Microsoft just announced the next version of their online products that will replace the BPOS suite.  The new name is Office365 and you can go the the official website at

Key benefits to Office365 include:

  • Anywhere access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device
  • Work seamlessly with Microsoft Office and the other programs your users already count on everyday
  • Business-class features including IT-level phone support, guaranteed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, and disaster recovery
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing options which give you predictability and flexibility for all or part of your organization


Office365 is based on the 2010 version of products (while BPOS was based on the 2007 version) and includes the following products:

  • Exchange Online
  • Lync Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office Professional Plus


Microsoft has released Service Offering Descriptions for the Beta that can be downloaded HERE

If you want to get signed up for the Beta, I suggest you do so now.  You can go to the Beta sign-up page to reserve your spot.

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