Microsoft is planning to launch the cloud-based version of its popular Office productivity suite by the end of June.
Office 365 is a cloud based version of Office suite which comes with World, Excel and PowerPoint. The online platform is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Docs, which is being seen as a credible threat to Office's longtime dominance.
Office 365 has been in beta for a long time and Microsoft has repeatedly said that the platform will be made generally available by the end of this year. Microsoft first announced Office 365 in October last year and made the platform available as a public beta test in April.
But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally revealed the company's plan to launch Office 365 in June at an event in New Delhi, India.
“We're pushing hard in the productivity space. We'll launch our Office 365 cloud service, which gives you Lync and Exchange and SharePoint and Office and more as a subscribable service that comes from the cloud. That launches in the month of June,” Ballmer said during the conference, PC World (opens in new tab) reports.
The news has been confirmed by Jon Roskill, corporate vice president of Microsoft's worldwide partner group who tweeted that Office 365 will come be generally available on June 28. You can find more about Microsoft's Office 365 here (opens in new tab).