At the TechEd conference in New Orleans this week, Microsoft previewed capabilities in the upcoming Communications Server 14, scheduled to ship the second half of this year. Office Communications Online will see the same upgrades next year. "With the launch of Communications Server '14' later this year, we will begin updating BPOS with Communications Server '14' capabilities, and customers can expect to see those in BPOS next year," Microsoft said.
Microsoft's cloud offerings got another boost this week when it released Office Web Apps, an online service consisting of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. "People can access Office Web Apps in two ways -- via Windows Live at no cost for consumers and via an on-premises SharePoint Server 2010 for businesses," Microsoft said. "In the future, customers will be able to use Office Web Apps through Microsoft Online Services as we update BPOS with 2010 capabilities."
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