SharePoint Online and Office SharePoint Server Feature Comparisons

July 30, 2009

Depending on your business requirements, making a decision of whether you should host SharePoint on-premise or in the clouds can be tough.  We found the Microsoft SharePoint® Online Standard Service Description  document, detailed and helpful.  Jump to Appendix B. for a feature comparison between Office SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online Standard and SharePoint Online Dedicated.  Below is summary of  Appendix B. from the May 19, 2009 version.

Break Out of Features by

  • Collaboration Feature Comparison
  • Portal Feature Comparison
  • Content Management Feature Comparison
  • Search Feature Comparison
  • BI Feature Comparison
  • Business Process and Forms Feature Comparison

Interested in trying out SharePoint Online? sign-up here for a 30-day Free Trial.


Non-profit uses Microsoft Online Services to Enable Online Communications and Operations

July 20, 2009

Eastside Basketball Club formed less than 6 months ago, held a Grand Opening last weekend to promote their new facilities and offerings to the community.  The organization knew from the beginning that in order to accomplish the goals for opening and ongoing operations, a solid infrastructure to support online communications and collaboration was key.  The start-up and on-going costs for infrastructure and software in-house was not available, nor necessary based on the EBC business requirements.  The EBC decided on Microsoft Online Services Business Productivity Suite for their online email, calendaring, web meeting …  watch a brief interview with the EBC to here it in their own words.

Interview on YouTube – 4 Minutes

More information about Microsoft Online Services (BPOS) –



Collaboration and Communication In the Cloud or On-Premise?

June 8, 2009

If you are in the process of understanding the Microsoft Online Services offering BPOS(email, shared calendars, online meetings, messaging, document management etc…), this is a good starting point. Microsoft has recently published a whitepaper that discusses the business value of online services and a cost analysis for hosting your services on-premise or “in the clouds”.
Below is an excerpt from that recent Microsoft Whitepaper.

“When you add Microsoft Online Services to your IT investment mix, you gain potential added value for your business in four main areas:

• Finance: Reduced capital and operating expenses.
• Process: Enterprise-class availability and highly secure operations.
• Technology: Faster deployment of new services with access anywhere for your staff.
• People: Simplified and more secure user and administrator access to services so that your staff can focus on the core business.”

To read the full article go to

Microsoft Online Services: Simple, Effective, & Affordable Business Class Collaboration and Communication

June 5, 2009
When: June 25, 2009 8:30am
Where: Vorsite’s Downtown Seattle Office
Registration Link:
Discover the latest in business-class e-mail, Web conferencing, instant messaging, document collaboration and workflow. With Microsoft Online Services you can use the same applications you already know while lowering costs by as much as 70%!
Microsoft® Online Services and Vorsite are the best team to quickly get your organization up and running with best-in-class communication and collaboration tools via an easy-to-use Internet-based service.
Join Vorsite at their Downtown Seattle Offices• Fast and easy implementation with virtually no up-front hardware or software investment.
• Simplified server management that frees your IT staff to focus on business-critical initiatives.
• Data access and transmission, hosted spam filtering, and disaster recovery capability using advanced security measures and offering high reliability.

Don’t miss this informative event!

Full Registration and Agenda…

Here you will learn how to streamline your business communication and collaboration among coworkers, customers, and partners around the world—simply, effectively, and affordable—with hosted services. You will discover the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, a collection of services specifically dialed in for organizations like yours, with:

How to Convert from Microsoft Online Services Trial to the Real Deal(Paid)

May 29, 2009

Below is an excerpt taken directly from Microsoft whitepaper on Download Center Trial Guide for the Business Productivity Online Suite from Microsoft Online Services (Download here for the full document)…

Scenario 5: Converting a Trial Account to a Paid Subscription

Now that you have gone through the trial experience, we invite you to transition your Business Productivity Online Suite trial account to a paid subscription. Purchasing your subscription grants you unlimited access to all the powerful communication and collaboration tools you experienced during your trial and you can subscribe for as few as five seat licenses. Additional licenses can be added at any time.

  1. You can convert your trial account to a paid subscription in the Microsoft Customer Portal. Navigate to and sign in with your Windows Live ID that you used to create your trial account.
  2. Click the Subscriptions tab of the Customer Portal
  3. In the Actions section of the Your Subscriptions table, click the drop down menu and choose Buy now. Then click the Go button.
  4. The Shopping Cart window appears.
  5. (Optional) If you want to adjust the number of subscribers, in the Qty field, type the number of users for whom you want to purchase Business Productivity Online Suite licenses, and then click Update Total.
  6. Click the checkbox acknowledging a discount has been applied to your purchase.
  7. Click the Checkout button.
  8. In the Billing Information wizard, complete the payment information and follow the instructions in the wizard. When the Confirmation page appears, your order has been successfully completed. Click Close to dismiss the window.

The Customer Portal will display your new set of paid subscription services.

Your Subscription Window, Microsoft Online Services

Your Subscription Window, Microsoft Online Services

Still have questions?  Vorsite is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we are available to assist you through the subscription and migration process.


Again, the above is an excerpt taken directly from Microsoft  whitepaper on Download Center Trial Guide for the Business Productivity Online Suite from Microsoft Online Services (Download here for the full document)…



The Vorsite Team

Mobility Resources for Microsoft Online Services

May 26, 2009

Microsoft website that provides resources for Microsoft Online Services Mobile support

“Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online. Both Exchange Online and SharePoint Online can be accessed through a variety of devices: Windows Mobile 6.0+ devices, Exchange ActiveSync devices, and RIM BlackBerry devices.”

Go to for more information or

Microsoft Online Sign-in Client…Application Dashboard…Error…Oops

May 21, 2009

Are you new to Microsoft Online Services?  If you or your employees are experiencing an error when logging into the Microsoft Online Sign-in tool for the first time that looks like this…

“There was an error while preparing your application dashboard.  Please try again later”

So far we have seen this error occur on Windows XP machines that install their SP3 and .NET updates before installing the sign in tool 😦  Have you seen it with a different configuration? Please leave a comment!

See our “workaround” for addressing this “challenge” below…


  1. Close the Microsoft Online Service Client.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK. 
  3.  Under Computer Configuration, expand Windows Settings, expand Security Settings, expand Local Policies, and then expand Security Options. 
  4. In the Policy pane, right-click Network access: Do not allow storage of credentials or .NET Passports for network authentication, click Properties, click Disabled, and then click OK.
  5. Re-launch the Service Client and sign in.

– Vorsite Microsoft Online Services Team,

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