Microsoft to target SMB users with new 'BPOS Lite' cloud service
As part of its next wave of cloud offerings, Microsoft is working on a “BPOS Lite” productivity/collaboration suite that is aimed at small/mid-size businesses (SMBs).
Even though Microsoft currently hawks its hosted services to customers of any size, different offerings appeal more to different user bases.
For example, take BPOS, the Business Productivity Online Suite
bundle consisting of Microsoft-hosted Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Live Meeting conferencing and (in the future), Communications Online. Microsoft will sell its $120 per user/peryear BPOS subscription
to customers of all sizes. But to date, the far and away biggest audience for BPOS has been large enterprise customers — Energizer, Coca Cola, Hilton Hotels, etc.