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Office 365 Session @ Microsoft NYC

As Office 365 goes into public beta, it’s time to dig deeper into the features of Office 365. I am conducing a session on Office 365 with demo of its services @ Microsoft NYC on 27th April 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Registration is free (if you don’t like to register via website and still want to attend, arrive bit early so you can be registered onsite). I am planning to cover following topics

  • Office 365 Overview
  • Office 365 Walkthrough (Demo)
    • SharePoint Online
    • Exchange Online
    • Lync Online
    • Office Web Applications
  • Case Study & QA

As a good gesture of good will every attendee will receive a free copy of Enhanced Productivity with SharePoint Online & Exchange Online, a case study I wrote which explains how organizations can leverage Office 365 to enhance their productivity.


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Office 365 is now in Public Beta!

Office 365 finally goes into public beta today! Many congrats to Office 365 team J

Visit and apply now to secure your spot in beta program. I was working with Office 365 since last November, just after it was launched as a private beta and it’s been an awesome experience. Things like support service quality and overall stability of services were among the key highlights of private beta and I am quite positive it will remain the same way throughout the life cycle of Office 365.

I have done my own share of work on Office 365. I was involved in a POC of Office 365 and just finished a week back and now planning to help other organizations to adopt Office 365. As a matter of fact I recently wrote an article for MSDN MVP blog focusing on how organization can utilize SharePoint Online and Exchange Online to gain better productivity, article is suppose to be publish soon. I will share the link as soon as it goes live.

If you just started on Office 365 and looking for helpful content read my earlier blog post here.

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Microsoft Office 365 Resources

[Updated: 04/25/2011]

Office 365 (vNext of BPOS) is currently in public beta but there are already decent amount of resources available containing tons of information on it. Following is the list of some of the resources on Office 365, off course links will grow as Office 365 move further in its release cycle.


Office 365 Community Home


Office 365 Community Official Forums (All services)

Office 365 Transition Forum – TechNet

Blogs & Wikis

Microsoft Office 365 Official Blog

Office 365 Technical Official Blog

Office 365 Official Wiki Page


SharePoint Online Planning & Administration


Exchange Online Development Center

SharePoint Online Standard Developer Guide

SharePoint Online – An Overview for Developers

Getting Started with Microsoft Exchange Online

Learning (Conferences + Trainings + Events)

Office 365 YouTube Channel

Office 365 Developer Training Course

Office 365 Developer Training Kit

Office 365 Webcasts (Recordings + Upcoming)

Office 365 Technical Training for Partners

Microsoft Lync Online – Focus on Conferencing

Microsoft & GITCA “24 Hours in Cloud”

Microsoft World Wide Events (Office 365)

SharePoint Development in the Cloud with SharePoint Online (SharePoint 2010 FireStarter Event)


Office 365 – Official Facebook Page

Microsoft Office Web Apps – Facebook Page

Office365 – Official Twitter Page

Office 365 – Official LinkedIn Group

Office 365 Enterprise – LinkedIn Group

Windows Azure & Office 365 – LinkedIn Group


Microsoft BPOS to Office 365 Transition Center

Office 365 Plans (Pricing & Availability)

Office 365 Show Case Video Channel

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Office 365 – Quick Overview of Exchange Online

Microsoft Office 365 which is currently in private beta phase is a next version of Microsoft BPOS offering containing SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Lync Online and all of them in the in the cloud available as a service. Also Office Professional Plus is available which provides enhanced productivity while working with various online offerings. Following is a brief overview of Exchange Online with focus on mailbox capacity, audit logging, ability to perform legal hold on mails and new and improved administration console in Exchange Online. Please note that the details are subject to change as Office 365 become generally available.

In today’s world emailing is one of the most essential features for any organization and to keep it secure, highly available and easy to use is considered as one of the most essential requirement. Exchange Online offers various mail box sizes which are mainly dependent on subscription type. At the time of writing in Office 365 beta, following plans are available.

With Exchange Online you can also put a cap on a maximum size of a mail box that comes with the plan and hence reducing the mailbox storage for users. It’s common for organizations to request this reduction in mailbox sizes as quantity and size of mails become overwhelming. In order to achieve this you have to configure what is known as “Capacity Alerts” for user mail boxes, essentially these are notifications send to users as their mailboxes reaches the maximum sizes. There are three levels of notifications as shown below and each putting higher constrain on mail usage and penalizing user by limiting certain mail functionality until they decrease their mail box sizes to desired size.

Exchange Online uses the following default values for sending notifications and it is based on mail box type which is essentially tied to subscription plan. So depend on your requirements you can simply use Remote Power Shell which is available for Exchange Online to decrease these values to an amount that suites you. Read full article here