Office 365 updated with features, expanded to 22 new markets

By Tom Warren, on 29th Nov 11 4:15 pm with 5 Comments

Microsoft updated its Office 365 service on Tuesday to include a number of new features and support for 22 more countries.

The online cloud service will be expanded to 22 additional markets on Tuesday, including Argentina, Iceland, South Africa and Taiwan. Microsoft is making 30 updates to its Office 365 service, including support for Windows Phone 7.5. “We are seeing really positive momentum for Office 365. Customers are adopting Office 365 eight times faster than our previous service, and the solution is on track to become one of our fastest-growing offers in Microsoft history,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft. “We are also seeing great traction with small businesses, with more than 90 percent of our early Office 365 customers coming from small businesses.” The new features include updates to Microsoft’s consumer SkyDrive service:

  • Support for Lync for Mac. Mac users can now use instant messaging, presence and videoconferencing through Office 365.
  • New SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, which allow people to connect to information in their company’s critical line-of-business applications, such as customer relationship management or SAP software.
  • Support for Windows Phone 7.5. Starting today, people can access and update documents in SharePoint Online from anywhere using their Windows Phone.
  • SkyDrive gets simpler app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5. Share any Office document in one click. Work together more easily with any contact — across email services and connected networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Powerful tools to manage and organize files quickly. Drag and drop multiple files to upload across browsers on PC and Mac.
Microsoft’s Office 365, released earlier this year, 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. Microsoft’s Office 365 is a strong and competitive answer to Google Apps. 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.
“Today’s news illustrates how we’re executing like never before in the cloud with more customers, capabilities and commitment than anyone in the industry. All this while others search for their focus,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division.
  • J A

    These are nice new features. I can’t wait for educaiton templates and further extensivity in SharePoint Online for LMS, DMS, CRM, Collaboration, etc. This is the cloud platform to beat.

  • Lewis McCrary

    MS is on a roll today.  First SkyDrive and now this. :)

  • Anonymous

    So its not for me. Previously I thought Office 365 was an upgrade to Office 2010. Was little sluggish! Hehe

  • anonymous

    Tom: the SkyDrive updates have nothing to do with Office365, might want to remove that. Office 365 leverages SharePoint Online for the features of document storage, collaboration and sharing.

  • Stark

    So long, Google Apps, and thanks for all the rotten fish! Available in my country hell yeah!