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Nouvel Office : sortie programmée le 29 janvier

Microsoft présentera les nouvelles versions de sa suite bureautique Office, dont Office 365 et ses formules d’abonnement annuelles, le 29 janvier 2013. La commercialisation est prévue pour intervenir dans la foulée.

Cette présentation sera principalement consacrée à Office 365, dont la nouvelle version s’adressera désormais aussi bien au grand public qu’aux entreprises. Elle se confondra presque avec la version traditionnelle d’Office puisque comme elle, elle proposera les logiciels Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook et OneNote. Mais elle y ajoutera 20 Go d’espace de stockage supplémentaire sur SkyDrive ainsi que 60 minutes de communication téléphonique via Skype et surtout une nouvelle formule d’abonnement avec paiement au mois ou à l’année (pour 5 postes) plutôt qu’un achat “perpétuel” de la suite comme c’était le cas jusqu’à maintenant.

Les versions “boite” et téléchargeables du Nouvel Office (le millésime 2013 étant désormais uniquement réservé aux produits qui composent la suite : Excel 2013, Word 2013…) seront proposées au travers de plusieurs éditions dont Office Famille et Etudiant, Office Famille et Petite Entreprise et Office Professionnel. Les tarifs de la plupart des versions ont été annoncés dès le 15 décembre dernier. Ainsi, l’abonnement à Office 365 Famille Premium coutera 99 € par an, Office Famille et Etudiant coutera 139 €, Office Famille et Petite Entreprise coutera 269 € et Office Professionnel coutera 539 €.

Understanding The Different Roles In A Cloud Computing Setup

If you are migrating from enterprise to a cloud based solution, it is necessary to understand the different roles in cloud computing. In this post, I will cover the 6 major roles in the cloud setup.

Cloud Service Provider

This is the entity that provides the cloud service. The cloud service provider owns and controls the cloud computing platform. The services include SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and IpaaS (Integration Platform as a Service). Based on the services provided, the CSPs can be broadly categorized into 3 types:

  • Application provider – These are providers that directly provide you access to an application without you having to worry about the layers underneath. Thus, if you are running a mail application with Google, you don’t need to worry much about the server infrastructure, resources such as RAM or platforms. Examples include Dropbox,, Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365.

  • Resource provider – These provide virtualization systems on top of their servers and lets you buy resources such as RAM, computing cycles and disc space. Offerings from providers such as Rackspace Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS) typically fall under this category.

  • Infrastructure provider – These lease servers and associated infrastructure from their datacenters. The infrastructure includes servers, storage, bandwidth and the datacenter (with power, space and personnel to man them). Companies such as Rightscale provide you the complete infrastructure to set up your cloud service.

Cloud Consumer

This is the user that is consuming the cloud services. The “Cloud Consumer” could be one of the following:

  • Developers in your enterprise who are building the apps using the cloud infrastructure.

  • Office workers and end consumers who are accessing the storage and productivity applications.

  • IT support team that uses the cloud services such as cloud backups to supplement their resources.

Cloud Service Brokerage

Cloud Service Brokerage (CSB) provides intermediation services between the consumer and the provider. They provide three major services:

  • Aggregation services – integration service different cloud service providers,

  • Intermediation services – help you identify the right service provide, consistent billing and support

  • Arbitrage services – getting good deals on what you pay for different cloud services.

Cloud Architects

These are the guys who will help you design your cloud solution and develop the right cloud architecture that suits your needs. The architecture should incorporate your storage, security, computing and compliance needs and build the right design that satisfies these needs.

Cloud Auditor

Security is a very critical aspect in any cloud setup. Since you might be storing confidential enterprise data on a server over which you have less control, it is important to put in place the right auditing and regulatory processes. Cloud Auditors are a third party who will provide independent assessments on your cloud setup and point out to the security vulnerabilities, data leaks and performance issues. There are 5 major types of audits that these companies might offer:

  • Data security audit – making sure that your enterprise data and those of your customers are not leaked out.

