Teeth make smiles, and smiles make sales - Unidentified Harrods person in Alan Sugar's The Apprentice
STAGE JUMPING SHOUTING MAN and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has hosted a webcast introducing Microsoft Office 365, the Vole's late coming response to the not very recent boom in cloud computing.
According to Ballmer the release has been six years in the making, but doesn't it sound like it. The INQUIRER had one ear open during the presentation and was amused to hear the company talking up features that, well, don't sound particularly fresh at all.
Know then that Office 365 is cloud based, like all those other cloud services you use. Revel in the information that it allows for video conferencing, like those other services you have been using for years. And pull your jaw back off their floor following the news that it lets people in different locations work together on a project, like... well, you get the idea, for years lately.
Ballmer, who was enthused during the presentation, if slightly scaly looking, suggested that by embracing this new old way of doing things some firms will be able to save themselves a lot of IT headaches - not normally something associated with Microsoft - and can for example throw out up to sixty of their servers and add two virtual workers to a team of around 35, so presto miraculously, thanks to the amazing and unprecedented, step right up, productivity gains on offer from Microsoft.
Office 365 is available in 40 countries and features Microsoft Office, Microsoft Sharepoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online. It is charged on a monthly rate, and according to the firm this will be 'predictable' - whatever that means. Internally, of course, it means a toss-up between predictable revenues based on software licence tolls and unpredictable ones based upon how often users dip into its tools, what size they are and how many people work there.
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