MicrosoftBy: Mike Sachoff - March 2, 2009
Microsoft has announced it is expanding its online versions of some of its Office applications globally through a platform called Business Productivity Online Suite.
The Business Productivity Online Suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communication Online. Customers will be able to select which services they want to use.
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online are available for trial in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Organizations will be able to trial and purchase the Business Productivity Online Suite in April.
"These services open up new possibilities for businesses to control costs while continuing to enhance the productivity of their employees," said Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division.
"Customers can save between 10 percent and 50 percent in IT-related expenditures as a result of deploying Microsoft Online Services."
Microsoft’s Deskless Worker Suite, including Exchange Online Deskless Worker and SharePoint Online Deskless Worker, will also be available to organizations in 19 countries.
Microsoft also announced that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will use the Business Productivity Online Suite globally.
"The move to Microsoft Online Services will help GlaxoSmithKline cut operational costs by an estimated 30 percent and create a variable cost model that will provide increased flexibility in the future," said Ingo Elfering, vice president of Information Technology Strategy, GlaxoSmithKline.