Microsoft's Office 365, is approaching the "code lock" for the product (slated for early June), with late June the likely new general-availability target.
In this regard, Microsoft and its partners are stepping up their educational campaign around the coming migration from Business Productivity Online Services to Office 365. At TechEd 2011, Microsoft offered a handful of Office 365 sessions, including a couple specifically focused on the coming BPOS-Office 365 transition.
"What Do Existing BPOS Customers Need to Do to Prepare for Microsoft Office 365?" session addresses questions about moving from the current version of BPOS-S to Office 365. It highlights key areas you should be thinking of now,so that your customer will be ready to move to the next version. There're a number of moving pieces, including the planned phase-out of the current Live Meeting audio/video conferencing service and the SharePoint Online Deskless Worker SKU; new password requirements; and URL changes for Outlook Web Access and portals.
The DW SKU is being replaced by Office 365 K ("kiosk worker") plans. The Live Meeting service is being replaced by Lync Online. As the slide below notes, Microsoft will offer customers currently using version 2 of Live Meeting rights to use the product through the end of the company's FY 13 (June 30, 2013.)
As Microsoft execs said last year, IE won't be supported when Office 365 is launched. Nor will Office 2003 or Office Communicator 2007 R2.
Once Microsoft makes Office 365 generally available, the company will begin contacting existing customers and offering them a transition window. Microsoft's staging the moves so that all customers aren't moved over at once. The "Blackberry transition" -- when BPOS customers using Blackberry Enterprise Services are moved from Microsoft's hosted BES to RIM's hosted BES offering -- won't begin until late 2011 or early 2012.
Microsoft's also planning to migrate its Live@Edu users to Office 365 in the spring or summer of 2012. Microsoft currently is planning to complete all of the migrations of existing users to Office 365 within a year from when the transition begins.
Microsoft's Office 365 transition center also has migration information for BPOS users.
[Via: All About Microsoft]