Microsoft has opened up its Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite
Microsoft has opened up its Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite for public beta-testing in 38 countries.
The computer giant has also launched an app store - the Office 365 Marketplace - to sell web-based business applications and services for the suite.
Microsoft Office 365, which is a cloud-based version of the company's Office suite, consists of hosted forms of server products including Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync.
More than 150 companies are already offering their own applications and services to companies looking to use the cloud-based suite, on the new store.
Office 365, which saves documents on the cloud, can be flexibly used across most devices, from PCs to smartphones, with a web browser.
Once the cloud service rolls out properly, two payment schemes are set to be available to businesses, starting from $6 (nearly £4) per person, per month, for the most basic plan.
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