#Office365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions – Updates for March #O365 #Lync Online

Download Link below for latest updates published 14/03/2012


Office 365 is a suite of Internet-based services that are designed to help meet your needs for robust security, 24/7 reliability, and user productivity. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the components of the suite.

Files in this Download…

Microsoft Exchange Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the 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 mobile devices.

Microsoft SharePoint Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft SharePoint Online is a Microsoft Office 365 service for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can now simply subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide their employees with an enterprise grade solution for creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers.

Microsoft Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Lync™ Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere. Lync Online provides intuitive communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and a rich online meeting experience including PC-audio, video and web conferencing. Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus Service Description – With Office Professional Plus, users get the latest version of the Microsoft Office applications, seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services, so they can access their documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device. Office Professional Plus includes the new Office Web Apps—online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote®—which let users review and make minor edits to documents directly from a browser.

Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description provides customers with an overview of Office 365 capabilities on the Mac and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices.

Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving Service Description – Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on-premises. Exchange Online Archiving is an enterprise-class service that assists these organizations with their archiving, compliance, regulatory, and e-discovery challenges while simplifying their on-premises infrastructure, thereby saving costs and easing the information technology (IT) burden.

Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises Support Service Description – Microsoft® Office 365 for enterprises Support Service Description provides information to customers about the technical and nontechnical support included in their subscription fee to Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises.

Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description provides customers with information on mobility solutions—access to services from phones and devices—that are available for two online services in this current release namely, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint® Online.

Microsoft Office Web Apps Service Description– – Microsoft® Office Web Apps is the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote® applications that helps users access documents from almost anywhere. Users can view, share, and work on documents online with other users across personal computers, mobile devices, and the web.

Office 365 Security and Service Continuity Service Description– – This service description describes the security, continuity, privacy, and compliance policies and controls for the Office 365 for enterprises service offerings. It is intended to provide Office 365 customers with an overview of how each of the Office 365 services is designed to provide a high degree of security, privacy, continuity, and compliance—service goals that are derived from the Microsoft Risk Management program.

Office 365 Identity Service Description – This document discusses the design, policies, and best practices related to Office 365 identity, including the creation of user accounts, password policy, co-existence, directory synchronization, and single sign-on ( identity federation). Users can gain access to Office 365 by authenticating to their Office 365 user accounts—either through a prompt to provide valid credentials or through a single sign-on process. Once authenticated, users’ identities refer to the user names associated with the Office 365 accounts.

Did Microsoft just pull the plug on its TMG secure Web gateway product?

Mary-Jo Foleys Blog….

Microsoft may be discontinuing its Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) product, according to information from analysts with the Gartner Group.

(I am qualifying this information with the word “may” because Microsoft is declining to provide a clear answer as to what’s going on with its secure Web gateway product.)

Here’s the back story. As noted by Deb Shinder, a blogger with TechRepublic and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Enterprise Security, Gartner omitted Forefront TMG from its May 25 Magic Quadrant report for secure Web gateways. Shinder explained:

“On page 5 (of the Gartner report), you’ll find a statement that is likely to shock and dismay many Microsoft customers, which says that Microsoft has confirmed to Gartner that it is not going to be shipping another full version release of TMG. The report goes on to say that TMG is in sustaining mode and Microsoft doesn’t intend to compete head-to-head with other vendors in that space. The good news is that the usual five year mainstream/five year extended support lifecycle still applies”

…Microsoft has been struggling with its Forefront deliverables and direction for the past couple of years. Microsoft recently announced that it is working on new security and identity products for both the server and cloud while it searches for a new head of its identity team….

Read more here…

Forefront TMG – We’re on a Route to no where

"…Server Publishing is Failing through TMG/ ISA Server….This is almost always caused by improper routing within the network. Because I have seen a lot of these cases, one of the first places I look on is under the To Tab on the Server Publishing Rule. There is a section  which specifies how ISA Server forwards the requests to the published server. In a lot of cases changing the default setting of “Requests appear to come from the original client” to “Requests appear to come from the ISA Server” resolves the issue..

In this article I will show you why changing this setting from its default is just a workaround that masks a larger problem of incorrect routing on the network…."

Fixing people picker hosting scenarios in WSS

"This setting is to be primarily used by hosting companies wishing to 1) place all users from a given customer in a given AD container (organizational unit for example) 2) make a site collection or a web application available to that customer and 3) Restricting what users from that customer can see in the people picker to the users present in that container. 
The parameter passed in the distinguished name of the organizational unit (example: OU=contoso,ou=customers,dc=litware,dc=local). The parameter is used as the start location for a search (the “base path” in correct terms). if this setting is no set, the base path is always the root of a forest or domain. With the parameter set, it will start at the level of the container specified."


Have Your WSS v3 Sites Gone Out of Control?

