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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.

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.

Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – May 2012 #3

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

The Exchange Control Panel and Remote PowerShell can be used to search up to 505,000 mailboxes at a time. See the help topic New-MailboxSearch for details about searching up to 505,000 mailboxes at a time via PowerShell. Remote PowerShell can also be used to perform searches on an unlimited number of mailboxes.   See the help topic Search-Mailbox for details about searching large numbers of mailboxes via PowerShell.  Note  The Exchange Control Panel limit can be increased up to 1,000 by contacting Microsoft support. The PowerShell commandlet “Search-Mailbox” does not have a limit on mailboxes to search

Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – May 2012 #2

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

Scheduled Meetings with Lync Web Scheduler Lync Web Scheduler provides a web-based way to schedule an online meeting. It provides a browser-based conference management experience that includes operations such as the following: •	Scheduling a new online Lync meeting •	List of existing meetings that the user has organized •	Viewing and modifying details of an existing meeting •	Deleting an existing meeting •	Sending invitations •	Joining an existing meeting

Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – May 2012

Again, an updated set of the Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions. Just as in JanuaryFebruary, early March, and late March, I did a comparison of the changes. All major updates are listed below. The document that has received significant updates is the Service Description for Exchange Online Archiving.

 

Exchange Online Archiving

International Availability Office 365 is available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and United States. Multinational customers that purchase services in an approved country may enable use by their end users that reside anywhere in the world, except for Argentina and countries currently embargoed by the U.S. government. Features availability may vary by location. See the help topic License restrictions for Office 365 for details.

 

Throughout the whole document, the term “personal arhive” has been replaced simply with “archive”, such as here:
The default storage quota for the personal archive is 100 GB for Exchange Online (Plan 2)Archiving users.

 

Microsoft recommends having the same Single Item Recovery setting for the on-premises mailbox and the archive in Exchange Online Archiving.  To change the Single Item Recovery period in Exchange Online Archiving, a call to Microsoft support is required. The maximum period that can be requested is 30 days for all plans except Exchange Plan 2.

 

Exchange Online Archiving supports delegate access—that is, the users’ ability to allow others to access and manage their email and calendars. Delegate access is commonly used between a manager and an assistant, where the assistant is responsible for processing the manager’s email messages and coordinating the manager's schedule. If delegate access is set, the assistant has access to the manager’s primary mailbox and archive. Exchange Online Archiving does not support delegate access.

 

Appendix A: Feature List fo Exchange Online Archiving and Exchange Hosted Archive Comparison Table 4 comparesshows features available in the Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving with the Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive, a previously released archiving solution from Microsoft. Table 4. Exchange Online Archiving comparison with Exchange Hosted Archive 	Exchange Online Archiving	Exchange Hosted Archive SERVICE FEATURES		 Deleted item recovery	14 days	No Deleted mailbox recovery	30 days	No TLS for server connections	Yes	Yes Password synchronization	Yes	No CLIENT ACCESS		 Outlook 2010	Yes	No Outlook 2007	Yes	No Outlook Web App	Internet Explorer 7 or later, Safari 3 or later, Firefox, Chrome 	Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer7, Firefox 2 or later Delegate access	Yes	Yes ARCHIVING		 ArchivePersonal archive	Yes	No Accept journaled content	No 	Yes Content type: Instant messaging	Yes	Yes Content type: Calendar	Yes	No Content type: Contacts	Yes	No

RETENTION	 Retention policies 	Yes  Archive mailbox size 	Unlimited Legal hold 	Yes Rolling Legal Hold (Single Item Recovery)	Yes (Unlimited) Self-service Historical Data Load (HDL)	Yes DISCOVERY	 Unified user search	Yes Export to PST file	Yes  Auditing	Yes Multi-mailbox search (e-discovery)	Yes De-duplication of data	Yes Rights-protected discovery	Yes Attachment discovery	Yes ADMINISTRATION	 Administration through a web-based interface	Yes Administration through EMC 	Yes Administration through command line shell	Yes RBAC	Yes  APPLICATION ACCESS/CUSTOMIZATION	 Application connectivity through web services	Yes Outlook Web App Web Parts	Yes Outlook add-ins and Outlook MAPI	Yes

Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – March 2012 #2

Again, an updated set of the Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions. Just as in JanuaryFebruary, and early March, I did a comparison of the changes. All major updates are listed below. The document that has received significant updates is (again) the Service Description for Exchange Online, and a smaller change was done to the SharePoint Online SD.

