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Office 365 Will Include 2013 Product Versions- Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office

The Office 365 update that includes the 2013 product versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office will be available February 27th.  This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 Home Premium. This is a brand new Office never experienced before.  For the first time, consumers can subscribe to Office as a service instead of purchasing Office as a piece of software to install. The new Office subscription is an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience with entirely new benefits.

Office 365 Home Premium subscribers receive all the full-featured Office applications they know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built in. One subscription can run the service on up to five devices, all for just $99.99 a year. People will love instant access to all their documents and settings across their devices and how Office takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 touch interface. They’ll love staying connected to the people and information they care about. And they’ll love having the latest version of Office at all times because it simply updates without the hassle of purchasing and upgrading to a new version.   Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.

Microsoft Office 365 – Cloud Based Services

Microsoft has recently launched their new cloud based product called Office 365 which is available to small businesses all the way up to enterprise level companies. It is also available to educational institutions and business professionals.

There are several plans available for this service which I will not go into much detail about, but here is what you can potentially get. You can get Office Professional Plus which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This in turn of course comes with Microsoft Exchange online for your hosted email solution.  This will also include the Microsoft Office Web Apps which can easily be run from a web browser.

You can also get Microsoft SharePoint online which allows you to manage and share documents with coworkers, manage projects, have real time communications, and even protect content with document level permissions.

One of the newer and more advanced features that you can get is Lync Online. Lync is the newest version of what Microsoft used to call Office communications server. Essentially it allows you to collaborate in real-time through the use of instant messaging (IM), Video calls, and online meetings. There are also white boarding features available, as well as the ability to communicate with users external users with Lync Federation.

All in all, it is another cloud based service that has real potential. At bva we have done several of the exchange online implementations (before it was packaged into Office 365), and it has gone off without a hitch. For companies or users who do not want to purchase expensive hardware, this is a good route to go. It gives you all of the enterprise level tools you need for a good price. Plans begin anywhere from $6 to $27 (the latter for large enterprises) and are fairly simple to get going.

If you are thinking of going this route, let bva assist. We are Microsoft Gold Partner with a dozen Microsoft certified technicians. We have a decade’s worth of experience with small and medium sized businesses.