June 28, 2011 – Microsoft formally unveiled Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based update of its work applications meant to beef up its position against the growing popularity of virtualized offerings from Google and others.
Microsoft Office 365 includes the company’s Office, SharePoint Online, Excel, Exchange Online and Lync Online as an on-demand service with a monthly subscription, according to a news conference Tuesday led by CEO Steve Ballmer. Updates to the applications include enhancements to its video conferencing capabilities and collaborative note taking application, OneNote. The typical price range touted by Microsoft was from $2 to $27 per user per month. Microsoft stated that it also plans to expand its integrator, vendor and reseller partnerships around the new cloud service.
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