Office 365 is Microsoft’s business productivity platform, hosted in Microsoft’s data centres. You can now try Office 365 for free for up to six months, until the service is officially launched here in the first half of 2012.
Microsoft Office applications are at the heart of Office 365. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and other Office applications connect to Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync to deliver a world-class solution for communication and collaboration. However, no existing Microsoft infrastructure is necessary to use Office 365.
With Office 365, professionals and small businesses can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and an external website in just 15 minutes, for a matter of rands per user, per month.
Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices for midsize and large businesses, as well as government organisations, starting from approximately R20 per user, per month for basic e-mail.
Office 365 for enterprises also includes the option to purchase Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, for the first time ever. For approximately R200 per user, per month, organisations can get Office Professional Plus, along with e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, videoconferencing, webconferencing, 24/7 phone support, on-premises licenses and more.
Customers who get started with the Office 365 trial can confidently use the service knowing that, when Office 365 goes to commercial availability next year in South Africa, they can subscribe and continue using the accounts they’ve set up during the trial period.
Today, people can start the Office 365 public trial and learn more about the service at www.office365.co.za