As you may know, Microsoft released tremendous news on Tuesday by presenting their newest cloud based service Office 365. Office 365 promises to deliver customers with the industry’s most comprehensive cloud service all day, every day, for the whole year. It is the next generation of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lynch Online (formerly known as Live Meeting and Office Communications Online), and Microsoft Office Professional Plus . You can find more information on what Office 365 offers here.
Office 365 as the new BPOS
Once Office 365 is released in 2011, Microsoft’s Business Productivity Suite (BPOS) will be phased out and be replaced by Office 365. As soon as it is available, BPOS customers will be able to prepare and decide when to be transitioned over to Office 365. There’s no need to worry about losing your current BPOS capabilities. You’ll be subscribed to the same service, but with more features and functionality. Microsoft has released some helpful instructions on how to prepare for this transition.
1. Start planning now by visiting the Microsoft transition center where you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions.
- Learn and find more information about the products and features in Office 365 to help with the transitioning process.
- Understand the federated identity or managed identity scenario.
- Existing BPOS customers do not need to migrate any data.
- You will need to make sure you client software is compliant with system requirements.
- You will be responsible for end-user training.
- You are in charge of configuring any new features and capabilities.
- You have up to 12 months from the release of Office 365 to make the required transition.
2. Understand changes to your system requirements which can also be found at the transition center.
- Windows XP SP3
- Windows XP Home (no federated identity support)
- Windows Media Center edition (no federated identity support)
- Windows Vista SP2
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Office Client Requirements
- Office 2007 SP2 or Office 2010
- Office 2008 for Mac and Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition
- Office 2011 for Mac and Outlook 2011 for Mac
- .Net 2.0 or later
- Lync 2010
- Communicator for Mac
- A new service connector application will replace the Sign In application, which will be available in the upcoming months.
Browser Requirements (Administration Center and My Company Portal)
- Internet Explorer 7 or above
- Firefox 3.x
- Safari 4.x
Browser Requirements (Outlook Web App)
- Internet Explorer 7 or above
- Firefox 3 or higher
- Safari 3 or higher on Mac OS X 10.5
- Chrome 3 and later versions
- Outlook Web App has a light version that supports a reduced set of features across almost any browser.
No longer supported
- Office 2003
- Office Communicator 2007 R2 with Office Communications Online
- Internet Explorer 6 with the Microsoft Online Administration Center, My Company Portal, andOutlook Web App
3. Update your contact information.
- Make sure that contact details of both "Account Owner" and "Service Administrator" are up to date. Click here to learn how.
- Ensure the above accounts are monitored regularly and "@email.microsoftonline.com" emails are marked as safe.
- Update client software
4. Stay updated as more information will be released to help you plan your transition.