My last post was on using Office 365 as a trial version. Now I have upgraded my license to P1 and have been using Sharepoint Online heavily since then. I am able to do most of the regular activities that I could do in Sharepoint Local Install, here in Sharepoint Online. Occasionally I see some functionlities or features missing.
For eg Saving List as a template. If you are user who uses this feature to backup a list template along with its content, then missing that feature is an annoyance. Both Save as List template and List gallery links are missing in Sharepoint Online. Though the links are missing, those features are still available. You can access them if you remember the links or connect to the online site using Sharepoint Designer and in the context menu for the list you want to take back up you can get the link to Save List as Template. See picture below
Using the link you can save the List Template along with its content. It can be downloaded from the gallery at http://SiteName/_catalogs/lt/Forms/AllItems.aspx. This trick had saved me a lot of time.
Finally I made up my mind and have started using the free trial of Office365. The setup is a breeze. I choose the P1 plan. Basically I am interested in Sharepoint Online part of the Office365. But it also come up with Exchange online and Lync Online. Additionally we get Office Webapps and Calendar apps.
The admin page is clean and intuitive. Calendar and Exchange reminds me of the Hotmail UI except everything has tint of orange instead of blue. Office Webapp reminds me of the Skydrive product. In future I hope Microsoft integrates all these into one. I dont have office Mac so couldnt try the offline document management part.
Coming to the Sharepoint Online side, after setup it creates a Teamsite (Intranet) and an external facing Website. The external facing website home page looks lame and I might need to create my own home page. The Site features and Site Collection Features available are very less compared to an on-premise Sharepoint installation. I was expecting to have Publishing feature available but its not. But I think I can live with that.
I was able to connect to the external site using Sharepoint Designer 2010 which was seamless(surprisingly). Haven’t tried modifying existing pages or Master pages yet. But creation of new Webpart page and Blog subsite worked!!. As expected creation of Publishing subsite failed.
So far I am impressed. Will keep testing the various Sharepoint and other office features of office365.