Reality Check on Office 365

Christian Buckley

Christian is a 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • I completely agree–it makes sense to dip your toes into something v. simple, with less chance of hellfire if something goes haywire. Hosted SP does appeal to me, but I’d need to to be as functional as on-premise, and I’d need to know it was extremely well backed up.

  • Microsoft’s goal is to get to feature parity within the next couple releases, but its not the feature-by-feature comparison you need to be concerned about, but the limitations of the APIs and the complete rearchitecture of your favorite tools and solutions to work in the hosted model. If all you need is vanilla, hosted is a great option. If you want to add complex customizations and integrations, then do your homework. To get even some basic applications to work can take some jumping through hoops. Microsoft will improve on this rapidly, but again – know what you’re trying to accomplish (not just reduce costs), and realize that the hosted model is not a good fit for everyone.