Microsoft has released Office 365 Admin app for Android and iOS devices.  Office 365 Admin app enables administrators to view the service health of their Office 365 environment on-the-go. You need to have an active Office 365 subscription with administrator user rights to use this app. The Office 365 Admin mobile app empowers IT service administrators to connect to their organizations’ Office 365 service status on the go. The Office 365 Admin mobile app enables administrators to view service health information and maintenance status updates. In addition, administrators can filter information by service subscriptions and configure app data refresh interval. For Android (4.2.1 and up), download the app from Google Play.  For iOS 7, download the app from the Apple App Store.   Source: Office 365 ...

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According to a 2013 study by IDC, employers are looking for candidates that have 20 specific skills for high-growth, high-wage occupations. Coming in at number 3 on this list is proficiency with Microsoft Office, with proficiency with PowerPoint and Word specifically highlighted at #11 and #13 on the list. In fact, Microsoft Office skills were sought after five times more than any other productivity tools. Even Google’s own job postings require competency with Microsoft Office tools. In October, Microsoft announced a new benefit called Student Advantage, making it easy for students to get access to the latest version of Microsoft Office and better prepare themselves for the tools used in modern day workplaces. Today, Student Advantage is available to more than 35,000 educational institutions worldwide. All schools and universities that license Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can now also provide access to Office 365 ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service that lets you send encrypted emails to people outside your company. You can now send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access. Office 365 Message Encryption is the new version of Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) which includes all of the capabilities of EHE plus new features, such as the ability to apply your company’s branding to encrypted messages. Office 365 Message Encryption works with both Office 365 mailboxes and on-premises mailboxes. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available as part of Windows Azure Rights Management. Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2014, and customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. It is basically Microsoftstore.com within eBay. Microsoft is expanding their online retail presence with this move. As you can expect, all Microsoft products from Xbox to Surface are available. Our customers continue to tell us they want more choice, value and service and appreciate how our stores connect them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. By working with eBay, a top global shopping destination with more than 124 million active users globally, even more customers can now purchase their favorite Microsoft first-party products including Surface and Xbox, as well as accessories. Our customers can expect the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they’ve come to expect on microsoftstore.com. Visit Microsoft Store on eBay. ...

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Microsoft today announced a new project called Office Remote. It is a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Office engineering team that will allow you to control Office apps on your PC from your Windows Phone device. “Office Remote turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC,” says Bert Van Hoof, an Office group program manager. “The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room so you can walk around freely during presentations.” “With Office Remote,” Van Hoof adds, “you can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger—all from your phone. You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections ...

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Microsoft today announced the expanded availability of Office 365 to 17 new countries and 4 new languages. With this expansion, Office 365 is now available in 123 markets, additionally 120-day trials are available in 18 markets where paid subscriptions may become available in the future. The new languages are Indonesian, Kazakh, Hindi, and Hebrew, bringing the number of Office 365 languages to 40, including English. New trial markets include: Palestinian Territories, Congo (DRC), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Botswana, Namibia, Curaçao, Faroe Islands, Monaco, St. Kitts and Nevis, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Afghanistan, and Tanzania. New markets with paid subscriptions include: Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Lebanon, Jamaica, Bolivia, Brunei, Nicaragua, Honduras, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Georgia, Ghana, Mauritius, Iraq, Bermuda, Rwanda, Belize, Cameroon, Moldova, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Angola, and Libya. You can find the full list of countries available here. Source: Office Blog ...

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Along with the announcement about availability of real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced bunch of new features on Word Web App. It includes some of the most requested features such as Header, footer support, Find and replace, Automatic document saving and more. Real Time Markers: When many people are simultaneously collaborating it can difficult to follow who’s changing what. To make real-time collaboration simpler, now your peers’ cursor location in the document is marked with small indicators so you can always see where others are working in the document. Save as you go: Life is full of worries. We’ve brought Auto-Save into the Word Web App because losing your work shouldn’t be one of them. With this update, the Word Web App automatically saves your documents when you make changes, so the next time you’re focusing on your report, remembering to hit save can be the last thing on your mind. Headers, ...

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Microsoft today announced that real-time co-authoring is now available in Office Web Apps. So, now you can contribute and edit documents simultaneously with your friends and family in the Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App. You can now see the real-time presence which helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document. Also, there is a new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen which will help you and your co-authors stay on the same page. For example, your whole team can choose to work in the Web Apps for a highly collaborative working meeting to get a shared project done. But what if somebody on your team isn’t available? That teammate can choose to make revisions when he’s able, even from the Office applications on his computer. His changes will sync up to the document stored in the cloud ...

