Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Written by: Kayvaan Ghassemieh

Today, we kick off our Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC. Among the many cool announcements happening this week, we are excited to be sharing more information about some amazing new capabilities coming to BPOS in the near future. We want to make sure that you, our customers, have this information early enough to get ready and make the most of the new stuff that’s coming.

New Stuff!

Some of the new capabilities you’ll see in this next update include unified messaging and voice mail with Exchange, enterprise social networking with SharePoint, and Office Web Apps as well as platform-level capabilities such as single sign-on (the #1 most-requested feature!), identity federation, Powershell scripting and much much more. The list below includes some of the features and capabilities that are coming to BPOS. We’ll have more detail on these in the coming months.

With the launch of Exchange, SharePoint and Office 2010 earlier this year, we began the work to update BPOS with the new capabilities that these products deliver. We started with our largest customers in dedicated cloud environments, and many of them are now fully deployed on the 2010 wave of products. Now, we are beginning the work to update the broad base of BPOS customers.

In this next update, we are making huge strides bringing decades of on-premises innovation to the cloud, and we get very close to parity with our server solutions. We expect a preview of these capabilities to be available later this year, with most customers deploying over the course of the following year and beyond, if they so choose.

I don’t have details to share on how the new capabilities will be packaged and priced, but I do know we’ll continue to offer the best bang for your cloud buck.

New Capabilities

Office Web Apps Updates

  • Word Web App
  • Excel Web App
  • PowerPoint Web App
  • OneNote Web App

Exchange Online Updates

  • Voice mail with Unified Messaging
  • Integrated archiving
  • Retention policies and legal hold
  • Transport rules
  • Multi-mailbox search
  • Conversation View
  • MailTips
  • Enhanced Web-based administration
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Remote PowerShell
  • Free/busy between cloud and on-premises
  • Cross-premises management
  • Native migration tools

SharePoint Online Updates

  • Portal site templates
  • Extranet access
  • Anonymous Access
  • Multi-Lingual UI
  • Office 2010 integration
  • Tagging, Rating, Tag Cloud
  • Activity Feed, Social Networking, Note Board
  • Improved Wikis & Blogs
  • Content publishing
  • Navigation controls
  • Cross site-collection search
  • Phonetic search
  • People search
  • Visio Services
  • Excel Services
  • Sandboxed Solutions
  • Improved workflows
  • Improved SharePoint Designer 2010
  • Access Services
  • Better controls of FQDNs

Office Communications Online Updates

  • P2P A/V across firewall
  • File transfer across firewall
  • Presence with pictures
  • Federation
  • IM with Windows Live

Additional features will be available based on Communications Server “14” as part of ongoing service updates.

Platform Updates

  • Free/Busy co-existence
  • Single Sign On
  • Identity federation
  • Redesigned admin interface
  • More administration and access control

Getting Ready

Customers should take the following steps to start preparing for the next major service update:

1. Make sure you receive the latest communications!

  • Make sure that contact details for both the “Account Owner” and “Service Administrator” are up-to-date in Microsoft Online Customer Portal and that these email accounts spec are monitored regularly.
  • Make sure that the domain “@microsoftonline.com” is marked as safe, to prevent the possibility of communications from Microsoft Online Services being blocked or filtered.
  • Stay tuned for email communications as well as communications in the Microsoft Online Administration Center , the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog and the Deploying BPOS page for more information and guidance from Microsoft coming this fall.

2. Determine if you need to upgrade any client software

3. Decide how you want to leverage new identity and sign-on options.

  • Understand the two different identity scenarios that the next major service update of BPOS will offer: federated identity using ADFS (single sign-on for end users) or a managed identity scenario (end users have separate credentials for BPOS).

System Requirements

Operating System

  • Windows
    • Windows XP SP3 with RPC over HTTP patch
    • Windows Vista SP2
    • Windows 7

Windows XP Home and Windows Media Center edition are supported but will not support federated identity.

  • Mac
    • OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
    • 10.5 (Leopard)
    • 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Office Client

  • Office 2007 SP2 or Office 2010
  • Office 2008 for Mac & Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition
  • .NET 2.0 or later
  • Microsoft Communicator “14”
  • Mac Messenger 9

Office client is not required for customers who choose browser-only access. We are currently investigating Office 2003 support and will publish a list of supported capabilities in the future. Office Communicator ‘14’ will be generally available later this year.

Browser

  • Administration Center and My Company Portal
    • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP
    • Internet Explorer 7 or higher for Windows Vista and Windows 7
    • Firefox 3.x
    • Safari 4.x
  • Outlook Web App
    • Internet Explorer 7 or later
    • Firefox 3 or later
    • Safari 3 or later on Macintosh OS X 10.5
    • Chrome 3 or later
  • Outlook Web App Light
    • Internet Explorer 5.5 or later
    • Firefox 2 or later
    • Safari 3 or later
    • Opera

OWA Light is designed to optimize the OWA experience for slower connections and alternative Web browsers. For more information about the differences between OWA Premium and OWA Light, see TechNet: Client Features in Outlook Web Access.

Please post your questions and comments below. Thanks for your business, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the awesome things coming to the next generation of BPOS!

Best,

Kayvaan

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