Office 365 Outage Shouldn’t Affect You: 2 Productivity Suite Alternatives

August 25, 2011

Cloud computing is still reliable, despite the Office 365 hiccup.

Last week, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft CRM users had a few hours of outage as the productivity suite experienced networking issues at a North American data center. Service was restored in a few hours, and the event hasn’t dissuaded small businesses from utilizing the cloud. However, if you’re not cautious to use Microsoft’s productivity suite, here are two others to choose from. Either may not have the brand name recognition that Microsoft has, but both offer similar services to Office 365.


TeamLab is new to the software-as-a-service market, as the service just celebrated its first anniversary. Currently, Teamlab does project management, business collaboration, and document management, with email, CRM and calendar features coming soon. In addition to SaaS, Teamlab also has open-source and AMI solutions. Best of all, Teamlab is completely free.

“The one-year anniversary is a good occasion to analyze the first but already significant fruits of our work. The increasing number of users is one of the most important indicators that we are on the right track,” said project manager Antony Smirnov. “All our enhancements including a new version of the Documents module with the online editor introduced have been implemented as a result of a constant dialogue with our customers. Needless to say that the project would not have existed but for their attention and demand.”


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