Sign Up for Office 365 Beta

For those who can’t wait for the official release of Office 365, here’s how to sign up as a beta tester …

Mike covered Office 365 before here on Ghacks. Without rehashing what has already been said, Office 365 is a cloud based service by Microsoft that brings Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, Exchange and Lync together in the cloud. The service aims at business and organizations who do not want to invest in local server solutions by working in the cloud instead.

Microsoft aims for a release in 2011 for Office 365. Currently a limited beta program is available in 13 countries. Actually, two different betas are available, one for small businesses and one for enterprises. The signup form is the same on the other hand.

Users who want to sign up for the Office 365 beta can visit the beta page to do that. They need to fill out first and last name, email address organization size and if they are interested in the small business or enterprise beta.

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What’s the difference between the two beta versions?

  • Office 365 Beta for small businesses: Designed specifically for smaller businesses and professionals who are looking for cloud-based productivity tools without the IT hassles.
  • Office 365 Beta for enterprises: Best solution for organizations that are looking to move their productivity tools to the cloud, while staying in control of their IT services.

The beta begins on October 18, 2010 and ends on March 5, 2011. Interested parties will be contacted by Microsoft as soon as beta spots become available.

The beta is only available in “the fifty (50) United States (including D.C.), Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom”, and only for residents “who are at least the age of majority or older in their country of residence at the time of participation”.


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