Posts Tagged ‘Office 365’

Concorrência

dezembro 15, 2011

 

São Carlos (Ah vá! Sério?) Bom dia! Sei que o título da reportagem não é dos melhores (visto que a reciprocidade também é verdadeira), mas a vale à pena conferir.

O link direto para a reportagem é esse: http://www.istoedinheiro.com.br/noticias/75239_O+GOOGLE+QUER+OS+CLIENTES+DA+MICROSOFT

Para facilitar, eis a mesma abaixo. Deixo as conclusões para vocês.

 
O Google quer os clientes da Microsoft
Maior empresa de internet do mundo aposta nas nuvens para minar bilionário negócio corporativo da rival fundada por Bill Gates. Quem vai reinar neste novo Olimpo da tecnologia?

Por Bruno GALO, enviado especial a Mountain View, Califórnia

Por onde quer que se ande pela imensa sede do Google, no Vale do Silício, é impossível não deparar com um computador da Apple. Dentro ou fora dos inúmeros prédios, é difícil fugir das icônicas maçãs mordidas iluminadas na tampa de um MacBook. Já os notebooks com sistema operacional Windows, da Microsoft, sejam eles da Dell, seja da HP ou da Lenovo, são bem raros. Assim como os Chromebooks, os recém-lançados laptops do Google. Alguns funcionários parecem até tentar disfarçar sua preferência, colando adesivos sobre a logomarca da empresa fundada por Steve Jobs. A impressão que fica é que, a despeito da concorrência cada vez mais feroz com a Apple no mercado de tablets e smartphones, o grande rival do Google é mesmo outro. Mas quem? Seria o Facebook? Ou quem sabe a Microsoft? Amit Singh, vice-presidente de vendas da divisão de empresas do Google, não tem dúvidas. “A Microsoft não quer que tenhamos sucesso aqui, nós somos inimigos”, disse Singh à DINHEIRO, durante o Atmosphere 2011, evento anual do gigante das buscas que reuniu centenas de CIOs de todo o mundo no seu quartel-general em Mountain View, na Califórnia, em meados de novembro.

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Durante três dias, a companhia falou sobre os avanços da plataforma Google Apps para negócios, pacote de aplicativos online voltado para o mercado corporativo, que oferece e-mail, comunicador instantâneo, videoconferência, rede social, documentos, apresentações e planilhas, entre outros softwares de produtividade e colaboração. O objetivo do Google com o Apps, lançado em 2007, é minar o tradicional pacote de programas Office, que inclui o Word, o Excel, o Power Point e o Outlook, entre outros, e respondeu por 32% da receita e 52% dos lucros de US$ 24 bilhões em 2010 da empresa fundada por Bill Gates. Manter essa liderança confortável é um dos maiores desafios da Microsoft atualmente. Diferentemente do Office, o Google Apps funciona na nuvem.

Ou seja, em vez de comprar uma licença e instalar os programas em um computador, os clientes pagam uma mensalidade e acessam os programas a partir de qualquer dispositivo com acesso à internet, seja um tablet, seja um smartphone ou até um PC, a qualquer hora e de qualquer lugar. Para fazer frente ao Google nessa seara cuja plataforma já conta com mais de 40 milhões de usuários espalhados pelo mundo, entre empresas como LAN, Jaguar, Softbank e Renner, universidades, como a Anhanguera, e governo, a Microsoft acaba de lançar o Office 365, a versão online do seu pacote de programas de escritório. Durante o lançamento do novo produto, que já conta com clientes como Gol e Camargo Correa no País, Kirk Koenigsbauer, vice-presidente da divisão Office, citou uma resenha do novo produto feita por uma publicação internacional especializada.

