Monday, April 24, 2017
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Written by Kayvaan Ghassemieh

Hi, my name is Kayvaan, I’m a senior product manager with Microsoft Online Services. As Betsy mentioned in her earlier post, today Microsoft announced Office 365, the next generation of the Business Productivity Online Suite. Betsy talked about all the great new business-class features, efficiency and value that Office 365 will bring to existing and new Microsoft Online Services customers. You may now be asking yourself, “What does Office 365 mean for me as an existing BPOS customer?”

For any Software as a Service (SaaS) provider, it is critical to release updates and deliver changes to services in a way that balances continuous improvement with the flexibility to allow customers to control when releases and changes are delivered. Microsoft Online Services provides this balance by offering all existing BPOS customers up to twelve (12) months to transition from BPOS to Office 365. With that flexibility, you can make the transition to Office 365 when it makes sense for your business.

Your next steps as an existing customer should be to start learning about Office 365 and how to start planning. You can take the following steps right now:

· Bookmark the Office 365 transition center, which will be your one stop shop for ongoing guidance and discussion about the transition. At the transition center today you will find: a checklist to help you start planning, an extensive FAQ and details about Office 365 system requirements. We will publish more detailed guidance to the transition center on a continuous basis.

· If you have questions that you want to ask of other customers or Microsoft subject matter experts, head over to the transition forum on TechNet. I will be joining the conversation there.

· Make sure we have the right technical contacts on file. Microsoft Online Services will be sending important email communications about the transition to your technical contact email. Learn how to check and update.

· Stay tuned! Check the transition center regularly, subscribe to this blog and keep an eye out for notifications in the Microsoft Online Administration Center.

This is an exciting time for Microsoft Online Services and customers. Office 365 is a major wave of innovations to our services and we are committed to making sure that you have the information you need – when you need it – to make the transition to Office 365 when it works for you.

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