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Microsoft Lands Minnesota Cloud Contract

Business Productivity Online Suite (better known as BPOS) is Microsoft's cloud-based collection of communications apps that includes conferencing, e-mail and collaboration tools.

The state of Minnesota has a contract for "all executive branch agencies" to use the suite and gives the option for other state agencies to tap into the Web apps.

E-mail users should be pleased. Now they are relegated to a scant 100 MB of mail storage -- barely enough for many workers' Pam Anderson JPEG collections!

Do you like BPOS, or does the acronym POS mean something entirely different to you? Answers welcome from cloud or on-premises e-mail systems at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/29/2010 at 1:18 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Sep 30, 2010 Fred New Orleans

100mb of storage is insane, I have sever logs that are bigger than that.

Wed, Sep 29, 2010 Alan

We also use the BPOS services and have found the move to be very positive. The addition of BPOS services is a great step for Microsoft and is their future if they execute properly.

Wed, Sep 29, 2010 Tom

We've been using BPOS for a while now and have also ported some of our clients to it. So far all is well with very few issues. One VERY nice to have though would be to make their mobile Office Communicator (for Windows Mobile) work with BPOS. My understanding is that this may occur later this year along with some other upgrades to BPOS. Overall we're all pretty satisified with the service.

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