De acordo com a resenha, o Office 365 está para o Google Apps assim como o Xbox 360 está para o Pong, o primeiro game desenvolvido pela Atari, em 1972. Embora haja players disputando esse mercado com Google e Microsoft, como o Zoho, a VMware com o Zimbra, a IBM com o Lotus e a Salesforce.com com o Chatter, a citação feita por Koenigsbauer não deixa dúvidas de que, para a Microsoft, o Google também é o inimigo a ser batido na nuvem. Mais que um jargão da moda na indústria da tecnologia, a computação em nuvem representa a maior mudança no setor desde o surgimento do computador pessoal. Não por acaso, esse é um mercado de crescimento acelerado e que deve gerar uma receita global de US$ 128,9 bilhões em 2013, de acordo com a Gartner. Em 2010, já movimentou US$ 74,3 bilhões. Apenas na área de software online, foram US$ 10 bilhões no ano passado. E a previsão é que esses números dobrem até 2015.

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Além dos MacBooks, outro aspecto que chamava a atenção no evento do Google era a empolgação com que alguns clientes falavam da migração para o Google Apps. Algum desavisado que entrasse no meio da apresentação de Christine Atkins, CIO da Ahold, rede de supermercados holandesa com receita de € 30 bilhões e mais de 200 mil funcionários, poderia achar que ela era uma funcionária do Google. Tamanha a empolgação com que a executiva falava da recém-concluída migração da plataforma de email da companhia para o Gmail. “Quantos projetos de TI vocês têm que são realizados dentro do tempo, do orçamento e com usuários felizes?”, perguntou Christine à plateia. Para ilustrar o sucesso da mudança de sistema, ela disse que tal troca gerou apenas 27 reclamações dos funcionários, menos do que a quantidade de chamados de um dia normal da plataforma anterior. O Gmail é a porta de entrada das empresas ao Google Apps.

E o preço é outro fator importante de atração. Ao custo de US$ 50 ao ano, o Google Apps completo é substancialmente mais barato que a versão correspondente do Office 365, que custa seis vezes mais. É certo que a disputa travada entre Google e Microsoft no mercado corporativo e de softwares de produtividade não tem o mesmo charme ou desperta a mesma atenção que a briga com o Facebook, nas redes sociais, ou com a Apple, nos dispositivos móveis. Mas é justamente nela que reside a grande chance de diversificação de receitas da empresa comandada por Larry Page, quase que totalmente dependente da publicidade online. Por enquanto, o Google Apps é um negócio pequeno, que não gera mais de US$ 500 milhões ao ano em receitas, de acordo com as previsões mais otimistas dos analistas. “Essa é uma ameaça real de longo prazo ao Office e à Microsoft”, observa Matt Cain, analista do Gartner. Certo mesmo é que essa briga entre os deuses da tecnologia está apenas nos primeiros rounds.

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Fonte: http://www.istoedinheiro.com.br/noticias/75239_O+GOOGLE+QUER+OS+CLIENTES+DA+MICROSOFT

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Lançamento do Office 365 no Brasil

novembro 9, 2011

 

São Carlos (FYI) Apenas para registro, à partir de ontem (08/11/2011), a venda do Office 365 foi liberada no Brasil.

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Scritps do Office 365 – parte 7: migrando usuários no Exchange Online via script, com o conteúdo do mailbox

setembro 30, 2011

 

 

São Paulo (Mais um) Vamos continuar com a nossa série de posts sobre os scripts para administração e deploy do Office365 / BPOS, tanto em PowerShell quanto em VBS. Vale lembrar que esse scritp foi gentilmente disponibilizado pelo grande profissional em Office365, o Cristiano Gonçalves.

Nesse script (em PowerShell), vamos abordar como migrar um usuários on-premises para o Office 365, já criando o endereço de forward. A diferença do post anterior, é que esse script também move o conteúdo do mailbox.

Como parâmetros, deveremos passar as credenciais de conexão e o arquivo texto com a lista de usuários.

