2011
06.28

Earlier this afternoon Microsoft launched Office365.  I had a play with the beta over the past couple of weeks.  The online experience was pretty smooth; much better than BPOS was at the same stage.  I am not convinced that an ordinary user will not be able to do a smooth deployment of the on-site piece – yes; you will likely use Office on a PC instead of the web editions, just because of mobility and usability.  You will download a client to (allegedly) configure Office.  I found it downloaded, ran for a while, and did squat.  Anyone with an AD or Exchange to integrate will need to work with a specialist partner to do the synchronization and/or migration.  Note that there is a SKU (or a set of them) that include an on-PC Office 2010 license that you are entitled to use for the life of your Office365 subscription.

Office 2010 Service Pack 1 has also been released for x86 and x64.  Mary-Jo Foley has all the details on changes.

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