Microsoft's Office 365 Opens For Beta Testing

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Ever tried Microsoft's Office 365? Now you can! The company's long-awaited cloud productivity suite is now ready to be used, with the service opening up on Sunday night for beta use. Final launch is still slated for sometime later in the year, but this opening is a major step towards that goal. Office 365 is designed to help small, medium and large businesses that would rather not handle so many administrative duties in-house. Instead, Office 365 allows those duties to be ushered in the direction of Microsoft.


It's a bundle of always-on online services that tie into the company's Office software and should enable access to "work, contacts, and calendars from your desktop and mobile devices, including Windows Phone 7, Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones." Some of the features sound awfully similar to those offered by Google. Things like simultaneous editing, shared storage space within the cloud and tools for managing sites. It's available now if you're looking to take a spin; let us know how it shakes out for you.
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LBowen replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 8:03 PM

The need for technology is ever present as well as the need to grow with the changing business model.  I look forward to seeing where they take this as well as other options like Google Docs which is still sort of buggy for me.

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omegadraco replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 10:43 AM

This seems to me as just an extension to the Office Live that they already have released. It will be interesting to see where all this cloud based computing goes.

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jonation replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 10:45 AM

really neat idea. But what about switching the distribution of office to a cloud or even running the entire office suite off a cloud server, think of all the disks/disk space saved.

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jonation replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 10:46 AM

it needs way better pdf support

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Schmich replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 3:55 PM

Finally some competition so Google starts working a bit more on Google Docs! Many parts of G. Docs are a complete joke.

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HHGrrl replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 10:02 PM

What do you guys see as the pros/cons to using this over buying the Office suite?

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Apr 21 2011 3:25 AM

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What do you guys see as the pros/cons to using this over buying the Office suite?

Well one one hand, lots of free disc space. On the other hand, probably the required use of an internet connection, the constant fear of Microsoft doing something with your data and I'm guessing the features/programs won't be as varied as if you bought the Office suite yourself.

 

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JToon replied on Thu, Apr 21 2011 4:52 AM

Thank you for good article Office 365

http://www.technews5.com/2011/04/microsofts-office-365-available-now.html

Office 365 was opened for closed, or invitation-only, testing last fall. Microsoft says more than 100,000 organizations signed on to put it through its paces.

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