Microsoft Opens Office 365 Beta to All !

April 20, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Lync, Office Communication Server, SaaS

Users can test the public beta at, which covers 38 countries and regions in 17 languages, Microsoft said. Small businesses can also sign up; in a related contest, five small businesses can win Office 365, a $50,000 marketing package, and a day’s work from a Microsoft executive at the winner’s business or charity of choice.

Finally, Microsoft unveiled an app store as part of the Office 365 site, with 100 apps and 400 professional services available from the established community of more than 16,000 Microsoft cloud partners; new apps and services are scheduled to be added over time, Microsoft said.

Office 365 is a Microsoft solution that integrates Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online in an always up-to-date cloud service. The service is targeted at the small and medium-business customer, one who doesn’t want to buy and support an on-premise server-based solution, and would instead prefer to let Microsoft handle it.

“We’ve been in the cloud for years supporting large enterprises such as Shell and DuPont, but Office 365 takes that same technology power and delivers it to small businesses,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division, in a statement. “More than 70 percent of the people who signed up for the limited beta were small businesses, so it clearly strikes a chord.”

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