Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Introducing the virtual office for the virtual office

You surely heard Microsoft launched Office 365, the company's new Office suite in the cloud. It includes Office Web Apps (online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote), Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online.

The experience of using Office 365 is as rich as if you were running the apps on your native desktop, but without the associated costs and support challenges. Microsoft has done a great job of bringing the desktop to the Web.

As you probably are aware, ProtoSphere Lync Edition utilizes Microsoft's Unified Communications infrastructure, and integrates with Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint, The Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Active Directory. In fact, it's the only virtual environment built on the Microsoft stack.

One of the things that our customers appreciate is that we've worked to keep ProtoSphere current with Microsoft's latest innovations. This goes back to our embrace of technologies such as SharePoint and Lync. Our integration initiatives have also extended to important partners that we find in our customers' ecosystem, such as Kaplan EduNeering.

And so in keeping with that tradition, we have added Office 365 support to ProtoSphere Lync Edition. But we're not adding this support just for technology's sake. As a cloud technology, Office 365 is an ideal match for ProtoSphere customers.

The combination will create something that is almost like an M.C. Escher print: what I call the virtual office for the virtual office. It's not just a clever headline. It speaks to exactly what we'll be delivering -- a place where you can work virtually not only with local content, but now with online content as well. We issued a press release with the news, which I thought I'd share here if you'd like some more details on our forthcoming Office 365 support. Any questions? My door is always open.

ProtonMedia to Support Microsoft Office 365

ProtoSphere Lync Edition to support Office 365 and associated online functionality

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, a Silver Unified Communications Microsoft partner, today announced its ProtoSphere Lync Edition application will support Microsoft Office 365. This will provide users the benefits of Microsoft’s Lync high-quality VoIP and Office 365 platform through ProtoSphere’s engaging virtual collaboration environment. Office 365 is Microsoft’s next generation in cloud productivity that joins Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service.

“Our life sciences customers are committed to increasing engagement levels and lowering costs,” says Ron Burns, CEO of ProtonMedia. “Our next-generation virtual work -- including virtual collaboration, virtual learning, and virtual meetings -- is a natural fit for Microsoft’s cloud environment. We are now offering our customers the virtual office for the virtual office -- the opportunity to realize all of the benefits of working virtually in our award-winning ProtoSphere application, while also bringing the added value of Office 365 and Lync Online to their organizations.”

ProtonMedia is the first and only virtual immersive environment software provider to achieve Microsoft’s Silver Unified Communications competency. ProtoSphere is the only virtual collaboration environment built entirely with Microsoft technology, and works with Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint, The Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Active Directory.

ProtoSphere is the #1 virtual collaboration environment in life sciences today, used by companies including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck Inc.

“By working with Microsoft Office 365, ProtonMedia is providing customers with trusted and flexible communications and collaboration services,” says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Microsoft Office Division Marketing. “Office 365 delivers an always-updated productivity experience that is essential to collaborating in today’s business environment.”

To try ProtoSphere Lync Edition, download the company’s free trial or contact the ProtonMedia sales team for a demo. For more information on ProtonMedia, visit the company’s website and blog.

ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. The company is a Gartner “Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace” for 2010. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., BP, Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at For more information, visit

Visit the ProtonMedia press kit online.

Gregory FCA
Alicia Buonanno, 610-228-2096


Ener Hax said...

thanks for the peek at Office 365, it sounds like such an ideal way to go, even for the home office =)

Rottman said...

That's really cool! I work at a PR office and we work with global clients but based in the US, some of our biggest clients are from Singapore, so this can be a really easy way to open an office without relocating.

virtual office singapore

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