Microsoft has made the RTM version of Office 2013 available for some large business customers ahead of its public launch in early 2013. However, small businesses may be interested in checking out a new offer that the company just announced for its Office 365 online service.
In a post on the Why Microsoft blog, the company revealed that small businesses can now get a 90 day free trial of the online productivity software service. The offer is limited to 10 users per account and business can sign up for this offer until the end of February.
The blog added:
Small businesses that purchase and activate a copy of Microsoft Office Home & Business 2010 or Microsoft Office Professional 2010 will receive a 90-day free trial of Office 365 Small Business Premium for up to five users. Office 365 Small Business Premium combines the power of Office 365 small business services with Office software for your users’ PCs or Macs.
Office 365 competes directly with Google's own Google Apps service and the post gives a couple of examples of businesses that once used Google Apps but later switched over to Office 365. One of them was Rookie Recruits. It's director Andy Springer is quoted as saying, "When we switched from Google Apps to Office 365, we freed our people to work together in synergy, and it has produced good results in every area of our business."
Source: Why Microsoft blog | Image via Microsoft