Microsoft Office 365 makes its public beta debut in 17 countries and 38 geographies worldwide. The new cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes. Microsoft Office 365 lets you and your customers work from virtually anywhere and on almost any device whether you are a professional or a small business.
About Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 is our 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.
Later in the year, announced plans include Office 365 to expand to include Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to provide Microsoft’s complete business productivity experience to organizations of all types and sizes.
Office 365 for Enterprises
Office 365 for enterprises introduces an array of choices for midsize and large businesses as well as government organizations, starting for as little as $2 or 1.75 euros per user, per month1 for basic e-mail. Office 365 for enterprises also includes the option to get Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, for the first time ever. For $24 or 22.75 euros per user, per month1, organizations can get Office Professional Plus along with e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, voiceconferencing and videoconferencing, webconferencing, 24x7 phone support, on-premises licenses, and more.
Office 365 for Small Businesses
With Office 365 for small businesses, professionals and small companies with fewer than 25 employees can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and an external website in just 15 minutes, for $6 or 5.25 euros per user, per month.
Office 365 for Education
Office 365 for education will giving students, faculty and school employees powerful technology tailored specifically to their needs. Timelines have not been officially announced.
Office 365 Marketplace
Office 365 Marketplace also launches today, giving customers a simple way to find apps and services to extend and customize Office 365 for their business.
ISVs can participate in Marketplace with offerings that work with SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Lync Online, or on premises Office Business Applications.
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‘Ready for Work’ Contest
Small businesses are invited to share their story on Facebook for a chance to win Office 365, a $50,000 marketing package and a Microsoft executive to work at the winner’s business or charity of choice.
Get Started Developing Applications with Office 365
Register for SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, CA on October 3-6.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation