Microsoft announcement not what was expected

March 3, 2008

So after all the rumours of the weekend, which if you’ve been following them have pointed to a big announcement from Microsoft regarding online office productivity and possibly moving their entire office suite into the cloud, an announcement came from Redmond yesterday.

However, it wasn’t what was expected, in fact it was much weaker and no threat to any existing players.

They’ve announced the launch of a beta of Exchange Online and SharePoint Online is a definite move towards software plus services.

It’s interesting none the less as this comes right after Google Sites who are a contender for those looking for a simple online collaboration tool to build intranet/extranets with. SharePoint is much more full featured and as such much more suited to large enterprises.

We’ll have to wait and see whether anything else comes out this week…

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