Microsoft announces Office 365

Microsoft has announced Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.

With the announcement of Microsoft Office 365, the productivity power of the cloud just got a turbo boost for customers of all sizes. The new service brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.

Office 365 will be available worldwide next year. Over time, the Office 365 family will expand to provide new services to new audiences. Later next year Microsoft will introduce Office 365 for education for students, faculty and school staff. Dynamics CRM Online will also join the Office 365 family of services next year, giving customers a more complete business productivity experience.

Because Microsoft is simplifying its productivity services under the Office 365 brand, Office 365 will replace the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business and Live@edu.

Microsoft is also opening a limited Office 365 beta program in seven languages and thirteen countries and regions around the world, including Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States.

Links: Office365.com | Office 365 FAQ | Office 365 Blogs | Office 365 Beta Service Description Downloads.

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