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Microsoft Office 365 Finally Breaks Free From Its On-Premises Legacy

Published: 26 April 2013

ID: G00249718

Analyst(s): Michael Silver, Matthew Cain, Frances O'Brien, Jeffrey Mann


In February 2013, Microsoft moved its Office 365 cloud platform from the 2010 wave of Office products to the 2013 wave, initiating a different release cycle for cloud and on-premises versions. We examine the implications for IT leaders and the future of Office 365.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Overall Progress of Office 365
  • Office 365 Release Cycles Go From Three years to Three months
    • Change Management Challenges for Microsoft
    • The Plan for On-premises Deployment
    • Change Management Challenges for Customers
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Broader Office 365 Licensing Issues
  • New Services With Office 365/Office 2013
  • Office 365: The Consumer Push
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Companies Signing Up for Office 365

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