What’s in SharePoint BPOS-D?

I’m frequently asked about what is supported (or more accurately, what’s not supported) in Microsoft’s BPOS-D SharePoint environment. My first recourse is the BPOS-D bible, also known as the Service Description Document. The BPOS-D 10.3 document is now available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=cf7d4db8-4e7c-4077-87ea-b64c57e4c98c&displaylang=en. We don’t currently have similar documentation for BPOS-F (US federal), so I’ve been pointing people towards the BPOS-D document and suggesting the “subtractions” needed to translate from BPOS-D to BPOS-F. Luckily, there’s not much there. If you’re curious, feel free to email me and I’ll give you a high level guide or point you to who can.

Also, be aware of the different licensing models within BPOS-D and BPOS-F. Like On Premises SharePoint, you can elect for Standard or Enterprise features. I’ve seen a lot of confusion between BPOS-D with Standard features and BPOS-S. I can’t wait for the Office 365 rebrand to be complete to stop the  “what’s Standard BPOS?” madness.