Exchange Online

•	Outlook 2003 via POP and IMAP only o	POP and IMAP protocols offer email-only access with a substantially reduced set of functionality

Mailbox size	1 gigabyte (GB) **** Outlook Web App  (regular and light versions)	Yes POP	Yes IMAP	No Outlook Anywhere (MAPI)	No Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync	Yes****

****The availability of a 1 GB mailbox and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® for a Kiosk user will vary. These updates are expected to be deployed to all customers in April 2012.  However, until these updates are deployed, a Kiosk user will continue to have a 500 MB mailbox and no Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® access.

Table 7: Mailbox size limits and notifications Mailbox type	Warning	Prohibit Send	Prohibit Send/Receive Exchange Online Kiosk	450 MBTBD	475 MBTBD	500 MB1 GB Exchange Online (Plan 1)	24.5 GB	24.75 GB	25 GB Exchange Online (Plan 2)	24.5 GB	24.75 GB	25 GB  These limits and notifications are for the user’s primary mailbox. The personal archive has a separate, non-configurable quota. The availability of a 1 GB mailbox for Kiosk users will vary. This update is expected to be deployed to all customers in April 2012. However, until this update is deployed, a Kiosk user will continue to have the following mailbox size limits and notifications:  Mailbox type	Warning	Prohibit Send	Prohibit Send/Receive Exchange Online Kiosk	450 MB	475 MB	500 MB

Outlook 2003 Outlook 2003 is notonly supported for use with Exchange Online. via POP or IMAP. Using Outlook 2003 with POP or IMAP enables standard email functionality, but does have key limitations including: •	No calendar information •	No free/busy information •	No Global Address List •	No push email •	When connecting via POP, all messages will be downloaded to the client and there will be no synchronization between multiple computers or devices (such as between a laptop and a phone)

 

SharePoint Online

Available at a cost per gigabyte (GB) per month. No minimum purchase. Please review the Office 365 price list at http://www.office365.com.

Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – March 2012

Another month, another update to the Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise. The changes this time are all about SharePoint and the upcoming Service Update.
(Updates from February 2012 and January 2012)

The changes are as follows:

Subscription Plans  Each user who accesses the SharePoint Online service must be assigned to a subscription plan. SharePoint Online offers multiple types of plans. See Table 4 below. In addition to the K1-2 and E1-4 suite-level plans, SharePoint Online Plan 1 and SharePoint Online Plan 2 can be purchased on a standalone basis or as part of an Office 365 suite. A Kiosk subscription is not sold as a standalone offer, only as part of the Kiosk suite (Exchange Online Kiosk and SharePoint Online Kiosk suite). It is possible to mix subscription plans within a single tenancy. Customers can also purchase an additional add-on associated to SharePoint Online: •	Additional storage. Cost is $2.50USD/GB/month.Should you require more storage, it isvailable at a cost per gigabyte (GB) per month. Please review the Office 365 price list at http://www.office635.com   Note  For customers with more than 20,000 users objects in their Active Directory planning to purchase SharePoint Online as part of the Office 365 suite or as a standalone service, there is a temporary limitation that the SharePoint service can support. Please work with your local Microsoft representative to understand the implications of this temporary limitation. This does not imply that you cannot purchase the full Office 365 suite, but merely that SharePoint Online may not be provisioned at the same time until the scale limitations are lifted beyond 20,000 user objects.

 

10 gigabytes (GB) base customer storage plus 500 megabytes (MB) per enterprise user subscription license (E1-E4)   Up to 5 terabyte 25 terabytes (TB) per tenant

 

Deleted Item Recovery SharePoint Online users have a Recycle Bin where deleted content is stored. They can access the Recycle Bin to recover deleted documents and lists if they need to. Items in the Recycle Bin are retained for 30 days. The following data types are captured by the Recycle Bin: •	Site Collections •	Sites •	Lists •	Libraries •	Folders •	List items •	Documents •	Web Part pages The following data types are not captured by the Recycle Bin: •	Deleted site collections •	Deleted webpages •	Site customizations made through SharePoint Designer 2010

 

•	PDFs and other types of files can potentially run scripts against sites. To prevent this security threat, PDF files open directly in Adobe Reader (version 10.1.2) – and the PDF file will remain connected to SharePoint Online requires users to download these types of files. When the user tries. You can also edit and save your changes to open a PDF document stored in a SharePoint Online document library, from the user will see a “Save As…” window and must download the PDF file to their local directory.desktop. And further, you can now use versioning (check-in and check-out) with PDF files for better management and review..

