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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
I am very impressed with the first crack at this system. The concept is strong and my initial setup went well, albiet slow. I am sure as you get the initial users up and the server demand from the creation of the sites begins to subside the response time will increase, but even so I can remember waiting much longer for databases on CP/M machines to report results that I am getting with this large scale Beta.
Good Job. I am looking forward to finding out more as I use it.
Well good enough.I specially like the website feature.Its a complete solution ,now we don't need to consult with software firm to get security of internal mail services.Everything is handled with much more gurantee.
@Gary, Luke, Stuart, Mick: The beta is not available right now in Australia. We will make Office 365 available via Microsoft Volume Licensing or through Telstra’s T-Suite service. You can read more on both Office365.com www.microsoft.com/.../online-software.aspx and on the telstra site.
@Rob: Existing BPOS customers who've purchased through a VL will continue with their existing setup and not be forced off the cloud.
@Bob: I'm not sure I understand your question. You signed up and recieved a mail saying you be on in 2-4 weeks. That mail is your registration confirmation mail.
@joesdfsdf: I'm sorry my initial response wasn't clear. First, let me reitterate that SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Online work with SharePoint workspace in Windows Phone 7. What I am saying is that in SharePoint 2010, your company needs to CHOOSE to support extranet access for WP7 (the link i gave you). It sounds like in your case, your company is not allowing you to access SharePoint on your phone. In SharePoint Online (in Office 365), this extranet access is enabled by default. Does this make sense?
As for the other comment: when I read "tried to upload a document and it claimed I did not have enough space" I figured you wanted the space limits, not the file upload limit. My apologies. This is a limit set to keep the performance of the service high. The larger the size of uploads, the more strain it puts on the service, the more other users are impacted. We keep an eye on this and can make adjustments if we if we see it becoming an issue.
@james: We are in a beta test of Office 365. We’ve had a ton of interest and over 100,000 orgs sign up (before we even opened the beta up). To be fair those at the start of that line, we will send them access first. Once those customers are onboarded, you will recieve your promo code.
@Tloker: Glad to hear it! Keep us informed, both on the blog and in the forums.
I hate Telstra
"The beta is not available right now in Australia. We will make Office 365 available via Microsoft Volume Licensing or through Telstra’s T-Suite service."
Will a beta be offered in Australia? When?
Congrats Office 365 Team!. Great work.
Sounds good except I am in Australia and am a small business, I will not buy through Telstra, What are my options, please?
There were several different announcements around Office 365 this past week. Most importantly,
Will the beta version that has ms prof office allow for editing of MS Access? Also, can a purchased data base that is written in access be able to be used in 365beta by multiple users?
@Dave: Not at this time, and not likely at all, unless you are a VL customer, then talk to your contact in Microsoft Australia.
@Colin: We offer custom domain email for free with Windows Live, where you can get domain based email with hotmail, access to the Office Web Apps to edit, store and share docs on Skydrive, and Windwos Live Messenger. A couple links: https://domains.live.com/ for getting your domain and secure5.trueswitch.com/winlive to easily migrate your mail, contacts and more.
@Roxanne: Yes to all questions! You can also make this data available externally on your public facing website through Access Services.
Thanks, but you did not answer the question below.....
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.
Okay so you've posted under @joesdfsdf, @mat and @mark....who are you? I've answered this again where you asked it on the most recent blog. community.office365.com/.../weekly-roundup-office-365.aspx If you want to get straight answers please take the time to ask the question in a way that allows me to understand your situation. For example: are you referring to WP7 and SharePoint Online standalone, SharePoint Online in Office 365, SharePoint 2010 on premise, which Office 365 beta you are on (enterprise or small business), etc. Each time I answer you ask for something which I didn't have any idea you wanted. I'm here to help, just help me help you.
what will be the pricing after beta for small business in UK..
I do not want to spend time to test beta and then can't afford it. need the the pricing now.
$6 (USD) / €5.25 / ¥600 / $7 (CAD) / £4 per user per month.
...or if you are in Australia, $16.95 AUD per user per month for Email (over $18 USD) and $35.95 AUD per month for a single Sharepoint instance. Why do we hate Telstra?
@Allen_MSFT We're BPOS customers but I doubt it is via a VL agreement (there are only 4 of us) - we are software developers and were looking to integrate the online solution with our product. We were also looking to resell the online services but not if we have to deal with Telstra.