ITD is planning a pilot of Microsoft Office 365 this biennium and expects that some type of enterprise hybrid offering will ultimately emerge. Until then, agencies should continue using the state’s Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and file storage/sharing services (unless they receive a hosting waiver from ITD and OMB).

On the sunset of Office 2003 support, Office 365 offers an alternative with up-to-date features and files available online or offline from virtually any device. The benefits to desktop applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are compelling. Yet the inherent bundling of Office 365 services such as email, online conferencing, enterprise social, and file storage/sharing has enterprise implications. At this time, ITD recommends that agencies in need of an upgrade move towards a desktop version of Office 2013 rather than a cloud-based offering of Office 365.