Checking the news on the Internet this morning, I spotted this article from SF Gate describing the official announcement today(!) that Microsoft Office is moving to the cloud with Microsoft Office 365 (I suppose that means it is available 365 days a year?).
The article explains that small to medium businesses that can’t afford to buy, install, run, and maintain the servers can now, for a fee, off-load all that hard work to the Microsoft cloud.
They also explain that it is good that Google set up Google apps. That helped Microsoft get off their butts (my words not theirs….I think appropriate, actually) and move to the cloud. Here is an interesting history lesson by the folks at PCWorld.com that kinda supports what I am saying…
Here is the original Microsoft announcement way back in October. I don’t deal with pricing on this blog, but, companies appear to be able to sign up for between $2 per user per month to $27 per user per month depending on features.
To Microsoft: Good idea….’bout time. But you needed someone (Google) to push you…not a good sign looking forward.