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By Betsy Frost Webb
It’s a game changer for Microsoft, and it’s going to be a game changer for businesses of all sizes, government agencies and even for education. Announced just today, Office 365 is the next step in the future of productivity. Is this what’s next for BPOS? Yes. Is this what’s next for Office Live Small Business? Yes. Is this what’s next for Live@edu? Yes. Will Office desktop software be available as part of a cloud service? Yes. Is this productivity in the cloud? Yes. And, it’s even more than that. It’s the best of everything Microsoft knows about business productivity in one service.
With Office 365, everything is designed to work together. Earlier this year, the launch of our flagship products, Office, SharePoint, and Exchange 2010 ushered in the future of productivity. Together with Lync, these products provide the backbone for the modern business. Customers using these 2010 products are benefiting from super productive employees who can work from anywhere, on any device and from anywhere in the world. But what if you are the local cupcake shop on Main Street – have you been using all these kinds of tools for your business? Probably not. What if you are a bigger business, trapped on legacy technology that limits accessibility behind the firewall – have your people been as productive as those using the latest innovations? Probably not.
Now, you can have it all with Office 365. We’ve not only designed and built our flagship products to work together, but with Office 365, we’re taking the next step and delivering all these capabilities as designed in the cloud. ‘Rich presence’ suddenly lights up everywhere in Office, and you can see at-a-glance if a colleague is available and call, IM, e-mail, or even start a video conference in one click. You can bring social networking to everyday work tasks like document sharing and collaboration – but with all the security and privacy that a business requires. These are just a couple of the many amazing features you get with Office 365.
We designed Office 365 to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes – from one to one million. You’ll be able to pick and choose services and tailor the package to fit your needs – whether you are a government agency, small business or enterprise company; whether you have information workers or factory floor workers, store managers on location or on the go, or a combination of all types.
‘Game changer’ is a big statement, but we believe this will change the way you do business. The technology is the latest, most up-to-date and comprehensive service you can find. It’s based on Office, so you already know how to use it. It’s online and designed to work with the software, phones and browsers people use most today, including the new Windows Phones as well as a host of others. We are investing deeply and have tens of thousands of people around the world backing this service. We have secured the industry’s most rigorous security and privacy standards and will bring those to Office 365 along with 24/7 phone and community support. We have the world’s smartest and best partner ecosystem getting ready to help you take advantage of Office 365. We are serious about Office 365 being what your business, non-profit, government agency or school needs to succeed.
Beta opens today. Get your spot at www.office365.com starting at noon pacific time. Read more on the Microsoft Office News Center. Watch the demo on Channel 9.
Nice work! I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how this catches on in education!
Very exciting to see Office 365 go public. Looking forward to beta testing the services!
Nice ! I'm changing my game right now :-)
This may be just the thing we need to organize a very lean IT department. Thank you!
I've been waiting for this for a long time. Thank you Microsoft!
Currently the link to www.office365.com is broken.
OK, I will bite why does http://www.office365.com/ take me to melbourne IT?
I have a customer so ready to do this, one question and hopefully its not to stupid is does the $6 per month per employee include the cost of office2010 installed locally?
As a Office Live Small Business customer I'm very interested in the updated services. I have many questions that will hopefully be answered over the next couple of months.
- Will Office 365 Small Business customers have the option to subscribe to Office desktop software? If not, I would suggest you consider adding this option.
- Will public website option include support for Office Live Small Business custom Form/List capabilities?
- OLSB provides up to 100 free email accounts, although I don't use anywhere near that many for my small business, I do have a few general purpose email address info@ sales@ etc which are shared with my colleagues. How is this handled with Office 365 Small Business?
Excellent job! This is where it all commes together: the knowledge we gained the past years in a fast growing and changing business and it-environment, the new ways of working, a service oriented approach, technology that can work together without integrating to much, serving business needs and lowering it-costs. within a few years we can't even imagine that there was a time in which clouds didn't exist.
keep up the good work! and as a business and sharepoint consultant i am happy to attend to the beta program.
Is Office 365 Small Business going to replace Office Live Small Business?
Yes Mike, Office 365 will have several offerings and SKUs within that. Not only Office Live Small Business, but also Live@edu and most obviously, BPOS.
Thanks for the comment!
Can I transfer a domain name to the Exchange Online component? If my business uses this service I would want our email addresses to be email@example.com rather than a Microsoft or Office365 domain name.
Will Office 365 be provided to current Live@EDU higher ed customers at no cost? Will migration from Live@EDU be transparent?
Is Office 365 the equivalent of Google Apps?