SHENZHEN, CHINA, 11 NOVEMBER 2010 - Microsoft has announced the Hong Kong beta availability of Microsoft Office 365, which brings together Microsoft Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online.
Offering next generation in Cloud Productivity, Office 365 delivers always up-to-date versions of Microsoft's latest productivity tools for organizations of all types and sizes.
Since its launch in March 2010, Microsoft Online Services has maintained strong momentum due to the growing demand for cloud services in Hong Kong.
The company says that thousands of customers now actively use Microsoft Online Services, and more than 50 Microsoft partners in Hong Kong are selling Microsoft Online Services.
Microsoft is committed to invest in cloud services innovation, and has invested US$2.3 billion in cloud technology, and US$500 million per data center in 2009. Noting the increase in the number of customers moving to the cloud with Microsoft, this investment is expected to grow to more than US$9.5 billion in 2011.
Benefits for SMEs
According to David Hooper, information worker business group lead, Microsoft Hong Kong, the company has recorded 77 percent user growth since the launch of Microsoft Online Services.
Hooper claims that the next generation of our Online Services, Office 365, delivers the best productivity technologies available and its flexibility and affordability will deliver range of benefits for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
Office 365 will be offered in two modules: Office 365 for small businesses and Office 365 for enterprises.
Microsoft Online Services provides business value to customers from many sectors including construction and engineering services group Gammon Construction Limited, and Asia City Media Group, a regional media and publishing company based in Hong Kong.
For an SME, the cost of a new IT investment will always be a significant consideration, said Greg Crandall, country manager, Asia City Media Group. From an affordability point of view, Microsoft Exchange Online was very attractive. What's more, since deploying it, we have seen a 30 percent reduction in costs, and man hours reduced from an hour a day to just ten minutes, enabling us to devote more time to service innovation, which increases the return on investment.
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