Free Trial Offers for Microsoft Office 365 on the Cloud

Microsoft Office365 CloudMicrosoft Office 365 is Microsoft's new and popular way to license the Office products for online and desktop use. It also includes hosted Exchange for email, SharePoint, OneDrive for shared hard disk files, and the communications package Lync. The cloud based platform means Microsoft takes care of the system administration to update versions, apply security patches, monitor usage, ensure uptime and connectivity, and address hardware problems.

Let Microsoft Take Care of Exchange and Email

Microsoft Exchange on Office365If you are still hosting your own Exchange Server in your facility, it's time to consider outsourcing so Microsoft can worry about the versions, patches, hardware failures, and other maintenance chores. Microsoft will also host it in a real data center with reliable power sources, battery backups, multiple internet trunk lines, and enterprise quality physical security.

If you're already outsourcing your email/Exchange hosting, Office365 is a wonderful alternative and lets Microsoft deal with the challenges of keeping email up and running 24/7/365.

Includes Desktop Copies of Microsoft Office

If you select an option that includes the Windows copies of Office, you can install desktop copies of Microsoft Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Lync, and InfoPath. This lets you have both the online versions of Office 2013 and the traditional non-Internet dependent local copy.

Microsoft SharePointOffice 365 with SharePoint and Access Web Apps with SQL Azure

With Office 365, the hassles of hosting and maintaining your own SharePoint site is gone. Microsoft takes care of that for you.

Microsoft Access 2013You can also enable Microsoft Access Web Apps to create simple database solutions with data automatically hosted in SQL Server (SQL Azure). The data can also be shared with other applications such as the desktop version of Microsoft Access. Unfortunately, this feature is discontinued in 2018.

Office 365 Options

There are many options based on your situation:

Microsoft Dynamics on Office365Free Office 365 Trials including Microsoft Dynamics

We are also pleased to extend Microsoft's trial offer for their Dynamics CRM system. Click on these links for free 30 day trial offers (pricing below assumes a one year commitment):

Version Free Trial Description Detail Link
Office 365 Enterprise E3 Free Trial
(25 licenses)
E3 price is regularly $20/user/month and includes the Office desktop versions. Depending on options, prices range from $4 to $22 per user/month. (Includes Microsoft Access) Details
Office 365 Small Business Premium Free Trial
(10 licenses)
Small Business options are limited to 25 users in the organization. Premium price is $12.50/user/month, the basic without desktop copies is $5 a month. The small business plan does not include Microsoft Access which is only available in the Enterprise plans. Details
Office Pro Plus Free Trial
(25 licenses)
This is the traditional Office on the desktop without the online services. Rather than buying the licenses upfront, Microsoft now offers the ability to pay for it on a monthly basis for $12 and install it on up to 5 machines. (Includes Microsoft Access) Details
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Free Trial
(25 licenses)
Microsoft's Customer Relationship Management system and competitor to Salesforce.com Details

Good luck and let us know about your experiences using Office 365.

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