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Well, it's been two weeks since the announcement of Office 365 and the response is more than we could have hoped for. Clearly, this is a solution that a lot of customers are excited about, and it's resonated across a lot of Microsoft Web properties. Here's a quick rundown of the resources around the web that will hopefully help you find the content that's most interesting to you.
We have unveiled how Microsoft partners will benefit from selling Office 365. And we've answered a lot of questions from customers and others. Microsoft experts posted on the transition to from BPOS to Office 365, and we answered many of their questions, too. If you're on BPOS, be sure to visit the Transition Center for more information. If you're using Office Live Small Business, check out this post about what Office 365 has to offer.
We've also heard about Office 365 from the perspective of the Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync teams, as well as why Office 365 represents the continuation of Microsoft leadership in the productivity space. We even managed to get down to some of the nitty-gritty details of the Office 365 offerings as well as how Office Professional Plus works as a subscription service. Finally, if you're interested in some outside perspectives on Office 365 (and we hope you are), see what Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, ComputerWorld, and TechCrunch have to say.
Whew! And still months away from launch...so stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed for all the latest news on Office 365.
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager
Hi Allen, your link to "how Microsoft partners will benefit from selling Office 365" microsoftpartnernetwork.com/redmondview is not working. Other than that, thanks for summarizing, looking forward to Office 365 rollout
So far I like what I see - however I'd like to see full Blackberry Server connectivity - not the wired sync for calendar etc. I like everything in small business but this one deficiency. How is that handled? In Enterprise? Cost?
I picked up the link to this blog from Microsoft Office Live Small Business community and am assuming that since you believe that the response has been overwhelmingly positive, I would also have to assume that you are completely ignoring that community. So far there have been 2 blog entries over there and 2 wiki articles about 365 and out of something like 60-80 comments there has been 1 that was positive.
Since most of those people will not find their way over here I will just say for those interested in following Microsoft into this new venture that they need to make sure that they will get what is promised. Microsoft OLSB came with a myriad of features that disappeared over time with a mere editing of terms and conditions. In addition, a large number of customers that have held with Microsoft over the last 4 years of failing service, diminishing support, and disappearing features all on a sub par platform are now being dumped like yesterdays garbage so that Microsoft can move to this new 365 platform.
When will we hear about our appication for beta?
@Dirk: Thanks! The correct link is microsoftpartnernetwork.com/.../Microsoft-Office365-Beta
@H.Kyle Jones: Because the beta is limited, everyone won't be in the first round of testing, but we'll expand over time. Just stayed tuned to your email. That's all I can give you
I am Arpit Dharia from Embee softwares & we are the biggest microsoft Partners in India. Call me on 9821386480 for requirements or details.
The site is down today. I tried to access several times. I signed up on 11/04, not received the confirmation email until the moment. This was planned or is a temporary problem?
@Elasbao: Where are you? Everything is working fine here (in the US). As for your email, if you have yet to receive one, you should go sign up again. I am sorry for the trouble.
Microsoft for what ever reason never offered Office Live in South Africa. Sort of promised but it never happened.
Will 365 be offered in South Africa ?
Allen - Any predictions on launch month in 2011 ?
@Jean Venter: Let me get back to you on that one, don't have the list of launch countries memorized. I believe that if you had BPOS, you will be able to get Office 365. If not, you might be out of luck right at launch, but we plan on expanding to more and more markets as soon as we expand and add datacenters across the world. We want to make sure we provide the right level of quality for all our customers. and that means only expanding when the time is right!
As for the launch month, unfortunatley I cannot speculate. Just have to wait a while longer!
Has the Beta blog been removed, or have I?
@E W: You need to be logged in to see the Beta blog. Is it not there?
I'm logged in, but I don't see it. I have a few e-mail updates from the beta blog from yesterday (Monday), but I get a "Resource Not Found" page when I click the "view this post online" link at the bottom.
The beta blog isn't listed under my community favorites anymore either.
Looks very exciting - congrats! An exciting time for MS with this offering, and the new Win7 phone.
If you need any additional beta testers, please let me know. I've done both alpha and beta testing before for Intuit, and most recently particpated in the beta for Office 2010 Professional Plus.
We are in the midst of contemplating what direction we are going to go for our 50 member team here at Griffin Global Logistics in Reno, Nevada. We have a mixed bag of Office 2003/2007/2010 over the past several years, and are moving to Cloud computing with a vengence. Our warehouse management system (WMS) is in the Cloud (we host it for ourselves and others), and we signed a contract to use a transportation management system (TMS) system which is cloud-based. Our primary business system (PBS) is Cargowise, which is a freight forwarding/customs brokerage/import/export system. Cargowise is an Australian-based company, and we will be beta testing with them on their new Cloud-based PBS.
The "missing link" then is Office...and we believe Office 365 is THE ANSWER we're looking for...
Let us know if we can help!
Griffin Global Logistics, LLC
(775) 331-8010 x125