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ToddCarter Blog: What is #Office365 ?

February 11, 2011

Taken from http://toddcartercissp.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-is-office-365.html

What is Office 365?
Microsoft Office 365 provides customers with access to hosted cloud services, rich local applications, and web-based solutions with a progressive approach to cloud applications. Office 365 is designed to work for a business of one or a business of one million and one.

Office 365 replaces some previous and familiar brands, including Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business, and Live@edu. A single now provides a clearer picture to customers and consolidate a lot of previously separate functionality under one offering.

There are two versions of Office 365: Office 365 for small businesses and Office 365 for enterprises. Both are subscription services that include access to Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online (a next-generation version of Office Communications Server).

Office 365 small business version targets businesses with 25 or fewer employees and will cost $6 per user, per month. The enterprise version adds the Office 2010 Professional Plus client software, 24×7 support, and other features, and will cost $2 to $24 per user, per month, and have volume-license options.

The cloud-hosted Office 365 services will work through all major web browsers—including Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome—and via popular smartphones and portable devices, including Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry and the Apple iPhone and iPad.

More @ http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/online-services.aspx

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