Currently, Microsoft's main Office offering for small/midsize businesses (SMBs) is Office 365. Yes, SMBs also can and do purchase local versions of the Office client apps and their complementary server counterparts (SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync). But Microsoft's goal is to get as many of its SMB customers as possible to move to a subscription-/cloud-based Office model. And that means Office 365.

Before Microsoft officially launched Office 365 in June 2011, the company was selling cloud-hosted versions of SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in the form of a bundle known as Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS). However, BPOS was ...

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