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I have always been a  keen user of MS Office and have enjoyed the comfort of using Outlook to manage my days and the joy of now using icloud to connect Calendar, Contacts to my ipad and iphone! No more copying.

“If you’re a small business or startup, Microsoft Office 365 should be on your technology shortlist. It’s a cloud-based suite based on the world’s most popular office software that launched in late June. It will likely get small businesses and enterprises to start considering cloud software solutions if they haven’t already. Microsoft also hopes this offering can edge into the space Google Apps has had to itself for several years.

After testing the suite’s small business tools for several weeks, I’m convinced that it’s a strong option for small businesses, startups, and enterprises. It’s possibly even better for small companies than Google Apps. With a promise of 99.9% uptime, generally reasonable pricing, a deep list of features, and rich cross-application compatibility, I can see many businesses wanting to use Office 365.

Opinions are mixed on just how useful the Office 365 will be to small businesses and nimble startups. Our own Matthew Lynley made the case that startups with young personnel that grew up with social networking won’t see Office 365 as the ideal solution for them. But frequent VentureBeat columnist Peter Yared argued that Office 365 will clobber Google Apps and similar cloud software options because it has familiarity and considerably more features.”  read more  – http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/29/hands-on-review-microsoft-office-365/

So has anyone any experience of using 365? Is it really the one fo the future or is Google APps still a strong contenter? And what about Windows 8 and how will that work with all of this?

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