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Luke Smith

I’ve been working with Microsoft Technologies for over 20 years, my main focus now being Microsoft Online Services. I manage the Cloud Services at ElysianIT Limited and as a P-SELLER at Microsoft. I have worked with many organisations from SMC to Enterprise. I’ve been working with Microsoft Technologies since DOS 5.0, to date I have been working on Microsoft’s latest cloud technology Windows Azure, Windows 10 Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft BPOS Pricing

Written by Luke Smith. Posted in Microsoft

Below is the current price list for the BPOS Services


Price per user per month *1

Service Description

Deskless Service



Exchange Deskless Worker


512Mb Mailbox, outlook, OWA, Mobile Active-Sync

SharePoint Deskless Worker


Read only access to SharePoint. no additional storage

BPO Deskless Worker Suit


All Deskless Services




Exchange Online Standard

£3.36 (was £6.69)

5Gb Mailbox, Outlook, OWA, Mobile Active-Sync, AV and SPAM *2

SharePoint Online Standard

3.52 (was £4.85)

250 Mb SharePoint Site per user

Office Communications Online

£1.34 (was £1.67)

Presents and Instant Messaging (no Phone Integration)

Office Live Meeting



BPOS Standard Suite

£6.71 (was £10.04)

All Standard Services




SharePoint Extra Storage


1GB Increments *3

Exchange Extra Storage


1GB Increments *3

Exchange Archive


3.6Gb, Compliance, Encrypted, Protection and Preservation

*1 Discounts available for > 250 seats

*2 Blackberry Enterprise server avalible at £6.71

*3 Only on Standard Editions

To sign up for a 30day trial click here

For more information please see: and

Prices correct as of the 13-June-2009, subject to change

UPDATED: 6-May-2009 added Extra Storage Costs

UPDATED: 13-June-2009 updated services (Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) available)

UPDATE: 24-Nov-2009 MS lower BPOS pricing

UPDATE: 17-Aug-2010 New pricing added BES price

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

Written by Luke Smith. Posted in Microsoft

Today Microsoft have launched Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), This service will provide E-mail, Conferencing and Collaboration tools based on the latest Microsoft Server Products, Microsoft will be hosting this service in there cloud computing environment called Software-plus-Service.

The BPOS services can be quickly and easily deployed, which can be integrated with your existing applications and AD Domain.

BPOS online services can be brought individually or as a suite which includes:

· Microsoft Exchange Online

· Microsoft SharePoint Online

· Microsoft Office Live Meeting

· Microsoft Office Communications Online

· Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services

You can trail BPOS by simply registering for a 30 day free demo here.

Microsoft partners can help organisations move quickly to this new service. ICS Solutions Ltd is one such partner, for more information please see

Blackberry BIS and OWA through ISA Server

Written by Luke Smith. Posted in Microsoft

Some of our users which own a Blackberry and are using the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) have recently been experencing issues whereby the email stopped working after moving Exchange 2007 OWA though an ISA 2006 R2 Firewall.

When the ISA Server was connecting to the IIS Server it uses Basic Authentication, this all worked fine when using OWA directly over the internet, however BIS still failed.

Looking more closely at the traffic from the BIS Service it was trying to connect to the the following folder and file EWSexchange.asmx. Reviewing the IIS settings only windows auth was selected after selecting Basicm, all started working.

EWS (Exchange Web Services), is the main web service used by Exchange, developers can use the Web Service to access the Exchange services. one of the main components which use this web service is the availability service.

Vodafone BIS URL: