Partners Get a Better-than-Free Deal on Office 365 Migrations
As if Internal Use Rights aren't enough of a benefit for U.S.-based Microsoft partners, Microsoft and Dell-owned ISV partner Quest Software are sweetening the pot for partners to try out Office 365.
Already, partners who participate in Microsoft's free Cloud Essentials Pack get 25 seats of Office 365 for internal use. (Partners enrolled in the $1,850 Cloud Accelerate program get 250 seats of Office 365.)
Under an arrangement with Quest announced last week that runs until the end of the year, partners in either program can use Quest OnDemand Migration for Email to get up to 25 seats migrated to Office 365 at no cost. (Migrating more than 25 seats costs $10 for each additional seat.)
The tool works for migrating seats from Exchange 2000 and above, Microsoft Live@edu, Microsoft BPOS, Gmail, GroupWise and Sun ONE/iPlanet.
Obviously, Quest Software gets something out of the arrangement, just like Microsoft does with Internal Use Rights. The theory is the more partners use and get familiar with the products, the better partners get at selling them. More details are available at Diane Golshan's U.S. Partner Team blog.
Posted by Scott Bekker on October 15, 2012