Office 365 and Exchange Online

A very quick summary of Office 365 blogs, wiki’s and articles…

Exchange Online – the first place to start (includes some useful screenshots)…

Office 365 Beta BLOG and WIKI… An RSS feed off the blog is a useful source of Office 365 news. (Take a look at the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog also…)

If you’re interested in the coexistence between Exchange Server ‘On-Premise’ and Office 365 then use the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant – this is updated for Exchange 2003, Office 365 coexistence only at the moment – Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 to follow… (You need some Exchange 2010 infrastructure on-premise for coexistence with Exchange Server 2003 and Office 365 by the way.)

Check out the ‘Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Microsoft Online Services’; in particular the ‘IPD Guide for Exchange Online – Evaluating Software-Plus-Services’ (The download includes a spreadsheet, presentation and document - go for the Word doc. to start with.)

The ‘Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions’ are available on the Microsoft Download Center. I would definitely recommend a read of these. They’re not a difficult read and even if you skim read them they’ll give you more than a feel for what you can and can’t do with Office 365 before you get there.

A couple of articles it is worth reading:

A couple of non-Microsoft resources: ‘’ and Office365Rocks’

Fond of a tweet? @office365 @msonline (@me) (#office365 #exchangeonline #bpos #cloud)

Or even Facebook

Can also recommend a couple of books about cloud computing in general which I’ve enjoyed:

  • ‘Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution: How Cloud Computing Is Transforming Business and Why You Can't Afford to Be Left Behind’ by Charles Babcock
  • ‘The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from "Edison" to "Google"’ by Nicholas Carr

And if you happen to live in the UK and need to purchase some stationery …!@?!