Microsoft, Private Cloud Offering, Worldwide

Midmarket

Microsoft’s private cloud offering is particularly suited to the midmarket, which requires cost-effectiveness and good-enough functionality. Microsoft’s mind share among midsize organizations has traditionally been strong, and Windows Server is the dominant OS in this market. Microsoft can use this advantage to expand its private cloud offering. In fact, Gartner research conducted in June 2013 shows that penetration of Hyper-V among SMBs is three times higher than among larger organizations globally. For most SMB clients, Windows is the predominant server platform, and although many SMBs have implemented VMware for their hypervisors for virtualization and the cloud, their focus is still on cost-effectiveness. So they would be willing to shift to Hyper-V and/or leverage management tools that focus on their Windows VMs.

Simply in terms of logistics, Microsoft is often a better fit for midmarket rather than larger enterprises, where broad heterogeneity (both hybrid cloud and platform) will be required. We have advised clients not to deploy System Center 2012 SP1 in large-scale private cloud implementations (more than 10,000 managed catalog objects),5which implies that, although Microsoft has difficulty penetrating large enterprises, it is well-positioned to serve midsize customers.

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Manage storage limits for SkyDrive Pro libraries

After an Office 365 tenant with SharePoint Online is provisioned, every user in that tenancy receives a SkyDrive Pro library with 25 GB of storage space. As users become accustomed to storing files in their SkyDrive Pro libraries they might find that they need more storage space, particularly if they store images, videos, or other large files.

When users run low on storage space, they will receive an email informing them that their SkyDrive Pro libraries are nearing capacity. In that mail will be statistics about library usage and recommendations for freeing up space. Recommendations include tasks like emptying the recycle bin and removing folders and files that are no longer needed.

Users will again receive an email when their libraries reach storage capacity. If they have emptied the recycle bin and removed old files, their next option will be to contact you, the SharePoint Online admin, to request more storage space.

You can increase individual SkyDrive Pro storage quotas by allocating available storage from the tenant’s bulk quota pool. Sites can be increased based on preset values from the default 25 GB up to 50 or 100 GB, if unallocated quota is available. For example, if your tenancy has a SkyDrive Pro storage limit of 541 GB, and you’ve allocated 500 GB already, you will only be able to increase one user from 25 GB to 50 GB (541 GB – 500 GB = 41 GB available).

 Important    While the default 25 GB of storage quota is not counted against a tenant’s bulk quota, any additional storage space allocated to SkyDrive Pro sites is. A subscriber’s allotted storage quota in most plans is 10 GB plus 500 MB per licensed user.

You can monitor overall storage quota allocation from the SkyDrive Pro Storage Limits or Site Collections pages in the SharePoint admin center. You’ll want to pay attention to the storage allocation meter, which shows how much free SkyDrive Pro space is still available for the tenant. An example is shown below.

Example of the storage allocation meter showing how much SkyDrive Pro space is allocated for the tenant

The meter turns red when storage usage is nearing or has exceeded capacity. When you see this critical status, you’ll want to contact the site collection administrator or look more deeply at the individual SkyDrive Pro libraries to determine where space can be freed up and whether additional storage space is necessary for the site collection. If you run out of bulk storage quota to allocate, you can buy more under the licensing tab in your O365 admin center.

 

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Microsoft plans changes to Office 365 targeted at SharePoint Online users | Cloud Computing – InfoWorld

To prevent SharePoint Online customers from feeling boxed in, Microsoft wants to improve the way they upload and store documents in the cloud collaboration server.

Over the coming weeks, Microsoft will roll out a set of changes to Office 365 targeted at SharePoint Online users, including increasing from 250MB to 2GB the size of files that people can upload to their individual SkyDrive Pro repositories and to SharePoint Online team site document libraries, the company said on Thursday in a blog post.

The enhancements are in response to companies’ increased use of Office 365, according to the blog post’s author, Mark Kashman. “Users are uploading more documents to SkyDrive Pro, teams are building numerous team sites to work with internal teams as well as with external customers and partners, and companies are establishing their corporate intranet sites,” he wrote.

In addition to lifting the size limit on individual uploads, Microsoft has expanded the types of files that can be uploaded by adding .exe and .dll files.

Another change will be to increase from 3,000 to 10,000 the number of site collections — groups of websites organized hierarchically — that an Office 365 Enterprise customer can create. This improvement will not be applied to Office 365 Small Business and Midsize Business customers.

