Today, Microsoft announced the public beta for Microsoft Office 365. More than a new version of a familiar product, Office 365 transcends the firewall to enable unprecedented collaboration and sharing across PCs, phones, and browsers. For Microsoft partners, Office 365 brings opportunities to reach new customers and develop new revenue streams. To help you take advantage of these new opportunities, we would like to introduce you to the Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace, powered by Microsoft Pinpoint.
Microsoft Pinpoint was introduced in the U.S. about two-and-a-half years ago, and has enabled Microsoft to connect thousands of small- and midsize customers to our large and diverse partner ecosystem to find solutions that help solve their business challenges. To date, more than 25,000 partner organizations are listed in Pinpoint, with more than 7,000 applications and 12,000+ services offered by Microsoft partners.
Recently, Microsoft has begun using the Pinpoint platform to create Product Marketplaces. Product Marketplaces differ from the Pinpoint marketplace by giving partners the opportunity to showcase how their applications or services extend or enrich the platform of a specific Microsoft product. So far, we have launched the Windows Azure Marketplace and the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace. In conjunction with the Office 365 public beta announcement, we’re announcing the beta launch of the Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace. Partners who service and deploy on Office 365 are invited to create a new profile in the Office 365 Marketplace to attract new customer prospects.
If you are wondering how to get started with the Office 365 Marketplace, below we offer Q & A that should help you take advantage of this exciting opportunity. If you have additional questions, leave a comment on this blog post or ask us by email, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
For an FAQ on the Marketplace, scroll down past the fold in Diane and Tina’s original blog post [HERE]!