Month: June 2012

Updated Release: RSS Feed Web Part for Office 365

Update: SharePoint Online RSS Viewer now supports external feeds

 

A long overdue update for my RSS Feed Web Part for Office 365. New to the web part? Have a look at the release history:
August 2011
March 2012

What has been changed?

The first change was in the JavaScript code. There were some issues when you were using this web part on a secure site (with SSL), as the call to the Google API was done through a non-secured regular http session instead of https, so that some users got a browser warning. The code now checks if you’re using https (as the E Plans do, for example), and then calls the Google API accordingly:

 

Secondly, I added some support for debugging (thanks to Peter Reid for this), in case you want to use the source code and modify it yourself:

 

The third and last change is the addition of an additional stylesheet, that can be used for the Custom CSS Link property of the web part:

To use this stylesheet, modify your target web part’s properties, and change the Custom CSS Link property to <SiteCollectionPath>/Office365RSSWebPartClientSide/WhiteBlue.css (replace <SiteCollectionPath> with the correct URL of your site collection where you deployed the web part to, e.g. /sites/finance ; for the root site collection, simply use /Office365RSSWebPartClientSide/WhiteBlue.css;).

 

Download the Web Part

Web Part: Office365_RSS_Web_Part.wsp (1092)
Source Code: Office365 RSS Web Part.zip (453)

 

 

Updated Service Description for Office 365 for professionals and small businesses – June 2012

The Service Description for Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (the P1 plan) has received a major update. The following sections underwent bigger changes:

 

The section 3.1 System Requirements, was simplified. It previously contained a table with detailed requirements for a client computer, but now simply points to the official website for these

3.1 System Requirements Office 365 works effectively with many combinations of browsers, operating systems, and supporting software.  Please refer to System Requirements for Office 365 to view the latest software requirements.

 

Section 3.3 Using Mobile Devices, was rewritten as follows

3.3 Using Mobile Devices Access to services from phones and devices are available for two Office 365 services in this current release: You can access the Email and, Team Sites.  Lync Mobile clients will be available near the end of 2011 for the leading smart phone platforms, including Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and Nokia Symbian. Email (powered by Microsoft® Exchange Online) is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the, and Instant Messaging capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users rich
and familiar access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks across PCs, the web, and Office 365 from a variety of phones and mobile devices.  Exchange ActiveSync technology provides synchronization ofsynchronizes mailbox data between mobile devices and Exchange Online, so users can access their email, calendar, contacts, and tasks on the go.  Exchange Online also provides better data security features on mobile devices with password enforecementenforcement and remote data wiping capabilities.   Team Sites (powered by SharePoint Online) givesgive you a central place to share documents and information with colleagues and customers. Team Sites can render on many devices (including Web-enabled mobile phones) using a simplified text-only format. Like Email, Team Sites include a standardized Web-based administrative console that enables your IT administrator to easily manage and set up services for users.  The Lync Mobile client lets you send and receive instant messages from your mobile device.Lync Mobile clients are available for the leading smart phone platforms, including Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and Nokia Symbian.

 

 6.6 Offline Access with SharePoint Workspace has been removed completely

6.6 Offline Access with SharePoint Workspace Even when you cannot connect to the Internet, you can still work with documents, data, and lists using Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010, included as part of Microsoft Office Professional Plus . Simply set up SharePoint Workspace to synchronize the sites, documents, and lists you select - copies are automatically synchronized between your desktop and Office 365.  With these offline and online capabilities, you can: •	Work on your documents and list on airplanes, at hotels, or anywhere you have your SharePoint Workspace installed but don’t have an internet connection •	Specify documents and lists that will automatically synchronize with updates when you reconnect to the Internet  •	View changes other people make to the content after it is automatically replicated to your system  •	Maintain a synchronized list of contact names and information and keep the most current versions of important documents and document sets

 

6.8 Data Is Highly Secure was modified a bit, reference to secondary backup was removed

6.8 Data Is Highly Secure Microsoft data centers are strategically located throughout the world to provide more secure and seamless, around-the-clock access to your data. Data is replicated to a secondary backup data center within the region to help protect against failures across entire data centers. Additionally, allAll documents that you or your colleagues add to SharePoint Online are scanned for malware using multiple scanning engines. You can control who can access your documents stored in your password-protected sites, and you can further control access within SharePoint Online to designate who can view and edit documents and information.

 

A rewording regarding Volume Licensing in 9.6 Licensing

9.6 Licensing Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (Plan P1) is designed for 1 to 25 users, but you may purchase up to 50 users. You can add or remove users at any time, but you will not be able tocannot add more than 50 users.  Office 365 for professionals and small businesses will be available only under User Subscription Licenses (USL) and willis not be available under Microsoft Volume Licensing. Subscriptions will beare available on a month-to-month basis and automatically renew each month. You will be able tocan cancel at any time with no early termination fee.  Office Professional Plus can be licensed separately from Office 365 for professionals and small businesses.

 

The change in the number of Partner Access Licenses:

Partner Access Licenses (External Sharing)	Yes – up to 500 external users/month

 

Appendix C: Office Web Apps System Requirements has been removed completely:

Appendix C: Office Web Apps System Requirements This section features the minimum software requirements for Office Web Apps. Software	Supported Version Browser software	Internet Explorer 7 and 8 on Windows Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and later on Windows, Macintosh computers, and Linux Apple Safari 4 and later on Macintosh computers Mobile device support	Internet Explorer  Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile 6.5, 6.1, 6, and 5 Safari4 on iPhone 3G/S BlackBerry 4.x and later Nokia S60 NetFront 3.4, 3.5 and later Opera Mobile 8.65 and later Openwave 6.2, 7.0, and later The Apple iPad is supported for viewing Word and PowerPoint files.

 

Appendix D: Lync 2010 System Requirements has been removed completely:

Appendix D: Lync 2010 System Requirements This section features the hardware and software requirements for Lync 2010. System component	Minimum requirement Operating system	Windows 7 32-bit operating system. Windows Vista 32-bit operating system. Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 (SP3). Windows Installer 3.1 and Microsoft Core XML services (MSXML) 6.0 SP1 must be installed before deploying Lync 2010. You can access a complete list of supported operating system and internet browser combinations at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/communicator-help/supported-platforms-for-lync-web-app-HA101838128.aspx   Computer/processor	Data and voice: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor; 2 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor recommended. For video: Dual Core 1.9 GHz or higher for VGA; Quad Core 2.0 GHz or higher for High Definition. For the Microsoft RoundTable™ conferencing device: 2 GHz or higher. Display resolution	1024x768 required Graphics hardware	Support for Microsoft DirectX 9 application programming interface 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum) Microsoft Windows Display Driver Model driver Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware 32 bits per pixel Memory	1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended) Telephony 	Microphone and speakers, headset with microphone, or equivalent device. Recommended: Microsoft unified communications (UC) device, or a phone running Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition Video source	USB 2.0 video camera or RoundTable device. Bandwidth requirements	Voice: 50 kbps (minimum); 80 kbps (high-quality) RoundTable device (for audio): 50 kbps (minimum); 350 kbps (high-quality) Other Requirements	•	Microsoft Core XML services (MSXML) 6.0 SP1 must be installed before installing Lync 2010. •	Outlook 2010 and 2007 and Exchange Server 2010/2007 or Exchange Online are required for Outlook interoperability options. •	For interoperability with Office to work correctly, users may need to install an update to Outlook 2007. For details about the Outlook update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936864, "Description of the 2007 Office hotfix package" at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=143112. •	Microsoft Silverlight 4.0 is installed automatically during setup.