Microsoft is planning to sign off on the final version of the Office 365 service in early June — possibly even next week — and to make it generally available in late June.
In this regard, Microsoft is holding its official launch of its cloud-hosted application suite, known as Office 365, on June 28. The Redmond company hands out invites for June 28th event.
CEO Steve Ballmer will be on hand at the New York launch event, according to an invitation I received.
Office 365 is Microsoft’s successor to its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), [email protected] and Office Live Small Business products. Microsoft has begun educating its partners and customers about its BPOS-to-office 365 migration strategy. Packaging and pricing of the suite already has been announced.
Office 365 consists of Microsoft-hosted Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, and also includes for customers who want it, a version of Office Professional Plus that can be installed locally on PCs and paid for per month, on a subscription basis. Office 365 competes head-to-head with Google Apps, and a handful of similar services.