Getting unified communications without the fuss

 

Death of the PBX?It seems everyone wants a unified communications and collaboration platform – industry research shows this is a growing priority and the technology for it has radically evolved in recent years, making the business case even more compelling.

The trouble is, many organizations are weary about investing the time and costs of actually building it. The wide-spread perception is that doing so requires massive overhauls, and that’s not always feasible. [Read more…]

Microsoft Office 365 public beta is live

Office 365 beta signup page

 

Office 365, the successor to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), entered public beta today. The suite includes cloud-based versions of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server (formerly Office Communications Online) found in BPOS, and also includes Office productivity, both through Office Web Apps and the full desktop Office 2010 suite. [Read more…]

Podcast: Office 365 licensing essentials

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If you’ve ever had questions about Office 365 licensing, this podcast is for you.

Last week Talking Office 365 featured Softchoice in a discussion about hybrid deployment options and key considerations such as the pros and cons of hosting Exchange in the cloud. [Read more…]

Podcast: Office 365’s key obstacles and approaches

Office 365 for IT leaders might not be an all in decision

Many IT leaders might not be "all in" with the cloud

Microsoft is “all in” with the cloud. Just take a look at their (sometimes awesome) marketing spots as proof. But the reality is, you probably aren’t. Not yet anyway.

In a great new podcast from the guys over at Talking Office 365, Softchoice sat down to discuss a few key considerations and obstacles leading up to Office 365’s launch: [Read more…]

Microsoft updates Core CAL: Lync, Forefront, price increases come to key license

Microsoft Core Cal Changes adding Forefront and Lync

Today, Microsoft announced two product additions to the Core Client Access License (Core CAL), which will impact the pricing and functionality of its popular desktop licensing suite.

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Free Blackberry Enterprise Server for Microsoft BPOS/Office 365

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Microsoft is in the process of updating pricing for Hosted BlackBerry Service for Exchange Online to make this service available free of charge, according to a new official blog post from them today.

Starting today, BlackBerry mobile e-mail for new Exchange Online customers is now free through our Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).  For existing customers, we expect to be able to provide more information later this month on how you can take advantage of this change.

Hosted Blackberry service will be free with Office 365, after the new cloud productivity suite launches later this year.

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