Microsoft planning to launch Office 365 cloud service in June

By Tom Warren, on 31st May 11 5:41 pm with 10 Comments

Office 365 is set to launch in June, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed on Thursday that the company plans to launch its Office 365 cloud service in June. Speaking at a cloud summit in India, Ballmer said the company is aggressive in the cloud market. “We’re pushing hard in the productivity space. We’ll launch our Office 365 cloud service, which gives you Lync and Exchange and SharePoint and Office and more as a subscribable service that comes from the cloud,” Ballmer said. “That launches in the month of June.”

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.

Microsoft expanded the capability of its Office 365 beta in April A total of 38 markets and 17 language can now try Office 365 for the first time. Microsoft originally allowed a few thousand organizations, in 13 countries and regions around the world, access to the beta. Office 365 will be generally available in 40 countries at launch in June.

  • Ronit Kumar

    RIP Google Docs :P

  • Sionic Ion

    That damn service is so buggy… The provisioning really sucks…

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

    Google apps are a joke, I’ve been using Office 365 and it is spectacular. MS is on a roll with this stuff. No joke.

    • Anonymous

      I think they’re aimed to very different markets. Office 365 might be too much / complicated for personal use.

  • FMH

    Office 365? What would I do on a leap year!

  • FMH

    Office 365? What would I do on a leap year!

  • the-hq

    I’m using Office 365. While the basic functions are REALLY REALLY good, I am
    very disappointed with Exchange Online. When you add your own domains to
    Microsoft you can’t set a custom outgoing domain for your E-Mails. You have to
    make a separate account for every fucking domain.Why this sucks? Because I
    think MS is going to charge for every added user which makes it too expensive :/

    • http://twitter.com/bradbamford bradbamford

      You can set default outgoing domains for your emails. It also sounds like you signed up for Small Business Edition.  Enterprise Edition does not have the limitations that small business has.

  • Wourelia

    They need to hurry up, because Google is sending out letters to their adwords users about Google Apps.

  • Wourelia

    They need to hurry up, because Google is sending out letters to their adwords users about Google Apps.