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Hosted in Microsoft’s Singapore datacentre, the utility service includes Office (productivity), Exchange (messaging), Sharepoint (document collaboration) and Lync (instant messaging and presence) on a monthly bill.
There are a number of plans, ranging from the small business plan (for up to 25 employees for $US7.99 a user per month) to the enterprise plan (which sells for $US45.10 a seat per month).
For some, however, the fact you can’t “tinker with the software” is a good thing, he said. Given it is a “one-dot-zero” release and “far from perfect”, there was still a lack of flexibility in Office 365’s functionality compared to other made-to-measure information and collaboration infrastructures
Recognising the channel angst surrounding the way to market, he said the Telstra connection is not an issue. To be able to sell the technology, he said Microsoft partners had to sign two documents: The Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement; and the Telstra Online Services Agreement.
“There’s still a lot of work with migrating a customer to Office 365,” he said. "It’s not a question of rolling out Office 365, you flick a switch and then you’re done. There are big decisions when deciding on which piece of the network goes to the cloud. You have different phone systems, different providers of broadband, a number of PCs that need refreshed, along with a server upgrade and new backup solutions.” Pain points emerge
People should be moving away from windows alltogether imho and start donating to free tools and operating systems!!!
And no.. im not some linux user on my high horse... i am in charge of IT for large company in Australia.. and I simply cant wait to shake away all of our links to m$.
The problem is tho.. that everyone knows windows already.. its a comfy old shoe and most people cant bare to squeez into a flashy new pare made by someone else.
I assume that youve seen the leaked version of windows 8? or videos of? Well.. they have ripped off many ideas from free open source developers.. the 3D interactive boxes etc... all rip off's from the beryl project and compiz fusion project... meh.. i could rant about Bill Gates fails but hours.
what a load of crap?!?
There are lots of businesses who have moved to openBSD, freeBSD, different flavours of linux... where the hell have you been living or working?!?!?!
free operating systems which run faster and more efficiently.. dont have to worry about virus's, are generally more secure.
I cant beleive that you assume that m$ and apple are the be-all and end-all of business computing.. that is sad as you will always be praying and paying to bill gates... very sad indeed.
In fact... mr gates is so scared of the fact that he is quickly losing more and more of his market share to free operating systems.. the m$ has been running its own linux dev team to try and bring out "paid" software for the free market.
To say that m$ and apple are the ONLY ones capable of doing the job just shows your lack of knowledge on the subject and the tools readily available for free.
most "decent" sys admins know bsd/unix variants/linux very well indeed... the end user need not know all of this.. that is what sys admins are for.. also companies like canonical are for exactly that reason... and still much cheaper than m$.
Why the hell would i want the interface to still look like 3.1?!?
M$ makes the system "simple" for the "lay person"... funnily so do the many windows environment providers out there at the mo... such as gnome, kde etc.. all very simply to use.. most windows users never tinker with back end of there system.. so why assume that users will always run into technical issues with other OS's.