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    Any of you guys had a chance to demo the Beta? So dam impressive! This is going to be a huge coup for Microsoft. Personally i feel Google Docs doesn't hold a candle to it.
    Exchange 2010 Lync and Sharepoint as well as your office applications all online.
    The administrative side of it is an absolute breeze. Makes me wonder where SBS might be headed or why you'd even want it anymore.

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    Re: Office365beta

    Originally posted by scurlaruntings View Post
    why you'd even want it anymore.
    Because SBS means keeping it in-house, which is a very attractive option to a lot of companies.
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      Re: Office365beta

      Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
      Because SBS means keeping it in-house, which is a very attractive option to a lot of companies.
      Understand that of course. There's good business cases for both. That said it is my opinion that Office 365 is a far more attractive solution with far less over heads. At the end of the day SBS is limited to 75 users. Not sure if the newer versions have that same limitation. But fundamentally its geared towards smaller SME's. Personally i think Office 365 makes a very strong case for what is a very mature cloud based service. Have you tried the beta yet?

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        Re: Office365beta

        We'll probably give it a try, we're already signed up for BPOS so we can use Easy Assist for remote support. We've had a few tentative enquiries from customers about cloud based services, but they always get scared when there's an outage or data loss story in the news.
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        • #5
          Re: Office365beta

          We've been testing it for a few days now. Maybe for potential clients.

          It's amazing how well structured it all is.


          The outlook web access, word, excel, .. plugins work very smooth in combination with silverlight and IE9.

          The sharepoint function is amazing; directly editing files in your web browser, sharing documents, ...

          Google docs is nothing compared to 365

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          • #6
            Re: Office365beta

            Originally posted by Joachim View Post
            We've been testing it for a few days now. Maybe for potential clients.

            It's amazing how well structured it all is.


            The outlook web access, word, excel, .. plugins work very smooth in combination with silverlight and IE9.

            The sharepoint function is amazing; directly editing files in your web browser, sharing documents, ...

            Google docs is nothing compared to 365
            My exact same sentiments. Thoroughly impressed with Office 365. Personally i don't see how Google Docs holds a candle to it. Apart from offering a "free" service too.

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            • #7
              Re: Office365beta

              How are you getting on with the trial?

              Currently testing P1 internally (small business) for up to 25 users, works well but it annoys me how you must use their own name servers .....

              Overall, very nice, well structured and can see MANY businesses who don't use specialist applications to integrate into Exchange.

              SMTP will be interesting, i.e people who use exchange as a relay for their printers and other devices.

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              • #8
                Re: Office365beta

                Originally posted by gabi_cavaller View Post
                How are you getting on with the trial?

                Currently testing P1 internally (small business) for up to 25 users, works well but it annoys me how you must use their own name servers .....

                Overall, very nice, well structured and can see MANY businesses who don't use specialist applications to integrate into Exchange.

                SMTP will be interesting, i.e people who use exchange as a relay for their printers and other devices.
                Having an absolute blast with it. Do note though you can use your own domain name if you want to. You dont have to use the .onmicrosoft.com domain.

                Good point about mail relaying. But not the end of the world. There's quite a bit of functionality exposed via the ECP. Although i can't see MS opening up their cloud for mail relaying as security wise that poses alot of risks.

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                • #9
                  Re: Office365beta

                  Originally posted by scurlaruntings View Post
                  Having an absolute blast with it. Do note though you can use your own domain name if you want to. You dont have to use the .onmicrosoft.com domain.

                  Good point about mail relaying. But not the end of the world. There's quite a bit of functionality exposed via the ECP. Although i can't see MS opening up their cloud for mail relaying as security wise that poses alot of risks.
                  ahhhhh fellow londoner

                  Sorry, I didn't explain myself. You can certainly have your own domain name i.e gabi.com however, you need to use microsoft for the name servers if you use the small business package.

                  For instance, I can't simply change my MX records to point to Microsoft in order to get office365 to host my emails and use my existing hosting company for the website and everything else, I need to change my name servers to be something like ns1.onmicrosoft.com and ns2.microsoft.com

                  What package are you using?

                  (Thanks very much for replying)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Office365beta

                    Im using Microsoft Office 365 Beta (Plan P1). I think that's the default plan/package for beta testers. Got it until November which gives me ample time to try the product.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Office365beta

                      Have you fully delegated your domain for the P1 package?

                      E3 is also on beta at the moment, which is one of the enterprise packages.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Office365beta

                        Originally posted by gabi_cavaller View Post
                        Have you fully delegated your domain for the P1 package?

                        E3 is also on beta at the moment, which is one of the enterprise packages.
                        No. Im more interested in the functionality of Office 365 as opposed to using it with my production domain which i use for a host of different mail servers including Exchange.

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                        • #13
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                          Anyone have any experience with the recent BPOS outages that were supposedly called by "malformed email traffic"?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Office365beta

                            Originally posted by beddo View Post
                            Anyone have any experience with the recent BPOS outages that were supposedly called by "malformed email traffic"?
                            Im connected to European servers so the outage didn't affect me. To my knowledge that outage was apparently only for US users. That said the excuse from MS sounds a bit paltry.

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