Lync Online interoperability with Exchange Server

Lync Online supports presence interoperability with an on-premises deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010. The Lync Online service provides presence updates based on calendar information and Out of Office details that appear in Lync 2010 (see Lync Online Service Description for more). The presence information in Outlook is provided via the Lync … Continue reading Lync Online interoperability with Exchange Server

Sharing a SharePoint Online site with external users is easy

People who need to see or work with your SharePoint Online site content but who don’t have user accounts for your SharePoint Online environment are considered “external users.” External users might be vendors or customers, for example. With SharePoint Online, after you activate the sharing feature, you can invite an external user to your site … Continue reading Sharing a SharePoint Online site with external users is easy

Now I understand claims based identity

"In companies with Federated Identity set up, users can sign into Office 365 services using their Active Directory credentials. The corporate Active Directory authenticates the users, and stores and controls the password policy. With federated Identity, credentials are authenticated by on premises Active Directory Federation Services server and a logon token is obtained by the … Continue reading Now I understand claims based identity

Comparing features of the Lync Client in a virtualized environment

if you want the full enterprise voice experience as well as the benefits of the public cloud, then the Office 365 E4 service plan might be the right plan for you. In plan E4 Microsoft will provide the online versions of SharePoint and Exchange for you, but you must run your Lync Server either on-premises … Continue reading Comparing features of the Lync Client in a virtualized environment

Troubleshooting content in Lync Online meetings

If you organize an online meeting and you find yourself not being able to upload content and receive an error message, then... Verify that the file size of the content that you want to upload is not too large. PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft Word documents, multimedia, or snapshot slides are all converted during presentation, which expands/contracts … Continue reading Troubleshooting content in Lync Online meetings

Comparing features in SharePoint Online across Office 365 Service Plans

In my meetings with customers and partners I'm often asked which SharePoint Online features are found in which Office 365 Service Plans. Its possible to find a high-level comparison here (see screen shot below), but to provide a more granular view I've compiled six tables corresponding to each of the six capabilities in SharePoint; Sites, Communities, Content, … Continue reading Comparing features in SharePoint Online across Office 365 Service Plans

Notice the password expiration notification

The Microsoft Office 365 Sign-In Assistant application will display a notification bubble in the Windows tray when the Office 365 password is about to expire. The default duration of the notification bubble is five seconds. If you need to modify the duration (e.g. to increase the chance of the user noticing the notification) you can add a key … Continue reading Notice the password expiration notification

Password expiration notice in Outlook

Password expiration notifications in rich clients in Office 365 If you've read the Microsoft Support article: "Access Denied" error, or the user is repeatedly prompted for credentials, when the user tries to access an Office 365 resource from a rich client application, you will know that you must download and install the latest version of … Continue reading Password expiration notice in Outlook

IP based filtering with Office 365

Some Office 365 customers have a requirement to filter the Internet traffic. This filtering can be done at the domain or IP address level. Microsoft strongly recommends that customer enable routing to the root domain names, such as *.Outlook.com, *.MicrosoftOnline.com and *.SharePoint.com instead of routing to specific IP address subnets.  It is possible to use … Continue reading IP based filtering with Office 365