Tuesday, 28 February 2012

SharePoint Online Service Update

The second update to SharePoint Online (SPO) since the launch of Office 365 (O365) is beginning to roll out worldwide. New features that will be available as part of this service update include:

Enterprise ReadinessSharePoint Online was initially scoped to scale to customers with fewer than 20,000 Active Directory entries (specifically user objects). This service update allows customers with up to 500,000 user objects to provision SharePoint Online. As a result, customers of any size can easily start using SharePoint Online. And in the future, you can expect even larger scale limits.

Recycle Bin EnhancementsBusiness is full of "oops" moments, and sometimes these moments can really slow down productivity. SharePoint Online now offers numerous levels of recovery no matter what gets deleted. Specifically, enterprise customers can now restore full site collections, in addition to sites, documents, lists, and list items.
This new feature is found in the SharePoint Online Administration Center. After the update is in place, you will see a new "Recycle Bin" button, which gives you the power to self-restore data—including entire site collections—with just a few clicks in just minutes.
External Sharing Gets a Broader ReachThe days when external invitees had to use a specific domain-based email address are gone. Instead, external users can now use their business email address to authenticate when invited into an Office 365 customer's site collection. How does it work? It’s simple. External users just associate their business email address (ex: user@contoso.com) with the Windows LiveID system. Then, Office 365 customers invite their partners and clients to their external sharing sites by using their primary email account. As long as this email has been associated to the LiveID system, the external user can sign in with their primary user name and associated password.
To associate a business email user name to the Live ID system, go to https://idsignup.live.com/, select "Use existing email address:" and follow the instructions.

PDFsOffice 365 users wanted a better, more connected and governed experience when it came to working with PDF files within SharePoint Online document libraries. Thanks to your direct comments and active voices in the Community forums, PDF files will now open directly into Adobe Reader without requiring that it be downloaded first. The PDF remains connected and stored in your SharePoint Online document library as you view and edit the file. You can even check it out like other Office documents.
After the SharePoint Online environment has been updated, users must have the latest Adobe Reader version (10.1.2) installed: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

The SharePoint Online service description will also reflect all of the new features and changes.

Reference: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blog/Pages/BlogPost.aspx?pID=1004

Friday, 17 February 2012

Exchange PST Capture tool for Office 365 is now available as a free download

PST Capture helps you search your network to discover and then import .pst files across your environment - all from a straightforward admin-driven tool. PST Capture will help reduce risk while increasing productivity for your users by importing .pst files into Exchange Online or Exchange Server 2010 - directly into users' primary mailboxes or archives.

It’s now available as a free download here!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Office 365 email migration tool is updated

The built in tool for mail migration in Office 365 was recently updated. The most significant features added to the tool are:
  • Create and schedule multiple migration batches. You can create and queue up to 100 migration batches for a staged Exchange migration or an IMAP migration. Only one migration batch runs at a time, but you can queue up multiple batches, so when a migration batch is finished running, the next batch in the queue starts.
  • Restart a migration batch with failures. After the initial synchronization for a migration batch, where items are copied from on-premises mailboxes to the cloud mailboxes for each user in the migration batch, some mailboxes may fail synchronization. Now you can restart that migration batch and try to synchronize the failed mailboxes.
  • Get details about skipped items. For cutover Exchange migrations and staged Exchange migrations, the migration dashboard now displays information about the specific items that were skipped, including the reason why the items skipped and the location of the item in the user’s mailbox.
  • Open migration reports. You can open the migration statistics or migration error report for a migration batch right from the dashboard.
  • Edit a migration batch. If a migration batch for a staged Exchange migration or an IMAP migration is in the migration queue (but isn’t currently running), you can edit the migration batch by submitting a new CSV file, changing the connection settings, or changing the number of mailboxes to migrate simultaneously.