Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based subscription service that allows individuals and small businesses to collaborate together online, was recently announced. Anyone who uses Office on their desktop computer will find the interface to be very familiar. Best of all, Office 365 will work from your iPhone and other smartphones such as the BlackBerry and Android.
The specific features in this software include Web versions of: Outlook, SharePoint, Lync, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
There is no specific app for the iPhone, everything is done right from your mobile browser. You will need an Internet connection to use Microsoft Office 365.
It is unclear how well this service will actually work on the iPhone. The Microsoft website states that some of the online applications will require Microsoft Mobile 10, which is not currently available for the iPhone. Support for Mac users also appears to be limited.
A basic subscription to Office 365 is $6 per user, per month. There is other pricing available and will depend on the features selected and the number of users. If you would like to learn more about the specific online features of Microsoft Office 365, more details may be found on their website.
Microsoft Office 365 claims to have a 99.9 percent uptime. It will be interesting to watch over the next few months to see if Microsoft Office 365 is worth it, or if people will continue to limp along with the inexpensive Google Docs.