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Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – May 2012 #4

Again, an updated set of the Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions. Just as in JanuaryFebruary, early March, late March, early May, mid-May, and late May, I did a comparison of the changes. The document that has received an update this time is the Service Description for SharePoint.


50 PALs are included per tenant. Current “Feature Preview” allows for usage rights of up to 1000 external users without requiring additional PALs. Microsoft reserves the right to charge for additional PALs beyond 50 at the time the next major Office 365 update.10,000 PALs are included per tenant.


•	Search crawls happen continuously to ensure that content changes are available via search results as soon as possible. Recently uploaded documents may not immediately show up in search results. This may be due to the intervaltime it takes to process them. SharePoint Online targets between 15 minutes and an hour for which the search crawler is set – this is currently set to crawl every 5 minutes. After content is crawled it will appeartime between upload and availability in search results (also referred to as ‘index freshness’). In cases of heavy environment use, this time can grow to up to six hours.


•	Every Office 365 Enterprise SharePoint Online customer (at the tenant level, not per subscription) includes 5010,000 free “external user” Partner Access Licenses (PALs) that can be leveraged forduring external sharing. Customers are not currently required to obtain additional PALs for external sharing beyond 50 users with a limit of 1000 until the next major update of the Office 365 service at which time Microsoft may choose to make it available as a paid add-on.

Office 365 Links of the Week – 04 May 2012

Sign on Experience with Office 365
Overview of the sign on experience with Office 365 and the different Microsoft products

Office 365 Virtual Labs for IT Pros
Not really new content, but still extremely useful: a few virtual labs that help you to learn more about how to configure ADFS, Directory Synchronisation, Federation, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online

Using Shared Mailboxes with Office 365
Article in Windows IT Pro, by Tony Redmond

Transform the way you work  –  online live demos of Office 365
All over May, there will be free live demos of Office 365 presented by Microsoft cloud specialist partners

SharePoint Online Search
A few quirks of SharePoint Online Search (Office 365 for Enterprises) explained

FISMA becomes latest security certification for Office 365
“Today, we’re pleased to announce Office 365 was granted the authorization to operate under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) by the Broadcasting Board of Governors. FISMA is important to our customers because it creates a process for federal agencies to certify and accredit the security of their information management systems. IT solutions with FISMA certification and accreditation have federal agency approval for their use in line with the level of security established by that agency.”

The Office 365 Trust Center
Information on data privacy, data storage locations, compliance, and security.