Microsoft has announced
new lower pricing for Office 365
! The new plan pricing
is great (generally around a 20% reduction), but from the perspective of SharePoint Online as a content management solution the most critical change is lower SharePoint Online storage
pricing. Previously, additional storage was priced at $2.50 per GB and this respresented a significant barrier to the adoption of Office 365 / SharePoint Online for document or enterprise content management. The new additional storage pricing is just $.20 per GB - a 92% decrease
When Office 365 was released to the public last June it was arguably missing a few pieces required of a serious contender in the content mangagement space. We've believed that many of these limitations would be lifted as the service matures. That's exactly what's been happening - for example, last December the Business Connectivity Service (BCS) feature-set was added. Now that storage pricing has been dramatically reduced SharePoint in the cloud is much more compelling as an alternative to on-premise solutions.