Eis o código:

###############################################################################
# PowerShell Source Code
#
# SCRIPT NAME  :  BulkMigrateUsersandMailboxes.ps1
#
# SYNOPSIS     :  Activates a user for Exchange Online and migrates mail content
#          from the on-premise Microsoft Exchange to Microsoft Online
#          Services. Also sets the users MigrationStatus property
###############################################################################

###############################################################################
Set-PsDebug -Strict
###############################################################################

$script:LogFolder   = "MigrationLogs"
$OnPremCred         = Get-Credential "DOMAIN\Administrator"
$MSOLCred           = Get-Credential "admin@impbpos1.microsoftonline.com"
$OnPremiseCas        = "BPOSDEMO1"
$MSOnlineCas        = "red001.mail.microsoftonline.com"

###############################################################################

 

###########################################################################
# Main function and entry to script.
###########################################################################
function Main {

    $LogDir = Get-LogDirectory
   
    # If log file folder doesn’t exist, create it
    if (!(Test-Path $LogDir)){
        New-Item $LogDir -type directory   
    }
   
    $users = Import-Csv -Path "Users.csv"
   
    # Returns active subscriptions only (use DisplayAll to return active and non-active subscriptions)
    $Subscriptions = Get-MSOnlineSubscription  -Credential $MSOLCred
    
    $users | ForEach-Object {
   
        $UserIdentity = $_.Identity
        $UserPassword = $_.Password
        $UserLocation = $_.UserLocation
   
        Start-Transcript -Path "$LogDir\$UserIdentity.txt" -Append
   
        # Enable User in MS Online
        Enable-MSOnlineUser -Credential $MSOLCred -Identity $UserIdentity -Password $UserPassword -SubscriptionIds $Subscriptions.SubscriptionId -UserLocation $UserLocation
   
        # Add Forwarding Address
        Add-XsExchangeForwardingAddress -SourceIdentity $UserIdentity -SourceCredential $OnPremCred -TargetCredential $MSOLCred -Verbose
   
        "Sleeping for 20 seconds"
        # 15 seconds still had failures
        Start-Sleep 20
   
        # Get Local Exchange Mailbox Data
        $LocalMbx = Get-XsHostedExchangeMailbox -SourceIdentity $UserIdentity -SourceServer $OnPremiseCas -SourceAdminCredential $OnPremCred
   
        # Move Mailbox Content
        Move-XsExchangeMailboxToExchangeOnline -SourceIdentity $UserIdentity -SourceCredential $OnPremCred -TargetCredential $MSOLCred  -AllowUnsecureConnection -Verbose
   
        # Get MSOL Mailbox Data
    $OnlineMbx = Get-XsHostedExchangeMailbox -SourceIdentity $UserIdentity -SourceServer $MSOnlineCas -SourceAdminCredential $MSOLCred

    # Compare mailboxes and write result to the Migration Status property of the Microsoft Online User
    $MigrationStatus = Compare-Mailboxes $LocalMbx, $OnlineMbx
        Set-xsMicrosoftOnlineMigrationStatus -Identity  $UserIdentity -MigrationStatus $MigrationStatus -Credential $MSOLcred
       
        Stop-Transcript
    }
}

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# The function to compare the itemcount of mailboxes.
###########################################################################
function Compare-Mailboxes($LocalMbx, $OnlineMbx)
{
    $SourceMailboxItems = 0
    $OnlineMailboxItems = 0

    $LocalMbx.folders  | foreach {$SourceMailboxItems += $_.ItemCount}
    $OnlineMbx.folders | foreach {$OnlineMailboxItems += $_.ItemCount}

    if ($SourceMailboxItems -ne $OnlineMailboxItems)
    {
        "Failed"
    } else {
        "Completed"
    }
}

###########################################################################
# The function sends plain text email to recipient passed in to function.
###########################################################################
function Send-Message($To, $From, $Subject, $Body)
{
    $Msg = new-object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage

    $MsgTo = new-object System.Net.Mail.MailAddress $To

    $Msg.To.Add($MsgTo)
    $Msg.From = $From
    $Msg.Subject = $Subject
    $Msg.Body = $Body   
    $Msg.Bcc.Add($BccTo)
 
