Top 100 Law Firm Websites in Pictures – PowerPoint slide deck of all the top 100 law firm websites. Feel free to go download it and give it to the partners in your firm and ask them to pick what they think is the best
News from Redmond last night was the announcement of Office 365, the replacement for Microsoft BPOS – Microsoft’s cloud hosted productivity suite, which is due to launch early in 2011 complete with new versions and reduced pricing.
So, what’s new?
First a quick recap of BPOS: It’s based around the Microsoft Office 2007 technology stack and gets you:
That’s all priced $10 per user per month. (UK pricing is £6.72 per user per month).
Office 365 will come in two different flavours: Office 365 Small Business and Office 365 Enterprise. These are based around the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 technologies and provide new features at reduced prices.
Office 365 Small Business
This suite provides broadly the same functionality as the current BPOS offering, but with the addition of the Office Web Apps. It is targeted at businesses with 1-25 staff (with a maximum of 50 staff). Here’s what you get:
SharePoint Online – team collaboration based on SharePoint Foundation 2010 including Access Services web database technology
Office Online – edit and collaborate on documents in a web browser using Office Web Apps
This suite targets larger organisations and adds full array of SharePoint Server 2010 capabilities. Here’s the detail:
Exchange Online – as Small Business offering, plus email archiving and retention and cross mailbox search for e-discovery scenarios
SharePoint Online – as Small Business offering, plus full SharePoint Server 2010 capabilities including portals, social networking capabilities and enterprise search
Office Online – as Small Business offering
Lync Online – as Small Business offering
24/7 Phone Support
The price for this is $10 per user per month – the same price as the current BPOS offering. (UK pricing still to be announced). In addition you can choose to add the Office Professional Plus client suite to the subscription bundle for an additional $14 per user per month. That looks an extremely attractive option to us.
Yesterday Microsoft announced the successor to their current crop of Windows Mobile phones, to be called Windows Phone 7 Series. Interesting in the announcement was built-in SharePoint integration, shown in the image above. I wonder… might it just start to make an impact on Blackberry’s dominance in big business?
We’re confirmed! We’ll be attending the Legal IT Show 2010 in February and we’d love to talk SharePoint with you.
Are you implementing SharePoint today? Thinking of holding off, or upgrading to SharePoint 2010? We’d love to hear what your thoughts or issues are. And in return we’d be happy to share our experiences of working with SharePoint in some of the largest companies in the UK.
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Case Study: Alternative Fees – “We are at the tipping point when it comes to the billable hour, and one law firm leading the way into the future is Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP…It studied what clients stated in writing what they wanted, gave it to them, and generated lots of new business.”
Get Connected or Get Out of the Kitchen – “I’ll make a prediction here that I’ll review this time in 2011. There will emerge two types of solicitors firms by the end of the year: those that have fully adopted IT systems for service delivery and those that have not.”
This is the first of what I hope will be a weekly or bi-weekly roundup of things that I read and found interesting. There won’t be a lot of comment from me, but hopefully you will find the links useful. Enjoy!
(The picture here is from NASA’s Terra satellite last week and show the extent of the snow and icy conditions on frozen Britain.)