Microsoft finally released an video ad which shows why the Surface is such a great device. Surface Imagine shows you a device that can finally do it all. It has the power of a laptop with the portability of a tablet. It has a USB port and a click-in keyboard and the power to run Office.
I know for a lot of people this is not something new, but in the courses I presented in the past weeks I always mentioned this great Windows 8 App called Server Posterpedia.
2012: A Year of Microsoft Milestones
Yesterday Microsoft launched Outlook.com. Just after a few hours after the launch Outlook.com got over a million users.
Now I am still working with Office 365. I am still try to test all the features and also the support for mobile devices like the iPhone or Windows Phone 7. As a Windows Phone 7 developer I could get the beta for the next update of Windows Phone 7 called Mango. Now Mango will support Office 365. You can simply add your Office 365 account on your phone and this will connect you to Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
What is missing in first beta of the Windows Phone 7 Mango update is Lync, but Microsoft is working on that.
You can simply manage and administrate Office 365 from your Powershell prompt or with your own Powershell scripts.
Here is how you can connect to Office 365 with Windows PowerShell:
First create a object with your Windows Live Credentials. This command will open a Windows in which you can enter your Windows Live Credentials for your Office365 Accout. In my case firstname.lastname@example.org and my password.
$LiveCred = Get-Credential
You can open a new Session:
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Now join the session with:
To close the Session:
Now if you join the PS session with Enter-PSSession you can now work online and run commands like Get-User. More about working with Powershell and Office 365 in the next posts.
In the last days I started to work with the Microsoft beta of Office 365. After testing it for a while I think this could be a great solution for small & medium businesses. And its a really hard competitor to Google Apps. There are a lot of advantage which Office 365 has agains Google Apps and I think because it is a Microsoft Solution for a lot of companys this is the better way to go, if they already used Microsoft Products or have a Microsoft enviroment.
More options and features instead of Google Apps, for example in Exchange or Forfront which protects Exchange and SharePoint Online for free.
Microsoft Solutions – the most people and companys already use them.
Powershell - This is a really cool feature. You can administrate the whole Office365 online serivce with Windows Powershell.
In the next few weeks I will post some blog post about how to use Office 365 and some Powershell How To posts.