Greatresponder.com – 2011-06-30 – Microsoft corporation announced yesterday it has officially launched Microsoft Office 365 technology and software solution, teaming up with dozens of hosting providers to deliver the cloud web hosting service in over 40 markets.
The new service brings together such solutions as Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service, at a predictable monthly subscription.
The service was introduced in beta mode last year, and in just a few months, attracted over than 200,000 organizations registered users.
Businesses using Office 365 are already reporting great results and reducing IT costs by up to an estimated 50 percent while boosting productivity.
Microsoft corporation says it is building a “massive partner ecosystem” around Office 365, including systems integrators, software vendors, resellers and other partners.
While some web hosting companies may be concerned with how they will compete against Microsoft’s new cloud platform, others have chosen to view the new service as an opportunity to increase its market reach by cooperation with the company.
More than 20 web hosting companies and other service providers around the world have partnered with Microsoft corporation by introducing plans to offer Office 365 to their customers this year.
These companies, which include Bell Canada, Intuit, NTT Communications, Telefonica, Telstra and Vodafone Group, will package Office 365 with their own services to deliver the new offerings to millions of small and middle size businesses globally.
“Great collaboration is critical to business growth, and because it’s so important, we believe the best collaboration technology should be available to everyone,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “With just a few clicks, Office 365 levels the playing field, giving small and middle size businesses very powerful collaboration tools that have given big businesses an edge for years.”
Office 365 is available in a wide range of service plans designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes.
Clients can access a centralized dashboard for instant messaging and virtual meetings, working on files and documents at the same time and sharing ideas.
With Office 365 platform, applications like microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, OneNote and Outlook connect to Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync to deliver a solution for communication and collaboration.
Many industry analysts believe Microsoft Office 365 will challenge Google’s suite of online productivity tools.
A full list of Office 365 service provider partners can be viewed here, while case studies of businesses that have tried Office 365 can be found here.
More and more corporations seek to expand its business with cloud web hosting solutions and Microsoft corporation is not an exception.