Microsoft has just announced the release of its cloud based server solution –
Office365.  First and foremost the original Business Productivity Online Suite (known as BPOS) is no longer available with everything now shifted to the Office365 banner.  Office365 offers greater flexibility for customers as well as providing enterprise versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync Servers all hosted in Microsoft’s data centres.  Specifically, it is now offering two
different suites, small business (P SKUs) and enterprise (E SKUs).

The small business edition includes upgrades to the 2010 versions of the existing BPOS products like Exchange, SharePoint and Communications Server but it is also offering some new features including Office Web Apps (the ability to view and edit Office documents through a browser), an integrated messenger, presence and online meeting tool as well three websites (an intranet, extranet and public facing web site).  The small business edition will be priced at $6
per user per month.

The enterprise edition includes all the features of the small business edition but also includes the capability to download and install Office 2010 Professional Plus on the desktop.  The enterprise edition allows a greater deal of flexibility with features and pricing starting at $4 up
to $40 per user per month for the full suite.

Office365 demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to ‘cloud computing’ and makes it very credible
alternative to existing ‘cloud’ applications like Google Apps.  The rebranding
and integration of new features makes Office365 a very cost effective solution
for all businesses.

For more information on Office365 or if you are thinking about “cloud” solutions for your business, we strongly recommend you talk to us first on (02) 8831 8200 to ensure you get the right product for your business.