Microsoft today announced worldwide availability of a major new update to its Microsoft Office 365 services for business.
According to a statement by the tech giant, the new updates include new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium-sized and large organisations.
In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Exchange Online and SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications, on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service, the company said in its statement.
Office 365 features enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer today, and Lync-Skype connectivity for presence (IM), and voice by June. The new offerings include Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Small Business Premium.
"The new Office 365 has set the industry benchmark for cloud-based office productivity and communications for small and medium businesses to large enterprises as it unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass competitors," said John Fernandes, chief marketing & operations officer, Microsoft Singapore. "With the new Office 365, we are confident that businesses would have a foundation for increasing productivity in a new world of work."
Office 365 for SMEs
According to Microsoft, Office 365 was launched in mid-2011 and is one of the fastest-growing businesses in Microsoft history.
The number of small and mid-sized businesses using Office 365 has also grown by 150 percent in the past 12 months, said Microsoft.
"In today's globalised business environment, and with the government's constant call for greater productivity among businesses in Singapore, it has become even more important for SMEs to constantly enhance their productivity so as to stay competitive and relevant. With the value that Office 365 brings, businesses now have the access to enterprise-grade solutions and communications tools, at a modular and manageable price-point. This is why many of our SMB customers feel that Office 365 is a game-changer for them," said Fernandes.
Microsoft announced three new customers for its Office 365 - Pokka Singapore, one of the leading F&B manufacturers in Asia; KTP Consultants, a leading regional engineering company based in Singapore; and Ryobi-Kiso, a leading ground engineering solutions provider in Singapore.
Pokka turned to the new Office 365 in 2012 to enable improved communication and collaboration within the organisation. "With Office 365, it is easier and faster for us to communicate with each other," said Alvyn Lim, IT assistant manager, Pokka Singapore. "As our employees can work together more quickly, orders are processed in less time. Our IT department now also spends significantly less time in managing demands for email spaces and technical assistance."
"We are also pleased that Office 365 is a hit with a growing number of our enterprise customers who want to take advantage of the cloud technology," said Teh Chong Mien, vice president for sales at StarHub's Enterprise Business Group. StarHub is Microsoft's syndication partner for the Singapore market for Office 365, and one of the top three Asia Pacific-based syndication partners.
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