Single Sign-on for Mac Users is Out of Beta

November 11, 2009

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a3f34420-bb96-47ce-9844-4eab1eb9026d

The beta has concluded Mac customers now have a Sign-In Client for Microsoft Online Services.

Enhanced Support for Mac OS
A new Sign-In Client for the Mac OS provides a single sign-in experience and auto-configuration of Office for Mac applications and the Safari browser for use with Microsoft Online Services.

Other Mac features in this Service Update include:

  • Support for Entourage 2008 Exchange Web Services (EWS), including Global Address List (GAL), Calendar Free/Busy Lookup, and Out-of-Office notifications
  • Global Address List support for Entourage 2004 and 2008 when using the Sign-In Client for Mac
  • SharePoint Online support for Document Connection for Mac to improve the collaboration experience for users
  • Improved Firefox and Safari support for My Company Portal

Interested in taking Microsoft Online Services for a test drive?  Take advantage of the 30-day free trial that is available, learn more…

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BPOS and “The Sidekick Incident” a Need to Know

November 4, 2009

Recently, a number of customers read about the issue Sidekick user’s experienced and contacted Vorsite with their concerns. This information is relevant if you are a Microsoft Online Services subscriber of the Business Online Productivity Suite (BPOS) or if you are evaluating the services.

The main concern being, how is “The Sidekick Incident” related to BPOS. The answer being, it is not.  BPOS hosting infrastructure completely separate from Sidekick’s.

Please see the article below, it is an interview with Steve Ballmer and his direct statement to this issue.  Specifically he speaks to the fact that “Sidekick” is NOT run on the same infrastructure as BPOS, and is completely unrelated. 

 From Network world:

 http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/101909-microsoft-balmer-sidekick.html?hpg1=bn

SharePoint Online, part of its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), has one million users. The majority of those customers use the service to store data online as it does not yet have full-feature parity with the enterprise version of SharePoint Server. In addition, Exchange Online is another data-intensive application within BPOS, a set of service run by Microsoft. Also, Microsoft next year plans to offer Office Web Applications, online versions of the popular productivity applications, which will feature SharePoint as their back-end data storage infrastructure.  BPOS however is not run on the same infrastructure that hosted Sidekick, which was operated by Microsoft’s Danger subsidiary and was not running on Microsoft software or its Azure cloud platform.

If you are interested in learning more about Microsoft Online Services (BPOS), go to www.TryMSOnline.com, or start a 30-day free trial of the services.


Prices slashed for Email and Collaboration Online Services

November 3, 2009

Microsoft made effective November 3, 2009, some of the Microsoft Online hosted services available at a new low price. The effective changes include Exchange Online Standard at $5 per user/per month, SharePoint Online Standard at $5.25 per user/per month, and Business Productivity Online Suite at $10 per user/per month.

A 30-Day trial of the services is available at no charge, for more information about the trial you can learn more here. 

To learn more about the Busines Online Productivity Suite go to www.TryMSOnline.com


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