Microsoft's Office 365 is the company's fastest-growing corporate product ever

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference kicked off today, and taking the stage first was Phil Sorgen. While hyping up the conference and talking about Microsoft, he stated that there are more than 1 billion users of both Windows and Office, quite the achievement for the company.

While on stage, Phil also stated that "Office 365 is fastest-growing corporate product ever," which is a key achievement for several reasons. First, it shows that the software as a service business model is viable for Microsoft. Secondly, that Office is still the premier productivity suite in the world and that Microsoft's new subscription model is aligning to business needs.

To help further Office 365, Microsoft has announced new plans in the last week that offer more clarity into their solutions and make the service more attractive to small and medium businesses.

While Microsoft is facing increased competition from the likes of Google Docs, no other productivity suite has been able to dethrone Office, especially Excel. While other services have matched the feature sets of Word and PowerPoint, no other company has been able to match Excel; this spreadsheet application is likely the keystone to the Office suite for many corporations around the world.

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In using Office 365 for 4 domains of mine, I've realized just how good it is.

Amazing product to be honest, and that's not something I would have said 12 months ago.

and you know what that means..... eventually they will take Office as a whole to the subscription model ala Adobe's vision of charging us every freaking month....

Doubt it... Microsoft isn't stupid when it comes to that. They won't do that until consumers are fully okay with the subscription-only model. For now, the boxed and subscription versions together are working in their favour. Also, unlike Adobe who forces it's subscribers to get 'everything', '2 photo apps' or '1 app', all at ridiculous prices... Microsoft was smart to create different subscription plans that are fitting to consumer/business need... so the users have a choice. It'll only get better from here.

And Office 365 is more than just a corporate product - the increased options for Office 365 outside the enterprise IS bearing fruit, and lots of it. While Excel (understandably) is the enterprise spreadsheet of choice, dismissing Outlook (or even Word) is silly, if not outright stupid, especially for non-enterprise usage. Outlook has been my POP3 mail client of choice since 1997 (with Outlook 1997) - if anything, Outlook has gotten EASIER to use outside the enterprise since, including, if not especially, with Google's GMail, for which Outlook has ALWAYS been my e-mail client of choice. The 2013 iteration of Outlook (which is also included with Office 365) drove that point home with a jackhammer, by including idiotproof IMAP4 support (to match the equally idiotproof POP3 support which premiered with Outlook 2010); this is huge-to-monstrous for GMail, which has been using non-standard port addresses for the mail service, which made setting it up with ANY offline mail client a nasty chore, for which Google has been taking quite a bit of heat. Basically, Microsoft fixed the problem that existed with GMail. Then there is Word - everyone writes, and Word can be used for every sort of writing, including desktop publishing (depending on the target, it is better suited than the included-with-Office Publisher, with which it is cross-compatible). Throw in macros, and the extensive-to-monstrous template library (both included and available via Office Online), there is very little you can't do in the way of writing OR publishing with Word. Word 2013 added bidirectional ODF and PDF support to the Swiss Army toolset that Word has been known for - Office 365 makes the toolset affordable, if not downright cheap, even for SMBs, home use, students, etc. - the type of folks at the lowest end of the non-FOSS price scale. Office 365 is still Office - by design, the planet's productivity suite; all 365 does is make it more reachable to the planet's masses.

eddman said,
I can't even read this. Ever heard of Paragraphing?

Maybe he wrote his post with Office 365, but then lost the formatting...