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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:14

Microsoft sticks Office on the Cloud

Written by Nick Farell


Office 365 jumps out of Beta
Microsoft has made its first steps into the mobile, Internet-accessible world of "cloud" computing by setting up its Office software on the web.

Outlook email, Excel spreadsheets and SharePoint collaboration tools have been made into an online format so that customers can use them on a variety of devices from wherever they can get an Internet connection. Shy and retiring Chief Executive Steve Ballmer presented the overhauled and updated set of offerings dubbed Office 365 at an event in New York City yesterday. He claimed that online versions and built-in conferencing tools could save users money.

Office 365 has been in beta testing since last autumn and will open a war between Google which has been flogging a similar product. Microsoft said it will charge from $2 per user per month for basic email services to $27 per user per month for advanced offerings, with a standard, small business package priced at $6 per user per month. Google charges a flat fee of $50 per user per year for its Web-based Google Apps product, which offers email, calendars, word processing and more online.

Nick Farell

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+9 #1 crackerz 2011-06-29 15:52
So we have OpenOffice, Libre office, office xp,2003,2007,2010(pirated) ..and we have to pay for cloud? ..and if you have an internet down situation you can't even write a simple document?

no thanks, I'll pass 8)
 
 
-2 #2 themassau 2011-06-29 17:39
Quoting crackerz:
So we have OpenOffice, Libre office, office xp,2003,2007,2010(pirated) ..and we have to pay for cloud? ..and if you have an internet down situation you can't even write a simple document?

no thanks, I'll pass 8)

damn right thats why most peopel will resist the cloud but it would be cool if i could control mine desktop from mine phone and that mine desktop does al the calculations and that it will nly stream mine screen so i can see what i'm dooing. thats what a better cloud would be. (microservers or so)
 
 
+4 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-29 19:04
Doesn't Google offer this for free?... just saying, it's something that we don't need to pirate.
 
 
+1 #4 redunion1940 2011-06-29 19:55
To All Office 360 isn't meant for personal users. It is meant for small businesses, big ones, and if you are a professional who need access to office from multiple places then Office 360 is for you.

If you are a Live(hotmail/msn) User then you already have word apps for free. Word,Excel,Powe rpoint, and the Cloud storage that is Sky Drive which can be connected with Live Mesh(auto syn to cloud).

This is a pretty good solution if you need more than 1 copy of Office.
 
 
0 #5 redunion1940 2011-06-29 19:56
As to blobb3r, Google offers a paid version for business, and Businesses have said no thinks when it comes to coporations and the like no one can touch Microsoft. As to Google Docs vs Word Apps, Word Apps is more feature rich, google docs is simpler as is always the case of microsoft vs anyone else
 
 
+4 #6 nc_mike 2011-06-30 00:38
Humm, Cloud, leasing, software, leasing, storage, cloud, leasing, processing power, cloud, leasing, shared computing power, leasing...Is it just me or are why does it feel like the 1970's again and the leased mainframe services business model?
 

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