    $SmtpClient = new-object system.net.mail.smtpClient
    $SmtpClient.host = $SmtpServer
   
    &{
        trap
        {
            Add-Content $ErrorFile "$([Datetime]::Now) ERROR: $UserLine – $_"
            Write-host -ForegroundColor "red" "Error sending message to $To. Error: $($_.Exception.Message)"
            $Script:TotalNumberOfFailures++
            Continue
        }
        &{
            $SmtpClient.Send($Msg)   
            Add-Content $SuccessFile "$([Datetime]::Now) $UserLine – Mail sent"
        }
    }
}

###########################################################################
# The function returns the log folder required to store transcript files.
###########################################################################
Function Get-LogDirectory
{
    (Split-Path $MyInvocation.ScriptName) + "\$LogFolder"
}

# Start Script
. Main

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Scritps do Office 365 – parte 5: contar a quantidade de usuários que estão no Office 365

setembro 30, 2011

 

São Paulo (Ah, TechEd…) Vamos continuar com a nossa série de posts sobre os scripts para administração e deploy do Office365 / BPOS, tanto em PowerShell quanto em VBS. Vale lembrar que esse scritp foi gentilmente disponibilizado pelo grande profissional em Office365, o Cristiano Gonçalves.

No script (em PowerShell), vamos abordar como retornar informações sobre quantos usuários existem em um teenant do Office 365.

Como parâmetros, deveremos passar as credenciais de conexão.

Eis o código:

#getting credentials
$targetcred = $host.ui.PromptForCredential("Need credentials", "Please enter ONLINE ORG ADMIN credentials.", "", "NetBiosUserName")

#Getting all users
$enabledusers = get-msonlineuser -Credential $targetcred -Enabled -ResultSize 10000

$enabledusers.Count

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Scritps do Office 365 – parte 4: ativando multiplos usuários em lote, via powershell

setembro 30, 2011

 

São Paulo (Embalei! Bom dia!)

Vamos continuar com a nossa série de posts sobre os scripts para administração e deploy do Office365 / BPOS, tanto em PowerShell quanto em VBS. Vale lembrar que esse scritp foi gentilmente disponibilizado pelo grande profissional em Office365, o Cristiano Gonçalves.

Como ativar múltiplos usuários? É possível? Sim, através desse script.

Como parâmetros, deveremos passar as credenciais de conexão e o arquivo texto com os usuários.

Eis o código:

$Users = Import-Csv -Path "Users.csv"

$MSOLCred = Get-Credential “admin@xxx.microsoftonline.com

$Subscriptions = Get-MSOnlineSubscription -Credential $MSOLCred

$users | ForEach-Object {
    Enable-MSOnlineUser -Credential $MSOLCred -Identity $_.Identity -Password $_.Password -SubscriptionIds $Subscriptions.SubscriptionId -UserLocation $_.UserLocation
}

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Como criar smartlinks no Office 365

setembro 29, 2011

 

São Paulo (Congonhas não fecha as 22:30?) Já ouviram dizer algo sobre smartlinks, no Office 365. Eu também não, até ler o post que reproduzo abaixo, do blog http://community.office365.com. Nele é demontrado como o uso de smartlinks pode facilitar a nossa vida (e a dos usuários também) dentro da organização.

How to create Office 365 smart links

What is a smart link?

Traditionally when a customer sets up single sign-on (identity federation) to Office 365, the authentication mechanism used for web browser applications uses the WS-federation passive profile. More details on this mechanism can be found in the blog post “How identity federation works”. Core to this mechanism is a process called “home realm discovery”, whereby the end user needs to provide information to the Office 365 login server, so that the login server can determine if it should authenticate the user, or redirect the user to the on-premise identity provider (the authoritative authentication provider) for that user. In the federation case, this redirect constructs a URL that:

1. Sends the browser to the authoritative AD FS 2.0 server passive login endpoint

2. Encodes where any SAML token issued by the AD FS 2.0 server needs to be posted (i.e. to the Office 365 identity platform)

3. Encodes the relying party service that the user was trying to reach (like the URL for Exchange Online or the Office 365 portal)

This URL is commonly termed a smart link or also an identity provider initiated sign in link.

