Transitioning from Office Live Small Business to Office 365

Office Live for Small Business is being replaced by Office 365, our new cloud communications service for small businesses.

The transition will take place gradually, and no immediate action is required unless you are confident in your IT skills and want to transition yourself, now. The below statement is the July 2011 update and further updates will be released over the coming months.

The original blog post was published by the OLSB and Office 365 Product Manger and can be read here in full here.

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How will OLSB customers be impacted by Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 replaces Office Live Small Business as the comprehensive Microsoft productivity service for small businesses. The Office Live Small Business service will continue to run as it does today through at least February 2012. As a valued Office Live Small Business customer, you will be offered three months free of the new Office 365 service.

What do I need to do now?

For now, Office Live Small Business customers can continue to use the service. Later this year we will we provide customers with additional details around the transition, how to claim the free promotional offer, and what you will need to do to prepare for the end of the Office Live Small Business service.

How can I test drive the new Office 365 service?

You can sign up today for a free 30-day trial of Office 365 for professionals and small businesses. You may also choose to wait for more details about the transition and instructions on how to obtain your free promotional offer.

How much will Office 365 cost after the free offer period ends?

Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (Plan P1) will cost £4 per user per month after the free trial or promotional period. Custom domain fees are not included in subscription price.

How do I transition my Office Live Small Business account to Office 365?

More details will be made available later this year around how to transition to Office 365. Transitioning your account to Office 365 will involve both automated and manual steps, including manually re-creating your public-facing website. If you prefer to transition your account immediately, we recommend that you use the self-transition guide available here to walk you through the steps.

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