Office 365: Microsoft Pitches Cloud, Eyes Profit
CEO Ballmer talks up advantages for small and midsize companies at Office 365's launch--not the cloud threat to Microsoft's lucrative on-premises enterprise software.Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Tuesday officially announced the general availability of Office 365 in 40 markets. But in making the announcement in New York, he put the emphasis almost entirely on small and midsize businesses (SMBs).
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That seemed an unusual decision given that any company with more than 50 employees won't be able to tap into Microsoft's lowest-cost Office 365 pricing plan, and given the number of enterprise customers that InformationWeek spoke to at the launch event. The speed with which enterprises move to cloud models, of course, will affect Microsoft's on-premises software business.
Microsoft open doors for Office 365 Cloud services to bring the confidence and flexibility into the professional and small business arena.