Microsoft is giving businesses in Singapore access to the company's next-generation cloud productivity service by launching Office 365.
The new release offers a combination of Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date service.
Users can benefit from all these features by paying US$6 per month.
Office 365 is ideally suited to the Singapore market predominated by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to Jessica Tan, managing director, Microsoft Singapore.
Microsoft Office 365 is not new to Singapore as it was made available to Singapore businesses as part of a public beta in April 2011.
This beta was successful as per StarHub, Microsoft Singapore syndication partner for Office 365, which claimed to have sold Office 365 bundled packages to over 500 customers following the April announcement.
Available in the Asia Pacific
Microsoft has also launched Microsoft Office 365 in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
"Small and mid-sized enterprises in the Asia Pacific drive economic growth, but they are challenged by tight profit margins and strong competition in the global marketplace," said Andrew Pickup, chief operating officer, Microsoft Asia Pacific. "One way to help these businesses become more agile and productive is to provide affordable collaborative tools, such as Office 365, that improve efficiency and enable them to focus on the highest-value work."
Office 365 service is based on familiar productivity tools people know but it will give businesses new ways to work together with ease, on virtually any device or mobile phone.
"With Office 365, businesses of all sizes, big and small, can now access enterprise-ready business solutions for the price of a movie ticket, effectively removing the need for significant upfront investments in IT infrastructure and maintenance," said Tan.
"Office 365 will be a driving force that enables improved business productivity and collaboration, helping to reduce capital expenditure while simultaneously boosting output. Today's launch will level the playing field for local SMEs by giving them access to the powerful IT capabilities that have long since given big business a competitive edge."
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