Microsoft announces Office 365

Microsoft announced today the newest implementation of cloud services in the MS Office platform, called Office 365.

An enterprise-level suite of software and services for both small and large businesses, Office 365 promises to bring increased collaboration and productivity to the workplace using SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Office and Lync. It is a fully browser-based solution that incorporates enterprise webmail, remote collaboration and document management in a service compatible with most browsers.

Office 365 will be available worldwide next year. Over time, the Office 365 family will expand to provide new services to new audiences. Later next year Microsoft will introduce Office 365 for education for students, faculty and school staff. Dynamics CRM Online will also join the Office 365 family of services next year, giving customers a more complete business productivity experience.

Because Microsoft is simplifying its productivity services under the Office 365 brand, Office 365 will replace the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business and Live@edu.

Microsoft will be testing the software thoroughly in many companies globally in an expanding beta program.

Details: Microsoft News Centre.

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