Microsoft have just announced the availability of the Consumer Preview of Microsoft Office which delivers Office as a cloud service using all the innovations of Windows 8.
Okay, that sounds like a press release because it is; it was quoted from Microsoft’s press release. The Consumer Preview is available here and offers lots of new functionality and integration with Windows 8.
Full details of the new features are here but there is no news on the eventual pricing. I am a little suspicious of pricing with the tie-in to the cloud and especially the Sky Drive service.
I’ve signed up and will be taking a look first thing tomorrow morning when I get to work (probably badly timed as the second thing I have tomorrow is a Microsoft Dynamics GP exam.
Earlier today Microsoft launched their Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite which combines Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in a cloud based version of their earthbound variant.
The service, which replaces Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, was launched today by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a live webcast with over 20 partners already signed up to resell the service alongside their own services.
Kurt DelBene, president, Microsoft Office Division said, “Our partners represent some of the best-known, most-trusted brands in their local markets. Our customers will be able to rest easy knowing their cloud services are backed by Microsoft and some of the greatest service providers in the world.”
Microsoft Dynamics GP and Office 365 work together now! Microsoft Dynamics GP leverages Office 365’s functionality, such as reporting and Excel-based analysis, presence and instant messaging, transaction initiation through Lync, and many of the other features of Office that you have come to enjoy when deployed on-premises, but now available through the Cloud with Microsoft Office 365.
With Microsoft Dynamics GP, you build a foundation for the future that goes beyond standalone applications to extend their traditional ERP systems throughout their organization and into the cloud.