these are the latest news about the Office 365 launch in NY, where Mr. Steve Ballmer presented the following information. Office finally has moved to the cloud.
Janice Kapner gave a brief introduction and welcomed then Steve Ballmer.
These are the key points Ballmer named before the demo:
- Simultaneously working on documents
- Realtime collaboration and meetings
- Suited for business of any size
- Instant access
- Small- and midsized businesses can compete now with the “big shots”
During the demo, the following things were shown:
- Office 365 start screen w/quick access to Apps
- Office Web Apps – simultaneous editing the same document
- Browser-based Applications render exactly the same result as client-based applications
- Connecting Windows Phone 7 to Office 365 thru Office Hub
- Integrating OneNote on WP7, Browser and Client Apps – really fast synchronisation
- 25 GB Email access
- Lync meetings’ organization
- Video conferences w/ simultaneous presentations
- SharePoint Online website editing using the SP Online UI
For the rest of the talk, Ballmer was mainly pointing out the opportunities for small- and midsized businesses to get an enterprise collaboration platform with Office 365, that will help not only to maintain contacts and collaboration among employees but also with the outside world.
Some more facts:
Monthly subscription is available.
70% of the Office 365 Beta users were small- to midsized companies.
One big advantage Ballmer mentioned is the possibility for small businesses, to decide not to run an IT infrastructure of their own, but to outsource it to the cloud.