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Microsoft puts head in the cloud with Office 365

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Microsoft has launched an online version of its popular Office suite in a bid to stake its claim in the growing cloud computing space.

Office 365 allows business users to access their emails, documents, contacts and calendars from anywhere and always keep them up to date.

Microsoft’s move follows the recent Apple’s recent iCloud announcement and the growing number of Google’s online services.  

Australian users can purchase the service from $7.95 a month for professional and small business users from Telstra’s T-Suite service.

This entry level service includes an email, calendar, contacts and personal archive with 25GB mailbox storage.

The Microsoft Office 365 dashboard to access your online services


Also included are online document and basic editing capabilities with Office Web Apps and the ability to share documents and information using SharePoint Online.

There is also premium anti-virus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft’s Forefront Online Protection for Exchange.

For midsize businesses and enterprise, packages start at $15.70 that offers even more features and online storage capacity.

Microsoft's Office 365 is available from $7.95 a month

Moving to the cloud with Office 365 offers several advantages including the same applications and services many are already used to using with Microsoft Office.

The service is available to Windows and Mac users with the ability to access the service on smartphones including iPhones, Android and Windows Phone devices.

“Enabling business productivity sits at the very core of Microsoft’s DNA. Office 365 is designed with one mission in mind: help businesses run better by providing a new generation of world-class collaboration tools in the cloud,” says Oscar Trimboli, director of Microsoft Australia’s Information Worker’s Business Group.

“Through Office 365, the very smallest organisations can now access the most sophisticated, enterprise class collaboration tools for a price per user, per month that is roughly the cost of a sandwich. The playing field has truly been levelled.”

Users can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.