In the Microsoft Online Services Service Update for July 2009, the Microsoft Online Services Team disclosed some pretty nice updates that will begin deployment into production data centers on July 7 and are scheduled to be available to all customers by mid-July.

Here are some of the items that will be included in the July service update:

  • Migration Support for Hosted Exchange Mailboxes. The Microsoft Online Services Migration Tool is updated with features to allow users to specify hosted Exchange mailboxes as source mailboxes for mailbox data migration.
  • Increase for SharePoint Online File Uploads. The maximum file size for documents uploaded to SharePoint Online increases from 50MB to 250MB.
  • More Live Meeting Attendees. Meetings hosted in Live Meeting Standard can accommodate up to 250 attendees, an increase from 15 attendees per meeting. This change applies to all users of Live Meeting Standard, including those that own Live Meeting licenses as part of their Business Productivity Online Suite. The upgrade will be available for new customers after July 13; existing Live Meeting customers will be upgraded by August 13.
  • Microsoft Online Services Trials for India. India becomes the newest market for Microsoft Online Services and the Business Productivity Online Suite. Trial accounts will be available to organizations in India with this service update. Commercial availability is targeted for Fall 2009.
  • Quick Trials. The process for getting a Microsoft Online Services trial is significantly streamlined. With updates to the Microsoft Online Customer Portal, user actions required to set up a trial account are reduced by 75 percent and better integration with Live ID authentication.
  • Worldwide User Provisioning. Administrators can assign user licenses to worldwide users, an important addition for multi-national organizations with users in numerous countries. Previously, administrators could only assign user licenses to users located in countries where Microsoft Online Services are marketed and sold. Users located in a country where use of Microsoft products is prohibited or restricted, however, still cannot be provisioned. Customers and Partners should consult with their Microsoft contact for additional information on these prohibitions and restrictions.

For these updates, the Microsoft Online Customer Portal will be offline on Friday, July 10 from 14:00 to 17:30 Pacific Daylight Time (21:00 to 00:30 GMT). During this downtime, organizations will not be able to set up trial accounts, buy subscriptions, or modify current subscriptions. This downtime will not affect the availability of an organization's online services, so users can continue to access them as normal.

If you are interested in hearing more from the Microsoft Online Services Team, you can always follow the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman – Follow me on clip_image001 clip_image002
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
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