Why should I care about smart links?

Organizations can deploy smart links internally (by creating a vanity URL that maps to the smart link) that provide:

1. An easier to remember vanity URL for your organization’s users to use when going to Office 365 services, reducing support calls to your IT helpdesk. These vanity URLs can also be written to user’s IE favorites as part of a global policy setting.

2. An improved end user experience when accessing Office 365 services, which increases end user customer satisfaction:

a. Faster authentication to the Office 365 service (two fewer redirects)

b. Users will not have to go through the home realm discovery service

This post describes how an organization can create and deploy smart links for their users.

How to deploy smart links for my organization

Once you understand how to construct a smart link for the target Office 365 service, you can deploy a 302 redirection service on your on-premise web servers. This assumes that you have already set up Single Sign-On (Identity Federation) for Office 365 and have verified that it is working correctly.

Creating a smart link

The simplest way to create a smart link is to turn on an HTTP tracing tool and authenticate to the desired service. In the future, Office 365 may provide a service for administrators to that automatically constructs the smart link. Until that time, please follow the manual instructions below.

1. Open IE and turn on HTTP tracing

2. Perform a federated authentication to the service that you want a smart link for by going to the service (like https://portal.microsoftonline.com) and signing in.

3. From the HTTP trace tool, find the last line of data that has your AD FS 2.0 address (in the form of https://<your_AD_FS_2.0_Server_public_URL>/adfs/ls) in the list of URLs

4. Copy and paste this line into Microsoft Notepad or a similar editor. You should see something similar to the following (using Contoso and the Office 365 portal as examples):

https://sts.contoso.com/adfs/ls/?cbcxt=&vv=&username=johndoe%40contoso.com&mkt=&lc=1033&wa=wsignin1.0&wtrealm=urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline&wctx=MEST%3D0%26LoginOptions%3D2%26wa%3Dwsignin1.0%26rpsnv%3D2%26ct%3D1292977249%26rver%3D6.1.6206.0%26wp%3DMCMBI%26wreply%3Dhttps:%252F%252Fportal.microsoftonline.com%252FDefault.aspx%26lc%3D1033%26id%3D271345%26bk%3D1292977249

You’ll need to edit this by removing everything up to the “wa” querystring parameter and also remove the last QS parameter “bk”. See “For reference: Smart Link URL template” for more details on the format of the smart link.

https://sts.contoso.com/adfs/ls/?wa=wsignin1.0&wtrealm=urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline&wctx=MEST%3D0%26LoginOptions%3D2%26wa%3Dwsignin1.0%26rpsnv%3D2%26ct%3D1292977249%26rver%3D6.1.6206.0%26wp%3DMCMBI%26wreply%3Dhttps:%252F%252Fportal.microsoftonline.com%252FDefault.aspx%26lc%3D1033%26id%3D271345

5. Your edited URL forms the smart link that you will use to create a vanity URL for users to reach the Office 365 portal in the most seamless single sign on fashion, by following the steps in “Deploying a smart link”.

Deploying and verifying the smart link

Once you’ve created your smart link, you’ll need to deploy it by creating a vanity URL for your organization’s users to use. In the example above we created a smart link for the Office 365 portal (https://portal.microsoftonline.com). Now we’ll create a vanity URL that will redirect (302[1]) to the smart link above.

1. Create a new A record in your domain registrar (like portal.contoso.com) and point this to the IP address of your IIS server that will host your redirection service

2. Create a new web site (portal.contoso.com) on your IIS server

3. Create a 302 redirection service, and paste the smart link into the target address

4. Test that portal.contoso.com resolves to the correct IP address inside and outside your corporate network.

5. Open IE and type http://portal.contoso.com and you should get seamless single sign-on directly to the Office 365 portal.

