Many are used to having Exchange on-premise and the older versions of Exchange are fast and reliable, when configured and maintained properly. The newer versions of Exchange take more resources and can be slow if you don’t have enough CPU power assigned to it or if your storage is greater than 100GB on one of the four storage areas. Office 365 is where Microsoft is investing, so you can be assured that more bells and whistles will be added to make this scenario better value over time.
One of the advantages of Yammer for Microsoft (SharePoint) is to open social features for enterprise level groups, focus groups and external networks since SharePoint main focus is teams and your personal space.
What are the changes that make Office 2013 worthwhile? The short answer is, there are hundreds of small changes that make the overall experience enjoyable. A few of the high value ones are listed in this blog.
With a familiar coming from behind story, Microsoft’s aim is to overtake Apple iPad, but will most likely overtake Google Android devices (current number 2). Unless Microsoft cracks the consumer market, they’ll need to settle for 2nd place behind Apple. As 375 million PCs are expected to be purchased in 2013 (according to IDC), there is plenty of room for Microsoft to market their way into a success.
One of the main limitations of existing Microsoft editions is that it does not work well in the age of “touch” tablets and phones.
CRM is one of the original “killer applications” for cloud computing where you pay as you go and only pay for what you use. In fact, the cloud based CRM leader, SalesForce.com, has been pushing the on-line model for many years. The big difference with Microsoft announcement is (see blog for more).
You are not going to make your enterprise hardware cheaper than the big boys operating in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) space. This means the real place of innovation and growth is in Platform as a Service to take advantage of this new commodity-like infrastructure by building private infrastructure to work seamlessly with the public cloud resources.