Cloud for the Masses, Office 365 for Small Businesses

Microsoft has just released Office 365, a cloud-based collaboration tool aimed at businesses of all sizes. Now SMBs can test the waters of cloud computing, while increasing productivity. Essentially all the documents, files, contacts, calendar needed to run your business are now available online, via the cloud, 365 days a year. Whether traveling for business or on vacation, you can keep in touch with your organization and keep in the loop on important projects, all from a basic Internet connection. From independent professionals to SMBs and large enterprises – Office 365 helps save time, money while making collaboration and communications easy for all. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync.

Working with the tools people know and use today, Office 365 provides anywhere access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device. Included within Office 365 for Small Businesses are the following Microsoft applications:

  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus (Office apps seamlessly connected to the cloud with a flexible pay-as-you-go, per-user licensing model)
  • Microsoft Exchange Online (employees can enjoy virtually-anywhere access to their mailboxes)
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Online (enables employees to create sites to manage and share important documents with colleagues and customers)
  • Microsoft Lync Online (includes instant messaging (IM), video conferencing and screen sharing) The key benefits of Office 365 include:
  • Anywhere-access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device
  • Work seamlessly with Microsoft Office and the other programs your users already count on everyday
  • Business-class features including IT-level phone support, guaranteed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, and disaster recovery
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing options which give you predictability and flexibility for all or part of your organization

Latest version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which has millions of business users today Office 365 for Small Businesses provides web-enabled tools to smaller businesses and professionals who are looking for cloud-based productivity tools without the IT hassles.

This latest Microsoft offering provides SMBs with real-time access to their data, co-workers and their favorite Microsoft Office applications all from the cloud. SMBs can focus on growth rather than being IT experts. For more information you may want to visit http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/online-services.aspx.