Filed under: Utilities, Office, Microsoft
If the screenshot above seems a bit grainy, it's because I snapped it off a live video Microsoft has just finished streaming. It was a 30-minute event announcing Office 365, which is a very bold foray into the cloud for Microsoft. Some of the highlights of the announcement:
Full access to Microsoft Word and Excel — plus video conferencing, quick-setup website, intranet, extranet and more
Subscription-based — from $2-$27 per month per user, with the average small-business user coming in at $6/month
Single-sign on – log on to your PC (or phone), and you're logged onto the entire system
IT administrators have almost full control — just like local installations, the administrator will be able to configure how a user can interact with the system
Microsoft's idea for enterprises is that the whole place would run on a single platform; so you'll have the CTO use the exact same system and infrastructure as the guys down at the mail room, but each user will only get “what they need” (which explains the wide price $2-$27 price range).
It sure sounds interesting, but I'm afraid I can't show you any in-product screenshots yet because this is an announcement rather than a launch. The product would be generally available sometime in 2011, but beta sign-ups do begin today over at office365.com. Just to show you how fresh off the press this is (or how unprepared Microsoft is), the Office365.com website isn't even ready yet – as of this writing, it still hosts the website for an IT company from Melbourne, that was apparently the domain's previous owner.
At any rate, Microsoft says that both large organizations and tiny businesses can benefit from Office365, so if any of this sounds interesting, go sign up for the beta! (It should be up from 3PM EST, but we'll see!)Microsoft announces next stage of cloud strategy: Office 365
Fuente: Download Squad