The Microsoft Online Services Service Update for March 2010 is currently being deployed into production data centers and is scheduled to be available to all customers in the next few weeks. 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:
25GB Mailboxes for Exchange Online
All users with a Business Productivity Online Suite or Exchange Online Standard User Subscription License (USL) will now be allocated 25 GB of mailbox storage, a significant increase from the previously allotted 5 GB of mailbox storage. This expansion means that a BPOS customer with 10 users (Standard USLs) will now have 250 GB of total storage (10 users x 25 GB) instead of 50 GB (10 users x 5 GB).
While mailbox allocations for all existing users will increase to 25 GB, mailbox sizes will not change. In other words, an administrator will need to update an existing user's mailbox size to 25 GB in order to allocate increased storage to that user. For example, an existing user whose mailbox size was set to 1 GB by the administrator will continue to have a 1 GB mailbox size after this update unless the administrator changes that user's mailbox size. The maximum mailbox size is still 25 GB.
Exchange Online Deskless Worker USL storage allocation will remain at 500 MB.
Because the new default allocation for a user is also the maximum amount of storage allowed for an Exchange Online mailbox, the Exchange Online Extra Storage SKU will no longer be available for purchase. Customers who have purchased the Exchange Online Extra Storage SKU will no longer be billed for extra storage.
Increased SharePoint Site Collection Maximum
With this Service Update, organizations will be able to create as many as 100 site collections in SharePoint Online. Previously, organizations were limited to a maximum of 20 SharePoint Online site collections.
Improved Domain Management Experience
Microsoft Online Services is introducing a new domain management experience that utilizes Web services to automatically configure domain records hosted by eNom, streamlining the domain configuration process. Previously, this process required a number of manual configuration steps.
Now a customer can provide their eNom domain hosting credentials in the new Domain Configuration Wizard in the Microsoft Online Administration Center, and the domain will automatically be configured to work with Microsoft Online Services. Or customers can choose to bypass the Wizard and configure their domain manually, depending on personal preference.
At the end of the Wizard configuration process, customers will receive a report of the domain records that existed prior to domain configuration, along with the additional domain records after domain configuration.
Microsoft Online Services is planning to add domain auto-configuration for other domain registrars in future releases.
File Attachments to Service Requests
Customers can now attach files to service requests, providing greater visibility to technical support engineers and significantly streamlining the troubleshooting process.
The maximum size for an individual file attachment is 5MB, and the maximum size for all files attached to a service request is 20MB. As many as 20 files can be attached per ticket.
Support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard
The Mac Sign-In application now supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard. No update or changes are required for your users to take advantage of this enhanced support for Mac OS X.
Enhancements to Live Meeting Usage Report
Deleted users in the Usage Report available to administrators will now have "_Deleted" appended to the user, allowing administrators to distinguish between active and deleted users in the Usage Report.
Enhancements to Live Meeting Recording Publication Process
A number of improvements have been made to the process to publish Live Meeting recordings, including:
youre extending mailbox space in the march service release. will there be additional storage per user for sharepoint online, too? this is something we're missing for small & medium customers. 250 MB is very low in a 5-to-10-user-scenario.
I think we all welcome the mailbox size increase, but we need a better tool to import PST files than using Outlook's import functionality.
Being able to synchronize Active Directory passwords would also be great.
Thanks for the good work!
You didn't hear it from me, but I think they may scrap the Online Service app by supporting ADFS.
Sweet to here Android will be supporting it.
Quick update. The March Service Update is deployed to production data centers for all regions for all customers.
you can purchase extra Sharepoint storage in 1GB blocks. This is done through the Sales Portal
Microsoft makes many updates to client and operating system software, such as via Windows Update. These updates are entirely separate and distinct from the updates referenced in this blog post.
for exchange online standard i understand the maxium storage size is 250gb, does anyone know the costs for extra space
Is there any way to automate password changing for account on https://mail.microsoftonline.com ?
I know there is a Set-MSOnlineUserPassword cmdlet
Can I use this cmdlet to reset password ?
how can I install this ?