The Microsoft Online Services Service Update for October 2009 is currently being deployed into production data centers and is scheduled to be available to all customers before the end of October. Updates to the deployment status will be posted to the comments section of this blog post.
Upgrades and Enhancements The following features and capabilities are included in this 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, these commandlets will be used to activate a set of users that have been migrated from an Active Directory forest to Microsoft Online Services via the Directory Synchronization Tool. Previously, administrators were required to activate users one-by-one with the User Administration tools in the Microsoft Online Services Administration Center.
Commandlets added in this Service Update are:
A new version of the Microsoft Online Services Transporter Tool supporting these commandlets will be available for download at the Microsoft Download Center upon completion of the deployment of the October Service Update into production data centers for all regions. Please watch this Team Blog for the availability of the updated Transporter Tool.
POP Mail ClientsSupported e-mail clients for Exchange Online are being expanded to include POP-based clients. Previously, Exchange Online supported only Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and 2007.
To enable POP e-mail client support for your organization, administrators should contact Microsoft Online Services Technical Support to open a Service Request.
Please note: Service Requests for POP enablement will be accepted upon completion of the deployment of the October Service Update into production data centers for all regions. Please watch this for deployment updates. Additionally, POP e-mail access cannot be enabled for Deskless Worker accounts.Support for 30,000 Users
The Microsoft Online Services Administration Center will support as many as 30,000 users, improving management and administration for larger organizations. Previously, Microsoft Online Services supported up to 10,000 users.
Please note that SharePoint Online will retain previously established limits (e.g., 20 site collections per company, 50 gigabytes (GB) per site, and 1 terabyte (TB) per company).Enhanced Support for Mac OSThe Service Update includes several enhancements that will provide a more efficient communication and collaboration experience for organizations with Mac users.
A new Sign-In Client for the Mac OS provides a single sign-in experience and auto-configuration of Office for Mac applications and the Safari browser for use with Microsoft Online Services.
Other Mac features in this Service Update include:
· Support for Entourage 2008 Exchange Web Services (EWS), including Global Address List (GAL), Calendar Free/Busy Lookup, and Out-of-Office notifications
· Global Address List support for Entourage 2004 and 2008 when using the Sign-In Client for Mac
· SharePoint Online support for Document Connection for Mac to improve the collaboration experience for users
· Improved Firefox and Safari support for My Company Portal
The Sign-In Client for Mac will be available for download at the Microsoft Download Center in early November. Please watch this Team Blog for the availability of the Sign-In Client for Mac.
TimelineDeployment of the October Service Update into production data centers has started, with deployment to all regions anticipated to be complete before the end of October.
The deployment schedule is subject to change. Updates to the deployment schedule will be announced via the comments section of this blog post.
It would help if there was some Help on these updates, particularly the POP settings!
There will be an official POP announcement on this blog next week with documentation. Here's a sneak preview of what you need to know to use POP.
First - contact Support with the list of mailboxes that you want to POP enable.
When Support notifies you that POP has been enabled, configure your POP client with the following info:
• Port number: 995
• Security protocol: SSL
• User account: For example, firstname.lastname@example.org
• User account password
• POP Server: from list below depending on your location.
Asia Pacific (APAC)
Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
The October Service Update is now live for all production data centers, for all regions.
• Service requests for POP enablement are now being taken. Watch this Team Blog for instructions and tips for submitting these requests.
• The new version of the Microsoft Online Services Transporter Tool is expected to be available by the end of this week via the Microsoft Download Center. Watch this Team Blog for updates on the Transporter Tool availability.
• The new Mac Sign-In Client is scheduled to be available in early November via the Microsoft Download Center. Watch this Team Blog for updates on the Mac Sign-In Client availability.
As a potential customer who would like to have SOME POP3 clients... how can my POP3 clients SEND mail? What SMTP settings would they use?