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Microsoft to launch Office 365 on June 28

Looks like we will get our hands on Office 365 sooner than later. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Partner Group, Jon Roskill, announced via a twitter post that Office 365 will be available on June 28.

Jon Roskill revealed the date via a twitter posting: “June 28th is the date for General Availability of Office 365! > 100,000 real customers on beta…Partners, are you ready???”

Office 365 offers access to Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. Microsoft sees Office 365 as being a big boost for small businesses: “We’ve been in the cloud for years supporting large enterprises such as Shell and DuPont, but Office 365 takes that same technology power and delivers it to small businesses,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division. “More than 70 percent of the people who signed up for the limited beta were small businesses, so it clearly strikes a chord.”

With Google dominating online productivity services for the past few years, Microsoft’s efforts with Office 365 aims to claw back some of that lost market share by delivering services and compatibility that users are familiar with in the native versions of Office. By providing an online and always-up-date-version of Office, Office 365 should continue a trend in productivity that sees users and businesses relying more on cloud services to provide greater flexibility and team collaboration.

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