Microsoft launches Office 365 test at GITEX

Cloud-based enterprise solution is available in the Gulf region for full testing

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Microsoft launches Office 365 test at GITEX
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 10, 2011

Microsoft has launched Office 365 for trial across the Gulf region at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. Office 365 is a cloud-based solution for SMEs, which incorporates Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online.

“Today is great milestone and we can announce that this service will be coming at least in trial form by at least the end of this calendar year and we are working very hard to ensure we can start offering it commercially,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, Office Product Management Group, Microsoft.

Microsoft says that the launch of Office 365 in the region is a demonstration of its commitment to providing enterprises with up-to-date innovations and helping them improve their infrastructures.

“I think Office 365 is definitely a very significant component of the innovation that we are bringing to the region. I want to say in addition to the technological innovations, and the billions of dollars in R&D and the experience we have over 15 years of providing cloud services, we have laid the ground here in the Gulf region in preparation for cloud computing. That is a very important component of our commitment to the region,” comments Samer Abu-Ltaif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf.

Microsoft is working across the Gulf region to deliver expertise to customers with a special focus on the SME sector and is committed to developing cloud in the region through working with both companies in the region and the government sector.

“ I think there is an ecosystem that needs to evolve, it is a journey that we are all committed to that we can evolve the businesses in the region and enable our countries to become more competitive and enable the businesses to become more agile and create a platform for innovation,” says Abu-Ltaif.

Microsoft Office 365 is now available on a full trial basis from office365.ae for SMEs.

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