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Office 365 Limitation: Automatic User Account Creation

Don’t let Microsoft Office365 entice you too much!  Office 365 has significant limitations and is more expensive for people looking to host a SharePoint 2010 site.  BPOS and Microsoft’s Office365 will both be solid offerings for small startups that need email, some SharePoint, and Lync for meetings.  It’s a great deal for a smaller team with only a few users.

One Great Feature that SharePointHoster has is automatic user account creation!

All of our SharePoint 2010 Foundation Plans allow for automatic user account creation.  Once you sign-up for a free trial, you will be able to easily add/invite your own users directly from within your SharePoint 2010 site.  All you have to do is click Site Actions and select Site Permissions.  Click on the Grant Permissions button and then click on the “Create” button to create and invite external users.

Input their email address and their name and click ok to automatically create and add your user to your SharePoint site.  SharePoint will send them an invitation email and even create a temporary password for your new SharePoint team member.   This feature is right within SharePoint 2010 and makes it very easy to add and manage users across all of your SharePoint 2010 sites.

Unfortunately, Office 365 does not permit automatic user account creation by default.  Office 365 also makes it VERY difficult to invite External users.  All external users must have Windows Live IDs or a Microsoft email address (such as @hotmail.com).  These hurdles make it more difficult to collaborate and work together in SharePoint 2010 and are significant limitations that people should take into account.  If you’re focused on SharePoint – you should go with a U.S. based SharePoint provider.  SharePoint Hoster is a Microsoft Certified Partner and is 100% based in the United States.  None of our technical support is outsourced.

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