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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:

  • Synchronized audio and content display in recordings
  • Enhanced audio quality in WMV recordings
  • Improved fidelity of WMV recordings
  • Improved application sharing to accurately display application-sharing content versus appearing as black screen or torn image
  • Publish WMV recordings including application sharing with widescreen content accurately
  • Include slide transitions that follow application sharing accurately in WMV recordings
  • Incorporate internal manual publishing tool functionality into standard recording publishing process

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