Here’s a handy little chart that has a good summary of SharePoint storage and file uploads
Pricing will depend on your region of course.
Got an interesting question from someone recently that I thought I’d share in a post just to highlight what I don’t believe won’t be far away for Office 365.
If you have an Outlook.com (ex Hotmail) and SkyDrive account you can “attach” (really just share a link) a file from SkyDrive to an email sent from Outlook.com as you can see above.
Unfortunately, as you can see the above screen shot from Office 365 you don’t have the option to share from SkyDrive Pro say. That said, I don’t believe that option is far away. When you select the attachment option in Office 365 you are taken to your normal Windows Explorer file browser where you locate the file on your desktop. Of course if you are using the SkyDrive Pro client app then you could certainly ‘directly’ attach any file that you have sync’ed to your desktop from SharePoint. You just can’t do it directly within the browser.
That said, the actual ‘attach’ in Outlook.com is really just creating a shared link to the file from SkyDrive. You aren’t really ‘attaching’ to the email you are sending per se. Sending an attachment via Outlook.com means that the file you ‘attach’ is now publically available via the link that is created and will remain that way unless you go back into SkyDrive and remove the permissions. In theory that link could be on sent to others or used directly in a browser to view the file without you knowing.
Even though you surrender control of any file when you attach it and send with an email anyway, it is still important to remember that ‘attaching’ via a browser in Outlook.com is really creating and sending a public link to that document which remains shared by default with everyone. Makes you curious how Office 365 might handle this when implementation time comes?
After getting some feedback from people I have updated my Office 365 plan select flow chart to release version 1.0. I have made it freely available and plan to update it on a regular basis, however I always appreciate a donation if you find it has value for you. All donations go towards improving and enhancing what is available.
if you spot anything incorrect or that needs modification please let me know via email@example.com or leave a comment on this post.
All CIAOPS Office 365 and SharePoint Guide subscribers will receive a copy of the original Visio file so they can make their own additions and customizations (such as adding plan prices).
Look out for more Office 365 flow charts coming soon.
I am starting to put together some flow charts to help people with the process of selecting the right Office 365 plan. If you have a few minutes I’d really appreciate your feedback on my initial iteration which you can find at:
Initially, I’m keen to make sure the decision process flow is correct (so let me know any mistakes I’ve made) but any feedback around how it looks or what enhancement you’d like to see would also be greatly appreciated. Also, I’d be interested to hear whether people find this of value.
You can leave your comments on this blog post or email me direct via firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the hidden gems of the new Wave 15 (SharePoint 2013) version of Office 365 are Site Mailboxes. They are basically a full Exchange mailbox (for free) that can be associated with a SharePoint Team site.
A Site Mailbox is not enabled by default but it is easy enough to do. You can press the Keep email in context tile on the front page of a new team site or
you can ‘Add an app’ and select Site Mailbox from the list of available apps.
Once the Site Mailbox has been added you’ll need to give it a few minutes to setup.
As the above message highlights, it may take up to 30 minutes for access to the Site Mailbox. Site Owners will be sent an email when the mailbox is ready.
You can now access the mailbox by pressing the Mailbox link from the Quick Launch Menu on the left hand side of the Team Site.
The first time you access the mailbox you’ll need to set the default language and time zone
You should then see the familiar Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface to the mailbox like so:
So now you can send and receive as that mailbox just as you would with normal Exchange accounts.
To navigate back to your site simply select the site name in the top left of the screen.
If you now go and look at your Office 365 users in the Admin centre you should see a new user that matches the Site Mailbox you just created like so:
Clicking on that user you will see they have no licenses and can’t be assigned any.
Now there is not much that you can do here to work with the Site Mailbox. What you need to do is access the Site Mailbox from SharePoint and then select Options from the Settings menu in the top right of the browser.
You should then end up with a screen like
In the middle of this screen you will see that Site Mailboxes are 5GB maximum in size.
I won’t cover the standard OWA stuff here but if you select site mailboxes from the list you’ll see that it is blank. This is because a Site Mailbox isn’t really connected to other Site Mailboxes, BUT if you go to your own personal OWA and select the same options you should see
all the Site Mailboxes you have access to.
You should also see that you have ability to determine whether they appear in Outlook by simply checking the box to the left of the Site Mailbox.
If you edit the Site Mailbox by selecting it and press the Edit button (the pencil) you’ll get another dialog window. In there you will find a sync status option as shown above. You will also notice that you have a button to start sync if needed.
After a while (this is not instantaneous and may take up to 30 minutes or so), users who have rights to the SharePoint Team site, where you created the Site Mailbox, will see that mailbox appear in their Outlook desktop application like shown above.
Now they can happily drag and drop emails between the Site Mailbox and their own Inbox.
If a message arrives with an attachment, as shown above, that attachment can be dragged and dropped to the Document subfolder and this will copy it to the Documents library in the SharePoint Team Site.
This Documents subfolder is effective a direct link to the SharePoint Team site library and thus you can drag use it exactly like a linked Library in Outlook. That means you can drag and drop files that aren’t attachments here and they will also be uploaded to SharePoint.
So Site Mailboxes are easy to set up, are free, get automatically provisioned to Outlook on the desktop and allow a connection for file transfers to a SharePoint. They make a great option for working with projects that may involve team members sharing information via email. Having calendar, contacts, documents AND emails for a project all in one location is very handy but that is not the only application for Site Mailboxes!
This post only scratches the surface of what is possible. If you are looking for more configuration of this mailbox like being able to change the inbound address as well as Send-As permissions then you are going to need to look at standard Office 365 PowerShell commands to achieve this. Not hard but beyond the scope of this post (maybe a future post so stay tuned).
Here are some more resources to help you with SharePoint Site Mailboxes in Office 365:
Overview: Use a site mailbox to collaborate with your team – http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/sharepoint-help/overview-use-a-site-mailbox-to-collaborate-with-your-team-HA103927690.aspx
Prepare for using site mailboxes in Office 365 – http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/office365-suite-help/prepare-for-using-site-mailboxes-in-office-365-HA103834109.aspx
In line with my voiced expectations of more apps for Office 365 Microsoft has just release OWA for iPad and iPhone. You can read all about it and see it in action at:
At the moment it is only for Office 365 users but it is apparently slated to shortly also become available for on premise and other Exchange hosted solutions.
In essences it looks very much like what you see when you use the browser interface although it does have some nice touches.
So for the average ‘business’ end user these are big benefits over using the standard web browser. Although the browser works fine IT Professionals need to remember that most end users prefer dedicated apps for their interactions with a product.
To get the full details of the new apps check out the blog post mentioned above and watch out for will surely be more apps coming from Microsoft.
You can download the new apps directly from:
iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/owa-for-ipad/id659524331
iPhone – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/owa-for-iphone/id659503543
If you want to get certified or learn more about the technical side of Office 365 you could previously do the Administering Office 365 for Small Business Jump Start at:
via the Microsoft Virtual Academy. This positioned you to complete the 74-324 exam.
There is now an updated version of the Administering Office 365 for Small Business Jumpstart at:
As with the previous course all the material is now available for download. So do what I’ve done, download all the videos and PowerPoint’s for viewing at your convenience.
This new course is aimed at providing material for the upcoming 74-325 Administering Office 365 exam, which is expected to be available very soon. So use this material and get studying!
Just for a change, I’ve swapped my podcast hosting mike to be a guest on Eagle Talk Radio. You’ll find the episode here:
I’m actually the second guest on for this episode so might need to fast forward just over half way to catch my segments on SharePoint and podcasting.
Thanks to Belinda Luby and Peter Moriarty for the opportunity to be a guest on their show.