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UC Microsoft-hosted services : Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

October 02, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, SaaS

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its suite of Microsoft-hosted services known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

Microsoft is going to deliver a near-final Release Candidate test build of BPOS on September 26 and is telling users that a final build of the BPOS product should be released within 30 days, according to a September 25 posting to the Microsoft Online Services blog. 

“On that date, BPOS will be available for purchase in the United States. Those that are in the BPOS TAP (Technology Adoption Program) program or are current Beta users will continue to enjoy the service free of charge until 30 days after GA (general availability).”

BPOS is a bundle of Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting conferencing, Microsoft Office Communications Online (the hosted version of Office Communications Server) and the Microsoft Online Administration Center management portal.

Features of the Business Productivity Online Suite are :
  • E-mail and calendar functions — Exchange Online delivers e-mail services including spam filtering, anti-virus protection, and synchronization of mobile devices.
  • E-mail coexistence and migration tools — You can also use the Migration Tools to copy content from your Exchange Server, POP3, or IMAP4 e-mail server mailboxes to your Exchange Online mailboxes.
  • Document collaboration and workspaces — SharePoint Online allows you to share and work together on documents, maintain version control for shared documents, create intranet sites to manage projects and project workflows, post calendar information, and set up wikis and blogs.
  • Web conferencing — Office Live Meeting allows you to hold online meetings with colleagues, customers, and partners in real time. Office Live Meeting participants can convene online to share documents, ask questions, work on a virtual “whiteboard,” and talk to each other during the meeting.
  • Microsoft Online Services Administration Center — The Administration Center gives you an online management portal to manage your services and users.
  • Microsoft Online Services Sign In application — The Sign In application is a tool that automatically sets up services and allows users to access all of their services with no need to sign in each time they use them.

Microsoft is marketing its Microsoft-hosted services to customers of all sizes, not just large enterprises, which were the initial target of the offering.

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