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Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com), a central hub for developers Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. This new developer portal helps developers find top development tasks, including information, resources, and tools for app development in the cloud. Microsoft is in the progress of unifying their platform and providing one consistent experience for developers across our various workloads, and this newly streamlined Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com) is one of the main steps. The previous MSDN experience was the result of various projects and technologies growing somewhat independently, and as a result, we were maintaining six different developer centers dedicated to various Office products and the cloud app model. In this redesign, we’ve consolidated 198 landing and resource pages from across six sites into 25 strategically curated pages. The new experience is much closer to the way that we on the engineering team vision the platform moving forward. I’ve stressed ...

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  Microsoft is celebrating the 1oth birthday of OneNote this month. OneNote has evolved from being a simple Windows note taking application to a cross platform tool which millions rely on everyday. David Rasmussen is the Partner Group Program Manager of OneNote and coincidentally has been working on OneNote for almost exactly 10 years. This month OneNote celebrates 10 years of helping users capture notes at home, school, work and anywhere in between. In that time, OneNote has grown and added features for managing everything from recipe collections, to class notes, to projects and events–across phones and tablets, as well as the PC. Source: OneNote ...

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Our very own Pradeep penned an excellent post yesterday: Reality Distortion Field: How Apple Assaulted Microsoft At Its Media Event It’s a great look at how Apple distorts the truth and blatantly lies at their press event.  This generally would not be a problem if you have unbiased and responsible press core.  But sadly this is of course not the case, and the majority of tech press has a love for Apple that is second only to their own ego. Apple’s announced yesterday that the next update to their OS, Maverick would be free.  You might think this is the first time a major technology has ever done this, if you ignore Android and Windows 8.1.  Apple also announced that the next iteration to the iWorks suite would be free to with the purchase of new Apple hardware.  Reading the mainstream tech press you may think this is the first time a major technology company has made some software ...

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  Apple had a media event yesterday in the US where it announced a new wave of updated products across its portfolio. During its presentation, Apple executives compared Microsoft’s strategy with theirs to make their point. I disagree with all three cases they made against Microsoft. Here are they, 1) Apple CEO Tim Cook made the following statement to make the point that they are clearly focused on developing MacOS and MacBooks. “Our competition is different: They’re confused. They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they’ll do next? I can’t answer that question, but I can tell you that we’re focused.” My take on it: Windows OEMs were focused on selling netbooks because it really sold well. In fact, totally 40 million netbooks were sold in 2008. Netbooks defined the category of companion device which will go along ...

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Microsoft today won a major public sector contract in the US for its subscription based productivity suite Office 365. The U.S. Army PEO EIS has awarded 50,000 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft and Dell for Cloud Services, including e-mail and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified capabilities like Microsoft Lync, and collaboration tools like SharePoint. Public sector enterprise mainly demands enterprise and security-ready solutions in which Microsoft clearly has advantage over other cloud players like Google. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is available to any Department of Defense (DoD) Service, agency and mission partner without additional competitive process. This opportunity gives Microsoft the ability to work with civilian agencies and federal entities at all levels to provide commercial cloud services, opening up new mobile opportunities. Adopting Office 365 is a significant step forward for the Department of Defense in fulfilling the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy of leveraging commercial cloud services. ...

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Even though Microsoft’s stranglehold in Operating Systems for computing devices has faded over the past few years, Microsoft continues to have a stranglehold on Office productivity suite in the enterprise. According to a recent report from Forrester, more than 85% of respondents continues to use Microsoft Office in their enterprise and the only notable competitor is Google Apps which is few percentage points. One in five firms uses email in the cloud. Another quarter plans to move at some point. More are using Office 365 (14%) than Google Apps (9%). Just 22% of respondents are on Office 2013. Another 36% have plans to be on it. Office 2013′s uptake will be slower than Office 2010 because fewer firms plan to combine the rollout of Office 2013 with Windows 8 as they combined Office 2010 with Windows 7. Alternatives to Microsoft Office show little traction. In 2011, 13% of respondents supported ...

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Microsoft today announced a new program called Student Advantage that will allow students in schools to enjoy full Office 365 ProPlus for free. From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the following, Office suite included Always have the latest versions of: Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Open PDFs and edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just as you do in familiar Word documents. Keep track of comments in Word documents and mark them as done with the new reply button. Convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less so you can analyze it faster, and then preview it with different formatting. Embed Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, photos, and almost any other kind of computer ...

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