Cloud computing is evolving and I'm happy to say that we are too! I'm sure by now you've all heard about Office 365, the next generation of our Business Productivity Online Standard (BPOS) hosted application services.

Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite. This includes business versions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server.

No doubt that today's information workers are changing the way they approach their job. I regularly hear from IT decision makers about how collaboration has become ever so important to improving the ability to communicate critical information between departments and with customers.

That said, making any transition to the cloud shouldn't be taken lightly. If you haven't already, check out the Office 365 Beta. It will give you a good sense of how your workers can be more productive in the new Microsoft Office 365 environment, and also help you start thinking about some issues you're likely to encounter during the transition.

Are you thinking about making the move to the cloud? What are the biggest hurdles your IT department are challenged with? Discuss in the comments section below.

A few other things:
    •     Be sure to check out the upcoming April issue of the Momentum Business Insights portal where we take a closer look at Office 365 as a "stepping stone to the cloud."

    •    If you haven't already, check out the video from our recent Microsoft Innovate event that featured our very own Bill Buxton speaking on the power of innovation  

    •    Those who virtually attended can confirm that The Future of Productivity Virtual Summit was a great event. And if you missed it, head on over to the site where it's streaming until June 2nd!