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With that in mind, one might come to appreciate the dual-pronged strategy that Microsoft
has adopted. For example, some people wondered why Microsoft acquired Skype when
there is already a Lync offering with similar capabilities, or why Microsoft provides SkyDrive
in addition to SharePoint SkyDrive Pro. The reason is because enterprises typically have
different needs from consumers. The fact is that enterprises require better controls from their
IT services as well as other features that might not be relevant to the average consumer.
Office 365
This brings us to the introduction of Office 365. Of all the different types of cloud services,
one that stands out very prominently and is clearly designed for the enterprise is the
Microsoft cloud known as Office 365. Now in its third release, Office 365 is the overarching brand
name of Microsoft's flagship business products offered through the cloud:
Office 365 ProPlus A full version of Office
Exchange Online For hosted messaging
SharePoint Online For hosted file sharing and collaboration
Lync Online For hosted communications
These business and productivity tools are rich in features by themselves, but when
combined they become an integrated platform of capabilities that very few other solutions
can match. If implemented on-premises and as these features continue to grow, evolve,
and integrate with each other, the demand for the IT backend infrastructure to deliver and
maintain the service becomes more and more complex. Organizations are constantly in
need of evaluating IT costs and their return on investment (ROI), and the most important
realization by organizations is that there needs to be a more sustainable way of delivering
IT. Cloud computing has also become a reality because the infrastructure in most parts of
the world have improved to the point where the Internet has the capacity and reliability to
deliver business critical IT systems.
At the time of writing, Microsoft recently announced the launch of Project Online and Team
Foundation Services (TFS) Online. If your organization requires these capabilities, they can
be acquired separately and as add-ons to Office 365. Project Online and TFS Online
leverage and integrate with the core Office 365 technologies. While this topic will focus only
on the core Office 365 technologies, it is important to note that the Microsoft technology
roadmap includes the continued integration of other Microsoft technologies with Office
365.
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