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Microsoft Launches Office 365, Google Defends Google Apps

Microsoft has launched its Office 365 cloud based online productivity tools at an event in London today.

Office 365 is a web based version of some of its most popular productivity software including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel that are a part of its Office software suite.

The cloud based tool, targeted particularly at enterprise users is are being launched in direct competition to Google Apps and similar services.

Microsoft said that Office 365, being web based, will be accessible from desktops, laptops and tablet devices including Apple iPad, RIM PlayBook and Galaxy Tab.

In the UK, small organisations with less than 25 employees can access Office 365 for email, documents, contacts and calendar for £4 per user per month.

Larger organisations are expected to pay anything between £6 and £17.75 per user per month, but they will have access to more Office 365 services including archiving and Lync messaging service.

Google, however, took time out to point out the differences between Office 365 and Google Apps and declared Apps better than Office 365 any day of the week.

“Technology inevitably gets more complicated as it gets older. Upgrading platforms and adding features results in systems that are increasingly difficult to manage and complex to use. At times like these, it's worth considering a clean-slate: an approach based on entirely modern technologies, designed for today’s world,” Google said in a blog post (opens in new tab).

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