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Using Microsoft Office 365 you can anywhere access email, documents, contacts, and calendars so you're always up-to-date. It has the business-class security and reliability through which you can do IT control, efficiency delivered to fit your organization's unique needs. And it's an all in one pay-as-you-go service with an affordable price.Yes, it gives you different plans for you & you can tailor made it as it suits you, by keeping in the mind that you might be running Professional and Small business, Mid size and enterprise or educational institutions. Office 365 has also been designed to interact natively with the on-premise versions of SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Office.
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> Get it started @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/how-to-get-office365.aspx. > Why Office 365 @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/why-office365.aspx. > FAQ @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/faqs.aspx > Find a Partner @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1063 > Office 365 Plans @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/plans.aspx > Support @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/support.aspx > Subscriptions & billing @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1078 > Community @ Office 365 Community > Office 365 forums @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1085 > Office 365 blog @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1059 > Office 365 Wikis @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1086 > Free Trial @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/free-trial/small-business.aspx
Couple of the interesting facts are:
All Office 365 plans provide users with virtually anywhere-access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device (including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry)*.
Connect with people in new ways with instant messaging, audio/video calls and online meetings
Office 365 works with the software your users already know and use like Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.
Using Office Web Apps in Office 365 you can view your Office documents with great document fidelity and consistent formatting, do basic editing, and create new documents using the familiar Office interface.
With select midsize business and enterprise plans (Plans E3 and E4) you are also able to run always-up-to-date versions of Office Professional Plus
An easy-to-use administration console allows IT administrators to stay in control of user accounts, access rights, and organization-wide deployment.
Office 365 is a hosted online service within best-of-breed data centers that have received SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certification. Read the Office 365 security whitepaper (English-only).
Office 365 maintains the latest defenses against viruses and spam.
Information is safeguarded with globally-redundant servers to provide enterprise-grade reliability. Disaster recovery is handled via multiple datacenters and automatic failovers.
Office 365 reduces the time and cost IT would spend patching, upgrading, or updating servers.
You can count on Microsoft, an industry leader in productivity, for reliability. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.
For midsize businesses and enterprise plans, Microsoft provides access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to IT-level support over the phone, the web, or email
Office 365 Marketplace:
The Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace helps you find innovative professional services and applications from Microsoft partners worldwide. Here you can find experts to help you figure out how to leverage and deploy in the Cloud, tailor Microsoft Office 365 to improve productivity and build your business.
Finally, I would say, Office 365 as Secure. Reliable. Affordable. Powerful. It’s the best way to take your business to the cloud and be more productive from more places. Explore your options for putting Office 365 to work for you.
Additional Resources: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Office 365 Home | Office 365 Blog
It’s worth to give a try (http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/free-trial/small-business.aspx) and you decide the same…
Is it the answer to Google web apps? I dont think so, even though google is good at certain things, i dont see this much of collective tools/suites available with them. Its a nice bet by Microsoft to get marketshare targetted at SMB segment.