On the road last week and missed the opportunity to post that the Office 365 public beta had released. If you are even considering pushing your organization's collaboration stack to the cloud, this is a 'must-see' experience. You can join the beta at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/small-business/beta.aspx. You don't need to take my word that this is worth checking out - here is some recent press:
Office 365, frankly, is to Google Apps as XBOX 360 Live is to Pong. It’s in a different league entirely and represents a leap into the next generation of computing.
Many federal agencies stipulate FISMA certification as a requirement for their IT solutions. Just over a week ago, Microsoft and Google were locked in a war of words as to whose cloud solution, BPOS or Google Apps, was quicker to grab the FISMA certification crown.
Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released cloud services are incredibly promising. If your business runs on Microsoft Office, you owe it to yourself to do some serious testing in your own environment. That goes double if you currently have a Microsoft Exchange server on your premises.