I can’t help but be excited about the incredible new capabilities we’ll be offering to businesses and organizations around the world with Office 365. As we look forward to our next generation cloud productivity service, I thought I’d share a few snippets from early reviews that capture just how much of a game-changer this technology will be.
Many small businesses have grown accustomed to Office and some have even tried Microsoft Online Services, yet many more haven’t had the money or expertise that large enterprises have to deploy leading technologies such as Lync, SharePoint and Exchange. Now all that changes.
For small business customers, Google Apps cost $5 per user per month, while Office 365 costs just $6 per user per month. For the price of a cup of coffee, these businesses get enterprise-grade capabilities and the familiarity of Office in a cloud service, all backed by Microsoft. The ability to get the world’s leading productivity tools at an incredible value has people talking.
While cost savings are critically important for small businesses that are navigating the current economic climate, price isn’t the only reason why companies will choose Office 365. In the conversations I’ve had with customers about their collaboration needs; it’s not unusual to hear horror stories. Mishaps occur due to version control when emailing documents. People often lose productivity in time spent waiting for coworkers to complete edits to a document before another employee can add their own. Lync will offer these customers welcome relief and an important tool for streamlining communication and collaboration. We’re not alone in this sentiment. Kaplan of Fox News notes how we use Lync day-to-day:
Interested in the services, small businesses are asking about getting up and running. Let’s turn back to CRN for some perspective from their one week evaluation.
Having access to new capabilities at an amazing value isn’t helpful if small businesses lack the expertise to deploy them. Easy to use administrative tools in Office 365 enable small business to add and subtract users as needed, in addition to designating their permissions.
As anticipation for the launch of Office 365 grows, we’re encouraged by the tremendous interest we’ve seen in the beta. Stay tuned and stay in touch as launch approaches.
... but, it would also be interesting to see the "why microsoft" response to googleenterprise.blogspot.com/.../365-reasons-to-consider-google-apps.html
From a BPOS SMB customer: BPOS was already great. Office 365 is huge!
I think you should put more emphasis on how we (small businesses) could use it in a real life environment rather than promoting features. If you do so Office 365 will be a blast because it will serve a cause and not Microsoft centric cause, the customer cause.
I feel the potential and because we are in the IT business we were about to transform this potential in value, but you should help business to realize this value.
When will Office 365 integrate with local intranet data? Currently, I push data to Google Spreadsheets (and gadgets within iGoogle) automatically. This is in the form of sales charts, equipment status reports, pivot tables that users can select variables from, etc.
I've opened two beta accounts with Office 365 and still can't figure out any way to get my data published other than manually uploading it. Please offer this feature or point me at the secret button.
Also, I am aware of Layer2 Sharepoint Cloud Connector. I would just like to be able to do this without spending thousands of dollars on third-party software.
I especially loved this review: I loved this article...www.zdnet.com/.../3055
@SteveBallmer - cute name. 2nd people should read that blog... especially the comments.
The following is a good comparison of Office 365, Google Apps and other market solutions - www.office365alternative.com