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Microsoft BPOS vs Office 365

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in Musings | 1 comment

Microsoft BPOS vs Office 365

Microsoft has always strived for excellence by constantly upgrading their products and services to improve the overall productivity for customer convenience. This time they have released the beta version of Office 365 which is an improved version of Microsoft BPOS with further enhancements.

For those who don’t know about Office 365, it is a subscription based service that combines the following Microsoft Products and Services:

  • Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Microsoft SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft Lync Online
  • Office Professional Plus (client based software)
  • Office Web Apps (web based versions of Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

Microsoft plans to transition BPOS clients to the Office 365 service at some point as well. The transition has to follow certain rules and protocols.  BPOS users will be given a choice as to what plan they intend to migrate to Office 365 but eventually (even if they do not chose) they will automatically be shifted to the most basic enterprise plan E1.

A great benefit of Office 365 is that you will always enjoy the latest technology from Microsoft and won’t be stuck using an old version of Office or Exchange.  For those migrating to Office 365 they will notice that Office 2010 will be offered as a SaaS based Web App. You can install Office 2010 on 5 different devices thus allowing mobility and flexibility.

Office 365 has also the advantage over BPOS when we talk about the size of the Exchange mailboxes. Office 365 will also include Microsoft Lync Online and will include Microsoft Office Professional Plus (depending upon the subscription level). Lync replaces the Microsoft Office Live Meeting and Office Communicator which are part of the BPOS suite.

This is going to be a very interesting product release and will make Microsoft competitive with the Google Apps product offering.

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