Review Category : Office

As individuals, consumers wanted to show their personalities and preferences when using software and services. To serve that purpose, Microsoft today updated Office 365 with the support to both customize and personalize your Office 365 experience by using themes. Also, as an Office 365 admin will have the ability to create custom themes for your organization and, at the same time, users will have the ability to personalize their experience by selecting an Office 365 theme. Microsoft has also rolled out improvements to your navigation and notification experience. The Office 365 top nav bar has been improved to provide quick access to more of your Office 365 services and to show more notifications cross-suite to help you stay connected to your email, reminders, and more. Read more at Office blogs. ...

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As you all know, Chinese government has started an anti-trust investigation against Microsoft’s business practices in China. Hundreds of Chinese government officials conducted raids to Microsoft offices in China to investigate this issue. Today, Chinese government agency SAIC (State Administration for Industry and Commerce) has announced that they have given 20 days for Microsoft to respond to their allegations. They believe that Microsoft didn’t provide enough information regarding Microsoft Windows and Office that lead to compatibility issues for consumers. Microsoft responded to this development that they are serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns. Source: SAIC via: Reuters, TNW ...

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Organizations today use a variety of controls and policies to keep their data such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or customer information to proprietary information such as patents or confidential documents safe and secure. With Office 365, Microsoft provides these necessary capabilities for email with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Exchange, Outlook, and OWA, along with a series of built-in sensitive information types that you can use for your searches. Today, Microsoft announced that they are expanding thus features to SharePoint and OneDrive, thereby allowing organizations to use the same sensitive information types to search documents and sites across your organization. With this new capability you’ll be able to: Search for sensitive content across SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Leverage 51 built-in sensitive information types (credit cards, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, and more). Identify offending documents, export a report, and adjust accordingly. Microsoft also announced that they ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad four months back and since then over 35 million users have downloaded it from App Store. Microsoft recently announced the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. It included some of the popular features like Presenter View, Pivot Table interaction, Export to PDF and more. Today, Google announced their updates for Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides apps on iOS. One of the key feature added in this release is the ability to edit native Office files directly. Here’s the new features on what you can now do with Docs, Sheets, and Slides: You can truly get stuff done from any device—your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Any change you make on any of these devices is saved automatically, so you can pick up right where you left off any time, anywhere that you can sign in. The Docs, Sheets and Slides ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference this year, Microsoft claimed that 785 customers have switched from Google Apps to Office 365 in the past 18 months. Microsoft highlighted this stat to show that they are winning back customers from Google. Google recently responded to these claims that 5,000+ companies sign up for Google Apps every day and that “thousands of those customers switch from Microsoft”. In fact, they responded to Microsoft’s slide with the following detailed statement, Google’s claims regarding the above slide from Microsoft, Smithfield: Smithfield is definitely still using Google Apps – they just renewed in March 2014. City of Edmonton: The City of Edmonton is definitely still using Google Apps. In fact, the CIO recently declared that they are staying with Google Apps after an exhaustive analysis by IBM and Deloitte University of Colorado Health: The University of Colorado Health — the teaching hospital for the University of Colorado ...

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Microsoft today released a major redesign and content overhaul for Office Dev Center, which is a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. Microsoft’s focus is to make this site speak to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. Also, both upcoming Microsoft and third party events as well as the previous events are now listed on the Events page. Developers also wanted easier access to key sample code and apps that would make the development process easier. Training resources are key components of ramping and engaging developers, which were scattered across various properties—but are now centralized on the Office Dev Center. Finally, nothing brings developers together and drives engagement and involvement than community resources, forums and discussions. The Office 365 developer community is a thriving and growing one—holding discussions on StackOverflow and the ...

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At the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. Matter Center, Microsoft today announced a preview version of Matter Center for Office 365. Matter Center of Office 365 is an intuitive document management and collaboration solution catered toward law firms and law departments, works seamlessly with Office 365 and offers legal professionals a way to easily find, organize and collaborate on files without leaving the familiar Microsoft productivity tools they use the most.  Microsoft’s legal team built this tool for internal use and now Microsoft has decided to make it available for other legal entities. Matter Center gives legal professionals security-enhanced access to the information they need — virtually anywhere, anytime, and from virtually any device. Features: Your briefcase in the cloud. Matter Center works with OneDrive for Business, providing 1 TB of individual storage and a personal briefcase, which automatically synchronizes your documents so you can ...

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Microsoft today posted a SMB customer video montage for its Office 365 product. The video shows why why businesses of all sizes rely on Microsoft Office 365. It features companies that is involved in manufacturing jet packs to making bubble tea in Los Angeles. These businesses everywhere are choosing Office 365 to deliver results and connect with customers in new ways. One of the customer even mentioned that they were using Google Apps and Dropbox before Office 365. For as low as $12.50 per/user/month, SMB customers can have full Office suite on different devices, email and calendars, online conferencing, instant messaging and Skype connectivity, public website, simple file sharing, and team sites. You are and your business are on the move. That means you need to be able to work from anywhere, across your devices, and have a consistent and fast experience. That freedom is what you get with Office 365. Whether you’re at your ...

