Microsoft has opened its Office 365 services to public beta testing. This cloud suite, which competes with Google Apps for Business, targets small and large businesses, offering productivity and communication tools that integrate across the desktop, Web, and mobile devices.
It includes Office Web Apps productivity tools; Lync for IM, VoIP, and online meetings; Exchange Online for mobile access to e-mail, contacts, and calendars; and SharePoint Online for shared documents and internal sites. Some bundles include the desktop Office Professional Plus. Keep reading to see what the services let you do.
Also see our comparison of Office 365 vs. Google Apps, a tour of Office 365’s admin controls, an analysis of how Office 365 can pay for itself, and a critical look at mobile features of Office 365.