Aimed at small businesses looking to move to cloud
Microsoft has opened its Office 365 cloud suite to a public beta of the service, which the company claims has been trialled by over 100,000 companies in the last six months.
The public beta will be released in 38 markets and available in 17 languages. There would be two packages: a small business oriented, monthly deal with "community support", and an enterprise package with round-the-clock admin support, advanced configuration and an annual contract.
An official launch of the product is slated for later this year.
Microsoft expects that small businesses who were trying to move to the cloud would go for the service.
Microsoft Office Division corporate vice-president Kirk Koenigsbauer said, "Office 365 takes that same technology power and delivers it to small businesses."
"More than 70% of the people who signed up for the limited beta were small businesses."
The company is accepting service subscriptions on its Office 365 website and said that companies signing up would be served on a first come, first served basis.
Prices start at $6 per user per month.