Being a Microsoft partner when i saw they were giving MAPS subscribers their top of the line Office365 package I thought this would be great.  I was met with several challenges right off the bat:


1.Setting up the account isn’t straightforward at all.  In typical Microsoft fashion it’s a laborious, complicated process.  I knew this going in as this is the Microsoft way.

2.  Office365 calendars don’t work well with internet based calendars.  I tried a couple and the propagation from hosted exchange to anywhere doesn’t work at all.  I can put the internet calendar into outlook and it works..but OWA/Exchange it never propagates.

3.  Office365 on mobile app only works on mobile devices with screens smaller than 4.5 inches.

4 . Here’s the showstopper.  Exchange(at least in Office365 and maybe in on premises too) doesn’t support shared calendars on ANY mobile device…at least any device that’s not windows based.  I don’t have any Windows mobile devices(very few do).  Since all of my mobile devices are not Windows this is an absolute showstopper for me.


Problems 1 and 2 can be worked around.  Problem 3 makes office 365 a total non-usage scenario for anyone with a non-Microsoft mobile device.  I’m not willing to purchase additional software to make Office365 work with my mobile devices.  Google just works.  Something that Microsoft despite all their bluster can’t say.

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