Microsoft Announces Office 365; Limited Beta Program to Run in 13 Countries before Official Launch Next Year

Written By Sam on 21 October 2010

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Office 365, which is a rich blend of the Office Suite along with cloud technology offerings. Cloud has been long associated with playing a major role in companies and businesses around the world. Office 365 has been designed to redefine the role that Cloud plays in these businesses by delivering new and integrated productivity services. Companies of all shapes and sizes will benefit from the same enterprise-class offerings if the Office 365.

Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Users will be able to work together more easily from anywhere and on any device. They will get the opportunity to collaborate with people inside and outside the organization in a safe and secure way.

Microsoft announced that there will also be a limited beta program for Office 365 open in 13 countries and regions, mostly for test runs until its actual release next year.

Office 365 Features

  • It works with the most popular browsers, smartphones and desktop applications used today.
  • Serving businesses and companies with less than 25 employees, the Office 365 can be operated with Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and an external website in just 15 minutes, for $6 or 5.25 Euros per user, per month.
  • For mid-size and larger companies and for government organizations, Office 365 offers a range of choices for very little, like $2 or 1.75 Euros per user, per month for basic e-mail.
  • It offers the option of setting up Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis – which is a first in itself.
  • For $24 or 22.75 Euros per user, per month, organizations can get Office Professional Plus along with e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, voice conferencing and video conferencing, web conferencing, 24×7 phone support, on-premises licenses, and more.

After the initial test runs in 13 countries, Office 365 will be available in 40 countries next year post launch.
It will expand to include Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to provide Microsoft’s complete business productivity experience to organizations of all types and sizes. Subsequently, it will cater to the education consumer market as well when the Office 365 for education will debut later next year, giving students, faculty and school employees powerful technology customized specifically to their needs.

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