Mike covered Office 365 before here on Ghacks. Without rehashing what has already been said, Office 365 is a cloud based service by Microsoft that brings Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, Exchange and Lync together in the cloud. The service aims at business and organizations who do not want to invest in local server solutions by working in the cloud instead.
Microsoft aims for a release in 2011 for Office 365. Currently a limited beta program is available in 13 countries. Actually, two different betas are available, one for small businesses and one for enterprises. The signup form is the same on the other hand.
Users who want to sign up for the Office 365 beta can visit the beta page to do that. They need to fill out first and last name, email address organization size and if they are interested in the small business or enterprise beta.
What's the difference between the two beta versions?
The beta begins on October 18, 2010 and ends on March 5, 2011. Interested parties will be contacted by Microsoft as soon as beta spots become available.
The beta is only available in "the fifty (50) United States (including D.C.), Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom", and only for residents "who are at least the age of majority or older in their country of residence at the time of participation".
Update: The beta of Office 365 has ended and you can now sign up for a subscription package on the official website. You can sign up for a free trial of the document management and editing service.
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