Office 365 spontaneously drops out of beta, pricing shows up

Microsoft is due to announce the Office365 release to the public on June 28, but is yet to break the silence surrounding the products release. Today, Microsoft dropped the beta tag from the product, made available pricing and release notes to the public online. Just now, Microsoft stated that they will make a live Microsoft Office 365 announcement with Steve Ballmer, which can be viewed here.

The pricing plans for enterprise range from $10 to $27.00/user a month (USD), and start from basic email services, and range right up to including Email, Lync Online, SharePoint, Office Web Apps and ​a monthly subscription Office desktop applications. Pictured below are the pricing plans (view in full here for enterprise):

The company also made available pricing for small to medium businesses, priced at just $6/month per user. The small business plan allows up to 25 users, and includes Exchange Online, Office Web Apps, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and spam protection from Microsoft Forefront. More information is pictured below:

Office365 is a collection of Microsoft products, including Hosted Exchange, SharePoint Online, Lync Online, Office Web Apps and more, and is Microsoft's first real competitor to Google's Gmail email product for small businesses. We expect an announcement to be made about the product sometime during June 28, if Office 365 NZ is accurate. This lines up with what we're seeing right now.

For even more information on the release, check out the Office365 release notes here.

More as we hear it, Steve Ballmers' address is due to start at 3PM GMT (London)...

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Ok help me out here, because i don't get this:

I use a WP7, all my contacts are in my windows live account and i use it for my primary Calendar too.

So i get :

- Synced Contacts with my Work, home PC's and mobile phone
- Synced Calendars for my work home and mobile
- I allready have Office apps in the cloud thanks to Skydrive

I've never used exchange in the places i've worked in, but from what i read about it it seems the same as my hotmail calendar and contacts syncing.

What is Office365, why do i want to pay for it?

Azyr said,
Ok help me out here, because i don't get this:

I use a WP7, all my contacts are in my windows live account and i use it for my primary Calendar too.

So i get :

- Synced Contacts with my Work, home PC's and mobile phone
- Synced Calendars for my work home and mobile
- I allready have Office apps in the cloud thanks to Skydrive

I've never used exchange in the places i've worked in, but from what i read about it it seems the same as my hotmail calendar and contacts syncing.

What is Office365, why do i want to pay for it?

http://www.cloudhypermarket.co...ide-to-microsoft-office-365

Office 365 is a more advanced version of the free Office Web Apps that we have now via skydrive etc. I haven't used it personally but it should be way more feature rich etc. Plus if you wanted you could get not only hosted exchange but sharepoint and lync, though this is more for business users I suppose.

If all you want to do is just sync contacts etc like you are then this isn't for you, it's not really just that though.

Office 365 will Fail here in Aus unless they remove Telstra from the system...

Known fact and MS has over looked it again... BPOS failed for this very reason and even 365 will suffer!

brent3000 said,
Office 365 will Fail here in Aus unless they remove Telstra from the system...

Known fact and MS has over looked it again... BPOS failed for this very reason and even 365 will suffer!

Why? The fastest mobile network & the best coverage is bad why?

brent3000 said,
Office 365 will Fail here in Aus unless they remove Telstra from the system...

Known fact and MS has over looked it again... BPOS failed for this very reason and even 365 will suffer!


Why has Telstra got anything to do with this?

Owen W said,

Why has Telstra got anything to do with this?

Telstra is the only company able to sell MS cloud products in AUS to SMB markets as MS does not see a "demand" for local sellings in AUS
-T- said,

Why? The fastest mobile network & the best coverage is bad why?


Im not knocking Telstra as a mobile service (being a Telstra dealer etc) but the fact you mention anything about Telstra has the ability to instantly turn any company off the product is a known fact...

brent3000 said,

Telstra is the only company able to sell MS cloud products in AUS to SMB markets as MS does not see a "demand" for local sellings in AUS

Im not knocking Telstra as a mobile service (being a Telstra dealer etc) but the fact you mention anything about Telstra has the ability to instantly turn any company off the product is a known fact...

Most of the largest businesses in this country use Telstra, no other carrier can match their coverage or range of services. People individually might dislike them, but proper businessmen can get over their personal disagreements with the Telstra of old and utilise them to aid their business

I have the full Office 2010 Professional on my desktop....I don't see the need to subscribe to this.

ScubaDog said,
I have the full Office 2010 Professional on my desktop....I don't see the need to subscribe to this.

If you want the web side of it (exchange etc) you can get the one which does not come with Office PP

Not a rebrand.

BPOS is single-tenanted, hence the 5-user minimum. It wasn't worth it for them to spin up a new virtual machine for fewer than 5 users.

Office 365 is multi-tenanted. The separation between subscribers takes place at the database layer.

Is this for private persons too? And how much it cost in €? 10 (6???) US$ is much cheaper than a single exchange account from my ISP.

Lastwebpage said,
Is this for private persons too? And how much it cost in €? 10 (6???) US$ is much cheaper than a single exchange account from my ISP.

Yeah you can get it for yourself, something like £2.60 a month for private use.

Lastwebpage said,
Is this for private persons too? And how much it cost in €? 10 (6???) US$ is much cheaper than a single exchange account from my ISP.

And well worth it too. Been on it since Jan for business and personal... Definately going to keep paying for it

I looked into this when it was BPOS only. Check that 365 doesn't have a minimum amount of users. I'm currently using 365 Beta and had a MS rep ring me but I didn't get the phone at the time. Voicemail said they would ring back but I heard nothing.
I hope there is no minimum user req as I would be interesting and moving from Google Apps to 365 just for Exchange. No more scaled contact pics for iOS!

*Edit*

My beta account no longer says beta anywhere now too.

"Microsoft's first real competitor to Google's Gmail email product"
Wrongggg (yet again). Its Microsoft's competitor to Google Apps, they already have a competitor to GMail - its called Hotmail.

jamiet said,
"Microsoft's first real competitor to Google's Gmail email product"
Wrongggg (yet again). Its Microsoft's competitor to Google Apps, they already have a competitor to GMail - its called Hotmail.
Neowin - where unprofessional journalism is truly unprofessional...

jamiet said,
"Microsoft's first real competitor to Google's Gmail email product"
Wrongggg (yet again). Its Microsoft's competitor to Google Apps, they already have a competitor to GMail - its called Hotmail.

Microsoft BPOS

jamiet said,
"Microsoft's first real competitor to Google's Gmail email product"
Wrongggg (yet again). Its Microsoft's competitor to Google Apps, they already have a competitor to GMail - its called Hotmail.

Give it a rest, small oversight which is now corrected.

jamiet said,
"Microsoft's first real competitor to Google's Gmail email product"
Wrongggg (yet again). Its Microsoft's competitor to Google Apps, they already have a competitor to GMail - its called Hotmail.

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