Still thinking that taking advantage of online services entails a trade-off between the rich features of an on-premise client and the convenience of a cloud-based browser application? It might be time for another look. Check out the new software-plus-services offering from Microsoft Online Services: the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting, and Exchange Hosted Filtering – enterprise-class software delivered as a subscription service. Here’s a great Technical Overview of the Business Productivity Suite from Microsoft Online Services (Level 200) delivered via a webcast.
Next, read what some third-party assessments of Windows Azure and Windows 7 had to say:
Microsoft’s Cloud Vision
Redmond Developer, November 18, 2008
Why Windows Azure and Windows 7 will change the way you work.
Windows 7 In-Depth Review and Video: This Time Microsoft Gets It Right
Computerworld, November 12, 2008
In his hands-on review of the Windows 7 pre-beta, Preston Gralla decides that Microsoft’s upcoming operating system shows great promise.
Windows 7: The Five Most Talked-About Features
CIO, November 17, 2008
A look at the five features of Windows 7 generating the most discussion and what they’ll mean to you.
Finally, there’s a new guide, available as part of the complete Infrastructure Planning and Design file: the Exchange Online: Evaluating Software-plus-Services guide provides a clear comparison of e-mail technologies across on-premises, standard hosting, and dedicated hosting scenarios. Check it out.