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Entries for March 2011

Breaking News!:  Microsoft’s Office 365 Community Site Now Open to the Public

by Brett

In a private webcast for MVPs (3/31/2011), Microsoft announced that the community website used to support the private beta is now open to the general public. Anyone with an interest in Office 365 can view the blogs, wikis and forums that have previously been only available to those who have Office 365 beta accounts. The site is jammed with detailed information on how Office 365 works including hard to find information on single sign on, federation and other fast moving content. The forums are monitored by Microsoft support, MVPs and various program managers at Microsoft.

The site was closed to the general public as it required a Microsoft Online id that was issued only to beta participants, but now you can login using an MSN, Live, or Hotmail account. Jim Glynn, who hosted the webcast, said the Microsoft was working on extending the federation to other domains but did not give any timelines.

In addition, MVPs like me are now cleared to begin posting content about the Office 365 beta experience and Office 365 itself. The first installment is below. Expect a lot more information coming your way.

TIP: Take some care with which account you use. My guess is it’s not easy to change after you make the association.

by Brett

Free BES!

Microsoft made asurprise announcement that Blackberry users who now pay $10 a month for Blackberry Enterprise Services with BPOS, will get improved services for Free with BPOS and Office 365. It appears that RIM will now host the services instead of Microsoft. This is big relief for Microsoft I'm sure as they have been hosting BES for a while and it's got to be the odd bird out having BES servers in the Microsoft farm. So a big win for users all around! For more details see http://blogs.technet.com/b/msonline/archive/2011/03/17/bpos-and-blackberry.aspx

 

Brett Hill

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