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Today, we are excited to announce that Office 365 is moving to public beta status! Last fall, we introduced Office 365 to the world, and the response was amazing. More than 100,000 organizations, big and small, signed up for to help us test-drive our latest service. Today, we make the beta available to millions more people in 38 countries and regions in 17 languages. You can secure your spot in the beta at www.office365.com, and if you have already signed up to beta test, hold tight because your invite is coming soon!
Customers are already using Office 365 and loving it in the limited beta. Check out this story for some great examples from Dallas Neurosurgical, a small medical practice, and David Kroenke, an independent textbook author. Office 365 has struck a chord with small businesses like these. In fact, more than 70% of those who signed up for the Office 365 beta were small businesses!
Announcing the ‘Ready for Work’ Contest
We’ve been so inspired by these and other stories from small businesses that today we’re launching the “Ready for Work” contest. Five small businesses will win $50,000 each and Office 365 free for a year!* Best of all, we will send one of our executives to work for you – or a charity of your choice – for a day. No task too big or small. We want you to know that we stand behind Office 365, and our team is ready to work for you.
So, go check out our Facebook page and tell us your story. We want to hear:
“What inspires you to work every day and how can Office 365 help you achieve your business vision in the next 365 days?”
Simply submitting your 365 word (or less) story enters you for a chance to win one of five Windows Phones each week. So, don’t wait. Share your story today.
Want to learn more?
If you haven’t read up on Office 365 for small business, check out our series discussing how Office 365 can help your small business stand tall, watch our demos or visit us at Office365.com. And as always we want to hear from you. Leave us a comment below or ask us a question on Twitter and Facebook.
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager
Assumimg there is unlimited storage for Sharepoint, 365 could be the next killer "app" and I'll be a customer. If the strategy is to sell storage by the gig rather than provide solutions without storage quotas, I'll pass on it. Microsoft can learn alot from Google on why it is important not to sell storage which is basically a commodity that becomes cheaper by the day.
I signed up for the Public Beta Monday morning 4/18/2011. I got the same 2-4 week wait message as everyone else, or so I assume. But I did not get an acknowledgement e-mail that my registration was received. How do I know I am on the list? Even the cheapest shopping cart software sends an acknowledgement e-mail. I really don't want to wait 4 weeks and find out my registration was not received. Any plans to acknowledge our registration or should we just keep our fingers crossed?
Great news for Microsoft Office 365 Beta users, you now get FOPE as your standard email protection solution. Read about more new features at blogs.technet.com/.../new-features-in-forefront-online-protection-for-exchange-fope-to-meet-your-complex-email-flow-scenarios.aspx
Bad move freezing your Australian customers out - you know we are one of the biggest early adopters of technology right?
Looks like I'll be adopting (and recommending) another solution *cough* google *cough*
We have a small ecommerce business, www.agrapeplace2b.com, that is built on Office Live Small Business. How difficult will it be for me to migrate all of our content, products, and paypal to Office 365? Is it seamless or should I plan to have to do lots of re-work?
Another unhappy Australian customer here. Please let us know the schedule for Australian to get in on the beta.
Worse than locking us out of the beta... you're letting our NZ cousins have access to it. That's rubbing salt *AND* lemon into the wound. Nasty, very nasty!
nice to here such a great office tool has taken a great step forward again. it will sure make our office working easy and innovative. i was looking for some information on microsoft office 365 on office 201o and i found such great links that was very helpful.
Just got on the Office 365 Public Beta...cool stuff...a lot like a beefed up version of OfficeLive! However, I think I found a couple of bugs already...is there a bug forum for the Public Beta where I can look up and submit bugs?? Just let me know...thanks!
@Mat: Still not sure what you are referring to with regard to your XP computer and something not working. Glad it is working now though.
For SharePoint: Thanks for your feedback but you are confusing the issue. Windows Phone works perfectly with SharePoint 2010. The issue is on the side of the apps4rent. They need to properly configure a Forfront UAG server to allow extranet access. Ask them to read this article technet.microsoft.com/.../dd861393.aspx and get it setup so you can use it. It wouldn't make sense if anyone could just type in a URL and access docs from a SharePoint server.
Also, this is NOT necessary in Office 365, where it authenticates automatically.
Glad you love your WP7..so do I.
@joesdfsdf: Check out the services descriptions. Unless you are uploading 10GB plus files, you should run out of space. 10 GB plus 500mb per user on your account. You can also buy more for 2.5GB per/month. Max for account is 5TB. www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx
@Matt: you can look to my comment/link above to get that information. We do have quotas, and so does Google. www.google.com/.../PurchaseStorage
@Mark: Details on transition of OLSB are not quite finalized, so stay tuned here and on smallbusiness.officelive.com/en-us for more details. We will give you plenty of time to make your move when the time comes.
@GeoffreyG: Thanks for helping us test Geoffrey: just head to the forums to share your bugs.
Bottom line is sharepoint DOES NOT WORK WITH WINDOWS PHONE 7!!!!!!
If it does, please provide instructions... detailed instructions in a post, instead of linking to some confusing documents that does not explain how to link a Windows phone 7 to Office365. Can you do that? Please, no crafty responses.
When I put in the url for my team site, windows phone 7 says: "Sharepoint doesn't support non-sharepoint servers and can't open the requested content. You can try opening the content in your web browser instead".
Of course, who in the heck wants to open it in their web browser.... if that was all I wanted, I'd get an iphone or android.
And I can't seem to find support.
Small issues like this kill the phone.
I found the correct information:
File upload limit 250 megabytes (MB)
Note: upload limit during beta is 50 megabytes (MB)
Basically, the file upload limit is 250 MB, but during the beta it is 50 MB.... That is all I was looking for.
With google, you can upload up to 1 gb... that is the issue, people are used to being able to upload large files. Hit Microsoft and the limit is 50 MB in beta and only 250 MB once out. As people look for the service that will service their needs the best, the 250 mb limit will matter.
About the only thing that can overcome that is maybe allowing sharepoint to sync with Live Mesh.... or even Live mesh with windows live 7.
Of course, crickets on those prospects as well. Oh, boy....
Did you guys think this through?
Is anyone from Microsoft going to comment on the Australian availability or are you just going to ignore all the complaints?
thats so bad when i signed up it says it can take 2 to 4 weeks,
why not like google apps that it takes 3 seconds?
Why 2 to 4 weeks to get a beat account?