Office 365

"BPOS seems history, welcome Office 365"

Recent hype about Office 365 drawn my attention a lot. So i thought of digging some information about the service. In first place one must ask "what is Office 365" ?

Well the answer is pretty straight forward and simple. It is a subscription service that combines the familiar Microsoft Office Web Apps with a set of web-enabled tools that are easy to learn and use, that work with your existing hardware, and that come backed by the robust security, reliability, and control you need to run your business.

Why Office 365 ?

Because of the Unique Selling Proposition of Office 365
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Office 365 gives you access to email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere, at any time, on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices*—while it helps to protect against viruses and spam.

Work from virtually anywhere
Work from almost anywhere and get automatically updated email,calendar, and contacts on the devices you use most, including PCs, Macintosh computers, iPhone, Android phones, Blackberry smartphones**, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phones*.

Easy-to-manage email

Get professional, easy-to-manage email. Office 365 provides each user with a 25-gigabyte (GB) mailbox and lets them send email messages up to 25 megabytes (MB). Connect with Microsoft Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007 and use all of the rich Outlook functionality you already know and use, whether you are connected to the Internet at home or in the office or you are working offline.

Simplify scheduling
Easily schedule meetings by sharing calendars and viewing them side by side, so user can see their colleagues’ availability and suggested meeting times from user's calendar. Access users email, calendar, and contacts from nearly any web browser while keeping the rich, familiar Outlook experience with Microsoft Outlook Web Application.

Business-class security

Help protect your organization from spam and viruses with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which includes multiple filters and virus-scanning engines.

Highly competitive pricing structure
Microsoft plans to offer Office 365 to businesses with less than 25 employees for $6 per user per month; larger companies will pay between $2 and $27 per user a month. Remember money always matters.

Earlier Microsoft launched SharePoint, Exchange and Lync as online services in 2009, calling it the Business Productivity Online Suite, or BPOS. Customers are currently sending and receiving 167 billion messages every day from its cloud services (Ref:- Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft's Office Division)

Now with Office 365 a new cloud-based version of a suite of productivity tools that combines SharePoint, Exchange, Lync (formerly Communications Server), and both the Office Web applications and the Office Pro Plus desktop client. Dubbed Office 365, the suite goes into beta today (sign up here).
BPOS seems history, welcome Office 365.
Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft's Office Division said Microsoft has created what it feels is a highly competitive pricing structure, because it really wants to capture the small business market. Microsoft is including single sign-on access all of these services, Capossela said. Enterprises also have the option to get Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis. Microsoft is opening a limited Office 365 beta program in seven languages and thirteen countries around the world.
Hope Office 365 retain the familiar client experience that everyone knows and loves with a rich back-end.