Microsoft plans to expand the business critical services delivered by Office 365 and Azure and make moving to the cloud even easier for customers. By the end of the year, the first round of service updates to SharePoint Online since Office 365 launched will be complete and will enable customers to use Business Connectivity Services (BCS) to connect to data sources via Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web Services endpoints. BCS lets customers use and search data from other systems as if it lives in SharePoint—in both read and write modes.
The announcement was made at SharePoint Conference begins in Anaheim, California today and on the SharePoint team blog, Welcome to Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011!
The announcement is key for ISVs who want to develop applications for SharePoint Online. BCS provides the way you can call from the server to databases and Web Services.
Learn more about Using Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation