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Microsoft India’s Free Trial Of Online Services For SMBs; No ERP

After taking Google head on with its search engine Bing, Microsoft India is attempting to draw more corporate users to its software as a service range. It is offering a free trial of its upcoming software as a service product known simply as Microsoft Online Services, set to launch in October. What's On Offer Products included in this are: Outlook (e-mail), Office Live Meeting (web conferencing), Office Communications Online (instant messaging), and MS Sharepoint for document collaboration. The advantage of SaaS is that it eliminates having to set up an in-house IT team since hosting the applications is by the provider, so is maintenance, upgrades etc. Microsoft is targeting small and medium businesses that are looking to scale up. Ofcourse, Microsoft's understanding of medium businesses - between 25 to 499 computers - is actually large for India. It is this target user that makes it different from Google's own software as a service Google Docs, which is built for individual users like you or me. Whereas Google Docs is free, Microsoft Online Services will be charged after the trial. 1 Or 2 MonthTrial? The online services customer portal has been built in a clear, step by step fashion, but the entire setting up process was lengthy and repetitive. After registering, you are taken to the services page where it shows you the available trials - but, surprise, surprise, they are just for 30 days and not 2 months as announced by the company. Within half an hour, you are ready to use Live Meeting or Outlook from your PC…

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