Q. Why should I sign up for the Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta program?
A. Microsoft uses a beta release to test services with users before they are released commercially. Signing up to participate in the beta program is an excellent opportunity to get an early peek into the new service offering and test the features before Office 365 is made generally available.
Q. Which countries/regions are able to participate in the Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta program?
A. Thirty-eight countries/regions are eligible to participate in the beta release. These countries/regions are the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.
Q. What languages will be offered in the Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta release?
A. The beta release will be offered in the following 16 languages: English, Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, and Romanian.
Q. What beta programs are being offered?
A. Two beta programs are being offered for Office 365. Office 365 (Plan E3) is ideal for larger, IT-based organizations. Office 365 (Plan P1) is best suited for professionals and small businesses - ideal for organizations that have 25 or fewer employees and no IT support.
Q. Does everyone who signs up get access into the beta?
A. Yes, everyone who signs up will be provided with access to join the beta.
Q. How do I sign up for the Office 365 Beta?
A. Click the Join the beta button to join the list of beta testers. You will be asked to provide the following information: country/region, company language, first name, last name, company name, company address, city, state, postal or zip code, phone number, email address, and new domain name.
Q. What happens after I sign up?
A. When you sign up for the Office 365 Beta, you will automatically be sent to the beta home page, where you will see an overview of the beta and resources for getting started. Beta subscription information will be emailed to you at the email address you provided on the sign-up form. This email message contains information about how to proceed with the beta. You will also receive a weekly email message to help you move along with the beta testing process.
Q. What happens at the end of the Office 365 Beta?
A. The beta program will transition into a trial when Office 365 is commercially released. Then participants will have 30 days after trial activation to choose whether or not to continue with the service as a paid offering.
Q. What is Office 365?
A. Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses is a subscription service that combines Microsoft Office Web Apps with a set of web-enabled tools that are easy to learn and use, that work with your existing hardware, and that come backed by the robust security, reliability, and control you need to run your business.
Q. Why do I need Office 365?
A. In today's competitive global market, businesses of all sizes need technology that enables flexibility and that cost-effectively adds value to their organization. Cloud-based services provide a way to meet these objectives. They deliver feature-rich productivity tools to users and help to relieve the burden of managing and maintaining business systems—freeing up IT departments and businesses to focus on initiatives that can deliver true competitive advantage.
Q. Is Office 365 "Office in the cloud"?
A. The Office 365 service offering is that and so much more! With some Office 365 plans, you have access to familiar Office applications that are installed locally on your PC, but are downloaded and licensed from the cloud. Those Office 365 service plans expand this experience by combining those Office applications with the latest versions of our cloud productivity services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. These services combine to provide you with the most comprehensive productivity solution for your business needs.
Q. What happens to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite? How do I move to Office 365 from Business Productivity Online Suite?
A. Office 365 replaces the Business Productivity Online Suite. Enterprise customers can contact a Microsoft sales representative or Microsoft Partner directly for purchase details, or get more information about volume licensing.
Existing BPOS customers can transition during the 12 months following general availability of Office 365 in 2011.
Q. My enterprise/midsize business has advanced IT needs for robust security, reliability, and user productivity. What does Office 365 provide and how much does it cost?
A. At Microsoft, we believe that one size does NOT fit all, and customers want choices. That's why we offer a range of options from basic email for £1.30 per user per month to a complete solution for £17.75 per user per month that includes full Office Professional Plus desktop software, along with Office Web Apps; the most advanced versions of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online; phone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week; advanced IT controls; and on-premises use rights for voice—in short, the most complete solution for business productivity available in the cloud.
Q. I am a small business/professional. If I do not have IT expertise within my small business, can I still use Office 365? How much does it cost?
A. Office 365 for professionals and small businesses offers a simple, monthly subscription to an easy-to-use set of web-enabled tools for small businesses, independent consultants, and professionals.
Working with the business-class productivity tools people know and use today, Office 365 for professionals and small businesses provides virtually anywhere access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device*. Subscriptions start at just £4 per user per month, and Office 365 is backed by powerful security features and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
Q. Will Office 365 replace Office Live Small Business?
A. Yes! Office 365 includes the most compelling elements of Office Live Small Business—email, public websites, and more. While nothing will change for Office Live Small Business customers now, the transition to Office 365 will probably begin in late 2011 or early 2012. Customers who choose to have their accounts transitioned will get three months of Office 365 for small businesses for free.
Q. Can my school get access to Office 365?
A. Microsoft Office 365 for education provides your institution with the same great communication and collaboration experiences used in enterprises around the world and saves time and money. Microsoft Office 365 for education delivers all of this while training students on the familiar software that employers depend on. Benefits include 25-gigabyte (GB) inboxes, mobile access, team sites, Office Web Apps, and more!
Q. What are the system requirements for Office 365?
A. Office 365 will have new system requirements that customers and partners should note.
Q. What does it mean to work from virtually anywhere and on nearly any device?
A. The Office 365 service offerings enable you to work with email, documents, and data from virtually anywhere and on nearly any device with a familiar productivity experience on PCs, phones, and in browsers.
This means that an appropriate device, Internet connection, and supported versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browsers are required. Access from mobile devices requires Wi-Fi capability or depends on carrier network availability. Some mobile functionality requires Office Mobile 2010, which is included with specific releases of Windows Phones and Nokia phones. Office Mobile 2010 is not included in Office 2010 applications, suites, or Web Apps. There are some differences between the features of the Office Web Apps, Office Mobile 2010, and the Office 2010 applications.
Q. I am a Microsoft Partner. What does Office 365 mean to me?
A. Office 365 is delivered as a subscription service that is hosted by Microsoft and sold with Partners. Microsoft Partner can help customers get the most value from their investment, whether they integrate Office 365 into a customer's existing IT investments or outsource the administration of their plans. Additionally, Partners can increase their profit margins with recurring revenue when they recommend Office 365 to customers.