Microsoft Office 365 Launched

Microsoft has launched the Office 365 cloud-based enterprise productivity suite in an attempt to take on Google in the cloud.

The online software suite has been designed to offer key Microsoft Office applications, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and the Lync Online instant-messaging in a cost effective, cloud-based format.

Office 365 will replace Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which was expensive and offered only SharePoint and Exchange.

Microsoft is aiming to take on Google's cloud-based Google App enterprise software tools, that offer Office like capabilities in the cloud.

Office 365 will be aimed at small businesses, which don't have the IT expertise to run their own servers and enterprises which are looking to cut down on IT costs but maintain their productivity level.

Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft's Office division, said in a statement to BBC: “We are at a pivot point in the adoption of cloud services. Customers will get the best of everything we know about productivity, 365 days a year.”