  • Regulatory compliance audit – these are audits that make sure your cloud installation satisfies all the major regulations from federal (Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA), state level (California’s data breach law, Massachusetts’ data protection law) to industry body level.

  • Performance and Reliability audit – this audit measures how good is your setup for various performance tests. These could include stress testing and manual testing to find out bottlenecks.

  • DR/BC (Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity) Audit – finds out how fast can you recover from disasters and how much of the data can you salvage.

  • ROI (Return on Investment) audit – this checks the business justifications of the cloud setup and make sure it makes accounting sense.

Cloud Carrier

This is the provider of transport level infrastructure to the cloud and connects cloud service provider and the customers. Although the telecom companies providing these services are assumed to operate in the lowest part of the stack, these days the carriers are getting more aggressive in growing up the value chain by providing transport solutions tailored to the needs of various cloud providers and consumers.

By Balaji Viswanathan published in Cloudtweaks

SMB cloud adoption begins to acclerate, study finds

Small and medium sized business are quickly moving to the cloud to reduce IT costs, a new study shows. The number of cloud services is expected to double over the next five years, and the number of small business using at least one cloud service will triple during that same period.

Cloud computing offers small business the opportunity to access the computing power of much larger corporations at a fraction of the cost. In fact, the survey shows that half of all SMBs see the cloud as becoming more important to their business.

"The cloud levels the playing field for SMBs, helping them compete in today’s quickly changing business environment, by spending less time and money on IT and more time focused on their most important priority —- growing their businesses", argues Microsoft operator channel vice president Marco Limena.

Microsoft commissioned the study of 3,000 small and medium sized businesses in 13 countries. The survey was conducted by Wayland, Mass.-based research firm Edge Strategies.

The most commonly used cloud services are email, instant messaging, voice communications, and backup. Edge also looked at SMB cloud plans over the next three years and the same cloud services also are in the IT plans of those embracing the cloud.

From this data, it certainly could be argued that SMBs seem to be quick to embrace the cloud in order to enhance communication. It makes sense: in small business, communication is key to ensure rapid growth.

The biggest motivators for migration to the cloud among SMBs is to save money (54 percent), followed by increases in productivity. Decision makers also mentioned flexibility as a fairly common response. Of those already using the cloud, 59 percent reported productivity increases as a result.

Such an increase in productivity is vital in an economy where revenues are hard to come by. Even in this environment, cloud-enabled SMBs are or expect to do well. 63 percent report that they expect to increase sales within the next 12 to 18 months, with 58 percent believing the cloud makes them more competitive in the marketplace.

"Gone are the days of large enterprises holding the keys to enterprise-class IT and services", Limena says.

Source : Betanews : SMB cloud adoption begins to acclerate, study finds

“Data Explorer” meets Office 365

Earlier this month we added some features that lay the foundation for Office 365 experience and connectivity in Data Explorer. From now on, you will be able to consume documents hosted in SharePoint Online using one of the following mechanisms:

  • If you know the URL to the document that you would like to access, you can directly import it using the Web Content option in the Add Data page. When prompted for credentials after specifying the URL to the document, you can provide your Microsoft Online Services ID as the credentials to access the document (which you can specify to be applied to the entire SharePoint site).

  • Alternatively if you want to navigate the SharePoint documents library to see the list of documents in the SharePoint site, you can add a Formula resource and call the SharePoint.Contents(“Your SharePoint site URL”) library function, this will return the top-level contents of the SharePoint site as displayed in the following screenshot.

From this preview, clicking the Content column icon you can navigate to the desired document. In the screenshot below, we navigated to an Excel workbook under the “Shared Documents” folder and previewed the “Categories” worksheet.

