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Entries for August 2010

by Brett

A demo of a very cool feature supported in OfficePro Plus and Enterprise


by host

This week in BPOS news is a recurring segment on the Microsoft Online Services Blog that covers news from all sectors of Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Online Services business suite known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can read all past This Week in BPOS News segments here.

This week we cover three stories that touch on the Where, How and What of Microsoft BPOS.

1. Microsoft's Chicago datacenter shows huge investment in cloud computing

Chicago is home to one of Microsoft’s few global hubs of cloud computing servers. Greg Burns, from the Chicago Tribune, focuses on Microsoft’s commitment to the cloud and takes a closer look at the new $500 million building that houses Microsoft’s cloud. Greg looks at the physical structure and more importantly the software structure of Microsoft’s commitment to the cloud.

This article walks us through how and why the facility was built in Chicago. This is a really interesting look at the thought process clip_image002of housing servers and moving into the cloud.

“Microsoft runs its operation with just 45 workers, including security guards and janitors. Only three work directly for the company.”

This commitment also comes with lower costs for Microsoft, which leads to lower costs for users.

"When you build data centers this large, you are absolutely the lowest-cost provider of computing power," noted Toan Tran, an equity research analyst at Chicago's Morningstar Inc. "I think the cloud definitely happens. This is a big trend that gets adopted. The cost savings is just tremendous."

Do you think Microsoft is making the right investment in the cloud? Leave a comment below.

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2. A Tale of Two Cities – “Gone Google” and Microsoft Office 2010 twelve months later…

Andrew Kisslo from the Why Microsoft blog strikes the heart of Google again with a piece that compares Microsoft and Google and their progress in the productivity software field over the past year. This article walks us through the birth and twelve month growth of both company’s software. There is a plethora of factual information that compares the successes and failures of both companies in this space. I highly recommend this article for anyone interested in the current state of collaboration and productivity tools from Microsoft and Google.

Here is a video excerpt from the blog.

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What do you think has changed in the last twelve months of Microsoft and Google productivity software? Who has the edge? Where will we be in another 12 months? We want to hear your comments below.

3. Meet Some of the People of BPOS – From our Summer Intern

This summer the community team has been lucky enough to have our own intern. Kaitlin is a video specialist who helped us capture stories about Microsoft Online Services throughout her time here at Microsoft. I want to share with you a special blog post from our summer intern that includes one of the best Microsoft BPOS videos I’ve seen to date. Watch the video below and let us know what you think.


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Can you tell us what BPOS means to you? Have an idea for a BPOS video? Post your thoughts below.

Did you see a story you want to share with us? Let us know what other topics you’d like to see. You can comment on this blog post or send an email to our community mailbox. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

by host

We got our hands on three great support videos for BPOS Directory Synchronization. These videos will help you maximize your potential while using Microsoft BPOS.

In our first video we take a look at Installing and Configuring Directory Synchronization. This video walks us through an introduction to Directory Synchronization, or DirSync. This video also describes the purpose of DirSync and prerequisites to utilizing DirSync. It then helps us set up DirSync with a full walkthrough of installing and configuring the DirSync tool.

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In our second vide we learn about Using Directory Synchronization. The video walks us through two scenarios that demonstrate prime examples for utilizing DirSync. Make sure you watch this support video and learn more about the opportunities that wait with Directory Synchronization and Microsoft Online Services.

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In our third video we learn how to Troubleshoot Common Directory Synchronization Issues. This video gives us a brief introduction into DirSync and prerequisites for troubleshooting. If your computer meets all the proper prerequisites mentioned in this video, then continue watching to learn how to troubleshoot DirSync. This video provides great advice for anyone that wants to learn more about the backend DirSync.

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What support videos would you like to see? You can comment on this blog post or send email to our community mailbox. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

by Brett

Kamesh Pemmaraju at thinks so. In his recent post Winning Channel Strategies for the Cloud, Part I he concludes "Cloud companies have gained successes on the back of the cost savings, rapid innovation, and easy to use value propositions compared to their on-premise predecessors. But for them to really create a massive exodus of companies towards the cloud, they have to engage with the Channel" -  A nice piece on the future wave of movement to the cloud. 

by host

Today’s very special blog post comes from our summer intern, Kaitlin McKinnon.

Hi, I’m Kaitlin. I just graduated from high school and I’m an intern here at Microsoft on the Business Online Services Group (BOSG). I’m stoked to be interning here and I work with the Community team, including two of the bloggers here: Jim Glynn and Josh Topal (JT_MSFT).

As an intern here, one of my jobs is to create and edit videos for the Microsoft Online Services YouTube channel. I love making YouTube videos with my friends for fun, so the fact that I get to do what I love here at Microsoft is unbelievable!

This video I created, with the help of my mentor, Josh, tells viewers what BPOS is and what its services have to offer. I had the privilege of interviewing some Microsoft employees who work on BPOS to hear what they had to say (who knows BPOS better than the people who created it?). They were passionate and equally as excited about the product they work on, something I’ve found to be very common here at Microsoft.

Brett Hill

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