by April 19, 2011 0 comments

Microsoft has announced the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes, in India. Office 365 was introduced in limited beta last year, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. The public beta, available at, allows millions of people in India and across the world to try Office 365 for the first time. Globally, more than 70% of the organizations that signed up for the limited beta were small businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

“The Early adoption trends show how well Office 365 resonates with small businesses that want full-featured professional technology, delivered in a way that makes sense for their company by offering them streamlined communication with high availability, comprehensive security and simplified IT management.”, said Sanjay Manchanda, Director, Microsoft Business Division. “We encourage businesses to make the best of the beta opportunity we are launching — and experience the powerful impact of Microsoft Office 365”, Manchanda added.

Since the introduction of Office 365, more than 150,000 organizations worldwide, from independent professionals to large enterprises, have signed up to test it. With Office 365, moving to the cloud doesn’t require people to change the way they work, because it’s based on the familiar, industry leading productivity tools people know and trust.  “As a customer and early adopter of Microsoft cloud services, we have experienced first-hand business advantage of using enterprise-class solutions in a cloud-based model. Microsoft Office 365 promises to take the productivity in the cloud experience to a whole new level altogether and we are genuinely excited at this opportunity and the resultant business gains it will bring”, said Satyadev Adurti, Vice President —IT, ACME Tele Power.

Now, employees get new ways to work together with ease, on virtually any device or mobile phone, using familiar applications, such as Office, that they already know and love. More importantly, business owners get the reliability, security and IT controls they need in the cloud.

About Office 365

With Office 365 professionals and small businesses can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and an external website in just 15 minutes, for US$6 or about INR 270 per user, per month.

Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices for midsize and large businesses as well as government organizations, starting for as little as US$2 (about INR 90) per user, per month for instant messaging and presence. Office 365 for enterprises also includes the option to get Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, for the first time ever. For US$24 (about INR 1080) per user, per month1, organizations can get Office Professional Plus along with e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, voiceconferencing and videoconferencing, webconferencing, 24×7 phone support, on-premises licenses, and more.

Office 365 will launch worldwide later this year. Today, people can secure a spot in the Office 365 public beta and learn more about the service at, follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Facebook (Office 365), and the Office 365 blog at for the latest information.

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