GoDaddy to offer Microsoft's Office 365 to its small business customers

Microsoft has announced a new partnership with popular domain name and website provider GoDaddy that's designed to expand the use of Office 365. Today, the two companies announced that GoDaddy will offer Microsoft's productivity software service to its small business customers.

Today's press release states that this new agreement will offer GoDaddy's 12 million worldwide customers with "seamless access to professional email connected to their domain names, cloud storage and a full suite of Microsoft productivity solutions." Specific financial terms of this new partnership were not announced. Office 365 is now available for GoDaddy's small business users in the U.S. and Canada and will expand to more international markets in the coming months.

Microsoft added that it commissioned a study from the Boston Consulting Group which claims that if more small and medium-sized businesses started using the latest IT software, "it could potentially boost their revenues by a combined $770 billion and create more than 6 million jobs."

This is not the first such partnership between these two companies. In October, Microsoft announced that Office 365 business users could quickly buy a new domain name directly from the software, and the purchase would be handled on GoDaddy's end. Domain names that were already bought via GoDaddy can be added to Office 365 so that they can be maintained and billed from within the software.

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this is actually pretty sweet being a current user of both office365 and godaddy, the website tools in o365 are pretty weak for current web design and still use sharepoint sites...the website tool in godaddy has much better/modern style templates and creates better dynamic websites for someone who doesn't want to code one from scratch.

This is great news! GoDaddy has tons of users signing up everyday (not sure why since there are more affordable and powerful hosting companies), but this will be bring a lot of attention to Office 365. I was hesitant to join it, but I did and love it. Use it on all my devices lol.

People still use godaddy? I thought there was outrage and everyone went to better (and cheaper) companies after the lots of bad press they got? (Owner killing some almost extinct animal, anyone being able to take over a domain, supporting sopa, etc.)?

Kyle K. said,
GoDaddy appeals to the non-technical and cheap people.

I use godaddy and your comment disturbs me. I am technical (heck I have CS degree) and I am not cheap (I guess lol) can you recommend me a better domain provider? For pros?

I didn't mean any offense by that. I was referring to their advertising campaigns.

I personally use NameCheap (ironic) for domains. They have really good specials and DNS management.

Kyle K. said,
I didn't mean any offense by that. I was referring to their advertising campaigns.

I personally use NameCheap (ironic) for domains. They have really good specials and DNS management.


No offense yes, some godaddy ads are annoying. thanks I will look into it

I just get GoDaddy because the domains are cheaper (with a coupon) and I can just move the nameserver to CloudFlare and have my host on Media Temple (which is ironic, because they're now owned by GoDaddy, right?).

WinRT said,

I use godaddy and your comment disturbs me. I am technical (heck I have CS degree) and I am not cheap (I guess lol) can you recommend me a better domain provider? For pros?

What does 'for pros' even mean? Use namecheap.com and manage your DNS with dynect.net...

Obry said,

What does 'for pros' even mean? Use namecheap.com and manage your DNS with dynect.net...

Or what I just said. CloudFlare pretty much is one of the best out there to manage your DNS and save server performance.

Kyle K. said,
GoDaddy appeals to the non-technical and cheap people.

I am technical, was a corporate TD for over 20 years, but I am cheap. So, you're half right. GoDaddy's just trying to cash in on reselling Office 365 without having to do any real work to get the commission.

Of course GoDaddy's button offering access to Office 365 will be restyled and move around it's interface every 3 days in order to provide a better user experience to its subscribers.