Microsoft launches Office 365 cloud service

Microsoft rolls Office into the cloud in 40 countries, but not in the Middle East

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 28, 2011

Microsoft has launched its new cloud service, Office 365.

The service provides familiar Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, along with Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, in a cloud model.

The service will provide integration of applications and collaboration services, making it much easier for workers to share files and communicate.

The service is available in 40 countries worldwide, but none in the Middle East, with prices starting from $2 per user per month, up to $27 for the full suite of services and support.

Microsoft is targeting the service at all levels of businesses, and says it can be set up in minutes.

Over 200,000 organisations signed up for beta testing since was opened last year, with businesses reportedly being able to cut IT costs by up to 50%.

"Great collaboration is critical to business growth, and because it's so important, we believe the best collaboration technology should be available to everyone," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "With a few clicks, Office 365 levels the playing field, giving small and midsize businesses powerful collaboration tools that have given big businesses an edge for years."

2336 days ago
ABHILASH NAIR

This cloud computing initiative of Microsoft will slowly ensure that all Enterprises will pay per hour for using Word, Excel and Power Point rather than paying once every 5-7 years a small amount.

This will also helps Microsoft to understand the exact number of users using the application and the speed soley depends on your Internet Bandwidth.

Good Luck .... Microsoft for yur great Business Tactics....

2338 days ago
Clayton

Wasnt Google docs doing much the same thing already , whats so special about Microsoft doing it apart from possibly one note but then theres google Notebook .

2339 days ago
Vinod Mehra

This is the beginning of a declared war between the two giants and the evolving cloud paradigm. We will have to wait and see what next.

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