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Jonesin' for Office 365

Redmond magazine contributor Don Jones just finished moving from Google Apps for Business to Office 365 and the man couldn't be happier. The cloud software is now running and running well. Here are some of Jones' conclusions:

The setup required a bit too much PowerShell scripting, and could do with more tasks being handled by the GUI.

For internal users, it is smooth sailing. For outsiders to connect to Jones' SharePoint, they have to authenticate through Hotmail. I guess that's because Hotmail uses Passport authentication and Microsoft reckons it is easy and cheap enough to set up a Hotmail account.

Jones detailed the migration in a three-part series you can find here.

I recently interviewed over a dozen readers about Google Apps and Office 365. Serious Microsoft IT types vastly preferred Office 365, while smaller shops such as nonprofits liked the slimmed-down approach of Google. I'll report on all my findings in the coming weeks.

Have you used either? If so, let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/07/2012 at 12:47 PM


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