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Teaming up with Telenor to enable their journey to the Cloud

 

 

Telenor Norway this week announced that they in partnership with Telenor Group’s Cloud service subsidiary, Telenor Business Internet Services, are teaming up with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 and Lync bundled with Telenor’s communication services. Parallels made tangible execution among these groups possible.

 

 

 

Parallels partnered closely with Telenor in their Cloud project. Telenor will deploy Parallels Automation, a comprehensive service delivery system, and will work with Parallels broad ecosystem of cloud services providers that are APS certified to build a comprehensive offering. They will use Parallels’ expertise in defining winning go-to-market strategies.

 

 

 

In their announcement this week Telenor Norway communicated that the first order of business for them was to develop a channel outreach and enablement strategy that could be executed in conjunction with launching their first service, syndicated Microsoft Office 365.  Telenor already has an established channel serving over two million subscribers in Norway and Sweden, so it was relatively easy to reach the channel.  The objective though was to find a compelling value proposition that this channel could easily sell.

 

 

 

As it turns out, one of the key differentiators of Telenor’s Office 365 service is that its telephony services are fully integrated into Lync Online from Office 365.  Therefore, it was relatively easy to excite the channel with this highly sought after value-added service.

 

 

 

It became a matter of enabling the channel with proper training to ensure that affiliates could support Office365 effectively for their respective subscribers – and make a decent profit doing so.  Microsoft became a valuable partner in this regard, while Parallels software remains crucial to the provisioning, billing, and self-service enablement of the services.

 

 

 

The next step for Telenor is to expand this program to their subsidiaries across Europe and Asia.  They could make this expansion only with Parallels Automation, as it is the only centralized system that can coordinate across all subsidiaries using Microsoft’s MOSI interface as well as provide comprehensive support for a multi-channel sales motion.  We’ll update this blog post as Telenor evolves their program.

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Microsoft’s cloud vision: Why Azure is the linchpin of the firm’s new ‘devices and services’ strategy

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Why Azure is the linchpin of the firm’s new ‘devices and services’ strategy.

Azure’s origins

Azure, Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service, is a well-known product that has been in the market for years. However, less well-known outside of Microsoft are the origins of the project.

Interestingly, Azure did not begin life as a new product, straight from a drawing board. Instead, it is the natural outgrowth of a second Microsoft product that you have likely heard of: “Azure started off by basically taking some of the core, underlying infrastructure of Bing.”

Bing is not minor undertaking, to be clear. It controls double digit market share on its own, and when combined with the share of search that it powers via a partnership with Yahoo, is the key second voice in search. Certainly, Google continues to rule that specific market niche the world around, but Bing cannot be dismissed.

As you might expect, Bing and Azure have remained close, given their origins. Azure may have started from Bing, but things are “now the exact opposite: all of the Bing apps on Windows 8, for example, Bing news, and Bing stocks, run on Azure.”

What was once the progeny is now the foundation.

Azure is growing rapidly, as you likely expected, given the rising profile of the cloud in nearly every technology space. Microsoft has doubled the raw compute capability of Azure in the last year. And as Satya explained, much of that growth has been due to external demand.

Devices and services

To properly place Azure and the cloud into the larger context of Microsoft, it’s key to understand what Microsoft’s corporate strategy is, and where the company is headed.

Much has been made of the firm’s move from a purely software company into a firm that provides devices and services. Devices, in the context of Azure, are less important than the idea of selling services; the devices in this case are simply what the services run on. For this article, we set them aside.

What does it mean to provide a service? Microsoft has generated tens of billions in profit selling software in a box, and software via download. The idea of generating revenues from one-off software sales has been enormously successful for the company. However, the market is changing.

The interconnectedness of computers, and all computing-enabled devices – smartphones and tablets, for example – have made one-off software unwieldy, as customers want their tools to be on all of the platforms, and work in harmony. It takes time, however, to move from a purely transactional software company to one that vends services on a subscription basis.

Given the complexity of that transition, one would expect to find transitional products in place, to help move users and enterprise customers from one paradigm to the next. Office 365 is an example of such a product, fusing a desktop experience with a set of cloud-based tools that represent Microsoft’s concept of providing services.

Azure is the platform that Microsoft’s growing set of services will run on. Satya phrased it in the following way: “Microsoft’s cloud strategy is in support of these really defining things that we’re doing.”

Azure’s rising profile

Such a strategy puts Azure directly in the middle of the rebirth of Microsoft. As it is the product that will undergird much of the company’s new products – indeed, does already – it will play a key role in nearly every step of the company’s new direction.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that although Microsoft is responding to market trends, and pivoting its products to better align with the future, it faces significant headwinds. Smaller companies are blazing trails more quickly than it can, as they don’t have millions of legacy customers to at once serve, placate, and transition. Therefore, as we discuss the company’s plans, it is important to understand that even the best intentions can lead to mediocre results. So far Microsoft’s plan appears to be working, but it is early innings yet.

