Office 365 is "exploding in its momentum" and the company is adding 1,000 cloud partners per month, CEO Steve Ballmer said. Recent Office 365 adopters include Lowes; the home improvement center is moving 200,000 users to Office 365. Moreover, Microsoft is opening its arms to cloud services providers -- including Perimeter eSecurity, Rackspace and Savvis -- here at WPC12.
Ballmer sees the Office 365-Windows 8 combo as a huge opportunity for partners. "Windows 8 is the biggest deal for our company in at least 17 years."
To manage Office 365 cloud billing for end customers, partners should check out a new offering called the Office 365 Open program. Also, Microsoft Channel Chief Jon Roskill said other Office 365 billing programs remain in place, including Office 365 syndication services -- which allow big CSPs to wrap additional services around Office 365.
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