Microsoft has launched the Public beta of Office 365 today. Read: Office 365 Hits Public Beta, Small Businesses Get the Next Generation Cloud Productivity Service and Office 365 Public Beta is Here!

For those new to Office 365, please refer to What is Office 365? page. I also covered it on this blog – read Office 365 posts here.

What’s in the Beta?

Office 365 was till now available to a select set of customers as a limited/private beta program. As of today, Office 365 Beta is publicly available to customers in 38 countries and regions in 17 languages. The Office 365 will eventually have lot of Subscription Plans as options for customers but in this Beta program, you can experience only 2 of them - Plan E3 for Enterprise customers and Plan P1 for Small Business customers. When Office 365 is commercially released, beta accounts will be activated to trial versions and you can easily continue using Office 365 beyond the 30-day trial period if you choose to purchase.

For more details, please download the Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions documents.These documents provide a detailed description of the features and functionality of Office 365 services currently in beta. If you are an Enterprise customer, please do go through the “Office 365 Beta Enterprise Support Service Description_Final.docx” document.

Note: There is currently no Office 365 Beta version for Education customers. You can explore the Office 365 Beta however, your Beta account cannot be transitioned to a trial for Office 365 for Education at conclusion of the beta program. A trial version of Office 365 for education will be made publicly available at a later date.

Sign up now!!

1) Just click on JOIN THE BETA link on the Office 365 website and choose from the Enterprise or Small Business options.

2) Select the Country and fill up rest of the form and hit Submit.

3) You should receive a message like the one below. Next step is to wait for the email invitation.

Office 365 Marketplace Beta

The Office 365 Marketplace powered by Microsoft Pinpoint is now available in Beta in the United States and select countries worldwide. Built specifically to showcase applications and professional services offered by Office 365 partners, this comprehensive marketplace helps customers easily find your applications and professional services that extend the value of Office 365.

Customers can find information at the Office 365 Marketplace, and partners can submit new apps and solutions.