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It’s been a while since we’ve fired up the Q&A section. We’ve received a bunch of great questions the past few weeks about what features will be available with Microsoft Office 365, and I wanted to share the answers broadly. For those of you with further questions or who want the nitty gritty details, check out our Office 365 Service Descriptions. These documents cover each of the services in Office 365 (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Office Professional Plus) as well as information about our support and security. Enjoy!
1) I have several other personal e-mail addresses that I want to access from Office 365. Will I be able to sync these with my Inbox in Office 365?
2) Are contacts shared across the same domain with Office 365? Our company has a large number of contacts which they would like to share with each other with updates being reflected to everyone when they're made.
3) What about Calendars? Can we share these with our co-workers as well?
4) I run two small businesses that work closely together. They each have their own e-mail addresses and domains; will we be able to instant message, voice & video call and hold online meetings between our companies?
5) What about users outside of my organization who want to join our online meetings but don’t have Lync Online? Will they be able to join via the web?
6) Will I be able to connect my iPhone or Android device to Office 365?
7) I want to be able to setup e-mail lists (e.g. <something>@mydomain.com) and have that message sent to several people both inside and outside my company. Is this possible?
8) My small business is still in the startup phase, and it's easier for us to pay monthly than up front in a lump sum? Can we do this in Office 365?
9) I love the idea of using SharePoint to save and share my company’s documents from a centralized location. But do I always have to go to a browser to get to my documents? Do I lose access when I’m offline?
10) My company needs to understand how Office 365 complies with ISO 27001/27002 and other standards. Where can I find more information on your security and compliance?
Yes, it’s a pretty compelling set of features! I know many (many!) folks are on the waitlist for the limited beta, and I can now assure you that you will definitely get an invite to the beta. Thanks for your patience as we continue to gather feedback and test our service. Your beta invites are coming soon!
Can you please confirm that Office 365 does not have a minimum license requirement? Our office only has 2 people, and we really want to upgrade to 365, but do not want to purchase the 5 license minimum.
From 1 - 25 seats, no minimum
Are there any plans to bundle Office 2010 Home & Business with Office 365
Is there a storage limit for each employee that we sign up for Office365? Meaning - if they have 30GB worth of existing files that they want to move to the document library on their SharePoint MySite will they be able to? And if my organization signs up for Office365 is the organization given a storage limit? If so, what is that limit and what happens if you meet/exceed that limit? We have a lot of users with large amounts of files that they would want to have access to if moving to Office365.
I'm also anxiously awaiting word when I can get the Office 365 beta, which I signed up for a long time ago but wasn't successful. As a long standing Microsoft partner, it's frustrating to read blogs and info from others who are actively working and learning about it in detail. Most disturbing is that some of these are my competitors who have engaged my clients in discussion & live demonstration of the Office 365 service. One of my clients actually questioned whether my MS partner credentials were of the same calibre as my competitor, due to my inability to provide the same level of information & demonstration on Office 365.
This may have been answered previously.
We see Office 365 as an ideal solution in an environment that includes Terminal Server for remote access and Thin clientts on the LAN albeit with some limitations around Lync. Now that Office 2010 includes OST caching in Terminal Services can you confirm Office 365 is supported in that environment?
1. I know BPOS had issues with login client under Terminal Services - is this fixed in Office 365
2. I see that Office Pro Plus in the Beta is the retail SKU and cannot install on Terminal Service - surely for Enterprise product Open License based Office is going to be in the end product ?
Is it possible to brand Office 365 with a company logo? If so, where might I find information on how to do it?
Although Office365 supports email connectivity with IOS devices like the iPad, it does not appear to run well at all in browser format, using native Safari. No ability to scroll, and a number of the editing features are not even loadable. Any chance this is just a Beta oversight that is going to get fixed before this goes live? Or is there no intention of having it work in this environment?
Over the last year I have worked for a charity developing a new FREE website as advertised by Microsoft. I have also been working for the charity setting up quite a few FREE websites for small rural businesses associated with the charity. Members and myself have dedicated many many hours to this. I have many members who want sites and we can no longer create them! Microsoft have withdrawn this service that they advertised for so long as being FREE! At the moment I can still get into the existing sites but for how long, we cant afford to pay which is why we signed up.
What is going to happen to these websites? How can I continue to create new ones for free as advertised. If we have to pay for new ones will the existing ones offered free stay free. I am at a total loss here and feel very let down.,
We intend on using 365 once available. I would like to know if webhosting and e-mail with the same domain will be included and possible. For example we have our own website www.xyz .com and an e-mail name @xyz.com. Will we be able to use these without difficulty?
@techieg: It should be available with Office 365.
@Erik: Confirmed! No minimun license requirement
@arcnet: Office Professional Plus comes with Office 365. No plans for Home & Business.
@Mark: earch company recieves a base 10GB of storage plus 500MB per user, and an additional 500MB for each MySite. More can be purchased
@Terry: Apologies for the situation. It should be rectified soon, so just bear with us a while longer.
@gmj: Not that I know if, let me check and get back to you.
@Andy: the iPad is not a supported device. Check out our requirements on our FAQ page at Office365.com
@Barry: Thanks for the comment. Office Live will continue to run for at least a year. In the coming months, we will begin to transition OLSB to Office 365. More details will come on this so stay tuned here.
@Allen_MFST - thanks for the answer on the storage capacities, what would the pricing be per user and per company to increase those storage capacities?
Thanks Allen. Another question ... with BPOS, Microsoft currently provides users with a choice of “S” (standard, i.e., muli-tenant); “D” (dedicated); and “F” (federal) SKUs. Will there be a "D" option for Office 365? Will there be a government/public sector option for organizations that have additional privacy and regulatory requirements?
Received an e-mail today saying the public beta would start within a few weeks; anxious to see the result!
"Within the next couple of weeks you should expect to receive an email from us containing a unique link to access the Office 365 Beta."
There are a variety of stories coming out today regarding the availability of the Microsoft Office 365
I like what I hear about 365, but wondering if there is a way to put all our existing business software in the hosted cloud, as well. Such as ACT!, Quickbooks, etc.