Abstract: Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft office 365 is available
for trail Saudi Arabia. The company talked about the key features of Office 365.
Several Major organization adapt to Office 365 as part of their plan to propel their
employees to next-generation innovation in productivity technologies. Professionals
and small businesses can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange
Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and an external website
in just 15 minutes. Customers who get started with Office 365 can use the service
knowing that when Office 365 becomes commercially available, they can subscribe
and continue using the accounts they have set up during the beta period.
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Dec. 3, 2011: Microsoft Corp. today announced
that Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service
for businesses of all sizes, is available for trial in Saudi Arabia. The company
also announced the first major service update for Office 365 and showcased new customers
to the service.
Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft
Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service.
The public trial that starts today allows businesses and consumers in Saudi Arabia
to try Office 365 for the first time.
“We’ve been in the cloud for years supporting large enterprises such as Shell and
DuPont, but Office 365 takes that same enterprise power and delivers it for small
businesses,” said Samir No’man, President of Microsoft Arabia in Saudi Arabia. “They
can now get the same powerful technology capabilities to match their business ambitions.”
With Office 365, moving to the cloud does not require people to change the way they
work because it’s based on the familiar, industry-leading productivity tools people
know and trust. Employees get new ways to work together with ease, on virtually
any device or mobile phone, using familiar applications, such as Office, that they
already know and love. Business owners get the reliability, security features and
IT controls they need in the cloud.
Small Businesses and Big Brands Bet on Office 365
More and more large global companies are choosing Office 365 to enable their employees
and customers to work together in the cloud. In fact, more than 40 percent of the
global Interbrand list of the 100 top brands use Office 365 or related cloud productivity
services from Microsoft. Among the new customers are Campbell Soup Company and Groupe
Marie-Claire, which have recently chosen Office 365 to reap the benefits of cloud
“Office 365 is key to our plans to propel our employees to next-generation innovation
in productivity technologies, at a very rapid pace,” said Joe Spagnoletti, senior
vice president and chief information officer at Campbell Soup Company. “We’re betting
on the cloud — and Office 365 — as we prepare to build a highly collaborative workplace
where employees across our global offices can all work together and communicate
in a seamless fashion.”
Groupe Marie-Claire, a leading fashion magazine published in more than 30 countries,
will use Office 365 to modernize the company’s email and collaboration capabilities,
while moving away from a costly and inefficient legacy technology. Employees at
Groupe Marie-Claire will be able to access email and share documents on a PC, Mac
or various mobile devices with Office 365.
“We thoroughly evaluated other cloud productivity offerings in the market before
choosing Microsoft. Office 365 is the right choice to help our company support the
way people work today and encourage a more mobile work environment,” said Philippe
Chapier, IT manager for Groupe Marie-Claire. “With the service, we have the added
benefit of working together with familiar tools on almost any device and can make
quicker decisions when needed.”
Rapid Cloud Evolution
Microsoft is also making more than 30 new updates to Office 365 to enhance collaboration
and communication, and for SkyDrive, adding simple app-centric sharing for Office,
powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5 based largely on customer
feedback. Key new features and enhancements include the following:
- Support for Lync for Mac. Mac users can now use instant messaging, presence
and videoconferencing through Office 365.
- New SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, which allow people to connect
to information in their company’s critical line-of-business applications, such as
customer relationship management or SAP software.
- Support for Windows Phone 7.5. Starting today, people can access and update
documents in SharePoint Online from anywhere using their Windows Phone.
- SkyDrive gets simpler app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management
and easier uploads with HTML5. Share any Office document in one click. Work
together more easily with any contact — across email services and connected networks
such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Powerful tools to manage and organize files quickly.
Drag and drop multiple files to upload across browsers on PC and Mac.
“Today’s news illustrates how we’re executing like never before in the cloud with
more customers, capabilities and commitment than anyone in the industry. All this
while others search for their focus,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president,
Microsoft Office Division.
About Office 365
With Office 365, professionals and small businesses can be up and running with Office
Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync
Online and an external website in just 15 minutes, for $6 (U.S.) or 22.5 Riyals
per user, per month.
Office 365 for enterprises has an array of choices for midsize and large businesses,
as well as government organizations, starting for as little as $2 (U.S.) or 7 Riyals
per user, per month for basic email. Office 365 for enterprises also includes the
option to purchase Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go
basis, for the first time ever. For $24 (U.S.) or 90 Riyals per user, per month,
organizations can get Office Professional Plus, along with email, voicemail, enterprise
social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, videoconferencing,
web-conferencing, on-premises licenses, and 24/7 phone support.
Customers who get started with Office 365 can use the service knowing that when
Office 365 becomes commercially available, they can subscribe and continue using
the accounts they have set up during the beta period.
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