If you have tried out Google Apps, then may want to take a look at Office 365, another cloud-based products from Microsoft.
All these time we will use Microsoft Office applications by installing them in our laptops or desktop PCs that runs locally. Office 365 of course will not have big difference from what we know and see, the usage and functions but in terms of now it is a web-based operation.
The strategy Microsoft playing now is price cutting it to target budget-minded small and/or midsize businesses but not for all, but some editions of its Office 365 cloud collaboration and communication suite which is definitely a good news for them.
This approach may motivate more customers to move to Office 365 which face more costly hosted option with less reliability and availability compared to cloud-based that monitored and maintain by more expertise at Microsoft in making sure it’s up all the time and cost efficient reason.
Office 365 do offers hosted email and productivity and collaboration applications for companies from small size to midsize, government and schools as well with varies of prices on per-user, per-month subscription basis.
Midsize businesses and enterprises can enjoy lower prices, from US$10 to $8; from $16 to $14; from $24 to $20; and from $27 to $22 for labeled E1, E2, E3 and E4 respectively. Never miss out the plan for small businesses; P1 which limit users up to only 50 users, email-only option with just Exchange Online but the price still remain as $6 per user, per month.
If you are students, or work at education faculty can taste free Office 365 for Education in A2 plan. This will includes hosted Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office Web Apps and will be launched this summer.