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The Future of Microsoft Office 365

Written on December 05, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Microsoft Office 365 is coming its way soon and with big changes. With Big Red offering a re-branded BPOS, what is in store for its new and upcoming customers?

When announced its plans for last October, few people were apprehensive of the over five years of ground work that preceded the launch of its platform. is the new brand of ’s BPOS services. But more than that, it is also an overhauled version of the company’s high-end software offerings.

In the first six months of 2011, Microsoft will begin to move it existing and new customers to Office 365. However, the users will need to keep their hosted services up and running for infrastructure updates. Microsoft will be implementing a new provision of commerce mechanisms and additional SharePoint, Exchange and Lync communications features. The end goal is for the Big Red to take advantage of scale efficiencies. With Office 365, Microsoft is hitting the alignment of update schedules for BPOS, Live@edu and Office Live Small Business. But for this to happen, the Office 365 team needs to move its services to a new Online Service Delivery Platform. With that being said and done, the new Office services will be more consistent and will provide tighter integration.

The other piece of Office 365 – the Office Professional Plus – is going to be an add-on option. There is a possibility that Microsoft might offer other SKU options for its varying customers. More changes are also coming, like the licensing agreements and the way Big Red sells it services. Another is the way Microsoft will change the way it communicates with its Online Services customers. This time, users can talk with other customers and not just to product managers.

As Microsoft and its services move forward, connections will constantly improve. Do you have your own insights for ? Share it by leaving a comment.

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