 

•	EasiID, the portion of LiveID that allows externalExternal users to associate can now use their business email address (ex: user@contoso.com) to the LiveIDauthenticate when invited into an Office 365 customer's site collection. To associate a business email user name to the Live ID system, is not supported at this time.go to https://idsignup.live.com, select "Use existing email address:" and follow the instructions.

 

Developer Dashboard	Yes	No

Updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise – February 2012

Microsoft has once again released an updated set of the Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions. Just as in January, I did a comparison of the changes. All major updates are listed below. The only document that has received significant updates is the Service Description for Exchange Online, all other documents are still the same (except for a few minor wording changes)

 

Exchange Online

Senders’ Photos in Outlook Web App  As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, Outlook Web App incorporates photos of users stored in Active Directory as part of its user interface. For example, when users receive emails from coworkers, they can see the senders’ photos in the reading pane in Outlook Web App. When users search for coworkers in the Global Address List using Outlook Web App, the coworkers’ photos are displayed. Mobile devices that support the latest version of Exchange ActiveSync can also display photos from Active Directory. Outlook 2010 also includes new features that incorporate photos of users stored in Active Directory. There are two ways to get user photos into the Exchange Online environment and enable these features: •	End users upload their photos manually through the User Settings screen in the Microsoft Online Portal. •	Administrators populate the ThumbnailPhoto user attribute in on-premises Active Directory; the Directory Synchronization tool will automatically synchronize the user photo to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. Outlook Web App in Internet Explorer 9 As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, Outlook Web App can be pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar using Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites. This gives users the ability to launch Outlook Web App with one click and run it with fewer distractions, separated from other browser sessions. It also keeps users informed of incoming email and instant messages when minimized or hidden and offers quick access to common Outlook Web App commands from the Windows 7 taskbar. See the Windows topic Pinned Sites for details. Senders’ Photos in Outlook Web App  As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, Outlook Web App incorporates photos of users stored in Active Directory as part of its user interface. For example, when users receive emails from coworkers, they can see the senders’ photos in the reading pane in Outlook Web App. When users search for coworkers in the Global Address List using Outlook Web App, the coworkers’ photos are displayed. Mobile devices that support the latest version of Exchange ActiveSync can also display photos from Active Directory. Outlook 2010 also includes new features that incorporate photos of users stored in Active Directory. There are two ways to get user photos into the Exchange Online environment and enable these features: •	End users upload their photos manually through the User Settings screen in the Microsoft Online Portal. •	Administrators populate the ThumbnailPhoto user attribute in on-premises Active Directory; the Directory Synchronization tool will automatically synchronize the user photo to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. Outlook Web App in Internet Explorer 9 As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, Outlook Web App can be pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar using Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites. This gives users the ability to launch Outlook Web App with one click and run it with fewer distractions, separated from other browser sessions. It also keeps users informed of incoming email and instant messages when minimized or hidden and offers quick access to common Outlook Web App commands from the Windows 7 taskbar. See the Windows topic Pinned Sites for details. Senders’ Photos in Outlook Web App  As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, Outlook Web App incorporates photos of users stored in Active Directory as part of its user interface. For example, when users receive emails from coworkers, they can see the senders’ photos in the reading pane in Outlook Web App. When users search for coworkers in the Global Address List using Outlook Web App, the coworkers’ photos are displayed. Mobile devices that support the latest version of Exchange ActiveSync can also display photos from Active Directory. Outlook 2010 also includes new features that incorporate photos of users stored in Active Directory. There are two ways to get user photos into the Exchange Online environment and enable these features: •	End users upload their photos manually through the User Settings screen in the Microsoft Online Portal. •	Administrators populate the ThumbnailPhoto user attribute in on-premises Active Directory; the Directory Synchronization tool will automatically synchronize the user photo to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. Outlook Web App in Internet Explorer 9 As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, Outlook Web App can be pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar using Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites. This gives users the ability to launch Outlook Web App with one click and run it with fewer distractions, separated from other browser sessions. It also keeps users informed of incoming email and instant messages when minimized or hidden and offers quick access to common Outlook Web App commands from the Windows 7 taskbar. See the Windows topic Pinned Sites for details.

