1 Year Office 365 subscription coming soon to TechNet Subscribers

If you have yourself a TechNet Subscription, you'll soon be able to gain access to the new Office 365 suite released by Microsoft a couple of months ago. Microsoft says they are " committed to providing IT professionals with access to Microsoft software & services for evaluation purposes, and we are actively working to provide our subscribers with a full year subscription of Office 365."

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Microsoft launches Office 365 public beta

Microsoft today announced the launch of the public beta of Office 365. Office 365 has been in limited beta since October and is now available in 38 countries and 17 languages.

Microsoft will give 1-year warning before killing or changing cloud services

Microsoft will give cloud customers a minimum of 12 months' notice before discontinuing online services, or making any "disruptive" changes or upgrades, in an effort to standardize the support life cycle for cloud-based software.

Announced this week, the new policy ensures that Windows Azure and Office 365 customers can plan for changes that would eliminate services, take them temporarily offline or require an overhaul of management practices...

Microsoft details packaging, pricing for Office 365 for Education

Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft will be launching Office 365, its successor to BPOS, [email protected] and Office Live Small Business — later this year (I'm still hearing early June). On January 11, Microsoft shared new pricing and packaging details about one of the coming Office 365 SKUs: Office 365 for Education.

Office 365 for Education is the follow-on to [email protected] ([email protected], Microsoft officials said today, currently has 15 million users worldwide.)

Previewing Microsoft's Office 365

CNET was lucky enough to get early access to Office 365, which has been designed to work on a number of Web browsers, including Firefox and Safari (though notably not Chrome), as well as being cross-platform with both Macs and PCs. The good news is that in our brief testing, everything worked as advertised. The bad news is that you can't get it right now, and it's still a long ways off from something that lets you every feature out of the Office ecosystem without installing software...

How Existing Customers Can Transition To Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Online Services Team Blog has a write up on how to transition from BPOS to Office 365.

For any Software as a Service provider, it is critical to release updates and deliver changes to services in a way that balances continuous improvement with the flexibility to allow customers to control when releases and changes are delivered. Microsoft Online Services provides this balance by offering all existing BPOS customers up to twelve (12) months to transition from BPOS to Office 365. With that flexibility, you can make the transition to Office 365 when it makes sense for your business.

Making sense of Microsoft's subscription Office plan

The 365 in Microsoft's new Office 365 may not represent the number of different versions, but there sure are a lot of different options for the new subscription Office suite.

Small businesses, those with 25 or fewer employees, have it simplest, with a $6 per worker per month option that includes Office Web Apps, along with hosted versions of Exchange and SharePoint. Larger businesses can choose from products anywhere from $2 to $27 per person per month. At the low-end, businesses get hosted e-mail, while for $4 a month they can also get SharePoint...