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  • Blog Post: BPOS Portals released in new languages and locations.

    On Sunday morning (11/08), we published 15 additional sites – serving 14 more countries, in 9 more languages. This brings our total to 40 localized sites (including our first RTL language: Hebrew ). In additional to publishing new sites, we also enabled “Buy” functionality on the existing sites for India...
  • Blog Post: BPOS Migration Webcast and new Lotus Notes Migration options

    Just a couple of days ago I did a webcast on BPOS Migration. You can find it here: Microsoft Online Services Infrastructure Planning and Migration WWE REGISTRATION URL: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032407793&Culture=en-US LIVE...
  • Blog Post: New Course available on Partner Portal "Understanding Software-plus-Services”

    Course Description: Software-plus-services is transforming the way people think about software. It combines Internet services with client and server software to deliver and create more compelling opportunities and solutions. The goal of the software-plus-services strategy is to empower customers with...
  • Blog Post: Open call for participants for Planning and Design Guide for SharePoint Online

    Solution Accelerators Promote the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for SharePoint Online (Beta ) Are you or your customers considering an online solution for their organization’s collaboration services? The SharePoint Online—Evaluating Software-plus-Services guide provides...
  • Blog Post: Could be a First for Microsoft! Intneral Technical Wiki now Pushed to Quickstartonlineservices.com.

    Internally, the Technical Product Management team had a Wiki they were using to keep track of all kind of issues. FAQs that were being asked all the time about things like public folders, mail enabled lists, how to work with proxy servers, when is feature "X" coming , blah blah blah. The cool thing...
  • Blog Post: Serivce update: new features and capabilites

    Upgrades and Enhancements The following features and capabilities are included in the October Service Update: Bulk Activation of Users PowerShell commandlets will be added to streamline the activation process, enabling administrators to easily automate the activation of a set of users. Most commonly...
  • Blog Post: Dan Holmes reports "blown away" by BPOS

    Hey, my buddy Dan Holmes posted an entry about moving his company to BPOS. Definitly worth reading. http://www.officesharepointpro.com/TabId/149/NodeId/1950/a-microsoft-online-report-card.aspx Quoting from the above: What Microsoft has attained in this first release is an extraordinary, robust...
  • Blog Post: BPOS Discovery and Planning Checklist for Partners - Prelimary Version

    I've been workng on this document for Partners to provide guidance on issues you should consider when evaluting a customer's business for a potential move to BPOS. It's pretty comprehensive, but not exhaustive. For those of you attending the WPC coming up, you can get this document https://www.quickstartonlineservices...
  • Blog Post: Customer Portal Updates with new Options

    Over the weekend, the Microsoft Online Customer Portal was updated with new options, a sleeker - better design, and a focus on the benefits of designating a Partner with the subscription. Added are options for the new Deskless Worker license which is designed for organizations where workers do not...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Availabilty of the Business Productivity Online Suite now available for purchase in US

    Just a few moments ago, availability of the Suite for purchase in the US was annoucned. You can now go to https://mocp.microsoftonline.com and get a subscription to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Live Meeting Online for around $15 a month per seat. Sweet! Also see http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Service Update for June 2009 is currently in deployment

    The Microsoft Online Services Monthly Service Update for June 2009 is currently in deployment and will be available to all customers by June 30. No scheduled downtime is planned for this release deployment. The release delivers two important capabilities: · Exchange Online attachments are...
  • Blog Post: Windows IT Pro Magazine Webcast on BPOS / Windows Live

    Microsoft Online Services: Implementation Options and the Path to Migration Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST Sponsored by: Join John Savill for this free webinar. Microsoft now offers solutions such as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New - Additional BPOS Training Dates.

    Hey, I just got word that we're offering some more BPOS deployment and administration courses at specific CPLS learning centers. It's a one day, hands on class that goes over all the details you need to deploy and admin the services. We arleady did a bunch of these, and demand in these cities was...
  • Blog Post: 9.1 Services Released

    You may have noticed that your sign on client was recently updated. That's because BPOS 9.1 was recently released which includes OCS as a new service the deskless worker sku , and international availability. While these three are the big news items, I wanted to bring your attention to a few other updates...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging Support Toolkit - Free tool now available

    I love tools. Particulalry this kind of tool that can help you when you need it. Direct from our upper echelon support and migration teams comes the MOSDAL (Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging) Support Toolkit. Not only does it come with the bits, you there's a detailed training help...
  • Blog Post: Migration Webinar Series

    Wanted to let you know that there will be a new webinar series starting up. You will definitly want to attend these to get the latest information on migrating to BPOS. See http://blogs.technet.com/msonline/archive/2009/11/13/announcing-the-migration-webinar-series.aspx for details. -brett
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Online (Standard) Developer's Guide Now Available

    Hi, I'm happy to annouce this important document has been published and is available for download. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d007f35e-375c-4b11-bc40-bc9082bb224a&displaylang=en It includes many details about exactly what you can and cannot do to extend and...
  • Blog Post: Administration and Deployment Class now online at Partner Learning Center

    Announcing availability of the Business Productivity Online Suite Administration and Deployment on the Partner Learning Center https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=569185 This one day instructor-led course provides students...
  • Blog Post: Migration and Onboading Class now online at Partner Learning Center

    Announcing availability of the Business Productivity Online Suite Migration and Onboarding Deep Dive class on the Partner Learning Center https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=568520 This two-day instructor-led course provides...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Now Available!

    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Now Available! The MAP toolkit has been updated to include testing for sysetm readiness for BPOS deployment . This system will inventory online resourcesa and create reports tell you what needs to be done to get ready for deployment. Some...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Designer 2007 is now FREE.

    SHAREPOINT DESIGNER 2007 IS NOW FREE! SharePoint Designer 2007 is FREE Brief Description SHAREPOINT DESIGNER 2007 IS NOW FREE ! Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the powerful tools you need to deliver compelling and attractive SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled...
  • Blog Post: Mac Sign-In application has been released

    The Mac Sign-In application has been released and is now available for download from the Microsoft Download Center . The Sign-In Application provides a convenient way for users with computers using the Apple Macintosh operating system to access their e-mail and data on the Microsoft Online Services...
  • Blog Post: SMTP enabled for BPOS worldwide

    SMTP clients can connect to Microsoft Online SMTP servers and authenticate using a Microsoft Online Services user credentials to send mail. The connection requires Transport Layer Security (TLS). This allows you to use Exchange Online as an SMTP service for mail originating outside of the Exchange Online...
  • Blog Post: Updates to know about

    This communcation was recently distributed to account holders: Dear Valued Customer, As we mentioned in our previous e-mail and recent blog post , the next upgrade of Microsoft Online Services is coming soon. During the upgrade, access to the online support ticketing system via the Microsoft Online...
  • Blog Post: Marketing and Sales training

    Hi, Some new training classes have been posted to the partner learning center for Microsoft Partners that are marketing BPOS. (In other words, if you are not a Microsoft Partner, the content is not accessible). We will be posting some more technical training in January including a deeper dive on...