New Capabilities of Microsoft BPOS
This Post has No Comments
Tags: IM & Awareness Microsoft Microsoft BPOS Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite Microsoft Office Communications Online Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 version 9.1
Today, Microsoft has announced the new capabilities of its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) by sending an email to existing BPOS customers. The new capabilities include what Microsoft calls “IM & Presence Awareness,” and includes Microsoft Office Communications Online or simply web-based instant messaging that can be restricted for use within your organization. According to the Microsoft Online Services (MOS) website, the service can be purchased separately from BPOS, starting at $2.50 per user, per month. The only caveat according to Microsoft is that in order to use it, you must purchase and install Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2. When implemented, users may use the service directly over the Internet, or through either RAS or VPN connection.
As always, Microsoft includes a datasheet on the MOS website that includes the solution highlights as well as the most noteworthy features and limitations. According to the source, Microsoft Office Communications Online integrates with Microsoft Office 2007 and SharePoint sites.
One of the key security features is that all IM text is automatically encrypted, meaning that the communication channel is secure. Other security features include enhanced URL filtering and file filter controls that will scan the files distributed through the IM.
As far as limitations are concerned, according to the datasheet, each user can have up to 250 contacts. In our view, this is more than enough, and if you need more contacts for your day-to-day IM activities, you must seek professional help.
Integration with the in-house Active Directory and the Microsoft managed Active Directory is achieved through use of the Directory Synchronization Tool. Another neat feature is that, similar to other services, Microsoft Office Communications Online can be accessed using the same sign-in tool.
Over the next couple week, we intend to test the solution and provide our valued readers with the additional information.
You can download complete datasheets for the Microsoft Office Communications Online directly from the source:
· Standard (minimum 5 seats)
· Dedicated (minimum 5000 seats)
Until next time,
The Driz Group