Microsoft is also prolonging the time that discarded documents remain in SharePoint Online recycle bins from 30 days to 90 days to give users more chance to recover these items. In addition, retaining multiple versions of Office 365 documents will be on by default on newly created SkyDrive Pro libraries.

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Office 365 technology – SharePoint Online improves limits and makes it easier to restore documents

Office 365 is growing rapidly and companies are moving more of their social and collaboration needs to the cloud. Users are uploading more documents to SkyDrive Pro, teams are building numerous team sites to work with internal teams as well as with external customers and partners, and companies are establishing their corporate intranet sites.

Based on feedback and reports on how customers use the service, we’ve made the following improvements to SharePoint Online:

  • Improved file upload experience: increased file upload limit from 250MB to 2 GB and expanded support for a broader range of file types.
  • Increased Site collection and list lookup limits: increased site collection limit from 3,000 to 10,000 and list lookup threshold to 12 lookups.
  • Improved self-restoration: increasing recycle bin retention duration and turning versioning on by default for new SkyDrive Pro libraries.

These updates will be rolling out live worldwide over the coming weeks without interruption. Let’s dive into the details.

Improved file upload experience

Increase file upload limit to 2 GB

We just significantly increased the default SkyDrive Pro storage per user, from 7 GB to 25 GB, with the ability to further increase to 50 GB or 100 GB. To complement this, we’re also increasing the per file upload limit, from 250 MB to 2 GB. Users will now be able to upload and share larger files like CAD drawings, video files, larger project documents and more-both to their personal SkyDrive Pro and to team site document libraries. And it is possible to upload more than one file at a time via drag and drop, the standard file upload dialog box or via SkyDrive Pro Sync for Windows.

 

 

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Office 365 Exchange Online mailbox sizes are doubling

The size of user mailboxes in all Exchange Online and Office 365 service plans is doubling. Since the 29th August , the current 25 GB of mailbox storage is increased to 50 GB.
With this increase even the most active email users don’t have to worry about mailbox size limitations-we’ve got you covered!
There’s no price increase associated with this change. Microsoft doubled your mailbox storage is simply part of their promise to continuously deliver value to our Office 365 customers.

You don’t need to do anything to take advantage of this new mailbox size. Your mailbox size will automatically be increased. The increase starts rolling out to customers started the 29th of August and continues through November.

 

This increase to a 50 GB mailbox per user benefits Exchange Online and Office 365 service plans, including:

  • Exchange Online Plan 1
  • Office 365 Small Business
  • Midsize Business
  • Enterprise E1
  • Government G1
  • Education A1

If you have one of the premium service plans (Exchange Online Plan 2, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4, Government G3 and G4, Education A3 and A4), you already enjoy unlimited email storage through your personal archive.
Now your default primary mailbox size is increasing to 50 GB. Kiosk user mailboxes are doubling in size, too-from 1 GB to 2 GB.

 

In addition to doubling the storage in your users’ primary mailbox, Microsoft  increased the size of other mailboxes to help you work even more productively.
Shared mailboxes and Resources mailboxes are both increasing to 10 GB (more than doubling), so you’ll have plenty of room to store everything you need for your projects and collaborations.
The size of Site mailboxes remains unchanged.

 

Here’s a summary of the new mailbox sizes by plan:

 

 

For complete details about mailbox types and sizes, read the Office 365 service descriptions.

 

 

 

SkyDrive Pro increased storage and ease of sharing

SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for business and a part of the Office365 suite of services. It’s the place where employees can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. With SkyDrive Pro you can collaborate with others in real time and edit documents from virtually anywhere via a web browser using Office Web Apps. Accessing your files from multiple devices (including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android devices) is a cinch with native SkyDrive Pro and Office Mobile apps. Not only does SkyDrive Pro deliver the frictionless user experiences that employees expect in a file sync solution, it’s backed by a platform that provides industrial-strength content management, compliance, and content management controls.

 

Microsoft is continually improving the SkyDrive Pro service. The new SkyDrive Pro apps are now available in the Window Store and App Store.  Recently Microsoft announced three new significant improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers – to help you be more productive:

  • Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB).
  • You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB.
  • With the new Shared with Me view,you can easily find documents others have shared with you.

Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB).

Office 365 technology – SkyDrive Pro increases storage and ease of sharing

SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for business. It’s the place where employees can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. With SkyDrive Pro you can collaborate with others in real time and edit documents from virtually anywhere via a web browser using Office Web Apps. Accessing your files from multiple devices (including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android devices) is a cinch with native SkyDrive Pro and Office Mobile apps. Not only does SkyDrive Pro deliver the frictionless user experiences that employees expect in a file sync solution, it’s backed by a platform that provides industrial-strength content management, compliance, and content management controls.