Microsoft is completely cognizant of the size of bet it has made on Azure. After noting that it is in support of a great number of its products, Satya went on to state that “a lot of what we do in the cloud is to make Windows 8 great.”

Anyone who has even passing hands-on knowledge of Windows 8 knows that this is the case; the apps from Microsoft that ship with Windows 8 are built on Azure, as we noted above. If you didn’t have Azure, you couldn’t have Windows 8 in its current form. Satya echoed this: “The way I think about Azure is as the underpinning of everything that we are doing in the cloud.  You could even say that a lot of the motivation for Azure is that we need it for our own cloud infrastructure.” As Azure was born from Bing, that is hardly surprising.

Azure runs more than the Bing apps for Windows 8, however, giving Microsoft a complex set of first-party demands. Referencing the set of ‘workloads’ that Microsoft products require from cloud tools, Satya explained that each has data and processing needs that are unique. Given that reality, the company’s “strategy in a nutshell for Azure is to build for our own first party usage and make it available to every enterprise, and every enterprise ISV, or any other organization.”
Continue reading  Microsoft’s cloud vision.

New Office Visio Stencil

Creating visual representations of your Microsoft Office and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync is a helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides more than 300 icons — many depicting servers, server roles, services and applications — that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of aforementioned technologiesThis stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.  .Download New Office Visio Stencil

Preview of coming changes to the external sharing features in SharePoint Online

When the SharePoint 2013 updates start getting rolled out to your SharePoint Online sites, you will notice some changes and improvements to the external sharing capabilities in SharePoint Online:

  • The experience for managing external sharing (for example, turning it on or off) has been streamlined and simplified.
  • Site users will also have more options for how they choose to share content. They can:

    • Share sites or documents with external users by requiring them to sign-in to the site.

    • Share documents with anonymous users through the use of guest links

  • Finally, the sign-in experience for external users who receive invitations to access or view content on SharePoint Online sites will be updated to make the experience a bit more straightforward.

Managing external sharing in Office 365 Enterprise Plans

In Office 365 Enterprise plans, SharePoint Online admins will be able to manage external sharing centrally from the SharePoint Online admin center.  On the Settings page in the SharePoint Online admin center, admins can turn external sharing on or off globally for the entire tenant, or they can choose to allow only specific kinds of external sharing (e.g., allow sharing only with sign-in).

Microsoft Office 365 Community.

Move documents and files to your SharePoint Online

Move documents and files to your SharePoint Online site

When you set up your SharePoint Online environment within Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses, you likely have numerous documents and files that you want to add to your Team Site. While Microsoft does not provide desktop tools to migrate content at this time, there are ways you can move documents and files from your local computer or files share up to your Team Site.

Continue reading at Office.com.

Regularly changing the password for your Office 365 account

Regularly changing the password for your Office 365 account and entering it in to the settings on your mobile device and desktop e-mail program is required to maintain access to your account

If you’re among the many users who rely on access to your Office 365 e-mail by using a mobile device or desktop e-mail program, here’s some information that will help you keep your mobile device and desktop e-mail program connected to your Office 365 account.

This information applies to Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, IPad, iPod Touch, Nokia (Symbian), Windows Phone, and Windows Mobile devices. It also applies to desktop e-mail applications you may be using including Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, or Windows Live Mail.

Introduction to password expiration policies

The Office 365 service includes a password expiration policy that requires you to periodically change your password. Although this policy seems like a hassle, it helps protect the information in your e-mail account. Most Office 365 password policies require you to change your password every 90 days. This setting for your password may be more often or less if it’s been changed by the person who manages your e-mail account. It can even be set up to never expire.

A problem occurs when the e-mail account password that you entered on your mobile device or desktop e-mail program doesn’t match the current password for your account. So, if you allow your Office 365 password to expire, your mobile device or desktop e-mail program won’t be able to connect to your account. Similarly, if you change the password on your account without changing it on your mobile device or desktop e-mail program, your mobile device or desktop e-mail program won’t be able to connect.

 

Microsoft Office 365 Community.

Preview of coming changes to the external sharing features in SharePoint Online

When the SharePoint 2013 updates start getting rolled out to your SharePoint Online sites, you will notice some changes and improvements to the external sharing capabilities in SharePoint Online:

 

  • The experience for managing external sharing (for example, turning it on or off) has been streamlined and simplified.
  • Site users will also have more options for how they choose to share content. They can:

    • Share sites or documents with external users by requiring them to sign-in to the site.

