Shared Cloud + some help

Yes – technically “everyone” shares the cloud (internet) – but I’m meaning SharePoint in the cloud.

Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Online is a collection of Web-based tools and technologies that help you store, share, and manage digital information within your company.

Built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, this hosted service is ideal for storing project documents in a central location and sharing them with others.

By using SharePoint lists, libraries, and Web Parts, project members can work more efficiently and productively.

Intended for company decision-makers, this white paper describes the services and features that are included with the Standard offering of SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Online Standard is a Microsoft Online Services offering for those who want rapid service adoption and a standardized administrative console.

Link : Microsoft Office SharePoint Online (DOC)

Already available as a hosted solution for U.S. based customers, I think it’s going to roll out to Australia from early 2009 – or there abouts.  So pricing & licensing is yet to be determined.

We have a few customers that use a hosted SharePoint ‘web content management’ solution – only $500 per month for a standard/shared setup.

I guess you could classify this as a “S+S” offering – essentially ticking the boxes for “buzzwords” – and “latest trends”.

There will be a lot of customers that would see the advantages of this :

  • Reduced time to market (go live)
  • Reduced infrastructure and licensing costs
  • Managed environment, Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Reduced complexity of corporate network/firewall (DMZ, ISA, etc)

There is a cross-over point, at which time it makes sense to bring the environment internal (in house) – with the need to centrally manage, and introduce coded components and so forth – away from “standard”…

As an example ($), the hosting company we use has a shared environment for $500/month – and the dedicated server environment is $2,000 per month.

Will be good to see the full details for this offering within Australia – more to follow.


Regarding “Help” – there are a few “CHM” files from Microsoft TechNet :

Each of these contain articles and sections relating to Getting Started, Deployment, Upgrading, Operations, Security, Troubleshooting – and a Technical Reference.

NOTE : there is a known problem when viewing these files in Windows Vista – I was thinking they were broken or something…

BUT – here’s how to fix it, and show correctly – just need to save it like normal, and uncheck a box when OPENING the file :

Known Issue: Text in file not appearing as expected

If you are using Windows Vista or have installed Windows security updates MS05-026 or MS05-001, the text in this file might not appear as expected.

The messages "Navigation canceled," "Action canceled," or "The page cannot be displayed" might appear.

To open this file to view the text:

  1. Click Download.
  2. In the File Download dialog box, click Save.
  3. Use the Save As dialog box to save the file to your computer.
  4. Find the file on your computer and double-click it.
  5. In the Open File dialog box, clear the Always ask before opening this file check box, and then click Open.

For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 892675.

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