Microsoft Online Services available for purchase in 19 countries around the world
Posted on 28-Apr-2009 10:33
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Microsoft Corp. is making its Business Productivity Online Suite, a part of Microsoft Online Services, available for purchase in 19 countries. The suite includes such services as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
The Business Productivity Online Deskless Worker Suite, a low-cost version for occasional users, is also available for purchase.
Microsoft is offering a 25 % discount on the Business Productivity Online Suite to customers who purchase it by the end of June 2009.
To date, more than 4,000 partners around the world have joined the Microsoft Partner Program for Microsoft Online Services, and the company says its the most successful partner ecosystem for online business-class services.
“We’re experiencing a significant amount of partner momentum around Microsoft Online Services and the Business Productivity Online Suite,” said Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft Online. “Based on the increasing demand and enthusiasm we’re seeing, it’s clear that partners are recognizing the opportunity, and that this is the right time to embrace Microsoft’s software-plus-services approach.”
EDS, an HP company, has signed both a reseller agreement and a go-to-market agreement which details the terms and conditions under which both companies will market, sell and deliver the Business Productivity Online Suite together. Accenture and Avanade have signed an advisor agreement. Both of these partners will focus primarily on organizations with more than 5,000 employees.
Microsoft and EDS have announced that they will use their combined assets to deliver enterprise-class communications and collaboration services in the cloud to millions of users serving large multinational corporations. With benefits including rapid deployment with a minimized need for infrastructure investments, enterprise organizations can expect to take advantage of reductions in capital expenditures and improved total cost of ownership.
With this agreement, the revenue potential for which is more than $3 billion in cloud services and professional services for the parties, EDS becomes Microsoft’s largest delivery partner for the Business Productivity Online Suite.