Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

Summary: Microsoft went public this week at its TechEd conference with more details on "what's coming soon for BPOS v.Next."


Microsoft went public this week at its TechEd conference with more details on "what's coming soon for BPOS v.Next."

BPOS, Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite, is a bundle of several Microsoft-hosted cloud applications, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, Live Meeting (and, according to one slide I saw this week at the show, Forefront Online Security for Exchange).

In a session at this week's New Orleans conference, Tom Keane, Principal Group Program Manager, outlined the near-term priorities for Microsoft's alternative to Google Apps.

As Microsoft has told customers and partners previously, it will be phasing in various capabilities introduced with its on-premises Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 and still-to-be-released Communicator 2010 products into BPOS (both the shared/multitenant Standard edition and the single-user Dedicated one). Microsoft also will be adding in the coming months support for single sign-on with identity federation, a redesigned console user interface and more granular administrator and access controls for BPOS, Keane said.

In the coming months, Microsoft will be integrating Office 2010 support into the suite, both in terms of adding SignIn application support for Outlook 2010 and Office client/Web Apps integration with SharePoint Online, as well.

Microsoft is introducing a Blackberry portal capability for BPOS users, enabling self-service management for Blackberry customers running OS 4.5 or higher. They will be able to manage Blackberry licenses, handle user activation, remotely wipe devices and reset activation passwords via this portal, Keane said.

On the identity front, Microsoft is adding to BPOS the ability to sign into the cloud using corporate IDs. There will be single sign-on options for both end users and administrators, and two-factor authentication options will be available, Keane told show attendees. Identity will be administered only on-premises, however, he noted.

Microsoft also will support the ability to sign in using Microsoft Online IDs. In this scenario, users and administrators will have two IDs: One for the cloud and one for on-premises, and IDs will be administered both on-premises and in the cloud.

On the BPOS back-end, a new optional service connector will be available to replace the current service agent. This connector will install updates required for BPOS via Windows Update, and configure client apps like Outlook, Communicator, and Internet Explorer. Those who don't want automatic updates will still be able to update client machines manually and/or by using group policy or System Center.

In terms of other near-term deliverables, Microsoft is commiting to provide in BPOS v.Next native PowerShell scripting via a PowerShell endpoint build on PowerShell Version 2. Authentication will be done through Online IDs, with a single credential being able to be used for both PowerShell and the portal.Keane echoed the message other Microsoft execs have been voicing at TechEd this week: Cloud capabilities, over time, will  become a superset of what is available on-premises. Currently, the reverse is true, and Microsoft's Online services offer a subset of the functions available in the software equivalents of each product.

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Security, Software


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Message has been deleted.

    • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

      @cstrathmore I'd be happy if <a href="">sohbet</a> got rid of the ribbon and gave us <a href="">chat</a> users the pull-down menus that existed before Office 2007 for <a href="">forum</a>. I like getting Outlook for the <a href="">portal</a>. It has grown on me since my new Windows <a href="">izlesene</a> box had to use Outlook since <a href="">chat sohbet</a> was removed. <a href="">sohbet odalari</a> email client is <a href="">mynet sohbet</a> weak.
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    I'd be happy if MS got rid of the ribbon and gave us Mac users the pull-down menus that existed before Office 2007 for Windows. I like getting Outlook for the Mac. It has grown on me since my new Windows box had to use Outlook since Outlook Express was removed. Windows Live email client is weak.
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    <a href="Http://">sohbet odalari</a>
    <a href="Http://">sohbet Chat</a>
    <a href="Http://">Sohbet Odalari</a>
    <a href="">chat odalari</a>
    <a href="Http://">Sohbet et</a>
    <a href="Http://">cet </a>
    <a href="Http://">Muhabbet</a>
    <a href="Http://">Sohbet siteleri</a>
    <a href="Http://">Sohbet odalari</a>
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    I believe Rudy de Haas (Murphy) has room in his museum at the moment - why not apply?<br><br>I bet Kinect will not be magical either.<br><br><a href="">sesli sohbet</a> could have made <a href="">sohbet et</a> magical if they wanted to, they could have hired a man in a turtleneck to give a magical presentation and BAM... a <a href="">islami sohbet</a> Event (maybe a <a href="">mirc sohbet</a> product too, who knows.)<br><br><a href="">video izle</a> would have been much cheaper to <a href="">cet</a> too. No wonder <a href="">cinsellik sohbet</a> overtaking <a href="">chat</a>, <a href="">dini sohbet</a> know where NOT to spend their money. <a href="">chat siteleri</a> <a href="">cinsel sohbet</a> <a href="">mirc</a>bbb
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    This is very like your writing. Have been descriptive and informative. They thank you for.<a href="">altin</a> | <a href="">maden</a> | <a href="">ben ten</a> | <a href="">ben ten</a>
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    You're really a good webmaster. The website loading speed is incredible. It seems that you're doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have done a excellent job on this topic!

