Microsoft Office 365 Announcement – U.S. Partner Resources

This morning, Microsoft announced Microsoft Office 365, which brings our best productivity products to the cloud, offering them as a service to organizations of all sizes. This is a new brand that will replace the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Live@edu, and Office Live Small Business. It combines the familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of our communications and collaborations services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online.

For Microsoft partners, Microsoft Office 365 offers new and incremental revenue opportunities. It expands your potential customer base considerably, with offerings for companies ranging in size from very small businesses to enterprise, and including higher education and K-12 institutions. Other partner opportunities:

  • Meeting more of your customers’ IT needs more quickly;
  • Using Office as a familiar connection point to start the cloud conversation;
  • Supplement your deployment and migration practice with managed services that provide you with recurring revenue.

Since Office 365 will not be available until calendar year 2011, we encourage Microsoft Online Services Reseller partners to continue to sell BPOS to their customers. Between now and Office 365 availability, the Microsoft Partner Network will continue to provide you with cloud-related guidance, training, and offerings. We have listed key resources below, and will tell you more soon through this blog and our other U.S. partner outreach efforts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).


Diane Golshan
Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team
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Comments (2)
  1. Hi Ken – Thanks for the comment and appreciate that feedback. There is a "Pricing and Plans" Word document linked from…/small-business.aspx that helps to make this distinction. Would love to hear your feedback about whether that addresses your need.


  2. Ken says:

    As an Online Services Reseller we have no idea what we're selling any longer.  Could have launched with more specifics regarding the differences between Office 365 Small Business & Office 365 Enterprise.

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