Ballmer Affirms Office 365's June Launch Date

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News Posted: Tue, Jun 7 2011 12:30 AM
Microsoft made it pretty clear that Office 365 would be integrated in some major way with the next build of Windows (Windows 8), but now we're learning that the new productivity suite will ship a lot sooner than Win8 will. In fact, Steve Ballmer seems sure that it'll launch in June. Prior to this week, the company had simply insisted that it would ship at some point in 2011, but Ballmer spoke in India and couldn't keep the cat inside of the bag. His quote? "We're pushing hard in the productivity space. We'll launch our Office 365 cloud service, which gives you Lync and Exchange and SharePoint and Office and more as a subscribable service that comes from the cloud. That launches in the month of June."

Of course, Ballmer's date can't be taken as total fact; he has been known to blurt out release dates before that were then debunked by Microsoft proper. But given that June is this month, we're guessing that he's seen a final-enough build to make that call. And if the Office 365 team was planning on holding a bit longer, well, maybe now is the time to start working overtime. And with Google Apps getting stronger by the day (and Apple launches Documents in the iCloud today), Office needs to be up in the cloud ASAP.
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This a great business model both for consumers and business alike. Businesses will make money off of the subscriptions which will be a fairly consistent income. This will also prevent a lot of what I see happen particularly with your average person where new versions come out and they have no reason to upgrade. I have several friends who are still running Office XP.

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LBowen replied on Tue, Jun 7 2011 2:59 PM

Good for those that use Microsoft Office but I will stick with OpenOffice.  If I remember correctly they plan on releasing a cloud based openoffice as well.  I wonder if it will be free as well?

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does that mean windows 8 should come sometime in 2011 too? Its time to save for an upgrade :D.

Office 365 would be neat to use, but nor useful for people like me :P, notepad in my phone works just fine LOL

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