O2 on Wednesday announced the launch of Microsoft Office 365 from O2, providing cloud-based document management and enhanced collaboration and communication tools for small to midsize businesses.

O2 is one of the largest mobile telecommunications providers in the UK, and it will now offer Office 365 as a cloud-based service on a subscription basis for multiple devices. Office 365 will enable employees of businesses to work virtually, design and build websites and create email addresses, among other things. 

The company revealed that small businesses with up to 2,000 employees can pay O2 a monthly fee for access to Office 365 packages. The monthly fees are as follows: Small Businesses £3.90, Small Businesses Premium £10.10, Midsize Businesses £9.80, Enterprise E1 £5.20 and Enterprise E3 £15. All fees include support and set up. 

O2 also said each Office 365 licence would extend to up to five PCs and Windows tablets, while Mac users with a subscription can download Office for Mac 2011 for compatibility. The company has set up a support team to assist businesses with implementation.

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"With O2’s outstanding customer service at their fingertips, as well as a great range of devices to keep them connected on the go, customers will get to enjoy the benefits of enterprise-class IT with no expertise needed," said Mark Rice, a senior director of operator channels at Microsoft, in a press release.

O2 also claimed on Wednesday that it would introduce 4G this summer to further improve the ability to upload and download content and communicate with colleagues via Lync. Until then, Office 365 from O2 is now available at www.o2.co.uk/office-365.