Using OCS and Lync Together

Ok so you have signed for Office 365 and would like to use Lync on your work laptop, but your company has not moved to Lync OR you have Lync for work but cannot add people outside of your organization and you would like to use your personal Lync, then what options do you have? This is part of my Office 365 blog post series

Migrating from BPOS Mailbox to Office 365

What a pain! (Kind of, till I found out why the pain and how to work around that)

I was using Microsoft BPOS since last couple of months for some of my active domains with limited users and last month, I planned to move them over to Office 365.

Microsoft have a BPOS to Office 365 transition web site, which is pretty useless. Useless since it does not have any tools or guidance that I could use to make a smooth transition. Thankfully I hadn’t started using SharePoint in BPOS, so migrating data from BPOS (SharePoint) to Office 365 (SharePoint) is one less headache to take care of… very glad, given the pain I went through to migrate from BPOS to Office 365 for 3 users mailbox and behind the scenes with DNS, etc.

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Why Office 365?

Why not? To continue on our series on Office 365 and then you can decide if you want to move to Office 365 or not.

In the previous post, we introduced the concept of the ‘in the cloud’ offering from Microsoft namely Office 365 and what is the offering under the banner of Office 365.

The next question that may pop is “Why Office 365?”

What is Office365?

Office 365 is the online version of the popular Microsoft suite of products that we all use everyday – Office Suite, Exchange, SharePoint and OCS (now Lync). It’s all bundled together and made available online for the organizations to get started with at will.

Life Before Office365

Have you tried or used Office Live? In early days since it launched, I had signed up for it and essentially what it gave me was a public facing website, ability to integrate mail (using Hotmail as the back-end platform) and also enabled collaboration with others by using their email address (via the workspace).

In short, it was SharePoint lite (workspace) combined with email and the public facing website – all in the cloud – for individuals and small businesses enabling them to get started with a website, email and collaboration platform in the cloud.

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