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Last month, I posted on TechEd Europe and this year's keynote speech, as they demonstrated some of the great functionality that is coming with Office 365. I wanted to highlight some of the other recordings from the week on Office 365, for those of you with more "technical" interests and questions. The links below are 1hr-long presentations covering everything from Onboarding and the Administration Portal to Identity and Directory Synchronization. As many of you are not in the limited beta, this set of resources provides a great reference for the "what", "why" and "how" of Office 365! Enjoy!
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Office 365: What’s Coming Soon
This session provides a preview of our next generation cloud productivity services, Office 365 (previously known as Business Productivity Online Standard Suite). Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted email, communication and collaboration software, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online with our familiar Office Professional Plus desktop suite. In this session we will demonstrate how the messaging and collaboration capabilities in now Office 365 has evolved as the latest server technology is deployed in this collection of hosted enterprise software services. Join us for an interactive conversation on the future of productivity and to learn more about Office 365!
A Walkthrough of the next version of BPOS now called Office 365
This session will take you through the key features of the future release of the BPOS platform (now called Office 365). We will cover the Onboarding and Administration portals and the new interfaces with Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync, as well as how to access managing users and groups, commerce, mailbox migrations, and support.
What Can You Do to Prepare for the Office 365 Suite?
This session will address your questions about moving from the current version of BPOS-S to the next version, Office 365. It will highlight key areas you should be thinking of now, so that your customer will be ready to move to the next version.
Office 365: Identity and Access Solutions
This session provides a preview of the identity and access solutions in the next generation of the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (Office 365). The session will focus on how authentication works for both web apps and rich client apps, how to enable single sign-on (SSO) using corporate AD credentials and AD FS 2.0 to Office 365 services, and the different SSO deployment options for Office 365 services.
Microsoft Office 365: Directory Synchronization
This session focuses on what the Dir Sync tool is used for, and what will be available in V2 of the tool. We will demo the tool and discuss when a company should use it in a deployment, depending on the size and needs of the company.
Security and Compliance on the BPOS and Office 365 Platforms
Moving to the cloud requires a new way of thinking about security and compliance. Who does what will change, yet organizations must still comply with policies, regulations and laws. This session will cover Microsoft’s overall approach to security, privacy and compliance, as well as specific features of BPOS that enable customers to take charge themselves. Many customers large and small, some from highly regulated industries, have been able to use BPOS and/or Office 365 to satisfy themselves about compliance. Learn about the questions they raised and how they were addressed.
Implementing Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS): Planning, Preparation and Migration
This session provides guidance for individuals responsible for coordinating and performing customer deployment and migration activities related to migrating customers from their current environment to BPOS-Standard. This session guides attendees through three key deployment project phases: Plan, Prepare, and Migrate, focusing on the tasks handled by partners and customers, and providing a high-level review of tasks handled internally by Microsoft services teams. This session does not cover processes that occur prior to deployment (Sales and Initial Assessment) and post-deployment (Operations).
Other recordings relevant to Office 365:
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager
I have 2 businesses. Will it be possible to have more than 1 public website with Office 365?
You will need to purchase two Office 365 subscriptions in order to get 2 public websites.
Hey, again !
And when I'm in different countries with different needs for their services?
André Luiz Bernardes
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@Andre: Hello again! I responded to your other comment. I am not sure I completely understand what you are asking here. Are you asking what is the situation for different websites in different countries? If so, you will still need to buy two subscriptions. Hope this helps.
We have a commercial property management company in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. We handle the financials, insurance, property assessments, and operational data for multiple owners. We were interested in testing the waters of cloud computing by first testing out Office365 for the 30 day trial. Before we could look any further into the process, our IT manager stated that we would not be compliant with PIPA (Personal Information Protection Act)and FIPA (Freedom of Information and Privacy Association) of British Columbia? Our Blackberrys are all integrated/ auto-synched with Outlook in our office.
In enclose part of his email below. I am surprised by his email since I would think that Microsoft would have looked into this...right?
I dont know if this the right place to post this (I was directed to here by MS tech support), if not, I hope I can be redirected.
Thanks for the question, apologies for the slow response I have been offsite at a training.
First off, there are a couple inacurracies to your collegue's statements. Office 365 is not just Office-like web apps, it is a whole lot more, with Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online as well as the ful Office 2010 suite delivered as a service. Secondly, we do have Blackberry support with BIS (en.wikipedia.org/.../BlackBerry_Internet_Service), and full BES, although not available right now in beta, will be coming in the future. That being said, we don't hold on file vertifications for PIPA and FIPA, although we hold several others that are similar (Helps comply with ISO 27001, SAS 70 Type I, FERPA, HIPAA, FISMA, EU Safe Harbor Seal). We are working to expand these, but if you are looking for the capabilities of Office 365, they are available with our Servers Products (Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync) that fully comply with those policies.
Does this help?
Our company needs to look at this very closely and make sure that it complies with Canadian privacy laws, which could mean waiting for MS to officially receive FIPA and PIPA certification.
So that we understand more fully the Office 365 offering, I've bulleted a couple of questions below:
1- Can we get Office365 without the hosting? In other words, could we use Office 365 and its suite of applications but save all created files to our server? If yes, where would I look for pricing on this?
2-Can we get Office365 with its suite of applications such as Excel, Word, PP, etc but exclude Outlook. The Outlook application would reside on our server and therefore be compliant. Unless the Office365 Outlook data file could reside on our server???
The thought behind these questions is: There is possibly a way for the time being of complying with FIPA and PIPA by using Office365 but keeping all sensitive communication and data on our server.
@Rene: Absolutely! I think some clarification of what Office 365 is would be helpful. Office 365 is a cloud version of our traditional productivity server products, a business we've been in now for almost 2 decades. This new cloud offering combines Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Lync Server and Office and delivers then as hosted cloud services. Since your laws do not allow your data to be stored in datacenters outside your company (and/or your province), this is not an option. But all these products are the still available, as they have been for over a decade, as on location server products you can run from your company's server. Depending on your company size and IT expertise, you can deploy them yourselves on your servers or work with one of our many partners to get deployed. This would be my suggestion.
Secondly, Office 365 is not just Office (per your second point). Office comes with Office 365, but is just one of 4 pieces. So no matter what, all the applications run locally, it is the backend (Exchange that powers Outlook) that you are going to have to have on premise.
Additionally, my guess is that you are running these systems (or pieces of them) right now, albiet probably quite older versions. If you are using outlook, you are probably running and older version of Exchange. How big is your company?
What I get from your response.... our alternative is to install MSO on our server and forgo the cloud Office 365 due to our privacy laws. There are presently 11 of us on a terminal server network with a now older Office (2003). Our initial thought was to go for a straight cloud Office rental instead of an upgrade to our present server installed Office.
Thanks for your help Allen