This is a good move, I just hope it’s not too little too late for Microsoft. Google has been pushing hard in this space for several years and in surprise to many people have started to take them serious.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365, Web-based versions of Office to its collection of hosted software for business. The company will also offer traditional Office as a subscription-based service.
For very small businesses, Microsoft is pricing the service as low as $6 per user per month, though that version includes only the Web-based versions of Office. Larger businesses will have a multitude of options, starting from as low as $2 per month for hosted e-mail only to $27 per user per month for the most full-featured Office which includes the full Office Pro Plus desktop suite in addition to Sharepoint, Exchange, communications server tools and the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, among other tools.
Applications to take part in the beta are being accepted today, but the new hosted versions won’t be available until next year.