Microsoft has announced new features in Windows Azure, its cloud platform, described by VP Scott Guthrie on his blog.
Aside: I agree with this comment to his post:
Thank you Scott for update. I wish dozens of MS folks and MS representatives would have a clue about Azure roadmap to help businesses plan their release
…continue reading New features in Windows Azure, including web site backup, .NET mobile services
Last week I reviewed a Google Chromebook. Next, I assisted a small business move from Office 365 to Office 365 – yes, Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) offering is divided into plans, such that if you want to move from certain plans to certain other plans you have to start again with a new
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365 and the battle for simplicity
Microsoft’s Office 365, which provides hosted Exchange, SharePoint and other services, comes in a variety of flavours, some of which include a license to run desktop Office. In some cases it is even possible to mix and match plans. For example, you can have some of your users on Enterprise 1 (E1) (no desktop Office)
…continue reading Notes from the field: manually migrating between Office 365 plans
Microsoft is notorious for asking users to log in multiple times, even when you check “Keep me signed in”.
Now we have the opposite problem. Here I am in Office 365, logged in as the admin user:
I need a break and want to stay secure, so I drop-down the menu top right and
…continue reading Something that needs fixing in Office 365: sometimes you cannot log out
I helped a contact set up Office 365 and encountered a curious problem.
He is a financial adviser and as part of his workflow, he uses tasks with a due date set far into the future. For example, “Call this client in two years time”.
He has an Office 365 E3 plan, which gives him
…continue reading Preventing auto-archive of Tasks in Office 365 with Retention Tags
I have been working with a small business migrating its email to Office 365. The task seems simple enough: migrate just over 100 mailboxes from on-premise Exchange 2007. There is no requirement for a hybrid deployment, so the normal approach is a cutover migration. You run a script on Exchange at the Office 365 end
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365: migration hassles show why partners still have a role
A small business contacted me with a perplexing problem related to Office 2013 and Office 365. The scenario looks like this:
All their staff have Office 365 E1 accounts (for small and midsize businesses) They normally buy laptops with Microsoft Office. That would normally be the OEM version or more recently the Product Key Card
…continue reading Office 2013 Home and Business requires a Microsoft account to activate, a nuisance for Office 365 users
Microsoft has left slip a few figures in posts from PR VP Frank Shaw and platform evangelist Steve Guggenheimer.
Observers have tended to focus on Windows “Blue” and what is happening with Microsoft’s core client operating system, but what caught my eye was a few figures on progress in other areas.
Windows Azure compute usage
…continue reading Microsoft’s growth areas: Azure, Server with Hyper-V, Office 365, Windows Phone
One key aspect of Microsoft’s forthcoming Office 2013 is its support for a new app model. The idea is that rather than building local add-ins for desktop Office, you will build web applications that live in one of four places:
In SharePoint Within an Excel document Within a Task pane in Excel or Word Adjacent
…continue reading Office 365 for developers: Getting started with Microsoft Napa
Remember Passport and Hailstorm? Well here it comes again, kind-of, but in corporate-friendly form. It is called Windows Azure Active Directory, and is currently in Developer Preview:
Windows Azure AD provides software developers with a user centric cloud service for storing and managing user identities, coupled with a world class, secure & standards based authorization
…continue reading Microsoft opens up Office 365 and Azure single sign-on for developers