Microsoft recently unveiled Office 365, a new product aimed at encompassing all of the company’s productivity services into one new suite. Until now, Microsoft’s cloud services have been broken up over several products. Office 365 is claimed to represent everything that Microsoft knows about productivity.
Microsoft is looking to make up lost ground to Google and their success with Google Apps, by targeting small businesses in a way that they have not attempted before. Some of the key points in the Office 365 product will include:
- Anywhere-access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device.
- Work seamlessly with Microsoft Office and the other programs your users already count on everyday.
- Business-class features including IT-level phone support, guaranteed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, and disaster recovery.
- Pay-as-you-go pricing options which give you predictability and flexibility for all or part of your organization.
- Latest version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which has millions of business users today.
With small business as the focus, Microsoft is rolling out services as low as $2 per person for email. The prices jump to $27 for email with telephony features and video/voice conferencing. All of which Microsoft claim are comparable to their competitors.
Only time will tell the effectiveness of their new software, but several questions remain to be asked. Would you purchase this service for your company? Will the usability and performance be worth the expense?
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