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We are one week into public beta and the response so far has been incredibly exciting. Across the web we are seeing hundreds of great resources, reviews and information popping up, both from our partners and new beta customers. I’m kicking off a weekly round-up series to help surface and condense this information for our readers. Check out the different categories for topics that interest you most, and leave us a comment if you’ve found something that I’ve missed.
Lastly, if you are still waiting on your beta invite, hang in there just a bit longer. We are sending invites fast & furiously, and your promo code will land in your inbox when your spot in line comes up!
Without further ado…
Office 365 Showcase Video Channel
This video site launched this week with demos of both Office 365 for professionals and small businesses and Office 365 for enterprises. There also some great How-to videos if you’d like to see the product in action. These videos can also be found on our YouTube channel.
For Small Businesses
“Ready for Work” Facebook Contest
After the tremendous interest small businesses showed for our beta (over 70% of the signups), we decided we wanted to learn more. We’ve invited small businesses around the world to share their 365-word stories on our Facebook page, answering:
“What inspires you to come to work each day, and how can Office 365 help you achieve your business vision in the next 365 days?"
Five lucky winner with be determined with community voting, and we’ll send one of our executive to work for them – or the charity of their choice – for a day. Winners also win $50,000 and Office 365 free for a year.
Office 365 Makes Collaboration Tools Feasible for Small Business
The adaptability of Office 365 provides a flexible workspace in the cloud that eliminates the high cost of running servers. With the ease of administration and access, providing these three productivity tools is a real possibility for small organizations, writes Melissa Peterson.
A Peek into the Future from Exchange's GM
Kevin Allison discusses the planning that goes into upgrading from Exchange 2003, including the decision between a traditional on-premises deployment or moving into Office 365 and the increased customer expectations that come with moving into the cloud.
For Developers & Partners
Office 365 Developer Training Course
Chris Mayo blogs about the Office 365 Developer Training and Developer Kit. Other developer resources that went live this week include the SharePoint Online Developer Guide and both the SharePoint and Exchange Developer Centers.
The Future of SharePoint Development
The ability to deploy custom built solutions will be supported in Office 365 using the SharePoint 2010 Sandbox. Sandbox solutions could include deployable site templates and custom web parts
Channel Partner Programs Coming to the Microsoft Cloud
Talking Cloud shares their excitement about the opportunity for cloud software and channel partners. “…with the Office 365 Plan E beta, Microsoft seems to be putting a brighter spotlight on more channel partners.”
Moving from Windows File Structure to SharePoint Online in Office 365
Great webinar from Mark Klinchin, CTO of MetaVis Technologies Inc, on their tool “MetaVis Architect for SharePoint.” For those of you looking who have need of a more programmatic migration of files, you can trial the migrator on the other side of the link.
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager
Sharepoint DOES NOT WORK WITH WINDOWS PHONE 7!!!!!!
If it does, please provide instructions... detailed instructions in a post, instead of linking to some confusing documents that does not explain how to link a Windows phone 7 to Office365. Can you do that? Please, no crafty responses.
When I put in the url for my team site, windows phone 7 says: "Sharepoint doesn't support non-sharepoint servers and can't open the requested content. You can try opening the content in your web browser instead".
Of course, who in the heck wants to open it in their web browser.... if that was all I wanted, I'd get an iphone or android.
And I can't seem to find support.
Spent a few hours experimenting with SharePoint Online and Office 365 - very impressive. I think a lot of organizations are going to want to migrate from On Premise installations to this, it seems so easy. Thank you!
@Mark: I'm sorry my initial response to Joe wasn't clear. First, let me reitterate that SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Online work with SharePoint Workspace in Windows Phone 7. In SharePoint 2010, your company needs to CHOOSE to support extranet access for WP7 (the link i provided). It sounds like in his case, the company is not allowing him to access SharePoint on his phone. In SharePoint Online (in Office 365), this extranet access is enabled by default. Does this make sense?
@Sharepointlearn: I am glad you like it! based on your username i'd have guessed your a fan anyway!
Forget the other company...
Again, many have tried to setup the windows phone 7 hub to Office 365 hub, including myself, and failed.
You keep saying it is on by default. can we focus on getting the hub section working in WP7... How exactly does it work? What is the setup? Can you provide step by step details on how to set it up?
The error I see is when I'm going from WP7 to office 365... if you look in the forums, you will see others are having the same issues. The error is: "Sharepoint doesn't support non-sharepoint servers and can't open the requested content. You can try opening the content in your web browser instead".
Now, can you please provide detailed instructions on how to setup WP7 and Office 365 Sharepoint?
Thanks for the clarification Mark. The question is completely different if its a WP7 and Office 365 related question. I've listed the steps below. Right now you can use the functionality of Office 365 and WP7 only with the enterprise beta. If you are testing the small business beta and would like to try SharePoint Workspace as a part of WP7, you'll have to open up a test enterprise beta account, as this functionality is disabled right nowin small biz.
Once you do, here are the steps:
1) On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Office Office icon.
2) Flick to SharePoint, and then tap Open URL Open URL icon.
3) Next to http://, type the address for a SharePoint site, document library, list, or folder, and then tap Go Go icon.
NOTE 1: You need to change the http:// to httpS://. The SharePoint sites in Office are https, but the default on the phone is http.
NOTE 2: Open up your team site on your PC to find out the page or site you want to navigate to, then enter that into the Open URL area. For example it should be something like https://<yourdomain>.sharepoint.com/SitePages/Home.aspx
4) If the Signing in screen displays, enter your Office 365 credentials, and then tap Done. If you have the Exchange email account set up on your phone, SharePoint will try to use that user name and password information to sign in to the SharePoint site. If it's successful, you won't need to enter your user name and password and this screen won't appear.
5) Tap More More icon > Bookmark this link > OK in the Link added screen to bookmark the link for later.
I hope this helps, let me know what happens.
Thanks for the post - great stuff. I did a few labs over the weekend from the Office 365 Developer Kit which I found very helpful. Chris Mayo did a nice job.
I also finally got my Windows Phone 7 (Samsung Focus). It's sweet. Thankfully, I have been to able to access Office 365 / SharePoint Online sites with the phone via the Office Hub. Specifically, I linked an Excel spreadsheet to a Visio 2010 diagram with color-coded KPI's. I then published the web diagram to SharePoint through Visio Services. Using my Windows Phone / Office Hub, I updated the Excel spreadsheet hosted in SharePoint. Finally, I opened the Visio web diagram in SharePoint and was thrilled to see the changes reflected in the diagram. Woohoo!
When will we have the ability to do so with small business accounts?
2) At launch
3) This year
5) You don't know
Not trying to be funny, want to know what to expect.
Don't think I should start off on enterprise since I'm not going to be using enterprise services when we go live.
I wanted to setup the accounts and then move over to the live account
@Mat: 5 and 3. Not 1 for sure, depends on when when the engineering team can get the fix applied. I don't think you should use the enterprise beta, I just think if you want to test what the wp7 experience is like with SharePoint Online, then you can use an enterprise beta to test. As you can see from Michael's comments above, its a really cool feature that we are excited to offer and it works great in that beta.
@michael: that is a ridiculously cool experience. Glad the developer stuff is working great too, Chris put in a lot of work on that stuff.
Thanks for the responses....
Have a good day.
Sharepoint Small business doesn't work on wp7. wp7 office hub/ sharepoint only supports ssl.. small business won't allow you to log in with ssl connections.. Please fix Microsoft! Maybe it will be resolved with mango on wp7 but who wants to log in without ssl..? Not me!!