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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: Papers! We Got Papers! - New and updated BPOS Security papers

    Quick heads up note to let you know about two new white papers from the Microsoft Online Services and Global Foundation Services (GFS) teams: · Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure . This white paper provides insight into the network of data centers and infrastructure operated by the GFS team...
  • 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: BPOS Partners with questions

    Now that the services are available, some of you have questions! For Microsoft Partners, you can find technical and business content as well as a Forum just for partners at www.quickstartonlineservices.com/discover Please post questions or requests there as it is closely monitored by moi...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: New ROI and TCO tools available for partners

    First – sign in to www.quickstartonlineservices.com/discover before clicking on these links: BPOS Pricing and Scenario Tool located here This tool is designed to help partners educate customers on the different pricing options and benefits available to them with the BPOS licensing model. Key purposes...
  • 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: Outlook 2003 Free/Busy Connector for BPOS

    One of the most interesting aspects of working with services as opposed to a bits on disk product group, is that we update capabilities all the time. That's really different than releasing service packs for features updates. One of the updates we released was adding Outlook 2003 as a client for Exchnage...
  • Blog Post: City of Carlsbad reports on Moving To BPOS

    Nice article from Network World on the City of Carlsbads move to BPOS suite. " Carlsbad went live with Exchange in late March and everything went smoothly from Microsoft's end of things. "You went home Friday as a Groupwise user and you came back Monday as an Exchange user." http://www.networkworld...
  • 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: For Partners! Special Offer on Deploying and Administering BPOS Instructor Led Training

    Finsihed off the roadshow content this week and all I can say is if you want to get the latest and greatest info, hands on and connected to goodness that is Online Services, you gotta go! To make it easy, we have a special deal. -------------------------------- Use Promo Code BPOS50 when...
  • 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: BPOS on the Road!

    ROADHSOW! Since the Airlift, I've been working on updating the content to make a 1 day instructor led, technical training on BPOS services. This little gem includes all the details you need to signup, adminster users, configure services, migrate email from Active Directory, setup Live Meeting,...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: BPOS goes live internationally, with updates and OCS to follow

    The announcement is out that BPOS is available in several countries. There has been a ton of working on here to roll out these services as fast as possible to countries worldwide. As this is a new service for Microsoft, there has been a learning curve on the various requirement and regulations involved...