YourOfficeAnywhere Launches Low-Cost Prosumer, SMB Cloud Office Service

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-11-02 Print this article Print

Cloud-based office suite morphs several key applications into a single service with several functions--including 100GB of storage--for a mere $10 per month.

If you're going to start a business, it's usually a good idea to name it after what the business actually does, so potential customers can understand it immediately.

Mattress Discounters. Toys "R" Us. International Business Machines. They may not be artsy names, but there is something to be said for clarity in business communications in a culture obsessed with speed and rife with obfuscation.

A smart new Tucson, Ariz.-based company, YourOfficeAnywhere, has taken this to heart.

The new service, which launched Nov. 1, is a cloud-based office suite that morphs several key applications into a single service with several functions: It facilitates online meetings for up to 200 people at a time; offers unlimited collaboration spaces for others on the services; and provides 100GB of file storage for each user -for starters.

Numerous Functions Included

In addition to the aforementioned functions, users can chat, do video conferencing, share documents, exchange files and organize calendars, all in the same environment. YourOfficeAnywhere also is set up so that a business's clients can access the platform-in an  unlimited workspace-yet aren't asked to sign up for the service.

The service is accessible through any browser via single click; no software installation is required. It also doesn't matter if your device is a laptop, tablet or smartphone; they all can be used.

YourOfficeAnywhere's subscription pricing is newsy, at least at this early point. During the first 30 days of the launch (or through Nov. 30), the company is offering a lifetime, $10-a-month price guarantee for its continuous users. After that, the subscription price will be raised to an as-yet-undetermined rate.

"Our focus is all about small business-[specifically] an SMB niche of one or more people [per business]," founder and CEO Leif Hartwig told eWEEK. "When you sign up with us, it takes literally two minutes, and you have all your business tools in place and ready to go. It's not menu-driven; you don't have to sign up each time, like GoToMeeting, or sign up for a chat feature. We give that all to you for 10 bucks a month."

Hartwig noted that other popular cloud-based business services, such as DropBox or BaseCamp, charge extra for features that YourOfficeAnywhere currently provides in a single package.

Can See Everything in the Office at Once

YourOfficeAnywhere's home page is called Bird's Eye View, a central location for all the applications, Hartwig said.

"When I'm out of the office, I can go to the app and see everything that's going on in my office, with all my clients, in one aggregated space," said Hartwig, who previously founded wealth management consultantcy TruQuest and was a senior investment officer at RBC Wealth Management.

"Calendars and documents roll up, and communication-almost in a Facebook-type style-rolls up. We're very unique in that it's a collaboration site that allows consolidation of all these modes of communication."

YourOfficeAnywhere runs on the well-established Rackspace cloud.



Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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