Steve Ballmer, the chief executive officer of Microsoft, announced the worldwide availability of Office 365 today. Office 365 is Microsoft’s next generation productivity service that brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 was introduced in beta last year and received great reviews with over 200,000 organizations signing up and testing the service.
Office 365 is one of Microsoft’s newest cloud services and is now available in 40 markets. Office 365 provides anywhere access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars, so that you’re always up-to-date. It brings together familiar Microsoft productivity applications and business-class security and reliability in an affordable pay-as-you-go service that fit an organization’s unique needs. Microsoft Office applications are at the heart of Office 365. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and other Office applications connect to Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync to deliver a world-class solution for communication and collaboration.
Office 365 allows an organization’s employeesâ€”whether they’re power users or casual workersâ€”easy and secure access to the same Office tools and information on PCs, phones, and browsers. The globally-redundant architecture provides built-in scalability to ensure meeting seasonal or cyclical demands. The wide range of service plans meets the needs of businesses of all sizes, ranging from the largest to the smallest. All plans come with the advanced IT controls, innovative security technologies, 24/7 IT support, and the reliability that customers expect from Microsoft. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.
Office 365 offers a range of service plans for a predictable monthly price from $2 to $27 per user per month. Microsoft also announced more than 20 service providers around the world who will package and sell Office 365 with their own services for small and midsize businesses. A few of these are Bell Canada, Intuit Inc., NTT Communications Corp., Telefonica S.A., Telstra Corp. and Vodafone Group Plc, among others.
Office 365 is segmented as Office 365 for small businesses and Office 365 for enterprises. Businesses can try Office 365 for free for 30 days by signing up at http://www.office365.com or from their local Microsoft partner.