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Microsoft Online Services General Availability Partner Announcement
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Ready, Set, Launch! Description of Services Online Services Key Messages Customer Pricing Promotions Tools for Partners Support Resources

Ready, Set, Launch!
Today, Nov 17, 2008, Microsoft announced the commercial availability of the Business Productivity Online Suite, part of the Microsoft Online Servicesofferings. The launch includes an event hosted by Stephen Elop in San Francisco featuring select partners and customers.

Microsoft is delivering on the software-plus-services strategy
  After a brief beta period, Exchange Online and SharePoint Online are now available for business of all sizes to purchase in the U.S. Today we’re announcing plans to offer new solutions as a part of MicrosoftOnline Services in the next year: o Microsoft Office Communications Online is on track to go beta in the first quarter of 2009 o Microsoft will offer a new Microsoft Online Services solution that will provide security and infrastructure management for businesses, enabling IT managers to secure and manage desktops using a Web-based subscription service

A growing number of customers large and smallare choosing Microsoft’s software-plus-services approach and offerings.
  To date, Microsoft has sold more than 20 Million Microsoft Online Services seats. New customers include Philips, Universal Music Group State of Colorado, Pitney Bowes and CG Healthcare Solutions, LLC.

Microsoft partners are embracing Microsoft Online Services, realizing a wide range of revenue opportunity.
  Morethan 1,500 partners have enrolled in Microsoft Partner Program for Online Services since July, 2008 – a rate of 100 partners a week. Following the pricing and partner model announcement at WPC, Microsoft experienced significant interest from partners about building customized solutions for customers and increasing awareness of those differentiated, value-added services. o Today, we’re announcing thePartner Solutions Showcase Program for Microsoft Online Services, designed to… o Help partners increase revenue by growing awareness of their partner value-added services o Give customers clear site of differentiated partner solutions built on top of Microsoft Online


Services Recognize outstanding application and integration work on the part of partners

The momentum and excitementcontinues to build for Microsoft Online Services. Utilize the resources listed in this launch announcement to either discover how online services can extend your current business or how to activate your business and begin creating demand and recognizing new revenues around these services. In addition to the launch announcement, you may also hear about several new opportunities through the Quick Startfor Online Services Program for Partners. Below is a short recap on each:


Partner Solutions Showcase Program The Partner Solutions Showcase Program will provide Partners an opportunity to showcase applications and solutions they’ve built as an extension on Microsoft Online Services. Through the program, partners will be able to nominate their solutions through the community tab on In addition, the customers will also be able to obtain these solutions through the site. Internal Use Rights for Partners Partners have the opportunity utilize the Business Productivity Online Suite for their own internal use through this program. Demo accounts for Partners Partners have the ability to provision demoaccounts to show the power of the Business Productivity Online Suite to their customers.



More details on these programs can be found at or by emailing the partner support resources listed in at the bottom of this email.
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Description of Services
Microsoft Online Services consist of enterprise-class software delivered via...
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