Software giant Microsoft launched its Microsoft Office 365 in India, which will enable enterprises in the country to access solutions like email and other collaboration tools on a pay-per-use model.
"The launch is a part of Microsoft's comprehensive cloud services strategy. Microsoft 365 provides all the enterprise solutions on a flexible usage and payment model, along with security and simplified IT management," Microsoft India Managing Director Sanket Akerkar said.
Over the last 45 days, more than 12,000 organisations in the country have signed up for Office 365 trails, he added. With the suite of solutions, companies can use email, collaboration, conferencing and productivity capabilities for about USD 2-27 (about Rs 100-1,350) per user, depending on what solutions the organisation opts for.
Since the solutions are cloud-based, users can access their mails and files through a variety of devices like desktops, laptops and mobile phones and work on projects while on the move.
Cloud computing facilitates sharing of technological resources, software and digital information. Since the technology is Internet-based, data and solutions can be accessed from anywhere using a browser. The emerging field functions on a pay-per-use model which will help them bring down cost.
According to a Springboard Research report, India's mobile workforce is expected to grow 53 per cent over next four years to reach 205 million by 2015. Therefore, companies are looking at enterprise solutions, which offer mobility features.