Microsoft Online services are designed to provide a software-plus-services environment featuring enhanced security and continuous access to applications and data. This week some white papers and documents were released/updated with information on security features and service description.

Given below are links to papers:

Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure - This white paper provides insight into the network of data centers and infrastructure operated by the GFS team from which Microsoft’s cloud-based services, such as Windows Live, MSN, Xbox Live, as well as Microsoft Online Services, are delivered. The paper looks at how Microsoft answers business and technical decision makers’ concerns about the security, privacy, reliability, and operational control of Microsoft’s cloud-based services

Security Features in Microsoft Online Services - This white paper describes how the Microsoft concern for security, as defined in the Trustworthy Computing initiative, has driven key features in the design, deployment, and operation of the Microsoft Online Services environment

Service Description for Office SharePoint Online Standard (updated) - Intended for company decision-makers, this white paper describes the services and features that are included with the Standard offering of SharePoint Online

Microsoft SharePoint Online Service Level Agreement (SLA) - Service Level Agreement documentation for Microsoft SharePoint Online

Blog posts for more information:

Microsoft Online Services and GFS Publish Security White Papers on Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure on Global Foundation Services Team Blog