 

BlackBerry Devices Users of Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry devices canBlackBerry Business Cloud Services (BBCS) is hosted by Research In Motion (RIM) and extends Exchange Online services to BlackBerry smartphones. Administrators are able to perform cloud-based provisioning and management of BlackBerry smartphones within this environment. BBCS utilizes familiar underlying RIM technology and functionality experienced with BlackBerry services and provides BlackBerry email, calendar, and personal information management experience for Exchange Online (Plan 1) and Exchange Online (Plan 2) users. See the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services (BBCS) Service Description for details. Users of  BlackBerry devices can also connect their devices to Exchange Online using the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS). This service allows BlackBerry users to access their e-mail accounts without connecting through a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). It does not provide the same capabilities as a BES server or a hosted BES service. Exchange Online (Plan 1) and Exchange Online (Plan 2) users can configure BIS to access their mailboxes via IMAP. Exchange Online Kiosk users can configure BIS to access their mailboxes via POP.  Note  A hosted BES service is not currently available. Research in Motion (RIM) has announced a new hosted BES service for Office 365 customers that they plan to make available later this year. The service will be hosted, licensed, and supported by RIM, who have committed to offer their new BlackBerry cloud-based service for Exchange Online starting at $0 per user per month. See the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services overview for details.

 

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture Microsoft Exchange PST Capture allows administrators to search for PST files on computers in their organizations and then import those files to mailboxes in their organizations. PST Capture works with both on-premises Exchange servers and Exchange Online. PST Capture is comprised of the following components: •	PST Capture Central Service: At the heart of PST Capture is the PST Capture Central Service, which maintains the list of all PST files found in an administrator’s organization and manages the data as it is moved to the Exchange Servers or Exchange Online. •	PST Capture Agent: Discovery of the PST files is performed by PST Capture agents that are installed on computers in the organization. The agents also send the PST files they find to the host computer when an import operation is started on the PST Capture Console. •	PST Capture Console: The PST Capture Console is the interface the administrator uses to configure PST searches, specify the target mailboxes for PST files, and track the status of PST import operations and reports. The PST Capture Agent then sends status updates from previous actions to the Central Service. See the TechNet article Microsoft Exchange PST Capture for details.

 

Email Migration Dashboard As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, administrators can use the Email Migration dashboard in the Exchange Control Panel to manage mailbox migration to Exchange Online using a cutover or staged Exchange migration. Administrators can also use the dashboard to migrate the contents of users’ mailboxes from an on-premises IMAP server to existing cloud-based mailboxes. The dashboard gives administrators the following capabilities: •	Create and schedule multiple migration batches: Administrators can create and queue up to 100 migration batches for a staged Exchange migration or an IMAP migration. Only one migration batch runs at a time, but administrators can queue up multiple batches, so when a migration batch is finished running the next batch in the queue starts. •	Restart a migration batch with failures: After the initial synchronization for a migration batch, where items are copied from on-premises mailboxes to the cloud mailboxes for each user in the migration batch, some mailboxes may fail synchronization. Now administrators can restart that migration batch and try to synchronize the failed mailboxes. •	Get details about skipped items: For cutover Exchange migrations and staged Exchange migrations, the migration dashboard now displays information about the specific items that were skipped, including the reason why the items skipped and the location of the item in the user’s mailbox. •	Open migration reports: Administrators can open migration statistics or migration error report for a migration batch right from the dashboard. •	Edit a migration batch: If a migration batch for a staged Exchange migration or an IMAP migration is in the migration queue (but isn’t currently running), administrators can edit the migration batch by submitting a new CSV file, changing the connection settings, or changing the number of mailboxes to migrate simultaneously. See the help topic Manage Migration Batches in Exchange Online for details. Troubleshooting Migration Errors As part of the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update, improved diagnostic capabilities help administrators troubleshoot migration errors. For example, Remote PowerShell can be used to display diagnostic information for a migration batch named MigrationBatch1 (Get–MigrationBatch –Identity MigrationBatch1 –Diagnostic), as well as display migration statistics and diagnostic information for a user with a primary SMTP address of user@example.com (Get–MigrationUserStatistics –Identity user@example.com –Diagnostic). See the help topic Email Migration Users Status Report for details.

