The wait is over! Office 365 brings together Microsoft cloud productivity services in a secure, reliable, and flexible package. Better yet, it has been tested by over 200,000 organizations and Office 365 is available today to businesses of all sizes in 40 markets around the world. You’ll find that whether you want to connect via a mobile device, PC or browser to work with others and take action quickly, Office 365 will help you.
“Great collaboration is critical to business growth, and because it’s so important, we believe the best collaboration technology should be available to everyone. With a few clicks, Office 365 levels the playing field, giving small and midsize businesses powerful collaboration tools that have given big businesses an edge for years.”
—Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
Vers van de pers … Office Web Apps (word, Excel, PowerPoint en Onenote in de browser) zijn beschikbaar via www.skydrive.nl ; nu ook in het Nederlands :
Today the Office Web Apps (on Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail) became available in 15 new countries including China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey.
These additions bring the total number of countries to 26 – making the Web Apps available to more than 1/3 of all earthlings.
- China (new)
- Denmark (new)
- Finland (new)
- Hong Kong (new)
- Italy (new)
- Japan (new)
- Netherlands (new)
- New Zealand (new)
- Norway (new)
- Portugal (new)
- South Korea (new)
- Spain (new)
- Sweden (new)
- Taiwan (new)
- Turkey (new)
- United Kingdom
- United States
So what does this mean for the 15 new countries? It means that, starting today, people in these countries can use the Web Apps to view, edit, and share Office documents from anywhere with a browser and an internet connection. This includes viewing, editing, and sharing Office document attachments in Hotmail.
Bron : Office Web Apps Blog
OP 30 november a.s. vindt het CIO in the Cloud event plaats in het Media Plaza in Utrecht. Microsoft is een van de sponsoren en zal daar een CIO Roundtable invullen.
Om de Microsoft CIO Roundtable waardevol te maken voor de deelnemers, zal niet Microsoft zelf aan het woord zijn, maar een aantal Microsoft klant CIOs zullen hun ervaringen delen in een dialoog met de aanwezigen :
Deelnemende klant CIOs zijn :
Ben Gorter : Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis
Rufus Plantz : TMF Group
ROUND TABLE Welke vragen spelen bij de implementatie van cloud diensten en hoe hiermee om te gaan
Cloud Computing biedt uw organisatie veel nieuwe mogelijkheden en roept ook veel vragen op, ondermeer op het gebied van beveiliging, continuiteit, privacy en koppelingen met uw bestaande ICT omgeving. Microsoft heeft een aantal CIOs en ICT verantwoordelijken van bestaande klanten uitgenodigd voor deze rountdtable. Zij hebben de stap naar de cloud gemaakt en delen graag hun ervaringen met u.
Peter de Haas, Online Strategy Manager, Microsoft
Naast de Microsoft CIO Roundtable vinden er gelijktijdig nog een aantal andere roundtables plaats van andere sponsoren van het event. Dit zijn de ‘usual suspects’ met hun eigen verhaal en een aantal roundtables met klantcases.
Er zijn ook 2 Microsoft partners met echte klantcases (Royal Mail Group en Telegraaf Media Groep) op basis van Microsoft Online services :
ROUND TABLE Telegraaf Media Groep in the Cloud
Telegraaf Media Groep neemt bij Atos Origin Cloud-dienstverlening af. Aan de hand hiervan wordt tijdens de Round Table onder andere besproken of Cloud voor TMG gebracht heeft wat zij ervan verwachtte en hoe TMG de veranderingen in de rol van Atos Origin als system integrator ziet.
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Dick Pouw, Concern IT Directeur, Telegraaf Media Groep – Telegraaf Media ICT
ROUND TABLE ‘Pay-as-you-go’ oplossing ter ondersteuning van de lancering van nieuwe initiatieven, het transformeren van diensten en het terugdringen van kosten
In deze ronde tafel geeft Rudolf Laane u inzicht in de Royal Mail Group casus. De Cloud oplossing is erop gericht om online diensten aan bedrijven en burgers te transformeren, om de jaarlijkse IT-kosten voor de website te verminderen en om de uitbreiding en diversificatie te ondersteunen van nieuwe webgerelateerde diensten, zonder gehinderd te worden door vertragingen en kosten die traditionele IT met zich meebrengt. Voor het eerst brengt Royal Mail Group hiermee de kosten van IT in overeenstemming met de opbrengsten.
