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Chapter 13: SharePoint Online
CHAPTER 13
SharePoint Online
Understanding SharePoint capabilities .............. 631
Introducing SharePoint Online ..................... 632
Managing SharePoint Online ...................... 638
SharePoint Store ................................. 646
SkyDrive Pro .................................... 659
Office Web Apps ................................. 670
Achieving compliance with SharePoint
eDiscovery Center ............................... 674
SharePoint Online Management Shell .............. 694
SharePoint search in a hybrid environment .......... 696
When the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) cloud offering was introduced,
it featured Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 customized for the cloud.
Needless to say, there were significant feature gaps between SharePoint Server
2007 on-premises versus WSS 3.0 online, primarily because WSS was never designed for
large, multi-tenant hosted environments. Since then, Microsoft introduced a “Cloud First”
initiative and made it the company’s top priority.
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 server technologies were retrofitted to better scale and
support large, multi-tenant scenarios. Thus, with the introduction of Office 365, SharePoint
2010 server technologies were implemented in Office 365, not SharePoint Foundation. This
resulted in a huge improvement of hosted SharePoint capabilities. Key capabilities
previously missing in BPOS, such as InfoPath electronic forms, Business Connectivity Services
(BCS), and FAST Search technology, are now available in SharePoint Online.
With the February 27, 2013 release of Office 365, SharePoint 2013 is the featured
collaboration platform in the cloud. This is a significant milestone because the 2013 release of
Microsoft’s productivity tools was designed completely based on the Cloud First initiative
and natively supports public and private multi-tenant cloud deployments. As you will see
in this chapter, more features are now available in SharePoint Online 2013, and the gap
between on-premises SharePoint and SharePoint Online continues to close. Even though
we will include SharePoint Online 2010 in our discussion, we primarily will be focused on
SharePoint Online 2013 and the new capabilities.
Understanding SharePoint capabilities
SharePoint Online is less complex to implement than Exchange Online. However, as a
platform it pulls together a wide array of technologies designed to help people collaborate
better. In fact, SharePoint can be thought of as a collection of capabilities, including the
following:
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