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Office 365 Transition Window: September 2011 to September 2012, Microsoft Announced

Microsoft launched Office 365 on June 28 this year, with the general availability, Microsoft’s Online Services team is now preparing to start transitions in September 2011, and in this regard have updated the Transition Guide and Transition FAQ to provide more information about what to expect between now and September 2012,” informs Michael O’Neill.

The transition center is the place to learn anything and everything about the transition process and all that Office 365 can do for your business. “Microsoft Online Services is ready to support you through a smooth transition to Office 365. If you have questions, contact IT-level support, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” stated O’Neill.

Neill says that “Microsoft will begin contacting customers and partners this summer with September and October 2011 transition dates. Each month, we’ll send out more transition scheduling notices. For more information about scheduling, please check out the transition FAQ.” “The transition schedule is designed to best accommodate all customers and their needs, and that could mean your transition won’t be scheduled for several months. Don’t worry if you don’t receive a transition date immediately,” Neill wrote.

Here’s a summary of the key actions you should take:

  1. Learn key changes:
    Some of these system requirements may require you to upgrade your PCs before you transition. Make sure your business is ready for Office 365 and the new Microsoft Online Services by noting the following key changes:
    • Outlook 2003 / Office 2003 is not supported
    • Internet Explorer 6 is not supported
    • Office Communicator 2007 R2 must be upgraded to Microsoft Lync
    • Office 365 Desktop Setup is required (replaces the Sign-In Application)

    Review all of the Office 365 and MOS system requirements. In addition, make sure all your desktops are up to date for the necessary end-user requirements. You can find this information in the transition checklist for administrators.

  2. Understand Office 365 password policy:
    To make the transition to Office 365 as seamless as possible for your users, we’ll synchronize their current passwords with Office 365 whenever they change their password. This means that the new Office 365 password policy now applies to your existing subscription. Review the Office 365 password requirements to understand the changes.
  3. Download transition checklist:
    Start your transition prerequisites – The tasks required to configure your desktop environment can be found in the detailed transition checklist for administrators.
  4. Check out your new subscription offer:
    The following table summarizes how MOS and BPOS subscriptions will map to the new MOS offerings after transition. All active subscriptions will be transitioned to the new offers while maintaining your current price through the end of your subscription term,” , Neill explains. Learn more at the Office 365 website.

    Current Microsoft Online Services Subscription

    New Office 365 or Microsoft Online Services subscription

    BPOS Standard Suite


    Office 365 (Plan E1)

    BPOS Deskless Worker Suite


    Office 365 (Plan K1)

    Exchange Online


    Exchange Online (Plan 1)

    Exchange Online Deskless Worker


    Exchange Online Kiosk

    SharePoint Online


    SharePoint Online (Plan 1)

    SharePoint Online Deskless Worker


    SharePoint Kiosk (K1)

    Live Meeting Standard


    Lync Online (Plan 2)

    Office Communications Online


    Lync Online (Plan 1)

Finally, the comprehensive transition guide overview covers all aspects of the transition process. You can download the transition guide for in-depth information on everything from system requirements to the specific steps required for administrators and current users.

[Via: Microsoft Online Services Team Blog]

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