Office 365: 4 Features you *Will* Care About

Office 365: 4 Features you *Will* Care About

What features and new tricks does Office 365 offer? While there’s a decent amount of articles and sites that point to that sort of information, at Softchoice we’re committed to bringing you the information that matters most to your Microsoft investment.

Following my previous post on why Office 365 is a very worthy followup offering to BPOS, this post is focused on delivering the four features that I feel you will care about more than any other.

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Office 365: A (very) Worthy Successor to BPOS

Office 365: A (very) Worthy Successor to BPOS

Microsoft Office 365 (and SaaS in general) has thrown a monkey wrench into the plans of many an IT Director. To be blunt, IT has had a very comfortable run for a long time. Buy server. Install software. Maintain server. Connect to server. Run software. Rinse and repeat.

Now, with the advent of SaaS, we are routinely being challenged to re-think that long held IT tradition of “Ser-ver” versus “Ser-vice”. This was how we quantified the service that IT provided to the organization. Keeping things “in-house” allowed us to keep our eyes on our company’s information, ensure it was getting into the hands of the users who need it, and out of harms way.

“SaaS will change how you deliver IT services…”
We’ve been hearing that since 2009. However, Microsoft’s first foray into SaaS called Business Productivity Online Services or BPOS, wasn’t ready for most businesses. There were “gremlins”. Or as my Dad says, “Let it cook a while, it ain’t soup yet.”

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Migrating BPOS to Office 365: Q&A

Considerations about moving from BPOS to Office 365

What does it take to migrate from BPOS to Office 365?

As organizations on Microsoft Online Services, a.k.a BPOS, hear more about the release of Office 365, (which entered public beta this week) there’s plenty of uncertainty as to what the transition will specifically mean to them. So we dug out some of the most common questions and concerns and faced off with one of Softchoice’s Microsoft specialists, James Brannon, to get you the answers you need.

Navigator: When will BPOS customers be able to transition to Office 365?

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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…]

Office 365 plans: how to make the sweetest pick

Selecting the best plan for Office 365: Kiosk and Information workers

Forget what Forest Gump said, life doesn’t have to be like a box of chocolates, you can know what you’re goign to get. We want to help you be aware of the choices that are available to you and your business when licensing Microsoft Office 365. It’s not about chocolates, it’s about the skinny on what plan is right for you and your enterprise.

Office 365 Plans: The Basics
Office 365 plans are divided into two families, K Plans and E Plans. (There’s also a “P” plan, which would appeal to small businesses, of about 25 employees or less, but we don’t discuss that here today.)

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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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