Verizon Wireless Adds Microsoft Office 365 for Small Biz Customers
By Craig Galbraith
August 06, 2012 - News
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Small business customers might have another reason to choose Verizon Wireless. The carrier has improved its mobile portfolio with the addition of Microsoft Office 365.

Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud productivity service that includes email, instant messages with presence, video and voice conferencing, and document sharing.

Office 365 supports all of the major mobile operating systems, helping businesses to collaborate with customers, co-workers and employees in real time while having access to email, contacts, calendars and other important business data in the cloud. Information is synchronized across all devices.

Office 365, included with Verizon Wireless’ Small Business Essentials, is now available at the rate of $6 per month, per user. Office 365 gives the business integrated mobile device management and "robust" IT controls when connected through Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

“Our small businesses and entrepreneurs consistently rank two priorities the highest when it comes to using productivity tools to run their business: simplicity and cost effectiveness," said Michael C. Schaefer, executive director, Wireless Business Solutions, Verizon Wireless.  “We included Office 365 with Small Business Essentials to address these needs.  Plus, we also want to emphasize it is scalable – which is ideal for companies in the growing segment of up to 50 employees."

Many businesses across various industries already utilize Microsoft Office. Now those same tools, plus voice and video conferencing with Lync Online and collaboration with SharePoint Online, enable information to be easily accessed and shared virtually anywhere, on nearly any device on their network, Verizon said.

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