Microsoft Reveals New Business-Oriented Cloud Computing Bundles at CeBIT

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-02 Print this article Print

UPDATED: Microsoft said that it has bundled some of its existing online business services into two new packages: a new Business Productivity Online Suite and another called Deskless Worker Suite. The two new bundles will become available later in Q2 in the U.S. and in 19 other countries, including Germany.

HANNOVER, Germany -- Microsoft Germany, making its first news announcement on the eve of CeBIT 2009, said March 2 that it has launched a set of its existing online business services as two new cloud computing- type packages: a new Business Productivity Online Suite and another called Deskless Worker Suite.

The two new software packages will become available later in Q2 in the U.S. and in 19 other countries, including Germany.

The BPOS services consists of Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting.

The Deskless Worker Suite is designed for workers who don't spend most of their time in front of a computer, and who are out making sales calls, conducting business meetings, or traveling. The suite consists of a hosted version of Exchange Online Deskless Worker and SharePoint Online Deskless Worker. 

Designed for simultaneous use in both cloud computing and regular workplace environments, Microsoft said it now regards Internet services and local applications as a single unit.

"The Business Productivity Online Services offering is designated for companies seeking enterprise quality software delivered as a service," Microsoft spokesman Steven Lombardi told eWEEK. "The package is not simply a bundling of existing services - they are hosted versions of Microsoft's communication and collaboration technology and a new offering altogether.

"Since they are services, they are continually updated. Also, there isn't yet feature parity between the hosted versions and the servers - Microsoft is still working towards that," Lombardi said. 

More than 90 percent of the world's business computers already use some version of the Windows operating systems and only slightly fewer using Microsoft Office as a business suite, so Microsoft is in the inside lane for evolving daily business processes to the cloud computing model.

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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