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Entries for November 2010

by Brett

WikiHats off to the BPOS Partner Team and particularly to Damon Sununtnasuk for winning a gold ITSMA Gold Award for Marketing Excellence. Enabling the Cloud for the Microsoft Partner Channel: Quickstart for Online Services

http://www.itsma.com/news/10-mea-winners/

The site is www.quickstartonlineservices.com and Damon has worked long and hard to insure that the latest info is available to Partners who want to ramp up a BPOS practice.

There is also a cool features on this site that most people don’t know about – the “special” wiki. While it looks like a normal wiki, it is anything but. As information about services is constantly being updated, it is hard for Microsoft to figure out how to keep content updated as quickly. So what they did create some authenticated web services that links the quickstartonline wiki to the INTERNAL ONLY wiki hosted on an intranet site and run by the technical product management team. As a result, all that needs to happen for Partners to get the latest updates is for a product manager at Microsoft to update their content, check the Partner box and it gets pushed to quickstartonlineservices.com for all partners to see. So information flows directly from the PMs to Partners without a lot of layers in between.

The dates on the wiki all show 5/10 so I don’t know if this has been currently functioning, even so, it’s a great idea and I hope it grows into something even more agile.

by Brett

The main body of information about Office 365 is at Office365.com, but Microsoft has been releasing important information in other places.  I’m going to attempt to keep this post updated with useful links as they become available. If you know of any Microsoft originated materials that should be on this list, please post in the comments. Thanks!

Brett

Office 365 Online Help

Yes, the beta help files are online! Beta is the keyword here.

http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/Office365-enterprises

Office 365 for Enterprises Data Sheet

Feature summary for each service

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=f54b17e1-0cf4-4dab-91d5-fcf386ea7b74

Identity and Federation

More to come but this has some useful information

http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/Office365-enterprises/ff652540.aspx

Service Descriptions

These are the best starting place for reliable information about the services.

Exchange Online Beta Service Description

SharePoint Online Beta Service Description

 Lync Online Beta Service Description

Office Professional Plus Beta Service Description

 Office Web Apps Beta Service Description

SharePoint Online Developer Resources

Reliable details about how to develop application for SPO in Office 365

SharePoint Online Developer’ s Resource Site

 

SharePoint In Depth Overview for Developers

Exchange Online and Outlook

Some great info here that is hard to find on Voice and other Exchange Online related features

http://help.outlook.com/en-us/beta 

Partner Resources

Resources produced for the Office365 Partners

US Learning Blog – useful webcasts intended for partners. Covers the business and technical aspects of Office365.

 

Partner Learning Paths for Office 365  -multiple 30 minute presentations on Office 365 just for Partners. Includes an Overview, liscensing, transition, and on premise to online comparison.


Quickstartonlineservices.com – main resources for BPOS and Office365 partners

 A Walkthrough of Office 365

 From TechEd Europe

http://www.msteched.com/2010/Europe/COS208-LNC

Brett Hill

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