Office 2013 “beta”– if you are a hoster have you ensured that it is easy to test the new office with your hosted offerings?

(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. 

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