Following a lengthy beta period, Microsoft's business-oriented and cloud-based communications and collaboration package, Office 365, has went live in 40 countries around the globe, promising to boost productivity while lowering IT costs.
"Great collaboration is critical to business growth, and because itís 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."
Office 365 brings together things like the Office Web Apps (web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), Lync Online (cloud communications service), SharePoint Online (for sharing documents), Exchange Online (email, calendar, contacts and such), and Office Professional Plus (productivity tools).
Office 365 is available via several plans and starts at just $6/per user per month for small businesses, and at $10/per user per month for midsize businesses and enterprises.
For more info about Office 365 be sure to check out Microsoft's website .