The cloud provides some of the biggestopportunities for improving efﬁciencyand productivity to businesses today.Since the strategies employed nowwill shape how industries work in thefuture, WIRED and Microsoft teamed upto survey the WIRED.com communityfor its opinions on important criteriawhen evaluating a cloud solution.Now is the time to evaluate youroptions for collaborating in the cloud.ADVERTISEMENTThe WIRED CommunityEvaluates What’sMost Important WhenCollaborating in the Cloud.GOING HEADTO HEAD INTHE CLOUDSPONSORED BY
The BestChoice forBusinesses18%82% of WIRED readers would not bewilling to trade most privacy andsecurity for lower subscription cost.SECURITYIndividuals, businesses, andgovernment regulators haveraised concerns about Google’srecord on privacy.Provides the ﬁrst and onlymajor cloud-based productivityservice to comply with leadingEU and US standards for dataprotection and security.63% of WIRED readers prefer a providerthat specializes in business solutions forcloud collaboration.BUSINESS READYOtherIncorporates 20-plus years ofMicrosoft’s experience in providingsolutions for business, making it acompatible extension to systemsyou already have in place.Google’s business offering hasonly been in market since 2009.96% of their revenue still comesfrom advertising, leaving only 4%for everything else they do.Try Microsoft Ofﬁce 365 NowStart collaborating in the cloud and pushthe limits of scalability and ﬂexibility foryour business.Starting at $10/user/monthMicrosoft.com/ofﬁce36582%18%OtherADVERTISEMENTGOING HEAD TOHEAD IN THE CLOUDMICROSOFTOFFICE 365®GOOGLEAPPSWIRED.comCommunity64% of WIRED readers think it isimportant for cloud-based collaborationto provide a familiar, intuitive experience.FAMILIARITYOtherIs inconsistent across platforms,lacks familiarity, and interfacechanges frequently.Provides a consistent userexperience across PC, phone,and browser with intuitive appsin familiar Ofﬁce formats thatone billion PCs already use.FREE30-DAYTRIAL68% of WIRED readers feel it is importantto be able to work from anywhere withseamless online and ofﬂine access.EASY ACCESSOtherOfﬁce 365 is a clear choice for businesses that are ready to work morecollaboratively and efﬁciently. Collaborate in the cloud with Ofﬁce,Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync videoconferencing. It all works together.The cloud provides businesses with unlimited opportunities for collaboration and productivity—especially with increasing demands to support working remotely, on the go, and across variousdevices. Deciding which cloud provider is the right choice, however, requires weighing the prosand cons against your basic business needs. Microsoft worked with WIRED to ask WIRED.comcommunity members to provide their opinions on important criteria when evaluating a cloudsolution. Here is how two of today’s top providers, Ofﬁce 365 and Google Apps, measure up.Allows access and abilityto work on ﬁles and emailwhether online or ofﬂine*—soyou can stay productive andwork from virtually anywhere.*Available with any Ofﬁce 365 SKU with eitherthe Ofﬁce subscription or Ofﬁce 2007 / 2010or Ofﬁce for Mac 2008 / 2011.Is primarily a web-only productwith very limited ofﬂine featuresand functionality, and additionalsystem requirements and add-ons are needed.