Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next generation in cloud productivity that brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 makes it easier for millions more organizations to get and use Microsoft’s award-winning business productivity solutions via the cloud. With Office 365, people can work together more easily from anywhere on virtually any device, while collaborating with others inside and outside their organization in a simple and highly secure way. As part of today’s news, Microsoft is also opening a limited beta program for Office 365 in 13 countries and regions.
Few key benefits are:
- 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
* Access from mobile devices require WiFi capability or depends on carrier network availability
With the announcement of Microsoft Office 365, the productivity power of the cloud just got a turbo boost for customers of all sizes. The new service brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time. New cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes. Moving to the cloud with Office 365 means people don’t have to change the way they work, because Office 365 works with the most popular browsers, smartphones and desktop applications people use today.
Office 365 will be available worldwide next year. Starting today, Microsoft will begin testing Office 365 with a few thousand organizations in 13 countries and regions around the world, and the beta will be expanded to include more organizations over time. Office 365 will be generally available in 40 countries and regions next year. Customers and partners can sign up for the Office 365 beta and learn more at that site, or follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Face book (Office 365), or the new Office 365 blog at http://community.office365.com to get the latest information.