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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 Office 365 Review: Online Productivity Suite Offers Top-Notch Integration

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By admin, September 1, 2011

Microsoft Office 365 is the company’s answer to online productivity suites. A replacement for Microsoft’s Business Online Professional Services, Office 365 includes online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as Lync and SharePoint. Together, these comprehensive and powerful online office tools represent the best overall value you can find today.

Office Apps

If you are familiar with Office 2007 or Office 2010, you’ll feel comfortable working in Office 365. The Web incarnations of the Office apps have stripped-down versions of their respective Ribbons, but the overall feel is the same, and the core features are present. Read more »

Google Apps vs. Office 365 vs. Zoho Docs: Cloud-Based Office Suites Showdown

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By admin, September 1, 2011

Now that Microsoft has launched Office 365, it is officially “game on” for online office productivity suites. Microsoft may enjoy a near-monopoly in the desktop office suite market, but online it faces established rivals in the form of Google Apps and Zoho Docs.

We evaluated these three productivity platforms to see how they compare. We examined the office tools themselves, along with their file storage, their consistency of formatting, how they work on mobile devices and in different Web browsers, and how much they cost.

All three platforms provide office basics such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tools. All three also have an email client, online file storage, real-time sharing and collaboration, and some measure of cross-platform availability. Read more »

Microsoft Offers Free eBook for Office 365

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By admin, August 18, 2011

Microsoft today announced the availability of a new, free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime by Katherine Murray. It’s currently available in PDF format, but as with other Microsoft Press eBooks, it will soon ship DRM-free ePUB and MOBI formats too.

And this book is no throw-away freebie: It weighs in at 337 pages and 13 chapters. An overview of the book and its complete table of contents is available from a previous Microsoft blog post. Read more »

Microsoft Restores Office 365 & Dynamics CRM Online Cloud Services

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By admin, August 18, 2011

Microsoft has restored customer service to the Office 365 cloud and Dynamics CRM Online. A networking issue affected some of Microsoft’s cloud customers starting around 11:30 a.m. PDT today. A Microsoft spokeswoman at 5:01 p.m. PDT indicated that services have been restored.

Microsoft has been careful not to call the issue a cloud outage. Rather, the company initially said: Read more »

Next version of Office coming at end of 2012

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By admin, July 2, 2011

DelBene also indicated that businesses should expect the next version of Office to start selling at the end of 2012.

“We’re typically in a 2 1/2 year cycle,” DelBene said Tuesday. Office 2010 started selling in June 2010, so that would make the next version of Office ready around December 2012.

The new cloud service Office 365 will get quarterly software updates. Unlike most online banking websites, Office 365 will not go down for hours at a time for the software upgrade. “That’s maddening,” DelBene said. 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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