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On February 27, we reached the General Availability date for Office 365, and the preview period ended. Here’s the good news: we’re now giving you the option to convert your preview subscription to a paid subscription. When you do, we’ll keep your present domain, site configuration, data, and projects intact. This short FAQ helps you decide what to do.
What does this mean for your Office 365 Developer Subscription Preview? In short, your preview subscription is going to expire. However, you can now convert it to a paid Office 365 Developer Subscription to preserve your existing configuration and data.
Remember the warning that we displayed when you signed up—the one telling you that Microsoft would pave over all the preview subscription sites when the preview ended.
Good news! We’re giving you the option to convert your preview subscription to a paid subscription. When you do, we’ll keep your present domain, site configuration, data, and projects intact.
If you do not purchase an Office 365 license by May 31st, 2013, your preview Developer Subscription will be disabled and ultimately deleted. After June 2013 you will no longer have access to your preview subscription, domain name/URL, or your data.
The following short FAQ helps you decide what to do:
Q: Will my Office 365 Developer Subscription Preview be free forever?
A: No. You may have already been asked to pay to continue using your Office 365 Developer Subscription.
Q: When must I decide whether I want to convert to a paid Developer Subscription so I can keep all my data intact?
A: Your Office 365 Developer Subscription Preview and all the data you stored in it is good only through June 2013, so you’ll need to decide before the end of June 2013. If you convert to a paid subscription, which you’ll be offered the opportunity to do starting in April 2013, nothing changes, and your existing configuration and all data remain unchanged. If you don’t sign up for a subscription before the end of June 2013, you’ll have to manually archive your data. If you decide after June to subscribe to Office 365, you’ll have to create and fill out a new subscription. The option to obtain automatic data persistence expires the end of June 2013.
If you want to keep your developer subscription preview domain name/URL, you must purchase a paid developer subscription before May 31st, 2013.
If you have not purchased a paid subscription by May 31st, your preview subscription will automatically go into Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM) for 30 days. After June 2013 your preview subscription will be completely deleted. Your subscription domain name, as well as all service and tenant level data, will be erased.
Please note, you will not be able to use or re-choose the abandoned domain name for a minimum of 120 days after your subscription is deleted, even if you purchase or begin a new trial within that time.
Q: What happens if I don't want to continue using the Office 365 service? How much time will I have to move my data before my preview subscription expires and my subscription data is deleted?
A: You have until the end of June 2013 to either pay to continue the service or leave the service. This gives you ample time to archive your data before it expires. You’ll be notified well before your subscription is deactivated and your data is deleted. For information about how to archive your data, see It’s your data.
Q: I’ve decided not to continue using the Office 365 service, but I want to save the apps projects I created using the Napa tool. How do I do that?
A: If you decide not to purchase an Office 365 Developer Subscription, and keeping your data there, you have two options for saving your Napa projects. If you want to copy the app projects you have created using Napa to another location, there are two basic ways you can do so:
For more information, see How to move or archive your Napa app projects.
Q: I have an existing Office 365 Enterprise subscription. Can I combine my Developer Subscription Preview with my Office 365 Enterprise subscription?
A: No. However, you can create a Developer Site in your Enterprise subscription, and then migrate your projects and data manually from your current Developer Subscription Preview.
See How to: Provision a Developer Site using your existing Office 365 subscription for the details.
Q: I want to preserve my Developer Subscription Preview site and data by purchasing a paid Office 365 Developer Subscription. How do I do that, exactly?
A: There are three basic steps to do this:
You’ll need to complete these steps in this order.
The following three procedures walk you through how to complete each step. For a walkthrough of the entire procedure, see Preserve your Office 365 Developer Subscription Preview site” (new subscription version).
If you’re an MSDN subscriber, Visual Studio Ultimate and Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscribers receive a 1-year Office 365 Developer Subscription as a benefit. You can use that benefit to convert your current preview subscription to a paid subscription, at no cost. For a slide deck walkthrough of the entire procedure, see Preserve your Office 365 Developer Subscription Preview site” (MSDN benefit version).
1: Disable your Developer Subscription Preview
The icon at the top left should now read Office 365. This shows that your developer subscription has been transitioned from the preview environment to the Office 365 paid environment.
2: Sign up for a new paid Developer Subscription
3: Transfer your license from your preview subscription to your new subscription
You should now see all your app projects and data in your new Developer Subscription.
Q: I’m an MSDN subscriber, and I see that Visual Studio Ultimate and Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscribers receive a 1-year Office 365 Developer Subscription as a benefit. Can I use that benefit to convert my current preview subscription to a paid subscription?
A: Yes, although the way you use your MSDN benefit to convert your Developer Subscription Preview to a paid Developer Subscription is a little different than the procedures listed in the previous question.
In this case, the second step is different:
So follow the procedures in the answer above for step one and three, but perform the following procedure for step two.
For a walkthrough of the entire procedure, see Preserve your Office 365 Developer Subscription Preview site” (MSDN benefit version).
2: Redeem your benefit for a new paid Developer Subscription through MSDN
You are returned to the admin center while your services are provisioned.
So, even though the preview period for your Developer Subscription has ended, if you convert your preview to a paid subscription when prompted, you don’t have to worry about your site being deleted and losing your data. By converting to a paid subscription, you can continue to use your present domain, site configuration, data, and projects.
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