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June 28, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Live blog of Microsoft Office 365 event in NY Tuesday 7 a.m.

I will post some live notes from the Office 365 event here. I am in Redmond at the Microsoft Commons with Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft Business division.

If you want to watch live, here is the webcast.

Here is the big picture story on Office 365, Microsoft’s new cloud service, and why it matters to Microsoft, Google and small and medium businesses.

6:55 a.m. DelBene said Microsoft had 200,000 customer who beta tested Office 365. Seventy percent of beta testers were small and medium businesses.

7:02 a.m. Office 365 will start selling globally Tuesday. The NY event has not begun yet but Microsoft just posted a news release.

7:04 a.m. Event is beginning in New York at Skylight Studios.

7:06 a.m. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on stage. He said more than 1 billion people use Office.

7:09 a.m. Ballmer calls Office 365 “where Office meets the cloud.”

“The best collaboration technology has to be available to all businesses from massive enterprises with thousands of workers to feisty startups with just a couple of employees,” he said.

7:10 a.m. Microsoft showing demo of how to set up Office 365 in a Web browser.

7:13 a.m. Now showing how Windows Phone connects to Office 365 via Outlook email and the Office hub.

7:14 a.m. Office 365 is available Tuesday for subscriptions in 40 countries, Ballmer said.

7:15 a.m. Office for Mac connects to Office 365.

7:17 a.m. Microsoft is now showing how to launch a Web video conference call from Outlook 2010 with people who are connected on Office 365.

7:19 a.m. Microsoft showing how to design a website in SharePoint in Office 365.

7:21 a.m. Ballmer back on stage. He said service guarantees from Microsoft mean “businesses can feel confident for Microsoft to stand with them as they stand behind them with Office 365.”

7:26 a.m. Ballmer giving business examples of small businesses who are using Office 365 to get rid of servers, collaborate on documents with customers and communicate with partners.

7:28 a.m. Ballmer said 20 telcos will resell Office 365 with other telecom services they sell to small businesses, including Orange, Vodafone, BT (British Telecom), NTT Communications.

7:30 a.m. “It’s exciting to imagine the possibilities particularly for the companies that have little or no IT support and very little time and resources to dedicate to technology,” Ballmer said.

7:31 a.m. Event is over.

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