(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, NewLease)
Microsoft have made the big announcement about the upcoming release of Office 2013 (for a full 1 hour video http://mashable.com/2012/07/16/microsoft-takes-the-wraps-off-office-15-watch-live/).
One of the items that struck me straight away is the emphasis on this being a fully “cloud” ready release. And to ensure that users get the fullest experience of this cloud capability the default route to download the beta is in a bundle with Microsoft’s hosted Office 365 service (exchange/sharepoint/lync).
This makes complete sense for Microsoft. They can control the experience and ensure that all the new services are available and shown off to their best. However if you are a service provider/hoster offering Exchange/Sharepoint or Lync this creates an opportunity for your customers to try another service and who knows what future decisions this may lead to.
Put simply – YOU NEED TO ENSURE THAT YOU PROVIDE AN EASY WAY FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS AND YOUR CHANNEL PARTNERS TO TEST OFFICE 2013 AGAINST YOUR HOSTED SERVICES.