Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Typically, larger corporations have more use for the team-oriented
collaboration tools in the Essentials and Premium versions of Office Live. If you’re
running a small company and organization, and want to make use of only one of
the Premium features (such as the Document Manager), you have to pay the
same price as someone making use of all the Premium features.
Can the Really Big Guys Use SaaS?
Companies of all sizes can take advantage of Office Live. Office Live is
extremely scalable — you can increase your usage of the program as the
need arises. If you need more than twenty users, you can add more (in
groups of five at a time) for a mere $12 per group. Best of all, your users can
log on to Office Live immediately without having to wait for software delivery
and/or the company IT person.
Salesforce.com was one of the first SaaS vendors. To date they have attracted
a number of clients including AOL Time Warner and United Way. Considering
that the basic edition of Salesforce.com starts at $90 a month — and only
allows for five users — the exodus to Office Live should happen rather
quickly.
Can the Little Guys Use SaaS?
Office Live is aimed at small and midsize businesses and the home user. And
if you think that Office Live is too complicated, think again. Many of these
users have already used AOL, or have automatically updated their McAfee or
Symantec antivirus software online. They have a handle on what to expect.
SaaS works pretty much the same way as other online services. All software
upgrades and bug fixes are free, with no installation required. You access new
features and enhancements instantly when you log on to the service. You
always have the latest version of the software. And you’ll never have to call
the IT guru to help you!
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