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Microsoft Office 365 review

Office heads for the cloud, but does it send productivity sky-high?

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Our Verdict

Office 365 is a simple and cost-effective way to get access to new features in desktop Office 2013, but Microsoft still has to prove it can offer meaningful improvements on a regular basis. Smaller companies will appreciate its reliability and interface, but there are powerful options for larger ones too.

For

  • New administration interface
  • New features on Sharepoint and Exchange Online
  • App model for Outlook add-ons
  • Simple and cost-effective plans

Against

  • Wait for upgrades for existing users
  • Does not take full advantage of Skype
  • Lacks integration with Yammer enterprise social networks.

We've already looked at SharePoint Online 2013, which was based on the preview version that's been available on Office 365. The main differences are bug fixes for upgrade and migration issues; the interface and features are the same.

With new social and search features and much friendlier storage and sharing tools, plus a whole new way of building apps that work with SharePoint, this is the most accessible release of Microsoft's document storage and collaboration system yet.