SharePoint's got enterprise-level game, expanding its active directory entries from 20,000 to a whopping half-million user objects. That's the big news in the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog today announcing the second update to SharePoint Online (SPO) since the launch of Office365. Microsoft is characterizing this as "Enterprise Readiness" and the company said, "As a result, customers of any size can easily start using SharePoint Online. And in the future, you can expect even larger scale limits."

To help IT managers evaluate the viability of SPO, the company developed a SharePoint Online planning guide for Office 365 for Enterprise, and one for Small Business, each featuring a series of articles and resource data for planning and implementation of the web application platform.  

Extended Recovery Options

Under the moniker of Recycle Bin Enhancements, SPO also announced extended recovery options in the Service Update with the promise of "...numerous levels of recovery no matter what gets deleted. Specifically, enterprise customers can now restore full site collections, in addition to sites, documents, lists, and list items."

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Look for the new Recycle Bin button in the SharePoint Online Admin Center that can be loaded after the update changes are in effect. Functions include self-restore data, by site collections, documents list and items. This "safety net" places an entire site collection in a recycle bin where it's kept for 30 days before automatic and permanent deletion. Details can be found in the topic Restore a Deleted Site Collection

Interestingly, MetaVis recently announced similar recovery functionality as part of its SavePoint local backup of SPO's cloud-based data. This is a growing trend in the space and clearly, with these new options, the Microsoft SPO team is listening. Another SaaS company, Spanning, goes so far as to use a cloud-based service, Amazon, as a backup solution for Google Docs. 

External Sharing, PDFs

Other update features to SPO include a new access protocol extending the use of business email accounts by associating them with a Microsoft LiveID account, so external users can now use existing email addresses to authenticate Office 365 access.  PDF file upgrades are also included that allow these popular documents to open in Adobe Reader, with no prior download needed. Microsoft said, "The PDF remains connected and stored in your SharePoint Online document library as you view and edit the file. You can even check it out like other Office documents."