July 2010 Service Update – new features

Over at the Microsoft Online Services Team blog they posted what new features and functionality are being released to Microsoft Online Services this month:

FYI for partners – I am waiting for confirmation on how partners can utilise the BlackBerry functionality. What I’ve been told so far is that you must have a paid license of BPOS in order to access it, which is a bit concerning given that partners utilise the 250 internal use licenses for free.

FYI for Australian customers who purchase via T-Suite (Telstra) – you can find more specific information about the Hosted Blackberry for Microsoft Online Services here: http://www.telstrabusiness.com/business/portal/online/site/productsservices/hostedblackberry.206007?tc=td_tc-tsuite-tbus-0_hostedblackberry

What’s coming in the next version of BPOS

A blog post from the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog:
Some of the exciting features are:

  • Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
  • Exchange 2010 features (unified messaging, archiving, retention policies, transport rules, multi-mailbox search, free/busy between cloud & on-prem, native migration tools, remote PowerShell, etc.)
  • SharePoint 2010 features (portal site templates, extranet & anonymous access, Office 2010 integration, tagging and social networking, better search, improved features & functionality, Visio & Excel Services, sandboxed solutions, improved workflows, SharePoint Designer 2010 access, better control of FQDNs, etc.)
  • OCS 2010 features (P2P audio/video & file transfer across firewalls, presence with pictures, federation, IM with Windows Live)
  • General updates (single sign-on, identity federation, redesigned admin interface, more administration and access control)