    • Share documents with anonymous users through the use of guest links

 

  • Finally, the sign-in experience for external users who receive invitations to access or view content on SharePoint Online sites will be updated to make the experience a bit more straightforward.

 

Managing external sharing in Office 365 Enterprise Plans

 

In Office 365 Enterprise plans, SharePoint Online admins will be able to manage external sharing centrally from the SharePoint Online admin center.  On the Settings page in the SharePoint Online admin center, admins can turn external sharing on or off globally for the entire tenant, or they can choose to allow only specific kinds of external sharing (e.g., allow sharing only with sign-in).

 

 

One key change coming for Enterprise plans is that admins can also centrally manage external sharing for individual site collections directly from the SharePoint Online admin center. They can choose to turn external sharing on or off for one or more site collections or they can control which level of sharing is allowed for specific site collections.

 

 

 

 

SharePoint Online admins with Enterprise plans will also have the option of using Windows PowerShell cmdlets in the SharePoint Online Management Shell to perform tasks such viewing a list of all external users or bulk removing external users.

For more information about configuring and managing external sharing in Office 365 Enterprise plans, see Manage external sharing for your SharePoint Online environment.

 

 

Managing external sharing in Office 365 Small Business plans

 

If you have an Office 365 Small Business plan, the admin experience for managing external sharing is even more streamlined. You have a simple on/off switch in the Office 365 Service Settings for the external sharing feature. You can also use the Remove individual external users link to remove external users so that they no longer have access to sites or content that has been shared with them.

 

 

 

For more information about managing external sharing in Office 365 Small Business plans, see Manage sharing with external users. Sharing content.

 

 

Sharing content

 

For site users, the option to share is easy to discover and use. You can use the Share command to quickly invite users to access a site. You can send invitations to any email address. Invitation recipients can sign in using a Microsoft account or a Microsoft Office 365 user ID.

 

 

 

The process for sharing documents with users by requiring sign-in is the same (although you would click the Share command from the document’s menu).

 

 

For more information about how to share sites or documents, see Share sites or documents with people outside your organization.

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Using Outlook Web App offline

Offline access lets you use Outlook Web App on your laptop or desktop computer when you’re not connected to the Internet. After you’ve enabled offline access, Outlook Web App will work in an offline mode as needed depending on your network connection. When you’re online, Outlook Web App will automatically update the offline information. To use offline access, you need at least Internet Explorer 10, Safari 5, or Chrome 16.

Turn offline access on or off

What can I do when I’m offline?

Most tasks that you can do online are available when you’re offline. Tasks you can do while offline include but aren’t limited to:

  • Reading and responding to messages.
  • Sending new messages.
  • Viewing and editing your calendar.
  • Responding to meeting requests.
  • Viewing and editing your contacts.

If you try to do something that’s not available offline, you will either see an error message, or what you did will change back. Anything that you do while offline will be uploaded to the server when you reconnect to a network.

How do I turn on offline access?

To turn on offline access, click Settings GearIcon at the top of the Outlook Web App window and select use mail offline. You must do this when you’re connected to a network so that Outlook Web App can download your information.

Use mail offline

On some browsers, you may see a message warning you that the website is requesting space on your disk. For the best offline experience, accept the request for space.

 Warning    You should not turn on offline access on a machine that you share with others.

 

How do I turn off offline access?

To turn off offline access, click Settings GearIcon at the top of the Outlook Web App window and select stop using offline. All information copied to your computer for offline use will be removed from the computer. You must be connected to a network to turn off offline access.

Stop using offline

 

What else do I need to know?

  • Offline access may not make all of your email and calendar information available offline. Some of the available features and limitations are:
  • The last few days of messages. Supported folders include Inbox, Drafts, and any folders viewed within the last few days.
  • The previous month and future year of your calendar.
  • A limited set of upcoming calendar reminders. If you’re offline for a long period of time, calendar reminders will stop working until you go online and Outlook Web App can download current information.
  • All the items in your Contacts folder, plus any people that you email often and any that you’ve emailed recently.
  • Offline access doesn’t include archived folders, Team folders, tasks, or Favorites.
  • You can’t search or sort for items in your mailbox when offline, and the built-in filters won’t work when you’re offline.
  • You have to enable offline access on each computer that you want to be able to use Outlook Web App on when not connected to a network.
  • Offline access for Outlook Web App is designed for portable computers such as laptops and notebooks. It can’t be enabled in browsers on smaller devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
  • Your web browser determines where on your computer the offline information is stored and how much space it can use. If your offline information won’t fit in the space that’s been set aside, you may be prompted to increase it. If the space can’t be increased, less of your information will be available when you’re offline.

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