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The world's most widely used business solution software is now available in the cloud. Microsoft Online Services is enterprise-class software delivered as subscription services. We and over 7,000 Microsoft partners are committed to delivering a broad set of products and business solutions that build on what you already know.

As your IT strategy evolves to include the many benefits of cloud computing, Microsoft can help you extend the capabilities and functionality of your existing technology investments with Online Services.

The following table highlights the top three benefits of licensing Online Services:

Cost-Effective

Flexible

Manageable

  • Optimize your financial resources by transitioning users online and reducing IT management costs

  • Choose what software and services to run on-premise or hosted by a third-party, based on what’s most cost-effective for your organization

  • Migrate from a different platform without high upfront hardware costs

  • Run online services seamlessly with existing enterprise-class software

  • License what you need when you need it based on user type

  • Free up IT staff for business-critical projects

  • Access a wide choice of workloads to meet your IT and business objectives

  • Provision your employees on the latest technology with fewer deployment challenges

  • Add new users or purchase and deploy additional services for existing users at any time, and reconcile the number of licenses at the end of each year

  • Streamline compliance and asset management across all your Microsoft software and services

What Can Online Services Offer?

Select a product below for details and purchasing options.

Microsoft Office 365 delivers familiar collaboration and productivity tools through the cloud. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents, and calendars.

Whether you are a small business, a multinational enterprise, a government agency, or an academic institution, Office 365 offers solutions to fit your organization's unique needs, including:

  • Office Professional Plus

  • Exchange Online

  • SharePoint Online

  • Lync Online

  • Office Web Apps

Visit the Office 365 website for details.

How to Buy

1. Purchase through a Volume Licensing agreement for commercial, government, or academic organizations:

  • Enterprise Agreement

  • Enterprise Subscription Agreement

  • Open License Agreement, including Open License for Nonprofits

  • Open Value Agreement, including Open Value Subscription option

  • Campus and School Agreement

2. Need it now? Subscribe online through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program.

Office 365 Add-ons

Office 365 Add-ons offer a simple, low-cost way to add Office 365 services at any time, for any number of users, to any workload while maintaining current Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance benefits.

Activate and Use

Visit the Online Services Customer Portal to manage your subscription.

Dynamics CRM Online can help you find, keep, and grow customer relationships by quickly centralizing customer information and streamlining business processes such as:

  • Sales force automation

  • Customer service

  • Marketing

Visit the Online Services Web site for details.

How to Buy

1. Purchase through a Volume Licensing agreement:

  • Enterprise Agreement

  • Enterprise Subscription Agreement

  • Campus and School Agreement

2. Need it now? Subscribe online through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program.

Activate and Use

Visit the Dynamics CRM Online Customer Portal to manage your subscription.

Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure Platform.

To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio expertise. Windows Azure also supports popular standards, protocols and languages including SOAP, REST, XML, Java, PHP and Ruby.

Visit the Windows Azure Web site for details.

How to Buy

1. Purchase through a Volume Licensing agreement:

  • Enterprise Agreement

  • Enterprise Subscription Agreement

  • Campus and School Agreement

2. Available through the Windows Azure website.

Activate and Use

Visit the Windows Azure Customer Portal to manage your subscription.

Windows Intune lets you manage PCs and mobile devices from the cloud, enabling people to use the devices they choose to access applications and data while following corporate policies. Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs with Windows cloud services so your computers and users can operate at peak performance from virtually anywhere.

With this all-in-one solution, you can:

  • Manage updates

  • Protect PCs from malware

  • Proactively monitor PCs

  • Provide remote assistance

  • Track hardware and software inventory

  • Set security policies

  • Upgrade to Windows Enterprise and future versions

Visit the Windows Intune website for details.

How to Buy

1. Purchase through a Volume Licensing agreement:

  • Enterprise Agreement

  • Enterprise Subscription Agreement

  • Campus and School Agreement

2. Available through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program.

Activate and Use

Visit the Online Services Customer Portal to manage your subscription.

The following Online Services are available to Volume Licensing customers:

Communication and Collaboration

  • Exchange Hosted Encryption

  • Exchange Online Archiving

  • Groove Enterprise Services

  • Office Live Communications Server Public Instant Messaging Connectivity (LCS PIC)

  • Office Live Meeting

  • Tellme

Security

  • Forefront Client Security

  • Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server

  • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint

  • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server

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How to Buy

Purchase through a Volume Licensing agreement:

  • Enterprise Agreement

  • Enterprise Subscription Agreement

  • Campus and School Agreement

  • Select Plus

  • Select License*

  • Open Value

  • Open Value Subscription

  • Open License

Activate and Use

Visit the Volume Licensing Service Center to manage your subscription.

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  • We pay $125 a month for our Microsoft Online Services versus $1,500 a month for a consultant to manage our on-site servers.

    Jim Nolan,
    Owner
    James C. Nolan Law Office

  • Using Microsoft Online Services, we saved US$50,000 in up-front costs to build a business platform.

    John Thomas,
    Director of Information Technology
    CROSSMARK

  • With Microsoft Online Services, we could save 3 million SEK [US$334,000] annually in server depreciation costs.

    Pia Hofstedt,
    Director of IT
    Scandic

  • By moving to Microsoft Online Services, we were able to instantly acquire a single, standardized communications and collaboration foundation.

    Andrea Corneo,
    Chief Information Officer
    MiniLiner

  • We wanted to give our corporate operational staff more time to devise winning jewelry strategies and marketing campaigns and free our store people to sell.

    Jim Rouse,
    Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
    REEDS Jewelers

  • Microsoft Online Services enabled employees to collaborate better, communicate more efficiently, and be significantly more productive.

    Keith Morrow,
    CIO
    Blockbuster

  • Microsoft helped us launch from a legacy infrastructure to a solution that provided better business value to all our people.

    Kevin Flowers,
    Director of Enabling Technologies
    Coca-Cola Enterprises

  • Microsoft Online Services gives us an easy way to grow rapidly without managing an expensive, cumbersome IT infrastructure.

    Derk Rietveld,
    Chief Executive Officer and Orthopedic Surgeon
    annatommie

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