Verizon adds Microsoft Office 365 to its small-business-suite line-up

Verizon adds Microsoft Office 365 to its small-business-suite line-up

Summary: On the heels of a similar deal with Sprint, Verizon is the latest syndication partner to offer Microsoft's Office 365 directly to small-business users.

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Microsoft is signing up mobile carriers as syndication partners for its Office 365 suite of Microsoft-hosted apps.

Verizon Wireless is adding Office 365 to its Small Business Essentials suite of tools for small businesses, the two companies announced on August 6. Last week, Microsoft signed up Sprint to offer Office 365 the same way to its small- and mid-size business users.

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The Office 365 capabilities being added to Verizon's suite include SharePoint ONline, Exchange Online, Lync Online and Office Web Apps (the Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote). Verizon customers interested in the new offering can go through their Verizon small-business portal or retail site to get Office 365 as of today, August 6.

Office 365, included with the Verizon Wireless Small Business Essentials suite, costs the usual $6 per month that Microsoft charges for the small-business-focused version of Office 365. However, in order to get Office 365 through Verizon, users need to have a service-level agreement with Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Small Business Essentials is a number of individual software and service offerings from a variety of vendors from which small business customers can choose. An advisor app/site that helps less tech-savvy customers choose technologies for their needs is part of the offering.

Over 90 percent of Office 365 customers are businesses with less than 50 users, restated Microsoft officials at the New York City announcement of the syndication deal. They played up the ability of Office 365 -- Microsoft's hosted apps bundle which competes with Google Apps -- to eliminate the need for "long-term IT hardware installations."

Microsoft had a similar deal in place with Verizon for its Office 365 predecessor, known as Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Mobility

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • This is quite important for Windows Phone, too..

    I wrote a blog post (http://smoothlyonmicrosoft.com/2012/08/06/the-future-of-windows-phone/) earlier today on the future of Windows Phone. Many people still think carriers are somehow against Microsoft. Maybe they were in the old world, but quite many carriers are nowadays building new kind of service offering on the top of the Microsoft technology stack and cloud.
    Akipekka
  • Sounds good

    Maybe we'll get more Windows Phones from Verizon this time around.
    grayknight