Public Office 365 Beta Is Out
Article by George Norman
On 20 Apr 2011
Back in the autumn of 2010, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft introduced Office 365 to the world. Branded as the company’s next generation of cloud productivity and described by Office Business Division President Kurt DelBene as “the best of everything we know about productivity, all in a single cloud service”, Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online.

Back in the autumn of 2010 Microsoft said it is testing Office 365 as a closed Beta with several organizations in various regions around the world. The news is that earlier this week Microsoft made the Beta version of Office 365 available to the general public.

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The public Office 365 Beta is available to small business and enterprises who wish to join the Beta testing program. Small business and enterprises from 38 markets.

Microsoft explained that Office 365 is a subscription service that helps organizations gain access to powerful web-enabled tools, gain access to an integrated suite of email and collaboration services suited for businesses of all time. Organization members can work from virtually anywhere and on pretty much any device, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, Android powered-devices and Windows Phones.

Furthermore organizations can extend the functionality Office 365 has to offer by using the apps and services included in the new Office 365 Marketplace. There are currently 100 apps and 400 services for Office 365 in the Office 365 Marketplace.

To celebrate Office 365’s public beta launch, Microsoft announced the launch of the Office 365: Ready for Work contest. As part of this contest Microsoft is asking Office 365 Beta testers to share their stories on the Office 365 Facebook page. In September five winners will be selected and will get the following: Office 365 for a year, $50,000 in advertising and business services, and a Microsoft exec who will work at their business or charity of choice.

To join the Beta program or learn more about Office 365 just click
here.




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