Take your minds back a few short years to when Google first introduces its Apps product. Google Apps was a revolution. Cloud-based office productivity applications that delivered on all of the promises that we’ve heard for so long about the cloud: collaboration, real-time authoring, anywhere access, etc. Not surprisingly, Google got some early adoption since its was the only product that really fulfilled this use case.

Now come back to the present and things have really changed — Microsoft, under the vision of its fearless new leader, Satya Nadella, has rethought its office productivity suite and the solutions now all play nicely in the cloud (or mobile for that matter). Real-time authoring, seamless collaboration and integration with a raft of other tools is all now central to Microsoft Office 365.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.