For reference: Smart Link URL template

[[AD_FS_2.0_WebLoginURL]]?wa=wsignin1.0&wtrealm=urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline&wctx=[[Custom_Value]]

Values for HTTP Message

Value

Description

AD_FS_2.0_WebLoginURL

This is your ADFS passive endpoint URL. It’s normally something like https://<your_AD_FS_2.0_Server_public_URL>/adfs/ls. For example: https://sts.contoso.com/adfs/ls.

Query-string Parameter Semantics

Parameter

Description

wa=wsignin1.0

Indicates that the request is for sign-in.

wtrealm= urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline

Indicates that the token is requested by the Office 365 identity system.

Wctx

This value must be returned with the authentication token that is issued by the AD FS 2.0 server. Typically the wctx parameter contains information relevant to the resource that the user is trying to access.

Creating the value for the Wctx parameter is non-trivial, which is why it is recommended that you use the approach described in “Creating a smart link”.


[1] We’re using a 302 redirection service rather than a DNS CNAME record, because otherwise the user will get a certificate pop-up that the site requested does not match the name on the certificate of the site visited.

 

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Scritps do Office 365 – parte 3: verificando tamanho dos mailboxes

setembro 29, 2011

 

São Paulo (fim de feira…) Vamos continuar com a nossa série de posts sobre os scripts para administração e deploy do Office365 / BPOS, tanto em PowerShell quanto em VBS. Vale lembrar que esse scritp foi gentilmente disponibilizado pelo grande profissional em Office365, o Cristiano Gonçalves.

No script de hoje (em PowerShell), vamos abordar como retornar informações sobre o tamanho dos mailboxes dos usuários de um teenant do Office 365.

Como parâmetros, deveremos passar as credenciais de conexão.

Eis o código:

#getting credentials
$targetcred = $host.ui.PromptForCredential("Need credentials", "Please enter ONLINE ORG ADMIN credentials.", "", "NetBiosUserName")

#creating the reportfile
$date = Get-Date -format "ddMMyyyy"
$LogFile = $date + "_storage.csv"
remove-item $LogFile -ea SilentlyContinue

$enabledusers = get-msonlineuser -Credential $targetcred -Enabled -ResultSize 10000

$reportcollection=@()

foreach ($user in $enabledUsers)
{
    if ($user.mailboxsize -gt 0)
    {
   
        $mailbox = Get-XsHostedExchangeMailbox -SourceServer red001.mail.microsoftonline.com -SourceIdentity $user.identity -SourceAdminCredential $targetcred -SourceDetail Full

        #[int]($mailbox.StorageByteSize/1024)
        #$user.MailboxSize
       
        $quota =([int]($mailbox.StorageByteSize/1024) / ($user.MailboxSize))
        #$quota = “{0:N0}” -f $quota
        $quota = [int]$quota
       
              
        $size = [int]($mailbox.StorageByteSize/1024)
        $message = $user.identity + "," + $size + "," + $quota
        write-output $user.identity
        $message | out-file -filePath $LogFile -append -noClobber
       
        $quotausersobj= “” | select Name,StorageUsed,QuotaUsed
        $quotausersobj.Name=$user.identity
        $quotausersobj.StorageUsed=$size
        $quotausersobj.QuotaUsed=$quota
       
        $reportcollection += $quotausersobj
               
    }
}

#Sort the list from highest quota usage to smallest
$reportcollection = $reportcollection | sort @{expression=”StorageUsed”;Descending=$true}
$reportcollection | select *

 

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Review sobre o Office 365 na PCWorld

agosto 30, 2011

 

São Carlos (VDI, VDI, VDI…) Pessoal, segue um review bacana sobre o Office 365, publicado pela PCWorld.

Microsoft Office 365 Review: Online Productivity Suite Offers Top-Notch Integration

Microsoft Office 365 Review, by Tony Bradley August 29, 2011

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Microsoft Office 365 is the company’s answer to online productivity suites. A replacement for Microsoft’s Business Online Professional Services, Office 365 includes online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as Lync and SharePoint. Together, these comprehensive and powerful online office tools represent the best overall value you can find today.

