Microsoft today unveiled Microsoft Office 365, now available in 40 markets, providing an "always-up-to-date" cloud service, for a monthly subscription. With Office 365, people can stay on the “same page” using instant messaging and virtual meetings with people down the hall or across the world.

Microsoft Office applications are at the heart of Office 365, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook, with other applications that connect to Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync.

Office 365 is available in a wide range of service plans to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, ranging from the largest to the smallest. The service was introduced in beta last year and, in a few months, more than 200,000 organizations signed up and began testing it.

Today, more than 20 service providers around the globe also shared plans to bring Office 365 to their customers this year. Bell Canada, Intuit, NTT Communications, Telefonica, Telstra and Vodafone Group, among others, will package and sell Office 365 with their own services for small and midsize businesses.

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