David Kroenke has authored more than 15 undergraduate business technology textbooks over the past few decades, with titles including “Database Concepts” and, most recently, “Using MIS.” As a small-business owner working with a handful of co-writers, editors, designers and contractors, Kroenke often collaborated via telephone, email and file-sharing — and mailed printed copies of book drafts to his team for review. However, once he became a beta tester for Microsoft Office 365, it changed the way his business works.
“I work out of two offices, and Office 365 saves me the hassle of tracking book files between so many different places,” said Kroenke. “I don’t have to wonder where I put everything, because it’s always available to me, no matter where I am.”
As soon as he heard about Office 365, Kroenke signed up for the limited beta program.
Office 365 Availability
Office 365 is on track to launch worldwide later this year. Today, people can secure a spot in the Office 365 public beta and learn more about the service at http://www.Office365.com, and follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Facebook (Office 365), and the Office 365 blog for the latest information.
Customers can find information at the Office 365 Marketplace, and partners can submit new apps and solutions.
“Office 365 has opened up a whole new world of productivity for me — I feel like a kid in a candy shop,” said Kroenke.
“After using it for just a few weeks, Office 365 simplified my business, giving me more time to focus on the work that’s most important. We can brainstorm in real time, organize, and streamline the book-editing process. Office 365 gives small-business owners like me many of the tools we never had before.
“With just one click, I can show my co-worker a document I’m working on and make suggested changes while in a videoconference; we can even use a virtual whiteboard. My co-worker might be in Ohio, while I’m in Seattle, but we’re drawing on the same whiteboard, just like we’re sitting in the same room. That is just really, really cool,” said Kroenke.
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