Microsoft is  continually improving the SkyDrive Pro service. The new SkyDrive Pro apps are now available in the Window Store and App Store. Recently they  announced three new significant improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers – to help you be more productive:

  • Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB).
  • You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB.
  • With the new Shared with Me view,you can easily find documents others have shared with you.

 

Microsoft Opens Office 365 Licensing Program To Partners That Sell To Enterprises

Microsoft Opens Office 365 Licensing Program To Partners That Sell To Enterprises

Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) is expanding its Office 365 licensing to let VARs own and manage the billing relationship with enterprise customers, Bryan Von Axelson, Microsoft’s senior partner technical strategist for cloud, said Sunday at the opening of XChange 2013 in Washington. D.C.

Starting Sept. 1, Microsoft partners will be able to sell enterprise SKUs through Office 365 Open, a program that lets VARs bill customers directly for cloud services. The SKUs include E1, E3, the Exchange-only option and Office 365 ProPlus, the version that installs locally but is sold through a monthly subscription.

“You asked, we delivered,” Von Axelson told XChange attendees. “We are enabling you to own that billing relationship and have the flexibility that many of you requested.”

Microsoft added midmarket SKUs to Office 365 Open in February, but until now, partners could only steer enterprise customers to Microsoft and get a commission, under what Microsoft calls its Advisor model. In that arrangement, Microsoft controls the billing relationship.

 

 

Adding enterprise SKUs to the mix is a big deal because it gives partners more incentive to embrace the Microsoft cloud story.

 

 

Office 365 Pro Plus and RDS/TS installation with VL PUR – Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

In trying to provide clarity on the HOW you accomplish this; I would like to offer this information that was gathered from a recent discussion forum:

A Volume Activation Office package is required to install on a Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer server with the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) role enabled.  All Office 365 ProPlus packages use retail activation and because of that, they do not install on a server with the RDS role enabled or function if installed first on the server then the RDS role is enabled after the Office install.  Office setup will detect the RDS role at install time and the apps will also detect the RDS role when launched post installation.

In order to install Office Pro Plus 2013 in the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) mode, you must have a volume licensing agreement. Remember that this one license has to be part of the 5 minimum licenses in order to start a volume licensing agreement.  You will need RDS CAL’s  for each user, so my advice would be to attach the Office Pro Plus 2013 to your order for the RDS CAL’s.

Note that installing Office 365 ProPlus on a virtual machine (client or server without an RDS role enabled) is now permitted as well according to the updated PUR. The virtual machine – as with a physical machine install – would be allocated to a primary user, meet Office 365 ProPlus system requirements and be able to connect to the Internet-based Office Licensing Service at least once every 30 days. In other words, we do not distinguish between a physical and virtual machine, as long as all requirements are met.

For Office 365 ProPlus standalone, Office 365 Midsize, and E3/E4,* users may use one of their 5 allocated installations via RDS with the Volume License edition of Office Professional Plus 2013. The organization will still need to procure 1 copy, appropriate key and necessary RDS licenses via the Volume Licensing.  The exception only grants the use rights of Office Professional Plus 2013 via RDS to users with an Office 365 ProPlus license.

These are updates from the licensing terms prior to January 2013 for Office Professional Plus in Office 365, which did not allow for any form of virtualization to be used with Office desktop apps.

For more information check out this thread – http://community.office365.com/en-us/forums/156/t/121307.aspx?PageIndex=2

 

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Microsoft to rename SkyDrive after losing trademark suit

 

 

Microsoft will be forced to rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service after failing to defend its trademark against U.K. broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting.

BSkyB, as the service is more commonly called, filed suit against Microsoft in 2011 in the English High Court, successfully arguing that the “Sky” portion of its name could be confused with Microsoft’s own SkyDrive, and that Microsoft’s use of the name SkyDrive infringed Sky’s rights in the ‘Sky’ mark.

In June, Microsoft lost the case in England and Wales, and failed on appeal as well.

For Microsoft, losing the case will have financial consequences, as the company will be forced to rewrite promotional materials, which have increasingly focused upon SkyDrive as the glue that holds its various software services together. Microsoft hasn’t said how much it will all cost, but will probably provide an accounting in subsequent earnings reports, if the amount is materially significant.

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