Introduction to Office 365

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Microsoft have anticipated and responded to the demand to move between on-premise and Online Service and adapt to an organisations service requirements under a single Agreement. The new Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite for businesses of all scales.

Key benefits

Microsoft now offer a online version of their Office, Lync, SharePoint Online and Exchange that are integrated with their on-premise offerings. Importantly this offers productivity, collaboration, unified communications, tele-presence, mail, calendar and IM.

Microsoft Office

The world’s leading productivity tool on the desktop (Office Professional Plus) and on the Web (Office Web Apps) now seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services – for the best productivity experience across the PC, Phone and Browser.

Exchange Online

Cloud-based e-mail, calendar and contacts with the most current antivirus and anti-spam solutions. Includes the ability to get e-mail on virtually any mobile phone and options for voice mail, unified messaging and archiving.

SharePoint Online

Cloud-based service for creating sites to connect colleagues, partners and customers. Includes enterprise social networking and customization options.

Lync Online

Cloud-based instant messaging, presence, and online meeting experiences with screen sharing and voice and video conferencing.

Why is Microsoft making changes to the Enterprise Agreement (EA) Program?

Microsoft are updating the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) to provide online and on-premise Microsoft licensed products through a single agreement. Microsoft is expanding its portfolio of online services offerings to include: Office 365, Windows Intune, and Windows Azure and SQL Azure technology platforms. [Ref: Microsoft Partner Network UK]

New EA

[Ref: Microsoft Partner Network UK]

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As more customer ready information is released I will be updating this blog. In the mean time, take the time to read content on the Microsoft Partner Network and follow Office 365 on Twitter with some great content from the Microsoft Blog

This informal licensing blog article is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT and the author MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS DOCUMENT. The contents of this are subject to change at any time.

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