Powered by Capgemini
Rudolf Laane, Vice President Cloud Services, Capgemini
Keuze genoeg dus deze dag om ervaringen te horen met Microsoft’s Cloud Services. Niet wat mogelijk allemaal kan met Cloud, maar wat er daadwerkelijk al mee gedaan wordt …
Yesterday Microsoft introduced Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite for businesses of all sizes.
You can check out the new webpage for more information :
Meanwhile the information flow has started. So I will be doing some posts later today / tomorrow on that.
Also I will give ‘Microsoft Online Services – The Ultimate List’ document an overhaul over the weekend with all the new stuff included.
Thought it would be a nice start of my presentation tomorrow to start it off from my own weblog. I’ve uploaded my presentation to my Skydrive and used the new embedding feature to put it on my blog. From there I can either present from the browser or load it into PowerPoint if and where avaialble …
This animated video describes what cloud services can do for customers and partners… for enterprise, med, small business and consumer at the most basic 101 level.
Source : Microsoft Showcase
Yes, Google pulled the plug on Google Wave according to a blogpost yesterday :
… We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a web browser. …
… Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web. …
Continue at source : Google blog
Little over a year ago Gartner Group’s Tom Austin asked (himself) this question :
by Tom Austin | May 29, 2009 | 6 Comments
Google inspires and frustrates, leads and lags, marches to the beat of a different (non-enterprise) drummer and wants everyone (including enterprises) to love and adore it.
What a mix! I have been looking at Google Wave and I am really, really impressed. At the same time, I have serious misgivings about whether Google understands what it needs to do to succeed with enterprises (I have research note that’s about to pop out – probably will appear around 3 June).
Wave is potentially a major disruptive discontinuity, a clean sheet design. It will be darned near impossible for vendors of existing or earlier-generation products to morph their products to effectively emulate this. Wave will force others to do new clean sheet projects.
Unfortunately, the first on the block with an entirely new, disruptive discontinuity, isn’t always the long term winner.
Continue at source : Gartner.com
At that time there wasn’t really much to say about it. It was an innovative thought which was overhyped to say the least. Overhyped because the intentions, or at least people’s perceptions, where that Google Wave would replace email, Unified Messaging, Unified Communications all together.
Robert Scoble analysis at that time “hinting” in the direction that Google Wave was really a hype. Not solving any communication challenges we might have, but creating new ones :
OK, I took a few hours off from playing with Google Wave yesterday. I read all my comments on the post I wrote Thursday about Google Wave, many of which were very ascerbic toward me.
I took the day off and said “what if they are right?” and “is Google Wave a really great way to collaborate with other people?”
On coming back to Google Wave with fresh eyes tonight and even after collaborating with people on a few things my answer is “no, they are not right” and “no, Google Wave is even less productive than email.”
Continue at source : scobleizer.com
Some day many of the ideas introduced in Google Wave may surface in other solutions. But this endavour also showed us that challenging email is one tough cookie …
The Microsoft Online Services Team Blog features a post on Domain validation. Since we get a lot of questions about this topic it seems useful to share :
Domain Validation and BPOS
Tips and Tricks
By Brett Hill of Advaiya, Inc. for Microsoft Corp.
When you sign up for an email service like Exchange Online, you’re probably planning on using your own domain name for signing in and for your email addresses. I can actually validate a domain in about 2 minutes or less, but there are a couple of things to know.
When you first signup for BPOS, you’re asked to provide a domain name. This is used to create a base domain like “myverycooldomainname.microsoftonline.com”. You’re issued a microsoftonline.com domain (sometimes called the Microsoft Online Default Routing Domain [or MSODRD for the real trivia geeks out there]) as it is certain to be unique to the Microsoft Online AD and you don’t have to immediately prove ownership. In this way Microsoft can immediately configure your BPOS account. …
Continue at source : Domain Validation Tips and Tricks
What do you get when you combine Partners, Innovative Microsoft Online Services and ‘the cloud’ ?
The Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is always an important event for making big announcements. This year is no exception and this is
this year more than ever WPC is focused on the cloud.
