeted at small and mid-size businesses (SMBs).
There are three new apps coming to Office 365 Business Premium which is called Microsoft Connections, it is an easy email marketing service; Microsoft Listings, a very useful way to publish business information and Microsoft Invoicing, an invoice-creation service. In addition Microsoft are also adding MileIQ, its existing mileage-tracking app based on its 2015 acquisition of Mobile Data Labs to the Office 365 Business Premium.
Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in the US, UK and Canada will have the connections, listings and invoicing rolled out to them in preview over the next few weeks, it will start with those in the First Release program. MileIQ Premium is available to all Business Premium subscribers in the US, UK, and Canada effective from July 10th.
Fortunately Microsoft are not charging any extra costs for these apps, they are being included at no additional cost due to being part of existing users Office 365 Business Premium subscription.
Towards the end of last year (2016) Microsoft tipped its hand on its plans for some of these new Office 365 Business Premium apps when it published a sign-up page for business apps for Office. That page mentioned MileIQ, Bookings, Invoice, Spend (an expense-tracking app), Point (a way of sharing word-of-mouth recommendations), and Presence apps.
Office 365 Business Premium is Microsoft’s most all-inclusive Office 365 subscription plan for small businesses. The costs are $15 per user per month if paid monthly or $12.50 per user per month if paid annually. It includes the full set of locally-installable Office applications for up to five PCs and/or Macs per user, as well as Exchange Online, Skype for Business Online, SharePoint Online, Yammer enterprise social-networking, and 1 TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage.