In addition to offering operating systems and applications for installation on workstations and services, Microsoft also offer a subset of their product portfolio as online services. The application is hosted at Microsoft within a shared cloud environment with all maintenance, updates, backups and other administration tasks being undertaken centrally.
This allows businesses to focus upon their core activity by not having to worry about the availability or scalability of backoffice systems. An online demonstration of the functionality is available.
The Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite is a set of messaging and collaboration solutions, bundled together and offered at a special rate, providing exceptional value for businesses that use more than one stand-alone service. The Business Productivity Online Suite consists of the following products:
Microsoft Exchange Online
Help your customers protect their networks and stay compliant and connected, without the up-front costs of an on-premises solution.
Microsoft Office Live Meeting
Help users connect with colleagues, customers and suppliers from around the world – without leaving their desks – through reliable, hosted Web- conferencing services.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Online
Offer your customers rich, easy-to-use collaboration capabilities. Deliver access to document libraries, wikis and blogs, shared workspaces, process workflows and intranet portals – all in a hosted service.
Microsoft Office Communications Online
Provide customers with technology that enables real-time, person-to-person communication using text, voice and video, across their organisation and beyond, to workers in remote locations.