"Angel's Gate," a groundbreaking Asian reality television series that debuted on February 6, 2012 on Channel NewsAsia, announced that Microsoft will offer Office 365 cloud productivity service for free to entrepreneurs from across Asia who have been shortlisted to participate in the "Angel's Gate" television series.
"With Office 365 for small businesses, customers can be up and running with Office Web Apps, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and an external website in minutes, for $6 (U.S.) per user, per month. These tools put enterprise-grade email, shared documents, instant messaging, videoconferencing, webconferencing, portals and more at everyone's fingertips."
The "Angel's Gate" series can be viewed worldwide through its website, and participation is open to contestants across Asia. "Angel's Gate" is already open to participation for season two.
Additional information about how "Angel's Gate" uses Office 365 can be found on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight Newsroom.
"Office 365 will empower Asian entrepreneurs with the tools and solutions to transform their businesses through better communication and collaboration," said Simon Mouyal, regional director of Small and Medium Business and Cloud Marketing for Microsoft Asia Pacific. "Entrepreneurs now have the power to think big and be small, to be big and act fast, because Office 365 is a powerful business enabler."
Also, off late, Microsoft begun disclosing publicly the new features it is adding to its Office 365 cloud for both small business and enterprise customers. Here's a sampling of what Microsoft has added to Office 365 since the start of this year from the Office 365 wiki:
- Research In Motion BlackBerry Business Cloud Services (BBCS) for Microsoft Office 365
- Microsoft Exchange PST Capture
- Lync Client-side Recording of conversations/meetings
- Improved PDF support for SharePoint Online
- SharePoint Online improved ability to recover SharePoint site collections
- Storage quota limit increase for Customers with more than 10,500 seats
- Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) for mobile phones and higher storage limits added to Exchange Online Kiosk plan
- Office 365 Support for POP and IMAP Connections to Outlook 2003