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Microsoft BPOS suite: Creating business opportunities
This article is part of the Channel Strategies issue of June 2011, Vol. 2 No. 2
It's been nearly two years since Microsoft unveiled its cloud computing offering, Business Productivity Online Standard (BPOS) suite. Microsoft BPOS suite offers online versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Office Live Meeting and Office Communications. It is sold by dozens of partners and has hundreds of thousands of individual users. More on Microsoft BPOS suite Microsoft BPOS, cloud to dominate partner confab News from Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite About Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite BPOS is attractive to solution providers for several reasons. First, as a series of services hosted on Microsoft's own data centers, businesses have access to a level of security, redundancy, scalability and reliability that would otherwise be more expensive had they purchased their own hosted service. The various components are priced separately and start at $5 per user per month for hosted Exchange -- with a minimum of five seats and a ...
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