Wave of continued customer momentum underscores demand for new cloud service
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Microsoft Corp. today announced general
availability of a major new update to its Microsoft Office 365 services for
business. Microsoft's most complete Office cloud service to-date has new
features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium and
large organizations. In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Exchange
Online and SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the
full-featured, rich Office applications they are familiar with, on up to five
devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 features
enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer today, and
Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM, and voice by June. The new Office
365 service is available today in 87 markets and 20 languages and an
additional 20 markets and 16 languages in the second quarter of this year.
"With Office 365, everyone from large enterprises to small businesses to
individual consumers can now benefit from the power of Office and the
connectivity of the cloud," said Jason Brommet, Group Manager of Office,
Microsoft Canada "This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers
capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions."
Since launching in mid-2011, Office 365 is one of the fastest growing
businesses in Microsoft history. After only 18 months, one in five of
Microsoft's enterprise customers now has the paid service, up from one in
seven a year ago. The number of small and medium sized businesses using Office
365 has also grown by 150% in the last 12 months. Here in Canada, businesses
and organizations are adopting Office 365 to stay connected, stay current and
For Vancouver-based Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Office 365 is bringing big
benefits to the organization. "With over 170 franchises across North
America, easily accessible and reliable communications is key to our success,"
said John Felice, Vice President, Franchise Operations, Expedia
CruiseShipCenters. "As the business grew, we needed to re-evaluate our
existing email infrastructure to accommodate. We saw this as the opportune
time to start to move our email and support resources to the cloud,
implementing the email features of Office 365 to streamline communications and
management and reduce costs. Moving forward, we're looking to adopt
additional features of the Office 365 suite including SharePoint for our
At Queen's University in Kingston, Office 365 has just been rolled out to
almost 50,000 undergraduate students. "Office 365 is offering our students the
tools they need to succeed in the classroom and eventually the boardroom,
training them on the productivity suites which are standard for business
today," said Keith McWhirter, IT Manager, Queen's University. "The safety and
security of Office 365, combined with the savings we're seeing from moving to
the cloud, make this move a win all around.The suite's robust functionality,
seamless mobile integration and near 100% uptime are an excellent fit for the
needs of our stakeholders."
New Office 365 Offerings Tailored for Customer Needs
Today, Microsoft is announcing a new set of Office 365 offerings designed to
meet a broad variety of business requirements:
-- Office 365 ProPlus - Office 365 ProPlus includes the latest and
most complete set of fully featured, rich Office applications
delivered as a service: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote,
Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath, Access and Lync. It works on up
to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs.
People can now simply sign in to Office 365 from any of their
devices, and their documents and personalized settings roam
with them, allowing them to quickly pick up right where they
left off. IT departments also get the controls they need
including the ability to run Office 365 ProPlus side-by-side
with other versions of Office, and tools to streamline and
manage updates for their users.
-- Office 365 Midsize Business - designed for medium sized
businesses with 10 to 250 employees. In addition to Office 365
ProPlus, this service provides midsize businesses with the
enterprise-quality communication and collaboration tools they
want - along with the simplified IT tools they need to maintain
control while reducing complexity. Active Directory
integration, a web-based administration console and business
hours phone support are also included. Pricing is $184.80 per
user for an annual subscription, the equivalent of $15.40 per
user per month.
-- Office 365 Small Business Premium - designed for small
businesses with 1 to 10 employees. In addition to the complete
set of fully featured, rich Office applications, this service
includes business grade email, shared calendars, website tools
and HD video conferencing in an easy to manage service that
doesn't require IT expertise. Pricing is $160.80 per user for
an annual subscription, the equivalent of $13.40 per user per
month. It is also available for $16.10 on a monthly plan.
The new Office now available for everyone
With today's general availability of Office 365 for all businesses the new
Office is now fully available to businesses, academic institutions and
consumers. In addition to the business services announced today, on January 29
we launched Office 365 Home Premium, and updated versions of our traditional
Office suite and servers.
Customers can purchase Office directly from Microsoft or through an authorized
retail outlet or partner. For more information on Office, please visit:
http://www.office.com to sign up for a free trial.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
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