Enterprise Applications: First Look at Office 365 Proves Promising

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-05-10 Print this article Print
Starting from Home

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Office 365's home page gives users access to Lync, Outlook and SharePoint, and provides a download link for Office Professional Plus.
Microsoft's Office 365 is the company's answer to the increasing demand for anywhere, anytime access to applications and services. It provides small businesses as well as enterprises with hosted instances of the company's Office application lineup, while relieving IT staff of much of the day-to-day care and feeding of those applications. At first glance, the service-which opened as a public beta in mid-April-could be a blessing for organizations that would like to take advantage of the tight integration that Microsoft offers in its desktop and server applications, without investing in the hardware or staff necessary to deploy such tools as Lync and SharePoint. Office 365 encompasses a well-thought-out collection of services that combine flexibility and stability while conforming to real-world business needs for compliance and security. Although hosted instances of the Office server apps are already available from third parties, the Office 365 instances will raise the bar for what customers should expect.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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