 

Hybrid Configuration Wizard  The Hybrid Configuration Wizard can help to streamline the hybrid deployment process by simplifying configuration of features and services. Introduced as part of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2, the Hybrid Configuration Wizard consists of the following components: •	A new Exchange Management Console (EMC) wizard that guides administrators through the end-to-end process for configuring a hybrid deployment. •	A set of Exchange Management Shell (EMS) commands that orchestrate the configuration process. •	Improvements to the manageability of some of the underlying hybrid features. See the TechNet article Hybrid Deployments with the Hybrid Configuration Wizard for details.

 

Interesting Office 365 Links (18/01/2012)

Below are several links to interesting Office 365 specific content that I found in the past few weeks.

In no particular order:

Directly from Microsoft:

 

Blog posts from other people:

Updated Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions–What’s new for SharePoint Online?

Microsoft released updated Service Descriptions for Office 365 for Enterprise on 13 January 2012. Below, I will list the major updates to the Service Description for SharePoint Online. Also available are the updates to the Exchange Online and Exchange Online Archiving Service Descriptions.
Changes were compared with Word 2010’s Compare feature:
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Subscription Plans

Each user who accesses the SharePoint Online service must be assigned to a subscription plan. SharePoint Online offers threemultiple types of plans: SharePoint Online Kiosk, SharePoint Online (Plan 1), and SharePoint Online (Plan 2).. See Table 4 below.
Table 4. High-level usage rights comparison across user subscriptions plans

Note: One very important change in this table (which lists the actual changes to the document) is that SharePoint Online E1 and E2 have set Enterprise Features from Yes to No.

 

Key Features and Specifications

External Users (PALs)	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.

 

Site Collections

The base routing Unified Resource Locator (URL) structure for SharePoint Online sites is based on the name of your company provided at time of sign up. Example, if your company name is Contoso: https://contoso.sharepoint.com.

 

Composites

Business Connectivity Services (BCS): Enable connections to external data sources via Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web Services endpoints -in both read and write modes. These are often line-of-business (LoB) applications that sit behind your firewall, or are transitioning to the Cloud, like SQL Azure. You can create SharePoint external lists and data columns, the BDC service for WCF connectors and the Secure Store Service is partitioned at the tenant level within the SharePoint Online Administration Center. Learn more about BCS here on MSDN.

 

Content

Users with Office Web Apps edit rights can create new Office documents via the Office Web Apps in conjunction with associated document library content type(s) and do not have Office installed on the desktop. Per licensing, these are the K2 and E2-4 users.

 

Search

.	Recently uploaded documents may not immediately show up in search results. This may be due to the interval for which the search crawler is set - this is currently set to crawl every 5 minutes. After content is crawled it will appear in search results.

Sites

.	External sharing: The external sharing capabilities in SharePoint Online enable a company to simply invite external users in to view, share, and collaborate on their sites. Once a SharePoint Online Administrator enables external sharing, a site collection administrator can activate external sharing for the site they manage, and then invite external users to collaborate on sites, lists, and document libraries. An external user has access rights to only the site collection they are invited into. Please also note the external user use rights as explained in Table 4 above. Learn more about external sharing here on Office.com. .	Every Office 365 SharePoint Online customer (at the tenant level, not per subscription) includes 50 Partner Access Licenses (PALs) that can be leveraged for 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. .	Microsoft supports invited external users signing in to the service using a Microsoft Online Services ID.  External sharing also supports Windows Live ID, including @Live.com, @Hotmail.com and @MSN.com user names, plus regional derivations of LiveID user names.  .	EasiID, the portion of LiveID that allows external users to associate their business email address (ex: user@contoso.com) to the LiveID system, is not supported at this time.

.	The public website does not grant use rights to leverage the SharePoint publishing portal components. These features are only supported for intranet sites within the private site collections created in the SharePoint Online Administration Center. The public website is configurable by use of the built-in Site Designer ribbon<br />
tool. .	Editing the Public Website with SharePoint Designer is not supported.

 

Custom Development and Extensibility

While SharePoint Online offers many opportunities to building customized solutions, the service does not yet support Full Trust Coded (FTC) solutions or what is sometimes referred to as farm-level solutions. The SharePoint Online development patterns and practices are currently targeted at site collection level solutions. Server Resources quota, what are used to determine amount of processing power available to Sandboxed Solutions, is determined by the number of licensed user seats in a company39;s tenancy. To calculate server resource quota in Office 365, you can use the following equation: (seats x 200) + 300. For example, in a typical 25 seat license, the available server resources quota would be 5300