Microsoft SharePoint Online offers enterprise companies a flexible, web-based solution that includes tools and services to help users manage information and collaborate effectively. Based on MOSS 2007, this Microsoft hosted solution provides users the ability to easily create and manage custom team and project-focused sites for collaboration and personal productivity.

SharePoint Online is available as a standalone Online Services and also as a part of "Business Productivity Online Standard Suite" (BPOS). BPOS includes following 4 online services:

Features like 128-bit SSL encryption, intrusion monitoring, 99.9% uptime, "my company" portal, sign-in application, adminstration center and 24*7 web and phone support for the services administrator, virus filtering and directory sync tool come with all the online services. SharePoint Online will be available in 2 editions - Standard and Dedicated of which only Standard edition is available as of now. For complete feature set of SharePoint Online standard edition, refer to the Service Description for Office SharePoint Online Standard white paper.

Storage

Available storage is 250 MB per user account and 1 terabyte (TB) per company. Site storage quota is 50 gigabytes (GB) per site collection and max Site collections allowed are 20 per company. Additional storage can be purchased in terabyte (TB) increments.

Want to learn more?

Read the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

Visit the Microsoft Online Services TechCenter for all help topics, resources, announcements, tips and tricks and how do I videos

Read the White Paper: Service Description for Office SharePoint Online Standard. This white paper describes the services and features that are included with the Standard offering of SharePoint Online. Topics covered include:

  • Why SharePoint Online?
  • Features of SharePoint Online
  • Workload Features
  • Portal
  • Search
  • Content Management
  • Business Process and Forms
  • Service Administration

View the TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Online Application Capabilities (Level 200)
Event Overview: Microsoft SharePoint Online is the collaboration component of the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft Online Services. In this webcast, we explore the application capabilities of SharePoint Online, including steps for configuring and managing the service, while demonstrating the speed with which  the rich functionality of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007  can be tapped from this in-the-cloud deployment.

View Channel 9 video: SharePoint Online: Extending Your Service
Overview: Learn how to access and manipulate SharePoint files and data remotely with Web Services, customize your design and layout, and create workflows using Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Developer Guide

Microsoft SharePoint Online Standard Developer Guide describes the services that Microsoft SharePoint Online standard offering provides developers to start working with SharePoint Online. This guide also contains conceptual overviews and detailed information about the features that SharePoint Online supports.In this guide you will learn about:

  • Getting started with SharePoint Online
  • Understanding SharePoint Online offerings
  • Creating SharePoint Online sites
  • Installing site templates
  • Customizing SharePoint Online applications
  • Integrating live data into SharePoint Online
  • Using SharePoint Online Web Services
  • Creating custom no-code workflows in SharePoint Online
  • Extending SharePoint Online with Microsoft Silverlight

Pricing

As per the Online Services website, Business Productivity Online Standard Suite starts from $15 per user per month and SharePoint Online Standard starts from $7.25 per user per month. You can use the Microsoft Online Services Cost Estimator to calculate the price for the services you want to buy.

Where to Buy?

Log on to the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal for more information.

Please note that, as of now, the complete suite of Online services is not available in all countries, so first check if the SharePoint Online service may is available in your country. For this, goto the Customer Portal menioned above and select the country in drop-down list and click on "Continue" button.

As of now, in US, both "Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite" and "Microsoft Office Live Meeting" are available as options whereas in India only "Microsoft Office Live Meeting" is available.

There is also a Step-by-Step Guide to acquire and activate a subscription in TechNet library.