Looking towards a Microsoft future….

Office 365 Available to Purchase

As of this morning, existing trial users will see additional choices if they select the Purchase option from within their tenancy.

Small Business (P1) and Enterprise (E3/K2) trial customers will now have the option of purchasing their current SKU or, in the case of Enterprise customers, purchasing any of the additional SKUs

All pricing is per user per month. See below Continue reading

June 24, 2011 Posted by | Office 365 | Leave a comment

Office 365 – Which SKU is right for you…

…. and the fail of the Small Business P1 SKU

Before I start, I want to point out that I love the Office 365 service. I’ve deployed BPOS installations on BPOS-S and BPOS-D, and I look forward to taking customers through their migrations to the Office 365 Enterprise service or taking new customers on the Cloud experience.

What I’m not impressed with is the way the Small Business (P1) SKU has been thought through. Continue reading

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Office 365 | 2 Comments

New Lync Client Update (KB2540951) – Includes a fix for Lync Online

A New Lync (Communcaitor) update has been released this morning, which addresses 2 issues:-

Download Here

Latest Build Number : 7577.275

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Lync 2010 | Leave a comment

Lync Server 2010 CU2 Released

As some of you may have noticed, when CU2 released, there was only group chat and Client updates, now the server update has been released.

Nice of Microsoft to include LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe, which allows you to download a single file and install on all servers, without having to sit and work out what individual updates for each server.

Download them all from:

April 21, 2011 Posted by | Lync 2010 | Leave a comment

Lync Server 2010 Setup or Remove Lync Components fails on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

A good Tweeter (@_busbar) this morning pointed me in the direction on this – something to keep at the back of your mind when doing a Lync installation, or a Deployment plan on Windows 2008 R2 SP1

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Lync 2010 | Leave a comment

Lync Beta Exams Pass

Pleased to announce today that I’ve passed by Lync Exams 70-664 and 70-665, after taking them as beta.

First time I’ve taken a beta exam, and was a whole new experience. :-)

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Lync 2010 | Leave a comment

Office 365 Licensing

There have been a lot of posts, news feeds and analysts making posts about Office 365 licensing and SKUs to try and simplify things, and from the ones I’ve read it’s still not overly clear.

Hopefully this will help explain things. All pricing listed is indicative and retail pricing only. The pricing may be subjective to change post General Availability (GA)

There are two main purchasing options – Small Business and Enterprise Continue reading

March 29, 2011 Posted by | Office 365 | Leave a comment

Office Communicator 2007 R2 CU 8 Released

As well as containing the updated from CU7 (November 2010), this includeds a couple of interesting fixes:-

  • 2489816 ( ) A user is
    displayed as another user in Office Communicator 2007 R2
  • 2489823 ( ) You hear a loud
    noise when you call a European PSTN number by using Office Communicator 2007 R2
  • March 11, 2011 Posted by | Office Communications Server R2 | Leave a comment

    Office 365 Announced

    Well, it’s been a while but this was worth a post.

    BPOS-S will receive the Wave 14 set of server applications and will be rebranded/upgraded to Office 365 in 2011

    Office 365 will include:
    Exchange Online
    SharePoint Online
    Lync Online
    CRM Online
    Office Web App
    Office Professional Plus

    This is a massive step forward for the Online services, and the features and functionality that it will bring.

    The question remains…. this is a change to the Standard service… so what will happen to the Dedicated offering (as both Exchange and SharePoint Online are Wave 14 in there already)….

    Official announcement
    Official website
    Transition Center

    October 20, 2010 Posted by | BPOS, BPOS-D, BPOS-S | , , | Leave a comment

    Exchange Online (BPOS-S) Updates Mailbox to 25GB

    It’s been a while but this is newsworthy

    Microsoft Online has updated the default mailbox size to 25GB, but this only applies to BPOS-S. This is at no additional charge, so ideal for all SMEs out there looking to utilise new technology!

    March 23, 2010 Posted by | BPOS, BPOS-S, Microsoft Exchange | Leave a comment


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