I was reading the office 365 blog this morning and they posted this:

http://community.office365.com/en-us/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2011/04/17/office-365-public-beta-is-here.aspx

Today, we are excited to announce that Office 365 is moving to public beta status! Last fall, we introduced Office 365 to the world, and the response was amazing. More than 100,000 organizations, big and small, signed up for to help us test-drive our latest service. Today, we make the beta available to millions more people in 38 countries and regions in 17 languages. You can secure your spot in the beta at www.office365.com, and if you have already signed up to beta test, hold tight because your invite is coming soon!

Customers are already using Office 365 and loving it in the limited beta. Check out this story for some great examples from Dallas Neurosurgical, a small medical practice, and David Kroenke, an independent textbook author. Office 365 has struck a chord with small businesses like these. In fact, more than 70% of those who signed up for the Office 365 beta were small businesses!

Announcing the ‘Ready for Work’ Contest

We’ve been so inspired by these and other stories from small businesses that today we’re launching the “Ready for Work” contest. Five small businesses will win $50,000 each and Office 365 free for a year!* Best of all, we will send one of our executives to work for you – or a charity of your choice – for a day. No task too big or small. We want you to know that we stand behind Office 365, and our team is ready to work for you.

So, go check out our Facebook page and tell us your story. We want to hear:

“What inspires you to work every day and how can Office 365 help you achieve your business vision in the next 365 days?”

Simply submitting your 365 word (or less) story enters you for a chance to win one of five Windows Phones each week. So, don’t wait. Share your story today.

Want to learn more?

If you haven’t read up on Office 365 for small business, check out our series discussing how Office 365 can help your small business stand tall, watch our demos or visit us at Office365.com. And as always we want to hear from you. Leave us a comment below or ask us a question on Twitter and Facebook.

Good luck!

-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager