Office 365 goes into public beta

Apr 18, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

( -- Microsoft has released its latest product for business, Office 365, into public beta. The program, which is limited in its participants, allows users to try out the new software in exchange for feedback about the software.

So, what is Office 365?

According to the company, it is next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. What that means is that has brought, Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online to a constantly updating cloud service. The public beta will allow users in 38 markets and 17 languages to try out the software for the first time. The seems like the service will be mostly geared toward small businesses, since 70 percent of the people who signed up for the limited beta were .

Office 365 has its own app store, allowing user to add to the functionality as they see fit. This store, called The Marketplace, currently has more than 100 apps and 400 professional services available to the users. New apps and services are expected to be added over time.

In conjunction with the public beta of the new service Microsoft has announced a new contest. The contest, named the Office 365: Ready for Work contest, and it is taking place on Microsoft’s Office 365 Facebook page. All business that want to enter have to do is share their experiences with the software on the page. The winner, which will be determined by a community vote, will win free access to Office 365 for a year, $50,000 in advertising and business services, and a Microsoft executive for a day to work at the business or charity of the winners choice.

No word yet on when Office 365 will be out of beta and on sale.

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not rated yet Apr 18, 2011
More junk from M$. How did we ever get anything done without 100 apps and 400 professional services?

I like OpenOffice (free).
5 / 5 (1) Apr 18, 2011
I guess i'm just in the dark about these things, but what sorts of APPS would be useful in a word procecssing suite of software?

5 / 5 (1) Apr 18, 2011
Another bloated piece of software ( I was tempted to use another word ) from , who else, Microsoft. The company which makes billions charging for updates to its buggy and again bloated operating systems.
5 / 5 (1) Apr 19, 2011
Is it as "intuitive" as Office 2007? If so, count me out. Every time I try to do something out of the ordinary on Word or Excel 2007, I end up screaming at my computer. It has nothing to do with getting used to a new layout, the problem is the interface just doesn't make sense.
not rated yet Apr 19, 2011
And besides, I've been using Google Docs with much success for several years now.
5 / 5 (2) Apr 19, 2011
Office hit the peak of its life cycle with the 2003 version. It's the only one I can use without wanting to kill myself after 10 minutes.