Microsoft launches Office 365 worldwide

By Tom Warren, on 28th Jun 11 2:36 pm with 16 Comments

Steve Ballmer introducing Office 365

Microsoft took the wraps off its cloud based productivity suite on Tuesday.

The software giant held a number of media events around the world to announce the general availability of Office 365, the company’s latest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 countries and unites Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exchange Online and Lync Online.

Microsoft introduced the original beta of Office 365 last year. Over 200,000 organisations signed up to test Office 365 and more than 20 service providers worldwide have plans to offer Office 365 to their customers this year. “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 a few clicks, Office 365 levels the playing field, giving small and midsize businesses powerful collaboration tools that have given big businesses an edge for years.”

Microsoft offers a range of monthly prices for Office 365. Customers can pick between $2 and $27 offerings per user per month. Office 365 will allow businesses to deploy the latest Office software from Microsoft whether it’s on the desktop, online or via the cloud. Office 365 provides Office 2010, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync all Online in a cloud-based service. The service is a full browser-based solution that incorporates webmail, collaboration and document management. The entry-level package, Office 365 for Small Businesses, provides Office Web Apps, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync online with an external website for $6 per user, per month. Larger businesses can take advantage of Office 365 for Enterprise. The package is $24 a user, per month and will include email, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, web portals, extranets, voiceconferencing and videoconferencing. The Enterprise package also includes pay-as-you-go access to Office Professional Plus.

  • http://www.ratdiary.com spragued

    The product is great but Ballmer’s presentation seemed underpowered. They really need to stop dragging him out for every significant product launch. Microsoft isn’t a cult the way Apple is — we don’t need to be preached at by The Leader.

  • http://www.ratdiary.com spragued

    The product is great but Ballmer’s presentation seemed underpowered. They really need to stop dragging him out for every significant product launch. Microsoft isn’t a cult the way Apple is — we don’t need to be preached at by The Leader.

  • http://www.ratdiary.com spragued

    The product is great but Ballmer’s presentation seemed underpowered. They really need to stop dragging him out for every significant product launch. Microsoft isn’t a cult the way Apple is — we don’t need to be preached at by The Leader.

  • Webguy

    I like Ballmer myself, very chipper

    • cameron harris

      Me too, though we never hear about bill gates anymore, has he retired or something and kept all his money?

  • Webguy

    I like Ballmer myself, very chipper

  • Anonymous

    I’m wondering when the Office Web Apps used in Skydrive will support co-editing. If you share a file or folder with someone and they open the same document you can not work togetter, not chat with them in the app.

    Or am i missing something?

    • http://www.facebook.com/raj.somarouthu Raj Somarouthu

      I wonder whether this will be an enterprise or paid for collaboration feature in office 365. Would be great news if this Co-authoring  feature is free for Skydrive users.

    • Anonymous

      excel documents uses co-editing. word no (if thats what you mean). i mean, in a word processor no matter what… people dont need to co-edit. i would hate to type something and then see something deleted changed just because someone thought it would be good when im typing.
      but i just tested and like in office 2010 people can co-edit excel documents. but you have to edit permissons, i used other account and i just had to add the address so it could edit, and end. i could co-edit with myself.

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    Downloaded the trial, installed Lync, still trying to figure out how to put my picture into the Profile box. Every instant messaging program on planet earth can do this by simply uploading a picture from your hard disk and resizes it automatically. Lync wanted me to resize it myself and then post it to an online service, but it kept coming in at over 30kb. 20 minutes later i’m giving up and moving on to the next step. Stunning incompetence right out of the box. I’m sure all the big things work right, but it’s little things like this that MS has overlooked for their entire existence. This crap needs to stop. Now I will look at the rest of the service after an instant bad taste in my mouth. WTF? It was easier to put a picture on this forum profile than it is in Lync. Ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      if you dont know how to use something… its not microsoft fault.
      whats next? its sucks because you cant post to facebook and chat with your facebook friends like other messengers.

    • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

      No, it sucks because the simplest task of all, inserting a picture, becomes a monumental task. When they take something that should require 3 clicks and turn it into something that requires 30, guess what, something is wrong. Yes it’s Microsofts fault. Why should something so goddamn easy be so goddamn time consuming. Having someones picture on Lync is actually quite a useful feature that they make into a nightmare. Go ahead, install it, and then count the clicks it takes you to choose your pictures, resize it, and dont’ forget 30 kb or less! Instead of just choosing the GD picture you want out of your pictures folder. If you can’t see what’s wrong with that you must be into code man. Normally I wouldn’t reply to know it all douchebags, but you got me at the wrong time…

    • Bburke33609

      Sorry but this is very functionally obtuse the way this functions. It ends up being a broken feature the way it is implemented. The only time this might work is if you actually have your company directory with actual images of all your employees which might be done by alot of companies but I’ve never actual seen it. Why an’t you use your webcam?

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    Office 365 is amazing. I’ve been using the beta for a long while. There’s nothing else like it, not even close.

  • cameron harris

    seems good tome, but I have never used it, so I don’t Really know

  • Live from Raleigh

    All the Office 365 IE add-in have now stopped my access to SKY Drive and my 6 Gb of uploaded photos. Does No one test this stuff?