Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced that they intend to roll out the Office 365 cloud service later this June – which is a relief, since an official statement from the horse’s mouth goes a long way in killing off any forms of rumors and speculation that might just cause more confusion in the market than normal. Ballmer was at Delhi, India, speaking to an industry group last week, saying, “We’re pushing hard in the productivity space. We’ll launch our Office 365 cloud service, which gives you Lync and Exchange and SharePoint and Office and more as a subscribable service that comes from the cloud. That launches in the month of June.”

Apart from that, Ballmer has also announced recently that the next version of their famous Windows operating system, Windows 8, will be released in 2012, but that has caused quite a stir since his own employees actually backpedalled from his statement.

Office 365, being a cloud service, intends to replace the current Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and this will comprise of access to Exchange, SharePoint, the Lync unified communications suite, and desktop and Web-based versions of Office tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So far, over 100,000 customers were attracted to the Office 365 beta. Will you be making full use of Office 365 when it goes live?

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