    <a href="">things to do in sydney</a> | <a href="">go karting sydney</a> | <a href="">unique article wizard discount</a>
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    ECT was brought <a href="">Hava Perdeleri</a>up by my shrink a few months ago, <a href="">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a>then today by my therapist <a href="">Hava Perdesi</a>during a, lets say *horrible* session (not his

    fault, just how my life is),<a href="">Hava Perdeleri</a> I am bipolar, with severe depression, and <a href="">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a>now suffering from mixed state manic phases, which

    is <a href="">Hava Perdesi</a>honestly killing me. I am contemplating once again getting off the ride most <a href="">Hava Perdeleri</a>folks call *life*, I<a href="">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a> came to this site to
    <a href="">Hava Perdesi</a>
    research ECT, since it may be<a href="">Hava Perdesi</a> my last choice available. Yes, <a href="">Hava Perdeleri</a>I have drug resistant <a href="">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a>depression, and now the bipolar has gone
    <a href="">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a>
    <a href="">Hava Perdesi</a>
    , I don?t mean to harm anyone, its just that anger has taken over my <a href="">Hava Perdeleri</a>psyche e, too many wars,<a href="">Hava Perdesi Fiyatlari</a> this one being the <a href="">Hava Perdesi</a>war to end
    <a href="">Hava Perdeleri</a>
    all wars, i cant <a href="">ilahi Dinle</a>see another force in the world, outside <a href="">ilahi</a>of war mongering, that could cause <a href="">ilahi Mp3</a>the harm, that someone could, <a href="">forex</a>
    <a href="">foreks</a>
    messing with your mind, and your <a href="">belgesel izle</a>feelings and thoughts ,
    <a href="">Muzik Dinle</a>could you? i mean, even in war,
    <a href="">online randevu</a> your dead, its over,<a href="">hastane randevu</a> but when

    someone is making <a href="">gelinlikler</a>you take poison that is making you sick every<a href="">moda</a> day mind body and soul and want to do that for the rest of

    your life and telling lies about it <a href="">elbise modelleri</a>making you even madder and sadder and more in despair, what are you going to do? Ive

    realized all these other wars must have been for me to learn something about wars

    I think it is time for Ballmer to go and for the company to break itself up into smaller more nimble companies. They still

    have great people and business units that would thrive if they could break away form the corporate shackles. We are

    witnessing Microsofts descent from industry luminary to marginalized business sector leader..
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    Good news! If you?re an Android developer <a href="" title="yilmazlar et">yilmazlar et</a> living in Brazil, Canada, <a href="" title="kemik kesme">kemik kesme</a> Russia, or 17 other <a href="" title="kemik testeresi">kemik testeresi</a> countries you can cancel the movers because Google <a href="" title="kofte makinasi">kofte makinasi</a> will now let you sell Android apps in the <a href="" title="hamburger makinasi">hamburger makinasi</a> Market. Likewise, you folks <a href="" title="epoksi zemin kaplama">epoksi zemin kaplama</a> in India, Singapore, and 16 other <a href="" title="epoksi boya">epoksi boya</a> places can stay right where you are <a href="" title="dugun mekanlari">dugun mekanlari</a> because in a <a href="" title="istanbul dugun salonlari">istanbul dugun salonlari</a> couple of weeks you?ll be able <a href="" title="nikah salonlari">nikah salonlari</a> to pay for those apps. That?s right, Google <a href="" title="sunnet salonlari">sunnet salonlari</a> announced a large expansion to <a href="" title="nisan salonlari">nisan salonlari</a> the Android Market today when it <a href="" title="dugun salonlari fiyatlari">dugun salonlari fiyatlari</a> added 20 new countries where developers <a href="" title="koy web sitesi">koy web sitesi</a> of paid apps can live and <a href="" title="ilgaz">ilgaz</a> 18 more places where consumers of those apps can live. However the number <a href="" title="kusbasi dograma makinasi">kusbasi dograma makinasi</a> still falls far short of the total number of countries <a href="" title="cam balkon fiyatlari">cam balkon fiyatlari</a> in the world. Here?s a copy of the email they sent out to registered developers.
  • goode

    <br><a href="" title="chat" target="_blank">chat</a>goode
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    Another classic pitfall for Bundesliga teams is the ability to balance European and domestic commitments. Dortmund do not have that experience. Last season, Dortmund could not transfer their domestic form to the Europa League, and Dortmund, slightly unluckily, went out at the group stages, albeit in a tough group. Next season, the demands <a href="">jigolo</a><br><a href="">medyum</a><br><a href="">web tasarim</a><br><a href="">duvar kagidi</a> will be even greater and Dortmund need to learn to produce top form midweek without sacrificing their domestic challenge. As almost certain fourth seeds, Dortmund are likely to find themselves in a tough Champions League group. Even considering that, Dortmund have to aim for at least the<a href="">ofis mobilyalari</a> <a href="">buro mobilyalari</a> last 16, while also striving to retain their title, so manager J?rgen Klopp faces a very difficult balancing act.
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    Really like your blog content the way you put up the things I have read the topic with great interest and definitely will stick your blog routinely for other great posts.
  • RE: Microsoft outlines near-term BPOS rollout plans

    Hey there,The strategies within the web log is rather go with opinion, Lets hope [url=]coay matthews jersey[/url] a lot [url=]reebok jersey[/url] more alternative [url=]aaron rodgers jersey[/url] using you this process Grounds.