Today in San Francisco, with customers and partners, Microsoft is very happy to announce Microsoft Office 365, which brings with it a transformational moment for Microsoft and the solutions we provide to companies around the world, as well as outlining a new frontier for our Microsoft Office business. According to Kurt DelBene, President of the Office Division, “Microsoft Office 365 is the best of everything we know about productivity, all in a single cloud service.” Microsoft Office 365 brings the full power of Microsoft’s business productivity platform to organizations of all types and sizes and will define productivity in the cloud for the next generation.
Microsoft Office 365, which replaces Business Online Productivity Suite (BPOS), Office Live Small Business, and Live@edu, enables customers and partners to bring together Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync, and Microsoft Office in an always-up-to-date cloud service offering, 24 hours per day, 365 days per week. This symbolizes our commitment to deliver the industry’s most complete cloud service for customers of all sizes and Microsoft Office 365 is tailored to meet our customers’ unique needs, including offerings for professionals and small businesses, enterprises and educational institutions. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 also provides a new way to get Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software, on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Microsoft Office 365 provides solutions for users of all sizes and here are the three main options available with Microsoft Office 365:
What this means for customers is, with Microsoft Office 365, customers of all sizes now have the power to think big and be small, to be big and act fast. For instance:
Not only does Microsoft Office 365 open up significant new offerings for customers everywhere, Microsoft Office 365 also provides new and additional revenue opportunities for our partners around the world by taking the foundation and investment our Microsoft Online Service partners have already made in a cloud practice and building upon it.
For our partners, Microsoft Office 365 provides:
To further paint the picture of the large opportunity that Microsoft Office 365 brings to our various partner types, let’s take a look at how Microsoft Office 365 translates into opportunity for some specific partner types:
Now many of you may be wondering when you will be able to take advantage of Microsoft Office 365. Here is some information on the Microsoft Office 365 rollout and availability timeline:
Want to learn more? Be sure to check out these resources today where more information will be coming moving forward:
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
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