Office Apps

If you are familiar with Office 2007 or Office 2010, you’ll feel comfortable working in Office 365. The Web incarnations of the Office apps have stripped-down versions of their respective Ribbons, but the overall feel is the same, and the core features are present.

Office 365 offers a more diverse selection of fonts and formatting styles than either Google Apps or Zoho Docs does. More important, those fonts and styles will align with the ones available in the desktop Office programs. You can open the Web apps within the appropriate desktop program with the click of a button, and the desktop Office suite can save files to the online storage so that you can access them on the go through the Web apps.

The spreadsheet app is the weakest link here. Although the Web-based tools are sufficient for basic needs, they lack many advanced features. Even so, Office 365’s spreadsheet beats rivals in look and feel (especially for users familiar with the Excel 2010 desktop software), as well as in macros and formulas.

Compatibility

When it comes to document fidelity–maintaining formatting consistency from a Microsoft Office program to a cloud-based equivalent and back again (or vice versa)–no online productivity platform is perfect.

As you might expect, though, Office 365 beats out both Google Apps and Zoho Docs in this department. You won’t necessarily be able to add or edit many of the more advanced formatting elements from the desktop Office tools (such as footnotes, headers, or a table of contents), but you can view them, and at least they won’t screw up.

Sharing and Collaboration

Office 365 provides some real-time collaboration capabilities in Excel and OneNote, but not in Word and PowerPoint. Microsoft recently rolled out a coauthoring function for the Word Web App, but it works only when you’re sharing files from the Windows Live SkyDrive file storage service, and when you’re using the Word Web App; it doesn’t work with Office 365.

However, Office 365 handily makes up for the lack of native collaboration within documents by making it easy to set up an online whiteboard session through its Lync Online service. With Lync Online, you can share and collaborate in real time on any item on your desktop. External contacts can join online meetings using the Lync client application, or a Web-based client.

Files and Storage

Among Google Apps, Office 365, and Zoho Docs, Microsoft’s offering stands tall, as this suite provides the most storage space by default. The basic Office 365 plan gives you 2GB of data storage space on SharePoint Online; additional space costs $2.50 per gigabyte per user per month. For email, each user has 25GB, the same as Google Apps, on the entry-level plan–but higher Office 365 plans have unlimited email storage. Office 365 also has the biggest file attachments allowed, at 35MB.

With SharePoint Workspace, you can sync data from Office 365 SharePoint Online for offline access.

Price

Office 365 has a variety of plans for companies of different sizes and needs. The plan comparable to what Google Apps and Zoho Docs each provide is $6 per user per month (price as of August 26, 2011). Office 365 offers slightly more features and capabilities than the other two, so the additional dollar per user per month seems justified. When you start looking at the more advanced–and more expensive–choices from Microsoft, though, it becomes harder to make a direct comparison.

For an extra $15 per month, Office 365 users can also get the license to download the desktop Office 2010 Professional suite. At $21 per user per month, this is a significantly more costly path than the Web-only products. However, it adds functionality lacking in the Office Web Apps, and it allows users to be productive even when no Internet connection is available.

The Office 2010 Professional suite costs $410 at Amazon, so the $252 per year for the bundled online package is a short-term savings; it will cost more in the long run when that $252 becomes $504 over two years. The value of this package depends on how long you plan to use the Office 2010 suite before upgrading, and on how much benefit you will receive from having the added functionality of the desktop suite.

Conclusion

Office 365 is the clear winner among online productivity suites. It isn’t the cheapest, but arguably it provides the best overall value. The core productivity tools in Office 365 have the best compatibility with desktop Microsoft Office software, and the addition of Lync Online and SharePoint Online supplies additional capabilities that are well worth the extra investment.

