For those of you that don’t know, the Cloud is really just a metaphor for the Internet. There are many universities and companies (Google, IBM, Microsoft, etc.) that have large scale cloud computing projects. Some applications that live in the cloud you may even use frequently, such as Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, StumleUpon, Digg, del.icio.us, LinkedIn, and many more.
Microsoft has even had their own apps in the cloud, but these apps have been primarily targeted towards individual consumers, such as Spaces.
Microsoft is now releasing their enterprise initiative under the term of Microsoft Online Services. Microsoft Online Services is here. You can go sign up today. Actually, it’s been here for a while, but now it’s really here. Go try it out yourself or find more at http://www.microsoft.com/online
So, the obvious question is: What is Microsoft Online Services?
First, it’s another acronym: Microsoft Online Services is MOS. This is great, since SharePoint actually uses the acronym MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server). No confusion there.
Microsoft Online Services is: Enterprise class software delivered as a subscription service and hosted by Microsoft.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down all of the details, the good, the bad, and the ugly of this new offering. However, I’ll give you fair warning now: I think that it’s all good…