Getting to know SharePoint Online

Microsoft SharePoint Online offers
enterprise companies a flexible, web-based solution that includes tools
and services to help users manage information and collaborate
effectively. Based on MOSS 2007, this Microsoft hosted solution
provides users the ability to easily create and manage custom team and
project-focused sites for collaboration and personal productivity.

SharePoint Online is available as a standalone Online Services and also as a part of "Business Productivity Online Standard Suite" (BPOS). BPOS includes following 4 online services:

Features like 128-bit SSL encryption, intrusion
monitoring, 99.9% uptime, "my company" portal, sign-in application,
adminstration center and 24*7 web and phone support for the services
administrator, virus filtering and directory sync tool come with all
the online services. SharePoint Online will be available in 2 editions
- Standard and Dedicated of which only Standard edition is available as
of now. For complete feature set of SharePoint Online standard edition,
refer to the Service Description for Office SharePoint Online Standard white paper.


Available storage is 250 MB per user account and 1
terabyte (TB) per company. Site storage quota is 50 gigabytes (GB) per
site collection and max Site collections allowed are 20 per
company. Additional storage can be purchased in terabyte (TB)

Want to learn more?

Read the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

Visit the Microsoft Online Services TechCenter for all help topics, resources, announcements, tips and tricks and how do I videos

Read the White Paper: Service Description for Office SharePoint Online Standard.
This white paper describes the services and features that are included
with the Standard offering of SharePoint Online. Topics covered include:

  • Why SharePoint Online?
  • Features of SharePoint Online
  • Workload Features
  • Portal
  • Search
  • Content Management
  • Business Process and Forms
  • Service Administration

View the TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Online Application Capabilities (Level 200)
Overview: Microsoft SharePoint Online is the collaboration component of
the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft Online
Services. In this webcast, we explore the application capabilities of
SharePoint Online, including steps for configuring and managing the
service, while demonstrating the speed with which  the rich
functionality of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007  can be tapped
from this in-the-cloud deployment.

View Channel 9 video: SharePoint Online: Extending Your Service
Learn how to access and manipulate SharePoint files and data remotely
with Web Services, customize your design and layout, and create
workflows using Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Developer Guide

Microsoft SharePoint Online Standard Developer Guide describes
the services that Microsoft SharePoint Online standard offering
provides developers to start working with SharePoint Online. This guide
also contains conceptual overviews and detailed information about the
features that SharePoint Online supports.In this guide you will learn

  • Getting started with SharePoint Online
  • Understanding SharePoint Online offerings
  • Creating SharePoint Online sites
  • Installing site templates
  • Customizing SharePoint Online applications
  • Integrating live data into SharePoint Online
  • Using SharePoint Online Web Services
  • Creating custom no-code workflows in SharePoint Online
  • Extending SharePoint Online with Microsoft Silverlight


As per the Online Services website, Business
Productivity Online Standard Suite starts from $15 per user per month
and SharePoint Online Standard starts from $7.25 per user per month.
You can use the Microsoft Online Services Cost Estimator to calculate the price for the services you want to buy.

Where to Buy?

Log on to the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal for more information.

Please note that, as of now, the complete suite
of Online services is not available in all countries, so first check if
the SharePoint Online service may is available in your country. For
this, goto the Customer Portal menioned above and select the country in
drop-down list and click on "Continue" button.

As of now, in US, both "Microsoft Business
Productivity Online Standard Suite" and "Microsoft Office Live
Meeting" are available as options whereas in India only "Microsoft
Office Live Meeting" is available.

There is also a Step-by-Step Guide to acquire and activate a subscription in TechNet library.

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