Microsoft Goes to the Cloud: “Microsoft Office 365”
The new version of Microsoft’s office application is now based on cloud computing, and gives a big step for collaborative editing of files with integration to the existing system.
Microsoft Office 2010 took the initial step, and now Microsoft has taken the matter seriously. The new version presented by the Redmond company takes a giant step toward the future of computing and collaboration: The Cloud.
The launch of Microsoft® Office 365 brings you a collaborative solution that integrates the online versions of Microsoft’s most trusted communications and collaboration products like Microsoft Exchange®, Microsoft SharePoint®, and Microsoft Lync®, with the latest version of the Microsoft Office® Desktop Suite.
Microsoft Office 365 is accessible from any browser on any system at any time and at any place.
The test phase will begin soon in 13 countries, with a limited number of companies and is expected to be available in 40 countries by 2011. The Office365 will have two versions: The Small Business and Enterprise.
Documents “In-Cloud” for Small Business & Enterprise
The Microsoft Office 365 for Small Business is designed for enterprises with up to 25 people, and is a default package that includes Office Web Apps, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and a Synchronization Client Mail (Microsoft Exchange Online) and an external website at a cost of US $ 6.00 per user, per month.
Since the Enterprise version, designed for medium and large companies, comes with all the contents of the Small Business version and still has extras:
- Office Professional Plus;
- Voice mail;
- Private social networking company;
- Corporate instant messaging service;
- Web portal;
- Office Web Apps for viewing, sharing and minor editing of documents directly from a browser;
- Conference on IM;
- Industry-leading, up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spam solutions;
- Voice conferencing;
- Video Conferencing;
- 24×7, IT-level support over the phone, the Web or e-mail;
- And much more …
Due to the amount of available tools, Office Enterprise 365 has a variable cost depending on the uses of each company. The managers will be able to add or remove "modules" to better tailor the tool to the needs of the company.
Therefore, Office Enterprise 365 has a variable cost, which will go from US $ 2.00 to US $ 27.00 per user, per month.
After the release of final version, Microsoft promises that they will release a version devoted exclusively to educational groups, students, teachers and K–12 institutions.
If you or your organization is interested in participating in the Beta phase, you can make the request for inclusion in the Official website of the Office 365.