As part of an effort to compete with Google (
) Documents, Microsoft (
)announced on Wednesday that it soon will begin testing a
cloud-based online version of Office.
Office 365 is easily accessible for workers and users via any
device on any browser. Reuters (
) reports it will work on smartphones and the iPad, and it's
accessible via Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome. The
program was developed with assistance from Microsoft's Customer
"Office 365 is the best of everything we know about productivity,
all in a single cloud service," said Kurt DelBene, president of the
Office Division at Microsoft. "With Office 365, your local bakery
can get enterprise-caliber software and services for the first
time, while a multinational pharmaceutical company can reduce costs
and more easily stay current with the latest innovations. People
can focus on their business, while we and our partners take care of
One small business official lauded what the new program has to
abound immediately when the program begins. His Washington State
company serves on the Microsoft Customer Advisory Board for Office
"For a small business, Office 365 is a perfect way to start," said
Rob Nichols, chief technology officer of Allovus Design. "It has
all the features we need, and we can come out of the gate with the
same tools the big guys have - on day one."
Office 365 will be available worldwide next year.