SharePoint Online delivers SharePoint as a cloud service. It helps businesses create sites to share documents and insights and enable collaboration between colleagues, partners, and customers. People can also customize these capabilities to address specific business needs. This means that people can share ideas and expertise and find the information they want—all without the need to set up SharePoint in their organization’s data center. Plus, SharePoint Online provides high availability, comprehensive security, and simplified management. SharePoint Online provides sites to:
Given below are some of the key features of SharePoint Online in Office 365:
500 megabytes (MB) per user account
Site storage quotas
Up to 50 gigabytes (GB) per site collection
Total storage per tenant
Up to 1 terabyte per tenant
File upload limit
Works with Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft Access 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft InfoPath 2010, Microsoft OneNote 2010, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010, Microsoft Word 2010
Mobile device support
Points to note on storage are:
As in on-premise SharePoint 2010, all the 6 primary capabilities are available in SharePoint Online: Sites, Communities, Content, Search, Insights and, Composites. A detailed feature comparison between SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2010 is provided in Appendix B: SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server Feature Comparison of the Microsoft_SharePoint_Online_Standard_Beta_Service_Description_Final.docx document.
note: Not all the features in SharePoint 2010 are available during the Office 365 Beta and also may not be available at General Availability of SharePoint Online. Some features will be made available to SharePoint Online users in subsequent updates released quarterly. These are highlighted clearly in the service description document.
SharePoint Online works with familiar Office applications. You can easily create Office documents and save directly to SharePoint Online, or you can coauthor documents with Microsoft Office Web Apps. Access important documents offline or from mobile devices and set document-level permissions to help protect sensitive content. With one click you can communicate in real-time with colleagues, customers, and partners from within SharePoint sites.
Some highlights of the new functionality in Microsoft Office 2010 that interoperate with SharePoint Online include:
Together, Outlook 2010 and SharePoint Online support:
Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 is a Web and application design program you can use to design, build, and customize your Web sites on SharePoint Online. With SharePoint Designer 2010, you can create data-rich Web pages, build powerful workflow-enabled solutions, and design the look and feel of your site. The Workflow Designer in SharePoint Designer 2010 can be used to create rules that associate conditions and actions with items in SharePoint Online lists and libraries. Changes to items in lists or libraries then trigger actions in the workflow.
note: Backup and restore from SharePoint Designer is not supported in SharePoint Online
Data protection services are provided to prevent the loss of SharePoint Online data. Backups are performed every 12 hours and retained for 14 days. This is not available during Beta.
Forefront Security for SharePoint is included with SharePoint Online to help protect the SharePoint Online environment from viruses while maintaining uptime and optimizing performance.
You can find articles, videos, and training for the developer features available in SharePoint Online at the SharePoint Online Developer Resource Center. Start by viewing Video: Developing for SharePoint 2010 Online: Understanding the boundaries - In this video from Tech Ed North America 2010, developer evangelist Chris Mayo helps define what the developer can and cannot do with SharePoint Online to help you understand where the boundaries lie.
SharePoint Online allows tenant administrators to upload custom solutions without Microsoft review with a new feature called sandboxed solutions, which run at the site collection level and use a subset of the Microsoft.SharePoint namespace.
Client Object Model
Besides these options, you can enrich solutions be leveraging Excel, InfoPath Forms, Visio, and Access Services and also use the Web services available in SharePoint Online to interact with your SharePoint data remotely.
The SharePoint Online Administrator manages site collections, sets up site collection administrators, ensures that storage quotas are maintained, and enables features on site collections. The SharePoint Online Administration Guide contains procedures for the SharePoint Online Administrator.
SharePoint Online Planning and Administration contains planning guides to help guide site collection administrators and site owners through the steps involved in setting up and using SharePoint Online for Microsoft Office 365 Beta.
SharePoint Online for Enterprises
SharePoint Online for Small Businesses
Note: this post is part of a series of posts on Office 365 Beta. Links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Still the question of whether or not the current functionality of connecting Sharepoint applications to a public website via intuitive modules will be available in 365 or not. Currently in beta it isn't. Everyone dances around the issue and talks about all the collaboration and cloud potential, which very few small businesses will have any use for.
If you can't make use of Sharepoint on a public website, the public website feature will be stripped of the only thing that keeps it from being judged the worst web site building app out there..
Anyone got any solutions for 'Backup' of e-mails and SharePoint. This isn't a 'Redundnacy' issue - more of a 'User Deletes' issue and what we can do to 'hold' things for longer than 30 days?