Microsoft releases Office 365

Microsoft has ramped up its battle with Google in wooing business customers with its next generation cloud-based product. At a San Francisco event, Microsoft unveiled Office 365. The product brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. “We are at a pivot point in the adoption of cloud services,” said Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft’s Office division. “Customers will get the best of everything we know about productivity, 365 days a year.”

Microsoft said it has around 40 million customers using one of its cloud-based services. “The desktop are still king, where customers run their own software and their own data centre,” said Chris Capossela, senior vice president at Microsoft. “Office 365 offers the opportunity for Microsoft to reach more of those small and mid-sized customers who don’t have the people to run their own IT services and now we can say you don’t need them.”

For the smallest customer, Office 365 will be available for $6 per user a month. For larger enterprises, the service will include added features such as phone support, and will cost between $2 per user per month to more than $20 per user per month. “This is a big deal for Microsoft,” said Ina Fried from technology news site “They make most of their money from two products – Windows and Office. This is really changing the way they make money via a subscription service and represents a big change in the way they sell things. “They only get paid when people upgrade and this product allows them to get paid on a more consistent basis,” added Ms Fried

Read the full press release here

  1. #1 by Sichere Geldanlage 2010 on October 26, 2010 - 10:24 am

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