Video: Office 365 vs SharePoint


Microsoft Office 365 is commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft. Office 365 includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications and hosted versions of Microsoft's Server products (including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server), delivered and accessed over the Internet, in effect, the next version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Office 365 free alternatives are Zoho, Google Apps.
SharePoint's multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform. SharePoint alternatives for small business are: Office 365, Box, G Suite, Zoho. There are also free open-source alternatives to Sharepoint - Alfresco, Nuxeo, Liferay Portal.
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2014 - Microsoft adds Video service to Office 365 to strike back at SharePoint



Microsoft is now offering Office 365 Video - the new feature for posting, sharing and discovering video content. Think of it as a YouTube for Enterprise. Use cases include video sharing for customer service, video as an inter-team collaboration tool and video for improving sales and training. Where Office 365 is deployed, video will be made available across the enterprise at no additional cost to current users. Powered by Azure Media Services, Office 365 Video offers adaptive smooth streaming technology that optimizes video playback for the device it’s being viewed on. It will make it available to most Office 365 plans for enterprise early next year.

2013 - Building a company website: Microsoft Office 365 vs SharePoint


Perhaps for many people it will be a surprise, but Microsoft Office 365 allows to create a public website for your company (thanks to SharePoint Online component). The practice of building websites on SharePoint existed for a long time. But it was quite expensive (due to the cost of SharePoint licenses and Windows hosting). Second, SharePoint was originally designed for intranet portals, and for public sites it's not very appropriate. Therefore, only large companies (for whatever reasons) used SharePoint as a website engine. But with the appearance of Office 365 things changed to better. Having Office 365 subscription, small business owner can create a company website for free. And the only technical skills he needs  - is Word editing.

2013 - Office 365 for Business: new pricing quest from Microsoft


A month after the release of Office 365 home version, Microsoft is launching the updated version of Office 365 for Business. Just like in its previous incarnation, the business version besides the office editors (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, InfoPath) contains the email server Exchange, SharePoint portal and communications system Lync. Plus all sorts of IT-friendly things like Active Directory integration and the Admin Console. And as usual, Microsoft comes up with confusing variety of subscription plans. For example, some editions don't include desktop Office apps and some - include. Some editions can be installed on 5 computers, some - just on one. Some prices are per month, some - per year. And of course, every edition has different limit in the number of users. The price of Office 365 Small Business Premium, which provides the same functionality as Google Apps, is $150/year per user (Google Apps costs $50).

Recall the main functional features of the new version - are the new touch-friendly interface, cloud sync (via SkyDrive Pro), Sharepoint online platform, online Office Store. By July 2013 Microsoft promises bring Yammer and Skype to Office 365.

2012 - 200,000 Toyota Employees Will Use Office 365. SharePoint should better react



Though Microsoft is positioning its Office 365 as a solution for small business, it has nothing to do but to offer it to large companies also. Because they also want SaaS. After Google won the deal with General Motors (to implement Google Apps), Microsoft needed the similar victory. And they did it - Toyota will provide its 200,000 employees based in Japan and other overseas affiliates with Office 365. They'll be able to use not only online document editors, but also the online version of Outook / Exchange, Lync, SharePoint. How much will Toyota pay for each license - is unknown. A few days ago Microsoft introduced the pricing for the new Office version, and there is no option for large enterprises. Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $150/year per user (and this license covers up to 5 user devices). In general, the new Office pricing is difficult to understand (as usual), but one thing is clear - Microsoft made using the Office 365 subscription model more cheap than buying desktop licenses. Because they are already very tired of convincing users to upgrade every time. It's better to collect the small (but stable) fees for the SaaS-version.