Microsoft is looking back on a very successful year with Microsoft Online Services (BPOS), especially with partners :
In fact, every week, more than 100 partners join us in the cloud, adding to the 16,000 already selling our Microsoft Online Services. It’s the world’s largest partner ecosystem for the cloud – and the number of partners backing our Online Services has more than tripled since this time last year!
Partners are participating in rigorous training (Over 800 events this year!), gaining customers in droves, and making money. The cloud has been good to our partners.
To give you a feel for this rapid growth in our cloud partner ecosystem, here are a few snapshots of activity:
- Today, we’re announcing the addition of three new communication service providers – Bell Canada, BT, Telenor, TDC and PGi. These partners find strong synergies with our Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS). Since last year, BPOS has also launched with Vodafone, Orange, Telecom New Zealand, and Telstra. These communications services partners have seen steady growth in a short time frame. For example, since launching in Germany in April, Vodafone, the largest communications service provider in the world, added more than 1,000 BPOS customers.
- To extend our reach with BPOS even further, we have signed global agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data, the two largest technology distributors in the world. Our partner ecosystem has now expanded to over 50 distributors worldwide!
- Slalom, a national business and technology consulting firm, grew its revenue with BPOS, citing $5 million in new revenue last year alone. Going into the next year, Slalom already has more than 50 prospects in the pipeline, approaching $10 million in revenue. http://www.slalom.com/
- Wortell, our Online Services Partner of the Year, launched a new division focused on online strategies and profit margins close to 60%, with diverse customers including a national bank and a national postal service. Wortell also found new market opportunities in the law enforcement industry; one recent Wortell project helps international police agencies collaborate using Microsoft Online Services. http://www.bposrocks.com/
- To help partners join the cloud successfully, Pinpoint, our technology marketplace for partner applications and services, is going global. It’s now live in 16 countries and 9 languages. Pinpoint has also been updated to make it easier to discover partner applications online and in other Microsoft applications, with the help of in-application discovery – giving partners wider global reach for their solutions and services. http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/getlisted
Continue at source: here
Microsoft also announced a whole list new capabilities coming in the new release of Microsoft Online Services :
New capabilities coming to BPOS in the near future
Today, we kick off our Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC. Among the many cool announcements happening this week, we are excited to be sharing more information about some amazing new capabilities coming to BPOS in the near future. We want to make sure that you, our customers, have this information early enough to get ready and make the most of the new stuff that’s coming.
Office Web Apps Updates
- Word Web App
- Excel Web App
- PowerPoint Web App
- OneNote Web App
Exchange Online Updates
- Voice mail with Unified Messaging
- Integrated archiving
- Retention policies and legal hold
- Transport rules
- Multi-mailbox search
- Conversation View
- Enhanced Web-based administration
- Role-Based Access Control
- Remote PowerShell
- Free/busy between cloud and on-premises
- Cross-premises management
- Native migration tools
SharePoint Online Updates
- Portal site templates
- Extranet access
- Anonymous Access
- Multi-Lingual UI
- Office 2010 integration
- Tagging, Rating, Tag Cloud
- Activity Feed, Social Networking, Note Board
- Improved Wikis & Blogs
- Content publishing
- Navigation controls
- Cross site-collection search
- Phonetic search
- People search
- Visio Services
- Excel Services
- Sandboxed Solutions
- Improved workflows
- Improved SharePoint Designer 2010
- Access Services
- Better controls of FQDNs
Office Communications Online Updates
- P2P A/V across firewall
- File transfer across firewall
- Presence with pictures
- IM with Windows Live
Additional features will be available based on Communications Server “14” as part of ongoing service updates.
- Free/Busy co-existence
- Single Sign On
- Identity federation
- Redesigned admin interface
- More administration and access control
Continue at source: here
Microsoft Live@edu is a very strong solution on itself, when looking at The Netherlands it is the most widely used cloud services solution in education today and growing at a very rapid rate.
One of the most asked ‘feature’ is integration with 3rd party platform and with the Microsoft platform (i.e. SharePoint, Exchange, etc.). Microsoft Education Labs addresses this need .. big time. Just take a look at some of the most recent projects in here :
Moodle is obviously a widely used platform in education, also in The Netherlands. Integrating Moodle with Office, SharePoint and Live@edu means institutions get much more return on investment and much better use of the platform(s) all together.
Go check out Microsoft Education Labs