Today Microsoft has announced the launch of Office 365 which will serve as an online version of Microsoft Office. All of the features of Office will be available in the cloud. But the question is, will it be a better experience than that of Google Docs. Microsoft has been far behind Google for some time now when it comes to the cloud, but will Office 365 get them some traction on Google.
It appears that Microsoft will be charging around $2 a month for enterprise use and for Office Professional Plus around $24 a month to get all of the bells and whistles. Microsoft also states that Office 365 will be available on most smartphones as well, webapp? Below are some of the Plus features that are included for that hefty fee.
e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, voiceconferencing and videoconferencing, webconferencing, 24×7 phone support, on-premises licenses, and more.
For now Office 365 will be available as a limited beta and will not be introduced to the general public until early next year. I do however hope that they will make Office 365 free for the public’s use. Microsoft will be launching www.office365.com later today to demo the features of Office 365 it should be available around 12PM PST.
Update: Site is now live, however is operating very slowly. It is probably getting slammed with hits.
We are in the beta queue so if we get in we will write a review for you unless Microsoft decides to let us in early.