Sunday, March 24, 2013

How can you buy Office 365?

Now that we know what Office 365 is, it is important to find out how we can buy the service from Microsoft. While we're at it, we can find out how much does Office 365 cost to subscribe to.

Simply put, here are the current Office 365 offerings, all of which can be found on the Office 365 website here:
  • Office 365 Home Premium (US$ 99.99 per user per year)
    Designed for home use, and includes:
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • +20 GB online storage with SkyDrive
    • 60 Skype world minutes per month (available in select countries)
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium (US$ 150 per user per year)
    Designed for small companies with up to 10 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • Simple IT Controls
  • Office 365 Midsize (US$ 180 per user per year)
    Designed for midsize businesses with between 11 and 250 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, InfoPath, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • Enhanced IT Controls
  • Office 365 E1 Plan (US$ 8 per user per month)
    Designed for enterprises with over 250 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • File storage and sharing with SkyDrive Pro
    • Advanced IT Controls
  • Office 365 E3 Plan (US$ 20 per user per month)
    Designed for enterprises with over 250 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, InfoPath, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • File storage and sharing with SkyDrive Pro
    • Advanced IT Controls
Of course, you can buy individual products:
Alternatively, you can contact your favorite IT service provider and ask them to get you Office 365.

In conclusion, it is important to say that Office 365 is not a 'one-size-fits-all' type of product. Companies should decide based on their requirements with consideration for future expansion.

What is Office 365?

With all the hype surrounding Office 365, I've noticed that most people still don't know what it is. First impressions, probably because of the name, tend to go towards it being the next version of Office, the popular desktop suite. This is partially true, as Office is part of Office 365, but not the entire story.

Office 365 comprises of 4 main products, 3 or which are Cloud-based, as follows:
  • Exchange Online: this is Microsoft's enterprise level email, calendar and contacts platform, hosted and managed by Microsoft. Under Exchange Online, users get email (25GB mailbox per user) as well as calendar and contact management, including the most current antivirus and anti-span solutions to help protect your organization.
  • SharePoint Online: this is Microsoft's collaboration suite, hosted and managed by Microsoft. Under SharePoint Online, businesses can create sites to share documents and insights with colleagues, partners and customers.
  • Lync Online: this is Microsoft's unified communications offering, hosted and managed by Microsoft. Under Lync Online, users can meet online with PC-audio, video (including HD) conferencing and screen sharing capabilities. Lync Online can also be used for instant messaging and presence (available, busy, do not disturb, etc.) sharing.
  • Office Professional Plus: this is Microsoft's popular productivity suite which can be downloaded (only downloads no other media available) and installed on up to 5 devices, Windows and/or Macs, per user.
It is important to note that, Office Professional Plus includes other features such as on-demand download; this basically means you can download Office applications (not the entire thing) on any number of Windows & Mac devices work on your documents and then when you're done, Office will remove itself automatically. You can even work on Office documents directly from the browser.

There are other products available from Microsoft as part of the Office 365 suite, however, the main four pillars are those mentioned above. Other products include:
Here is glance at what each of the core Office 365 products entails:



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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Microsoft Cloud: Office 365, Windows Intune & Windows Azure

Getting to know Office 365 closer I have learned a few things about Microsoft's cloud offerings here and there, including Windows Intune and Windows Azure as well as Office 365. Starting today I'm gonna start writing blog entries about what I learn on a daily basis, share the knowledge sort of thing.

I'm gonna start presenting on these technologies as well, so, if you need me to come present sometime, please email, or call me and I'll be there. All I ask of you is to bring people and an internet connection.

I'll probably concentrate on Office 365 for the next few blog posts, but then I'll start mixing and matching as we go along.

To start with let me first guide you to where you can get more details on each product:
  1. Office 365 www.office365.com
  2. Windows Intune www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windowsintune
  3. Windows Azure www.windowsazure.com
If you don't know much about any of these, don't worry, we'll cover each with detail.

Yes, I still Bing as my main search engine, I use Windows 8, I have a Windows Phone 8 mobile, the lovely Nokia Lumia 920 and my sons love their Surface RT!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Windows Phone Camp - 25th May 2012


Broadcasting live on MAY 25th from Istanbul, Turkey (in English) is the Middle East & Africa Windows Phone Camp!
A Windows Phone camp is a free event where you can learn everything you need to know to develop and publish a Windows Phone application. This event will be both an in person and online event broadcasted across the region. Day 1 will include a VIP keynote and technical sessions covering Windows Phone development. Day 2 will be “hands-on” with the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and code – put your learning to work and build that app you’ve been dreaming about! Please note that only Day 1 will be broadcasted online.
Whether you’re a student just starting out or a seasoned developer for Windows Phone, Android, Symbian, Web OS or iOS, we’ll share tips and tricks and all-around Windows Phone development know-how throughout the two days. There will be sessions for start-up companies as well.
To read more about the event, go here.
To watch, go to the event site, or stay tuned on May 25th for another post with the live player.
Join the conversation with the event organizers and attendees #windowsphonecamp