In upcoming weeks and months, expect to see a more integrated user experience for navigating a SharePoint site and browsing its contents. We already support full graphical user interface access to a SharePoint’s site feed via the SharePoint item in the Add Data page, both for on-premises and SharePoint Online deployments – which means that you do not need to start off with the SharePoint.Contents() function call directly on the formula bar in this case.

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Microsoft Cloud Services Get Major Service Updates, New Customers

Microsoft Corp. today announced the first major service update for Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. The service will also be available to try in 22 additional markets today, including Argentina, Iceland, Indonesia, South Africa and Taiwan.

Look who is using the cloud.

“We are seeing really positive momentum for Office 365. Customers are adopting Office 365 eight times faster than our previous service, and the solution is on track to become one of our fastest-growing offers in Microsoft history,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft. “We are also seeing great traction with small businesses, with more than 90 percent of our early Office 365 customers coming from small businesses.”

Small Businesses and Big Brands Bet on Office 365

More and more large global companies are choosing Office 365 to enable their employees and customers to work together in the cloud. In fact, more than 40 percent of the global Interbrand list of the 100 top brands use Office 365 or related cloud productivity services from Microsoft. Among the new customers are Campbell Soup Company and Groupe Marie-Claire, which have recently chosen Office 365 to reap the benefits of cloud productivity.

“Office 365 is key to our plans to propel our employees to next-generation innovation in productivity technologies, at a very rapid pace,” said Joe Spagnoletti, senior vice president and chief information officer at Campbell Soup Company. “We’re betting on the cloud — and Office 365 — as we prepare to build a highly collaborative workplace where employees across our global offices can all work together and communicate in a seamless fashion.”

Groupe Marie-Claire, a leading fashion magazine published in more than 30 countries, will use Office 365 to modernize the company’s email and collaboration capabilities, while moving away from a costly and inefficient legacy technology. Employees at Groupe Marie-Claire will be able to access email and share documents on a PC, Mac or various mobile devices with Office 365.

“We thoroughly evaluated other cloud productivity offerings in the market before choosing Microsoft. Office 365 is the right choice to help our company support the way people work today and encourage a more mobile work environment,” said Philippe Chapier, IT manager for Groupe Marie-Claire. “With the service, we have the added benefit of working together with familiar tools on almost any device and can make quicker decisions when needed.”

Rapid Cloud Evolution

Microsoft is also making more than 30 new updates to Office 365 to enhance collaboration and communication, and for SkyDrive, adding simple app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5 based largely on customer feedback. Key new features and enhancements include the following:

Support for Lync for Mac. Mac users can now use instant messaging, presence and videoconferencing through Office 365.

New SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, which allow people to connect to information in their company’s critical line-of-business applications, such as customer relationship management or SAP software.

Support for Windows Phone 7.5. Starting today, people can access and update documents in SharePoint Online from anywhere using their Windows Phone.

SkyDrive gets simpler app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5. Share any Office document in one click. Work together more easily with any contact — across email services and connected networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Powerful tools to manage and organize files quickly. Drag and drop multiple files to upload across browsers on PC and Mac.

“Today’s news illustrates how we’re executing like never before in the cloud with more customers, capabilities and commitment than anyone in the industry. All this while others search for their focus,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division.

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Download the Microsoft Office 365 Integration Module Beta for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

This week marks the beta release of the highly anticipated Microsoft Office 365 Integration Module (OIM) for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. The OIM allows small businesses to seamlessly combine the cloud-based productivity tools of Office 365 with the infrastructure provided by SBS 2011 Essentials, a first-server designed and priced especially for small businesses with limited in-house IT resources. The joint technologies provide businesses with an affordable hybrid solution that helps protect data, organize and provide access to business information from virtually anywhere, and support the applications that enable the business to run smoothly and efficiently.