"In a Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 deployment, you can easily lose control of the creation of sites.  Everyone wants the ability to create sites, and you don’t want to have to create the sites for them, so you grant them site creation access, but then you quickly realize that there is no real thought process baked into creation of sites!  Some are listed in the Quick Launch while others are not, and the same holds true for the top navigation bar.  Some sites users have access to while for other sites they do not because Unique Permissions was selected.  And on and on and on.  **Breathing heavily**

Now that we got that off our chest, let’s take a deep breath as I introduce you to one of our Web Parts called Site Creation Plus Web Part. Think of this  product like a streamlining of site creations, taking the complexity out of the creation of sites because you, as the SharePoint Administrator, can define all the settings from the get-go…"

Read more here…

Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Following on from my Exchange announcement post. This is from Microsoft Team Blog….

Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

You have probably seen the news announcement today where we announced the public beta for the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. As part of that announcement, we also talked about some of the names for the “14” wave of products including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. I wanted to answer some questions that I think will inevitably pop to the top of your mind:

What happened to the Office piece of the name? We love MOSS. . . .

The first thing you’ll notice is that the MOSS acronym goes away with the new name since Office is no longer in the SharePoint official name. No one should worry that SharePoint doesn’t work great with Office 2010 since we removed Office from the name, just like people didn’t worry whether SharePoint was a great portal product when we removed Portal from the 2007 name.

The primary reason why we took Office out of the name – lots of folks associate the name Office with the Office client. We wanted to take the opportunity to reestablish the Office name and brand to be synonymous with the client suite. I say “Give the people what they Want” so everyone should immediately think of Microsoft Office = Office apps.

Don’t try to acronym Microsoft SharePoint Server to MSS since MSS is already taken by Microsoft Search Server. Just remember, SharePoint is SharePoint is SharePoint.

What about Windows SharePoint Services?

When you read through the announcement, you may be wondering what happened to Windows SharePoint Services. While we didn’t announcement anything new for WSS, and I want to assure you that we’re definitely working on a new v4 version of the product. It’s too early to drill into any of the details but WSS is getting a lot of new features and will be a great release. We’ll talk more about WSS at a later date.

So, what was announced?

Here are my key takeaways from the interview with Chris Capossela:

• Exchange 2010 will lead the way for the 2010 (previously referred by its codename “14”) wave of technologies and it will be available in the second half of 2009. You can download a beta today.

• Using Office Web applications, customers will be able to create, edit and collaborate on Office documents through a browser.

• IT professionals will be able to choose to either deploy and manage on-premises or hosted as a service.

• For developers, we are working on Open APIs, deep support for industry standards and developer tool support with Visual Studio 2010.

You can read the entire interview here.

Sharepoint Governance Need to Knows

Some useful links on this topic…..
"SharePoint has taken off like wildfire in the enterprise.. many of the qualities that make SharePoint so accessible to enterprises can also cause trouble for the IT groups charged with governing the environment…"

Sharepoint in Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management

Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management

"…Of all the infrastructure vendors, Microsoft has driven the most change in the ECM market over the past 18 months with Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. By delivering a broad set of functionality using an infrastructure approach, Microsoft has changed the way organizations think about content management and collaboration. Though Microsoft has commoditized content repository services and forced many entrenched vendors to shift strategies, SharePoint has also been a positive influence on the market overall. It has driven interest in end-user adoption of content management technologies, with many SharePoint deployments being additions to, not replacements of, existing content management systems. In a 2008 Gartner survey, 57% of respondents had implemented WSS and 38% had adopted MOSS 2007; another 28% indicated that they planned to implement MOSS in the next 24 months (see Note 1). The growing SharePoint adoption is also creating opportunities for Microsoft’s partners, and even for its competitors, such as Open Text, as they look to supplement and extend SharePoint. It is slowly becoming an infrastructure platform that many workgroup and departmental applications will be built on by 2012 (see "Key Issues for SharePoint’s Coexistence With ECM Systems Projects").

Adopting WSS or MOSS for mass deployment, and an ECM suite for high-end, content-centric processes and best-of-breed Web content, will remain a useful strategy for enterprises during the next three to five years. This coexistence strategy could reduce the costs and some of the risks of content management for an entire enterprise. Savings can be made by adopting the right tool for the task, and in user training because of the familiar interface and Microsoft Office’s integration of BCS tools. Over time, IT leaders and application managers will also want to review how SharePoint applications are performing, evaluate future releases of SharePoint as a platform for content management, and determine whether a continued coexistence strategy makes sense…"

TechNet Presents: MCS Talks Enterprise Architecture Session 9 – SharePoint as the Strategic Platform for the Enterprise

Powerpoint Presentation Slides from the Event are available to download at link below

Event Description

Audience: IT Professionals, Technology Decision Makers

This session in the “MCS Talks Infrastructure Architecture” series will give an MCS perspective on how SharePoint can be exploited as a collaboration-application platform to drive change and improve information-worker productivity within an enterprise. We will begin with an overview of the SharePoint 2007 platform as a whole, before moving to look as certain areas – including Collaboration, and Business Process Management – and show how these can be established on such a shared services architecture, enabling an enterprise to delegate control to users whilst providing global benefits such as enterprise-wide search and user-directory visibility while at the same time ensuring best practice and proper governance. We will look at how SharePoint’s architecture can flex – scale out, scale up – to meet your business’ requirements – and show how you can exploit such a broad platform without losing control of it in the process.