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Microsoft to launch Office 365 on Tuesday

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Jun 2011 0:07 User comments (2)

Microsoft to launch Office 365 on Tuesday Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will show Office in the cloud.
Taking on Google Inc., VMware Inc. and others, Microsoft is putting Office services into the cloud under the name "Office 365." It will be launched at a New York event on Tuesday. Microsoft's popular Office products have generated enormous revenue for the company, with nine out of every ten office computers running the software.

Microsoft is now going to try to convince users to make a switch to the cloud and do their work online from anywhere. Of course, launching products for the Cloud makes sense, as the market for Cloud-based services is projected to grow 27 percent annually over the next five years, reaching $73 billion in 2015 (IDC figures).

Like other services, Office 365 services can be bought based on demand. For example, a small company can subscribe to Office 365 and pay as little as $2 per month for each worker for the very basic levels of service. That charge can scale up to $27 per month for the equivalent of an enterprise user acessing the entire Office 365 suite, which won't be necessary in most cases.

To buy packaged Office products ranges into the hundreds of dollars. Microsoft also modified agreements with corporate customers this year making it easy to make the transition to the cloud, and depending on factors, could allow a client to use Office 365 for months before requiring a license renewal.

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2 user comments

128.6.2011 4:11

The cloud is really great in theory...until your internet goes down or gets slowed by peak traffic. Also, when the cloud gets hacked or crashes (and this one will; they are using Windows on the servers), you can be down from days to weeks.

Also, the price is no good. The only thing that Microsoft Office does better than OpenOffice are a handful of special excel functions that almost no one uses. I would think office365 would be a bad choice if it were free...but $2 per month, and that only gets you word? FAIL.



228.6.2011 9:23

Originally posted by KillerBug:
The cloud is really great in theory...until your internet goes down or gets slowed by peak traffic. Also, when the cloud gets hacked or crashes (and this one will; they are using Windows on the servers), you can be down from days to weeks.

Also, the price is no good. The only thing that Microsoft Office does better than OpenOffice are a handful of special excel functions that almost no one uses. I would think office365 would be a bad choice if it were free...but $2 per month, and that only gets you word? FAIL.
No cloud for me thx M$.I haven't used overpriced MS Office for a longtime.
OpenOffice suites my needs.
http://www.openoffice.org/
Jeff

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