Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Office 365 plans-SharePoint

The next in a series of blog posts on the differences between the plan offerings in Office 365.

 

Product

1 – Lync

2 – SharePoint

3 – Exchange

4 – Enterprise Suites

5 – Small Business Suite

6 – Office Web Apps

7 – Office 2010 Professional Plus

8 – Kiosk Suites

 

Things are not so straight forward now with SharePoint and the different plans because you can purchase SharePoint Online as an individual SKU (Plan 1 or Plan 2, shown below).

 

 

SharePoint Online(Plan 1)

SharePoint Online (Plan 2)

Team sites

Yes

Yes

Simple public facing web site

1

1

Ribbon Site designer tool

Yes

Yes

SharePoint Designer 2010

Yes, for Intranet sites

Yes, for Intranet sites

Custom workflows

Yes

Yes

Sandbox solutions

Yes

Yes

My Site

Yes

Yes

Enterprise features (Forms Services, Excel Services, Visio Services)

No

Yes

Access Services

No

Yes

Business Connectivity Services

No

No

Site collections

Up to 300

Up to 300

Search (across site collections)

Yes

Yes

Extranet users

50 free

50 free

Storage

10GB + 500MB per USL

10GB + 500MB per USL

Buy additional storage

Yes

Yes

Administration

Yes, Tenant level

Yes Tenant Level

 

or as part of a suite as shown below.

 

 

For Small Businesses SharePoint Online in P1

For Kiosk Workers SharePoint Online in K1/K2

For Information Workers SharePoint Online Plan 1 in E1/E2

For Information Workers SharePoint Online Plan 2 in E3/E4

Team Sites

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Simple Public-Facing Website

1 Basic Public-facing site included

No

1 Basic Public-facing site included

1 Basic Public-facing site included

Site Designer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SharePoint Designer 2010

Yes, for Intranet sites

Yes, for Intranet sites

Yes, for Intranet sites

Yes, for Intranet sites

Custom Workflows

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sandbox Solutions (PTC)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

My Site

No

No

Yes

Yes

Enterprise Features (Forms Services, Excel Services, Visio Services)

No

No

No

Yes

Access Services

Yes

No

No

Yes

Business Connectivity Services (BCS)

No

No

No

No

Site Collections

Single Site Collection

N/A

Up to 300

Up to 300

Office Web Apps

View & Edit

View only for K1

View and Edit for K2

View only for E1

View and Edit for E2

View & Edit

Search (across Site Collections)

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Basic External Document Sharing

Yes

N/A

Yes, add-on

Yes, add-on

Storage

10GB + 500MB per USL

10GB + 0MB per USL

10GB + 500MB per USL

10GB + 500MB per USL

Buy additional storage

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max Org Users

Up to 50

TBD

TBD

TBD

Admin

Single Site Collection

No

Yes Tenant level

Yes Tenant level

Support

Community*

24x7 phone support for Admin

24x7 phone support for Admin

24x7 phone support for Admin

 

There are come inconsistencies to note here with SharePoint plans:

 

- The Small Business and Professional suite includes most of the features SharePoint Plan P1 but also includes the single enterprise feature of Access Services.

- The Small Business and Professional suite is limited to a total of 2 site collections, one public and one intranet.

- The Small Business and Professional suite does not allow you to purchase additional storage beyond what is provided initially (10GB) plus the amount per user (500GB).

- The Small Business and Professional suite includes the ability to read and write using Office Web Apps.

- In Australia 24x7 phone support is provided with the Small Business and Professional suite via Telstra, elsewhere it is only community support.

- Intranet SharePoint sites use https (secure) while public facing web sites only use http. However the Small Business and Professional plan only allows http for all web sites (see link for details).

- Intranet SharePoint domains are of the form https://<custom_name>.sharepoint.com.

- External SharePoint support vanity domains i.e. http://www.domain.com.

 

Another point to consider is that Business Connectivity services has been announced for an update to Office 365 coming in November. I am unsure whether at this stage it will be available in the P plan.