Office 365 Beta: screenshots

Office 365 Beta: screenshots

Summary: The beta programme for Microsoft's cloud-based productivity and collaboration suite is underway. Take a look at our gallery to see how it's shaping up.

TOPICS: Cloud, Reviews

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  • Office 365's public-facing website is part of SharePoint Online. It comes with an online design tool and a set of plugin components to simplify building a basic business website. The bundled templates offer a guide to good content, and there's also scope for editing site CSS for a more customised experience.

  • Microsoft's Lync unified communications tool is relegated to giving Office 365 IM, presence and collaboration features. That's enough for most small businesses, and the built-in management tools speed up deployment.

  • Much of Office 365's beta support is handled through a community site that brings together support forums, the Office 365 blog and a set of information wikis. It's a step above the usual beta non-support, with engaged and responsive Microsoft staff and a growing community of service users.

Topics: Cloud, Reviews

Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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  • How do you D/L the beta, so I can see if I want to purchase it.?