Fonte: “Microsoft Office 365 Review: Online Productivity Suite Offers Top-Notch Integration

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Freebook – Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

agosto 30, 2011

 

São Carlos (alguém quer trocar 2.000 kms da Ipiranga que vencem amanhã?) Buenas! Antes que eu leve uma bronca sobre a ausência no blog, já antecipo que o motivo é o mesmo de sempre: projetos! Ultimamente tenho sonhado com VDI. Mas há de considerar que o motivo é justo. Não posso reclamar.

Aproveitando que acordei para o blog, gostaria de compartilhar com vocês uma versão free do livro Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, que pode ser obtido clicando aqui

Algumas informações adicionais:

In this Book helps find ideas and solutions in Office 365 if you

· Own or work in a small business and want to be flexible where and when you work.

· Need to collaborate with others near or far.

· Want to store and work with files online from any point you have web access.

· Lead a team online or face to face.

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Boa leitura!

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.

Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions

agosto 4, 2011

 

São Carlos (Ô Pedrão, fecha a porta aí!) Quer um referência rápida para as descrições dos serviços para o Office 365 for Enterprises? Segue o link (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=13602) para download dos documentos.

Notem que há um específico para migração, o “Microsoft Online Services Migration Service Description”, com informações da migração por exemplo de e-mails, via Microsoft Premier Deployment (MPD) for Office 365.

Abaixo a reprodução da página, com os respectivos documentos disponíveis:

 

Overview

Office 365 is a suite of Internet-based services that are designed to help meet your needs for robust security, 24/7 reliability, and user productivity. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the components of the suite.

Microsoft Exchange Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users rich and familiar access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks across PCs, the web, and mobile devices.

Microsoft SharePoint Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft SharePoint Online is a Microsoft Office 365 service for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can now simply subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide their employees with an enterprise grade solution for creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers.

Microsoft Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Lync™ Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere. Lync Online provides intuitive communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and a rich online meeting experience including PC-audio, video and web conferencing. Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus Service Description – With Office Professional Plus, users get the latest version of the Microsoft Office applications, seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services, so they can access their documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device. Office Professional Plus includes the new Office Web Apps—online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote®—which let users review and make minor edits to documents directly from a browser.

Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description provides customers with an overview of Office 365 capabilities on the Mac and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices.

Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving Service Description – Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on-premises. Exchange Online Archiving is an enterprise-class service that assists these organizations with their archiving, compliance, regulatory, and e-discovery challenges while simplifying their on-premises infrastructure, thereby saving costs and easing the information technology (IT) burden.

Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises Support Service Description – Microsoft® Office 365 for enterprises Support Service Description provides information to customers about the technical and nontechnical support included in their subscription fee to Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises.

Microsoft Online Services Migration Service Description – The purpose of this service description is to provide information about the email migration services that are available from Microsoft Premier Deployment (MPD) for Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description provides customers with information on mobility solutions—access to services from phones and devices—that are available for two online services in this current release namely, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint® Online.

Microsoft Office Web Apps Service Description – Microsoft® Office Web Apps is the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote® applications that helps users access documents from almost anywhere. Users can view, share, and work on documents online with other users across personal computers, mobile devices, and the web.

Office 365 Security and Service Continuity Service Description – This service description describes the security, continuity, privacy, and compliance policies and controls for the Office 365 for enterprises service offerings. It is intended to provide Office 365 customers with an overview of how each of the Office 365 services is designed to provide a high degree of security, privacy, continuity, and compliance—service goals that are derived from the Microsoft Risk Management program.

Office 365 Identity Service Description – This document discusses the design, policies, and best practices related to Office 365 identity, including the creation of user accounts, password policy, co-existence, directory synchronization, and single sign-on ( identity federation). Users can gain access to Office 365 by authenticating to their Office 365 user accounts—either through a prompt to provide valid credentials or through a single sign-on process. Once authenticated, users’ identities refer to the user names associated with the Office 365 accounts.

 

 

Abraços,

Carlos Monteiro.