With some early adopters already implementing Exchange Online, the email component of Office 365 for Education, and other components, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, expected in 2012, the time for education institutions to begin preparing for the move to Office 365 is now. Here are some questions and answers about moving to Office 365 that will help clarify the process.
What is Office 365?
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud service that provides users with powerful collaboration and communication tools such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online as well as the familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite. These tools give students and faculty the ability to access and share their data from virtually anywhere at any time.
What if I would like to deploy now, instead of in 2012?
Institutions that are interested in Office 365 for Education and want to begin the transition prior to the official launch are encouraged by Microsoft to enroll in Live@edu. While not all of the services are in place, Exchange 2010 email is available so users can begin experiencing many of the benefits today. Since Live@edu is currently hosted in Microsoft datacenters, transitioning to Office 365 for Education will occur automatically when it becomes available.
Is there a trial version available?
Education customers can also try Office 365 today using the trial available for enterprise customers. Plan E3 provides an experience that is very similar to what will be available for Office 365 for Education. Note, the trial should be treated as a “throw-away” test since there is no way to transition the trial to Office 365 for Education.
What are best practices for implementing Office 365 for Education?
If your organization is considering Office 365 for Education and wishes to proceed with implementing Live@edu or if you simply want to learn more and begin planning, contact B2B Technologies and learn more about our proven best practices. We have successfully migrated over 400,000 users to Live@edu and Microsoft cloud services. We are also one of the first Microsoft partners to complete an Office 365 for Education migration.