Forrester noted: "Office 365 eases enterprises into the cloud by allowing IT leaders to pick which collaboration workloads move into the cloud and which remain on-premises." In this evaluation, Microsoft had the top scores in sub-categories for breadth of offering, and availability and resiliency, and was tied with other vendors for the top scores in sub-categories for language localization, IT administration, customization, pricing structure, service delivery mechanisms, integration, corporate customers, and partner ecosystem.
Forrester Research, Inc., has named Microsoft as a leader in the cloud collaboration market in its August 2012 report entitled "The Forrester WaveTM: Cloud Strategies of Online Collaboration Software Vendors, Q3 2012."
Among eight vendors, Microsoft's Office 365, which includes SharePoint Online, earned the highest score for "Current Offering." Recent Microsoft acquisition Yammer landed the top score for "Strategy." Microsoft's
leadership in cloud collaboration is one of the reasons why Office 365
is on track to be one of the fastest growing offers in Microsoft
history. With Microsoft products and services, customers can get the
best productivity experience in the cloud and on-premises, and always
on their terms.