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TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

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September 22, 2012

TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

The adoption of Office 365 all over the world is continuing to grow at such as rapid pace it is only equal to the rate at which a fetus is growing inside an expectant mother.

This week, it was revealed that in an effort to push more users to begin to implement Office 365, Microsoft (News - Alert) has ramped up the price of Office 2013 by almost 17 percent. The technology giant also stated it will be eliminating the option to buy multi-license packs.

According to TMCnet’s Contributing Writer Oliver VanDervoort, “This move is quite significant considering that this is the first time since 2001 that Microsoft has actually raised the price on the Office Suite. Industry analysts are fairly clear as to why they think Microsoft has raised the prices for the permanent licenses—because the company wants more people to use Office 365 which enables people to lease licenses, thereby making more money for the company in the long run.”

In other news, headlines were made in regards to the fact that Office 365 is now being used in a wide array of businesses in Nigeria for several reasons including to drive collaboration and communication amongst a geographically divided workforce, ramping up productivity, and most importantly streamlining operations overall.

This cloud-based offering was originally made available to Nigera back in June, but it has increased in popularity as-of-late as more organizations have seen the advantages from being able to utilize one platform to access multiple tools such as Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online. This solution gives employees access to e-mail, voicemail, enterprise social networking, instant messaging, Web portals, extranets, video conferencing, Web conferencing and more.

“Moving to the cloud with Office 365 does not require a business to change the way it works, because the service is based on familiar productivity tools people know and trust, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and more. Employees get new ways to work together with ease, on virtually any device or mobile phone, and businesses get the reliability, security and IT controls they need in the cloud, even without a dedicated IT staff,” said Emmanuel Onyeje, general manager of Microsoft Nigeria.

Closing out the week, Microsoft unveiled new pricing plans as well as discussed an upgrade that will be making its official debt in the coming weeks for customers who purchased Office 2010, enabling customers to purchase Office 365 at a reduced cost.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley says that "one of [her] contacts," told her that the technology giant will kick off an Office 2013 upgrade program on October 19 and that users who buy Office 2010 between that date and April 30, 2013 will see more pretty significant benefits.

Be sure to check back each and every week to the Office 365 community for all of the latest news in the space!

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