Category: Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 voted best cloud app of 2011

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By admin, December 18, 2011

Microsoft Office 365 is the best cloud app of 2011, according to CRN. Listing the 15 best products of 2011, the magazine said that Office 365 was ‘the real deal, and it blows away Google Apps.’

So, what’s so great about Office 365? CRN cites price as one of the primary draws, with subscriptions starting at $6 per month per user, which is actually a dollar more than the monthly pricing for Google Apps for Business. Office 365 also came out ahead because of its ease of use, since it’s possible to roll out full functionality across large enterprises in a matter of minutes. Read more »

Microsoft: ‘We can hand over Office 365 data without your permission’

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By admin, June 28, 2011

Hidden within a whitepaper, detailing the security features in the upcoming Office 365 suite, it reveals links to the Trust Center; a treasure trove of data protection policies and legalities of how Microsoft will handle your data in its cloud datacenters.

Next week, Microsoft will announce the launch of Office 365 in both New York and London, where ZDNet will have correspondents at both events.

In light of the Patriot Act furore, customers of cloud services are naturally becoming more aware of the limitations to cloud security and privacy; with legalities and powerful acts of law taking precedent. Read more »

Google hits out at Office 365 the day before Microsoft’s launch

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By admin, June 28, 2011

June 28 is the launch of Microsoft’s Office 365, its Google Apps competitor and successor to Microsoft’s own Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) hosted app suite.

The day before Microsoft’s official unveiling (and general availability kick off) for Office 365, Google went on the offensive with a blog post entitled “365 reasons to consider Google Apps.”

The Google Enterprise post actually lists four areas where Google officials are touting their edge over Office 365. The four include Google’s focus with Apps on team communication; its multi-client support; its pricing simplicity; and its reliability. Read more »

Heads up: Microsoft Office 365 event at 7 a.m. Tuesday

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By admin, June 28, 2011

Microsoft is making news about Office 365 at 7 a.m. today. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is hosting an event in New York at Skylight Studios.

I will be covering it from the Microsoft Commons in Redmond, where I will be watching the webcast with Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft’s Business division, which develops Office.

You can watch the live webcast here.

Office 365 is a new cloud service from Microsoft that rolls together Office Web apps, Exchange email, unified communication software Lync, collaboration software SharePoint all delivered as a monthly subscription of $6 per user. For a higher price, businesses can also get the full version of Office 2010. The service will compete with Google Apps, which costs $5 per user per month. Read more »

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