Preparing for the next release of SharePoint Online

As Microsoft readies itself for the next release of Office 365 (expected in the first quarter of this year*), several behind the scenes updates are being done to prepare for this.
Most notably is the update of SharePoint Online to the Wave 15 build (aka SharePoint 2013).

To help customers ready themselves for the change Microsoft posted this article on the Office 365 Community site: http://community.office365.com/en-us/blogs/office_365_technical_blog/archive/2013/01/16/preparing-for-the-next-sharepoint-online-service-update.aspx

Office 365 mail rules for education

Recently my firm Paradyne has been signing up and deploying K-12 schools in Australia to Office 365 at a rate of knots.

One of the concerns we easily overcome is around monitoring the Exchange Online environment and protecting students from bullying and other negative behaviours.

Previously in Live@Edu (the predecessor to Office 365 for Education) Microsoft supplied some out-of-the-box supervision policies based on Exchange transport rules.

This is no longer the case with Office 365 for Education, however on the UK Education Cloud Blog they provided a guide for how to re-create these supervision policies:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukliveatedu/archive/2012/03/02/supervision-policies-for-exchange-online-in-office-365-for-education.aspx