avepoint-logo-new.gif When Microsoft (news, site) announced that it was rebranding a revamped BPOS as Office365 last month, it failed to mention when it would be released. AvePoint (news, site) is not waiting around however, as it already announced the launch of beta support for Office 365.

With the release comes the news that as of this week, users who wish to participate will be able to use DocAve to migrate SharePoint content to Office365 beta (remember Office 365 includes SharePoint online) and will be able to take part in a trial that will run in parallel with Office365 beta into next year.

AvePoint and SharePoint

DocAve already enables users to take content from 14 different legacy systems and enter it into SharePoint, as well as allow those who wish to run an on-premise SharePoint deployment in tandem with an online SharePoint deployment to manage both easily.

With the beta release of Office365, many organizations that would not have had access to SharePoint for cost reasons will now have the access. The result, many SMBs are caught in the SharePoint net and AvePoint has been quick to see the potential.

AvePoint has been enabling SharePoint migrations for some time, not just from third-party legacy systems like Lotus Notes or EMC’s Documentum, but also from one SharePoint version to another. As part of the Microsoft Office TAP (Technology Adoption Program) program, it has had the inside track with most Microsoft solutions and it seems that Office365 has been no different.

In February this year, for example, it released the DocAve Migrator, enabling users to migrate from both SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007 into SharePoint 2010.

AvePoint and Office365

Office365 was unveiled in October and is expected to be made available next year. It offers BPOS along with the new Office services, bringing together Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in a constantly updated cloud service that will be offered in small-business, mid-size and enterprise versions, as well as an educational version.

Office Live Small Business and Live@edu will also be ditched in a brand overhaul to simplify Microsoft's marketing of its cloud package.

By adding support for Office365, AvePoint is in a good position to offer services that will become increasingly important for companies who wish to maintain their SharePoint on-premise deployments, but who also wish to extend them by adding online deployments.

On general release, DocAve Hybrid Management will offer full support to Office365. The beta is already available however, just contact AvePoint to sign up. It is not restricted to any geography or verticals, so keeping in mind the considerably cheaper cost of SharePoint when Office365 goes GA, it is probably worth a look, particularly if you already have an on-premise deployment.