Yesterday, Microsoft announced the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes.
Office 365 was recently introduced in limited beta, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. The public beta allows millions of people in more countries and more languages, 38 markets (United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom) and 17 languages in all to try Office 365 for the first time.
For small businesses, Microsoft also announced the Office 365: Ready for Work contest.
To enter, qualifying businesses can share their stories on Microsoft’s Office 365 Facebook page. Winners will be determined by community voting, and will be announced in September.
The five winners will receive Office 365 for a year, as well as $50,000 in advertising and business services, and a Microsoft executive for a day — who will work at the winner’s business or charity of choice.
Finally, Microsoft introduced the Office 365 Marketplace, providing a simple way for customers to find apps and services when they want to extend and customize Office 365. The Marketplace is now live with over 100 apps and 400 professional services, available from the established community of more than 16,000 Microsoft cloud partners with new apps and services to be added over time.
Join the beta program and explore Microsoft Office 365. When Office 365 is commercially released, beta accounts will be activated to trial versions, and you can easily continue using Office 365 beyond the 30-day trial period if you choose to purchase.
Microsoft Office 365 is on track to launch worldwide later this year.
You can get answers to commonly asked questions about the Microsoft Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta here.