Microsoft’s new Office 365 E5 plans to go on sale December 1st


Business users will have new Office features to look forward to next month as Microsoft’s new Office 365 E5 will be released on December 1st, replacing the current E4 version.

According to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet:

The new Office 365 E5 version includes the new Skype for Business (formally Lync) with support for Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; new analytics features like Power BI Pro and Delve Organizational Analytics; and new advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Data Loss Protection and Safe Attachments.

According to Satya Nadella, this new Office 365 E5 will expand the company’s market opportunity for Office by more than $50 billion, and with the launch of Office 2016 should drive one of the biggest businesses for Microsoft.

There’s no wording on pricing yet, though with this new version expected to replace the current E4 version with sells at $22 per user per month, and with more features, it shouldn’t be too difficult ball parking a figure. Apparently pricing is supposed to be revealed along with the sales of the service on December 1st.

Do our readers think that with this new version of Office 365 Microsoft will be able to convince business users to switch and pay a likely higher premium, albeit for better features and security? Let us know in the comment section below.