BPOS is dead, long live Office 365

image Starting in early 2010, what was previously known as BPOS version 2 or Union will be available as Office 365.  The name should reflect the availability of the platform (which suffered some reputation step back this summer).  Today the beta is released, available to a 1000+ customers worldwide.

Among the features of the new versions will be partial feature sets of the following on-premise products:

  • Exchange Server 2010 SP1
  • SharePoint 2010
  • Lync Server 2010
  • Federated Identity
  • Dynamics CRM

Another interesting aspect of the new offering will be its declinations, ie enterprise, mid-size business, education, etc.  .  With those new features, we can see the offering being more mature.  They get more competitive for small user-base and more enterprise-ready for bigger customer.

As I wrote here before, I have been quite impressed with BPOS.  The major hurdle for me was the absence of an enterprise single sign-on solution.  This is going away with Office 365.  This makes this offering very attractive.  For instance, even for short-lived collaboration project SharePoint Online becomes a very good solution.

You can see a demo on Channel 9.

Thanks to Mary-Jo Foley to spread the news (here and here).

One thought on “BPOS is dead, long live Office 365

  1. Office 365 is great effort of integration of multiple Microsoft products in order to give social media flavour that seamlessly endorses the office environment. Something that I wanted to mention is that office 365 is bringing new infrastructure architecture and new key positions in the IT world. I see it as new technology that will change the dynamics of the warfare and hence the tactics and composition of the workforce. Office 365 is integrating and hence centralizing the management of many products this requires the creation of Microsoft System Center administrator a new type of position just like radio operator was introduced to military once upon the time. Centralization will require creative architecture that allows full integration while preserving autonomy, flexibility and adaptability.

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