So you’d like SharePoint Online documents to open in Office Web Apps always

As described in an earlier blog post SharePoint Online comes with a very useful template “Express Team Site”, from which you can easily fire up Office documents by clicking the built in icons (see below). Default behavior is that the document opens in the Office rich client if such is installed on the PC. If…

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BCS in Office 365 – read and write connections to External Data

The long awaited Business Connectivity Services has entered our Office 365 E3 (and E4) tenants. Business Connectivity Services bridges the gap between SharePoint sites and other web services, databases, and external business applications. It enables SharePoint to create read and write connections to external data in lists, and to display external information in Web Parts. Imagine…

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Easy documents in Office 365

Did you know – SharePoint Online in Office 365 comes with a site template called “Express Team Site”. It’s a very fast and snappy way to get at team site up and running. And best of all: the preconfigured document library “Documents” comes preconfigured with icons for easy launching of new documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…

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Limiting access to Microsoft Office 365, depending on where the client resides

Many customers who have implemented our federated SSO feature have asked us to enable more control over external access based on the location of the client e.g. limit access to Microsoft Office 365 services, depending on where the client (trying to access the Office 365 services) resides. While this feature is officially on the roadmap for the first…

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Understanding Shared Mailboxes in Office 365 (updated)

Many potential customers are asking about departmental mailboxes in Office 365. How can a department, a team etc share a mailbox, and does it involve a license? Shared mailboxes in Office 365 Exchange Online allow a group of users to view and send e-mail from a common mailbox. A shared mailbox: doesn’t have a username and…

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Never forget to reset your Office 365 password again

In Office 365 your password will expire every 90 days (unless your admin has changed the policy). If you are using Outlook Web App (or other online apps), you’ll receive directions to change your password when it is about to expire or has expired. But if you are solely using the rich apps (e.g. Outlook…

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Understanding Recipient Rate Limits in Office 365 (updated Nov 2012)

To discourage users from sending unsolicited bulk messages, Exchange Online has restrictions that prevent users and applications from sending large volumes of email. Customers who send a lot of e-mails will need to understand the limits to how many messages can be sent from a single account in a period of time in the different Office 365…

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Is Office 365 more expensive than Google Apps?

If you think the answer to the question “Is Office 365 more expensive than Google Apps” is “Yes” (and many people do), you might want to read this white paper. You’ll find that many of the elements included in the Office 365 service (e.g AV/AS) is extras in Google Apps:

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Getting started as an Office 365 partner?

Getting started as an Office 365 partner is easy – especially if you know where to find the right information. I’ve compiled the resources I find relevant in an easy read document intended to help MPN partners get started with Office 365. Most of the links are labeled with a (T) for technicians and an…

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How to back-up a Office 365 SharePoint Online site and data

If you are considering moving you data and documents to Office 365, you might wonder how you can perform the reverse operation – move data from Microsoft Online Services to file shares or to a local computer (called off-boarding). In this version of Microsoft Online Services, this is a manual process using the “Connect &…

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