On Tuesday, Microsoft had its worldwide release of their suite of productivity apps for the cloud, Office 365. The cloud-based software places Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync into the cloud. Office 365 will come with all the Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint), as well as email support and Microsoft Access. Essentially, Microsoft has created one product for all of its cloud-based productivity software.
Office 365 will also feature ActiveSync, their new tool that will allow the user to acess their cloud based data from any mobile phone or tablet. Microsoft is also guaranteeing 99.9% uptime, which addresses one of the initial concerns. Also, security issues appear to be gone, as Microsoft is confident in the security measures they have put in place.
The software will be offered in two options – small business and enterprise. This gives flexibility options to the end user, as a small business user would not have to deal with IT aspects, but the enterprise version would allow for IT customization. The costs are $6 per month for small business users and the enterprise users will range from $2 to $27 depending on the features that are used.
This new software will give businesses unprecedented flexibility and productivity. With today’s market dictating the need for instant response and adjustment, waiting could mean your lead goes elsewhere. Office 365 should provide a much needed tool to businesses.
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