Office 365 – the new name of BPOS

Microsoft has just announced Office 365 as the new name of BPOS.
This new product encompasses not just the new versions of the 2010 range of online Office Server products (ie. Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Lync Server 2010) but also the inclusion of Office Professional Plus 2010 as well as Office Web Apps.

The official press release: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/oct10/10-19Office365.mspx
The official site: http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/online-services.aspx

BPOS Tools site launched

A new website called BPOS Tools has been launched aimed at providing BPOS partners and customers with tools to improve their Microsoft Online Services experience.
A variety of software is currently available that ranges from file migration, monitoring, user management & maintenance, as well as end user usability functionality.
A couple of the key solutions that are beneficial to almost every full BPOS solution are:
– Password synchronisation
– Turning document libraries into email-enabled document libraries
– Migrating file systems to SharePoint Online
– Exchange Online monitoring (above and beyond the Microsoft Online Services Health Dashboard)

Have a look! More products and SharePoint web parts and templates coming soon.