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Gartner recently released their report on Unified Communications market. In the magic quadrant they released, Microsoft was positioned as a leader in the marker along with Cisco. Cisco used to be the only major player in this marker, Microsoft came up with Lync years later and now it continues to make significant gains in the market. In many cases, Lync is initially deployed for its IM, presence and Web conferencing functionalities, with gradual incremental deployments of telephony and video added as follow-on phased deployments for specifically targeted groups or regions. Microsoft Lync offers a full suite of UC functionality that Microsoft continues to improve with each release. It integrates with Office applications, Active Directory and Skype. Microsoft has a broad set of additional business applications that will increasingly be leveraged, including Office Graph (which uses machine learning to define the context and connect users with relevant documents, conversations and people) ...

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Autohosted Apps was a preview program to determine how best to provide a seamless deployment experience for creating apps for SharePoint. Back in May, Microsoft notified that this program would end on June 16, 2014 and developers would not be able to create new autohosted apps in SharePoint. Since developers can no longer install autohosted apps in SharePoint Online, the capability to create autohosted apps and deploy them into the production SharePoint Online site has been removed from the Office Developer Tools in the Visual Studio 2013 update 3, released August 4,2014. If you have already hosted some apps, it will work as it as until Microsoft notifies about it again. If you are currently using autohosted preview apps in a production environment, we recommend that you follow this step-by-step MSDN article on how to transition autohosted preview apps to provider-hosted apps, the new model we’re improving. If you want to just pull ...

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Microsoft today announced that they releasing an update to the Office 365 API Tool for Visual Studio 2013, which includes Office 365 API client libraries for .NET applications and JavaScript for multi-device hybrid applications. This update brings in some changes based on feedback and bug fixes since the previous release. When you open the tool for the first time to add Office 365 APIs to your project, the Register your app link makes it explicit that you are registering a new application in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD). With today’s update, you can now associate your Windows Phone 8.1 project with an Azure Active Directory application using the Office 365 API tool. The tool now logs messages in the Visual Studio output window so you can see what changes are made once you add Office 365 services to your project. With the latest tooling update, you can specify Redirect URIs directly in ...

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Microsoft today revealed that Microsoft launched Office 25 years ago on this day. Since then, Microsoft Office has helped million of people get things done in their work and personal lives. Office apps and services has transformed from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive. Microsoft wants to celebrate this occasion with a new marketing campaign called behind_the.docs. Office is part of the fabric of a myriad of stories from the everyday to the extraordinary.  Today we’re kicking off a celebration of these stories—the stories behind the Office documents we create and share. Over the next 25 days, we’re paying tribute to our customers through a series called behind_the.docs. We’ll tell the stories of people using Office to advance their ideas and achieve interesting, touching and even remarkable things. From the young teacher pitching her vision for a new ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad four months back and since then over 35 million users have downloaded it from App Store. Today, Microsoft has announced the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. It includes some of the popular features like Presenter View, Pivot Table interaction, Export to PDF and more. PowerPoint: With this release, you can enable Presenter View when projecting to another screen, so that you can see your notes, what’s coming next, and more. With this update you can also make your presentations more rich and interactive than ever by more easily including video and sound to help get your point across. Not only do all of your embedded videos and sound recordings now play right from PowerPoint for iPad, but you can insert video directly from your Camera Roll as well. This allows you to quickly record, embed, and present interactive content more quickly than ...

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With the goal of simplifying the Office 365 Admin experience, Microsoft has released several updates in the past few months. Some of the new features are streamlining commonly used administrative tasks, proactive DNS records checks and more detailed reports , continuous enhancements to Message Center and more. With today’s update, Microsoft is now providing Office 365 admins with more ways to stay informed with Office 365 service communications. They can now receive Office 365 service communications in Microsoft System Center by importing the newly available Office 365 Management Pack. Microsoft System Center is an integrated management platform that helps you manage data center, client devices, and hybrid cloud IT environments. Office 365 admins who use System Center now have the option to import the Office 365 Management Pack, which enables you to view all service communications within Operations Manager in System Center. Using this tool gives you access to the status of your subscribed ...

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Recently Google announced that Google Docs users can now edit Office documents in the native format as opposed to converting them to Google format. With that ability, Google has solved the major problem in getting users from Office suite. Today, they announced that any tracked changes in a .docx file will be automatically carried over to Docs as Suggested Edits. Once done, users can collaborate with others. Docs makes working together easy by letting people edit files in real-time, rather than emailing multiple versions of the same document back and forth. But sometimes you want to control specific changes someone else makes in a document. Suggest Edits in Docs lets you do just that: your team can make suggestions that you can accept or reject with a single click. This feature is available for anyone with commenting access in Google Docs on the web, and is coming soon to our mobile apps.   Read more ...

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Thank you to my current and former YamFamily for 6 great years and to Microsoft for the last two. I look forward to new adventures. — David Sacks (@DavidSacks) July 24, 2014 Microsoft and Yammer two years ago announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer joined the Microsoft Office Division, led by then division President Kurt DelBene, and the team continued to report to CEO David Sacks. Microsoft developed Yammer both as a standalone service, and enhancing the social capabilities in Microsoft’s communication and collaboration offerings under Office division. While the momentum around Yammer is still growing, Yammer co-founder David Sacks announced via Twitter that he is leaving Microsoft. Also, Microsoft is now moving Yammer under Office 365 organization in which Yammer organization will work together with Outlook and Office 365 ...

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