In today's competitive global market, businesses need technology that enables flexibility and cost-effectively adds value to their organisation. Internet-based hosted services provide a way to meet these objectives. They deliver feature-rich productivity tools to users while helping to relieve the burden of managing and maintaining business systems—freeing up IT departments to focus on initiatives that can deliver true competitive advantage.
Microsoft has a long history of developing and delivering innovative software and services for businesses and individuals. Designed to meet your unique business needs, our software-plus-services vision brings together the best of rich on-premise applications and flexible online services to give you ready access to the latest messaging and collaboration tools – without costly deployment and time-consuming maintenance. Microsoft® Online Services reliably delivers 99.9 percent scheduled uptime and carries a financially backed service level agreement.
Each Microsoft data centre, located strategically throughout the world, houses a highly reliable complex of equipment that provides seamless connectivity to the Microsoft Online suite of services. This global network of geo-redundant data centres provides around-the-clock access to your business-critical collaboration services, and helps keep your data safe.
With Microsoft Online Services, your IT staff retains control over the services offered to your end users. Microsoft Online Services work seamlessly with Microsoft Active Directory®, so you can continue to manage user policies centrally and control which services are available to your existing users. A single administrative panel—with consoles for provisioning, usage, monitoring, and support—enables simple and centralised management. And your users can enjoy the convenience of a single sign-on to access all their hosted services.
Businesses around the world can take advantage of Microsoft Online Services. In addition to the United States, services are offered in 22 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Customers can choose to have Microsoft Online Web portals and sign-in tools display in one of five languages: English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.
Microsoft Online Services gives your business the powerful productivity capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server, Microsoft Office Communications Server, and Microsoft Office Live Meeting —all hosted online and all up and running quickly and easily without the upfront costs of an on-premise deployment. The suite of productivity tools enables your workers to communicate and collaborate effectively, while enabling your IT team to focus on more business-critical tasks. And with services hosted by Microsoft, you can have peace of mind knowing that experts are managing your IT and that your services will be available when you need them.
|Default 25-GB mailbox per each user; mailboxes can be configured to smaller sizes|
|E-mail, shared calendar, shared tasks, and contacts|
|Spam filtering and antivirus capabilities via Microsoft Forefront Online Security for Exchange|
|Support for Microsoft Office Outlook® and Outlook Web Access|
|Support for Windows Mobile®, other Exchange ActiveSync® 12 and Blackberry devices|
|Low-cost "deskless worker" offer for workers who use a PC and messaging services on a limited basis|
|Portal, collaboration, content management, site search, and forms capabilities|
|Single location to share documents, contacts, calendars, and tasks|
|Offline access to documents on the service from Outlook|
|Roll-up views of calendars and tasks across multiple lists and sites|
|Blog site templates that support article posting, reader comments, and RSS feed generation|
|Low-cost "deskless worker" offer for workers who use a PC and collaboration services on a limited basis|
|Web client support for remote attendee flexibility|
|Interactive application/desktop sharing and whiteboard tools|
|Active speaker video switching, multi-party video, and multi-party VoIP/ audio|
|Rich media presentations, native video conferencing, high-fidelity recording, and Web cam capabilities|
|Instant messaging with text based chat using Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 client|
|Seamless presence awareness enabling users to check another user's availability on the network|
|Presence information shared across Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook and SharePoint sites|
|Users can connect directly to the service over the Internet without RAS or VPN connections|