The Microsoft WPC 2013 is all over Office 365, Azure, Intune and Dynamics.
Cloud is clearly not to be sold but sold already and partners are trying to decipher the way to create the services and value.
Office 365 changes are coming soon. For example Microsoft partners will be able to sell more than the Midsize business sku to their customers through distribution and soon they will offer E programs and Exchange online for example. This is a significant change for Managed services providers that now can offer O365 to their clients without having them to register on their own to the Cloud solution.
Midsize business in Office 365 will also see the change to be able to accept other subscription registrations under the same company domain, like combining it with Kiosk. No ETA for the change but Microsoft said MSLI (the all-powerful licensing department) is looking into the changes to the terms and conditions.
Microsoft listened, I sense a more humble approach to concerns and realization that they can win the productivity Cloud war right now to gain momentum as in the past beyond the competitors.
The windows device ecosystem with Windows 8, and soon 8.1 is focused on user experience and that shift also will help Microsoft to gain tradition on the consumer market and the mobile phone market.
It is going to be a hard choice n the device for users however on productivity tools, integrated systems Microsoft has position itself very well.
Coming Open offerings
- WPC13 Series – Keynote highlights (partnerpul.se)
- Live Blog: Microsoft WPC 2013 (thevarguy.com)
- Microsoft simplifies moving between Office 365 SKUs (zdnet.com)