The Office 365 Integration Module joins the Windows® 7 Professional Pack for Small Business Server 2011 and the Windows® Server Solutions Phone Connector Add-in to help provide a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful solution for small businesses. If you are currently taking advantage of either SBS 2011 Essentials or Office 365, we encourage you to use this opportunity to experience the collective benefits of both products. Get ready today by downloading the Office 365 Integration Module Beta and discover how SBS 2011 Essentials and Office 365 work better together to help improve productivity and business efficiency.

The Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials extends the features of the server Dashboard by providing seamless integration with Office 365 services. When you integrate Office 365 with the server, you can:

  • Subscribe to Office 365 or configure the server to use an existing subscription.
  • Perform the following Office 365 account management tasks from the Dashboard:
    • Bulk create Office 365 accounts for network user accounts.
    • Assign new or existing Office 365 accounts to network user accounts.
    • Manage the Office 365 account assigned to a user account throughout the lifecycle of the user account. For example, deactivating a network user account also deactivates the Office 365 account that is assigned to the user account.
  • Synchronize passwords for network user accounts and Office 365 accounts. This allows network users to sign in to Office 365 using their Windows password.
  • Link a professional Internet domain that you have set up on Window SBS to Office 365.
  • View information about your Office 365 subscription.
  • Access your Office 365 management portal from the Office 365 page of the server Dashboard.

You can install and configure the Office 365 Integration Module at any time after completing the server installation.

Office 365 helps drive productivity by giving employees virtually anywhere access to professional-grade email, web conferencing tools, documents, shared portals, contacts, and calendars delivered through the cloud. At a glance, Office 365 includes (click here for more details):

  • Microsoft® Exchange Online, offering email, calendar and contacts
  • Microsoft® SharePoint Online, a central place to share documents and information
  • Microsoft® Lync Online, a next-generation cloud communications service
  • Microsoft® Office Web Apps, convenient online companions to the Microsoft® Office suite

The solution allows companies to use the productivity tools they need while eliminating the complexity, management, and maintenance requirements of in-house messaging infrastructure. Small businesses can now combine the power of an on-premise server solution and the flexibility and convenience of cloud-based applications to help improve productivity, enhance collaboration and communication, and keep business data safe and secure.

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of SBS 2011 Essentials and the Office 365 Integration Module, let me share with you some compelling advantages for small businesses:

Get More Done – SBS 2011 Essentials and the Office 365 help small businesses employees who are always on the move that need readily accessible information and applications to service their customers or make the next sale. Office 365 enables workers to increase productivity from virtually anywhere by allowing real-time access to information and tools from a variety of devices and platforms.

Enjoy a Simplified, Flexible Solution – Small businesses are typically limited by a lack of experience and resources dedicated to in-house IT systems. Together, SBS 2011 Essentials and Office 365 offer enhanced flexibility and help reduce IT complexity with a seamless combination of comprehensive server functionality and cloud-based productivity tools that make it easy for people to connect and work together.

Help Safeguard Work – Every smart business takes precautions when it comes to safeguarding its work. Office 365 helps maintain a dependable and secure data environment allowing small businesses to rest assured knowing important business data stored in SharePoint Online is protected from loss or theft and kept safe with advanced security and reliability features.

In addition to these benefits, the Office 365 Integration Module also enables small businesses to easily administer both local and cloud users in one single place, such as adding all SBS user accounts into Office 365 and using a single custom domain name for both SBS 2011 Essentials and Office 365.

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Réunion CUMULOS le 6 avril 2011

A l’occasion du lancement de la beta publique d’Office 365 début avril, CUMULOS, la Communauté des Utilisateurs Microsoft Online Services vous invite à participer à une après-midi spécialement consacrée à cet évènement le 6 avril 2011 de 14h00 à 18h00 sur le Campus de Microsoft France, 41 quai du Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux.

Au programme : présentation des services Exchange Online, SharePoint Online et Lync Online, nouveautés de la beta, Q&A avec les équipes Microsoft, présentation de produits tiers et d’offres autour de la solution Microsoft Office 365.

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