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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Developers can learn what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. In the above video, you can know about top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5 recent additions and enhancements to the apps for Office model. Recently, Microsoft has released Office 365 Preview APIs as well, Microsoft’s ...

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During the quarterly financial report, Microsoft revealed that Office 365 consumer subscriptions which includes Home and Personal editions increased to 5.6 million in total. In fact, Microsoft added 1 million subscribers in the last quarter. Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said they are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365. CFO Amy Hood commented the following on Office 365, Our commercial cloud revenue grew 147% this quarter, driven by both Office 365 and Azure. Our commercial cloud annual revenue run rate more than doubled this year, and now exceeds $4.4 billion.And, with this rapidly growing scale, we continue to expand our cloud gross margins. We saw strong commercial seat growth across Office 365, particularly with SMB customers. Additionally, we added over 1 million new subscribers to Office 365 Home and Personal, and we ended the quarter with 5.6 million users. I also found one interesting Q&A ...

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When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone basis in FY15. I am pleased to see the progress with Bing now more than 19% U.S. query share and strong RPS Growth. Going forward we will drive our Bing related investments to contribute to the core digital work and life experiences such as Cortana, Smart Search, Delve, Power Q&A and many others. We expect Bing to be profitable, on a standalone basis, in FY16. Also, as you can notice in the slide above, Bing search advertising revenue ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Azure Active Directory SDKs for iOS and Android have reached General Availability and available for download. In addition to that, Microsoft has added support for OS X for Mountain Lion and above. All these SDKs are also open source, so you can participate in the development process as we build these libraries. A few months ago we released previews of these SDKs. They allowed you to easily add Work Accounts support to your existing Android and iOS apps. A Work Account is an identity you use to get work done no matter if at your business or on a college campus. Anywhere you need to get access to your work life you’ll use a Work Account. The Work Account can be tied to an Active Directory server running in your datacenter or live completely in the cloud like when you use Office365. A Work Account will be how your users know ...

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As announced last month, Microsoft has doubled the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, and Office 365 subscribers will get 1 TB of OneDrive storage up from 20GB. To support this change, Microsoft has added another 10 petabytes of capacity to OneDrive via Microsoft Azure. New and existing personal OneDrive accounts will come with: 15 GB of free storage (up from 7 GB) 1 TB of additional OneDrive storage with an Office 365 Home/Personal/University subscription (up from 20 GB) The option to buy additional storage at much lower prices, starting at 100 GB for $1.99 per month. People who use OneDrive for Business now have a 1 TB quota (up from 25 GB). Also, if you just want more storage instead of Office 365 subscription, the new dramatically reduced monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). If you haven’t ...

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Microsoft yesterday highlighted yet another customer win for Office 365. Gamestop, which is a rapidly growing Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 stores has adopted Office 365 for communicating with their employees from thousands of stores. The GameStop retail portal is built on Microsoft SharePoint Online. GameStop plans to provide targeted views of the portal so that employees in different job roles can quickly see the information that specifically applies to them. GameStop adopted a retail portal that runs using Microsoft SharePoint Online in Microsoft Office 365. The company’s corporate employees use the portal to share daily updates with more than 6,000 retail stores, and its deskless store associates receive at-a-glance information through graphics and videos rather than waiting for their managers to wade through email to find the latest product information and share it with them. The company plans to adopt Microsoft Lync Online for ...

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Microsoft Office team today announced their plans to scale up the limits for Public Folders in Office 365. They announced that the folder count limit has been increased to 100,000 folders, a 10x increase over the prior limit as defined in the Exchange service description limits. Microsoft believes that this increase in limit will enable migration of larger existing public folder hierarchies and increased use of the feature in Office 365. As this is a cloud based feature, customers can immediately take advantage of this new scale for public folders. As you scale the number of public folders in the service you might need to keep track of the number of folders. Exchange Online remote PowerShell provides an easy way to see the current public folder count in Office 365. Using the Get-PublicFolder and Measure-Object cmdlets you can readily get a current count of your public folders created in Office 365. Source: Office 365 ...

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Box, a leading cloud storage and collaboration startup has today announced a new set of integrations between Box and Microsoft for customers using Office 365. Box expects that these integrations will provide secure, mobile collaboration and content management that’s tightly tied to where users are creating content, including: Box for Office 2013 Desktop: Users can easily open, edit, share and save any file from Box seamlessly within Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Box for Outlook 2013 Desktop: Box streamlines email workflow, enabling users to share links to files already stored in Box and convert document attachments to secure Box shared links. Box will make these new integrations available in beta this fall for all Box customers, with Office Online integrations coming thereafter. Along with this announcement, Box also announced that they are removing storage limits for our Business customers. So, you get unlimited storage for storing all your files! Source: Box ...

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After the great success of Office 365 Open program, Microsoft today announced the new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program at the Worldwide Partners Conference held today. As part of this program, Microsoft’s partners will be able to directly provision customer subscriptions and provide one monthly bill for both Partner and Microsoft services. It will also allow them to directly manage their customer subscriptions with in-product tools in the Partner Admin Center and own the technical support relationship. The new program will open up interesting opportunities for our partners including distributors, MSPs, ISVs and hosting providers to package their solutions with Microsoft cloud offerings. Beginning with Office 365 and Windows Intune, the Cloud Solution Provider program will be rolled out to select partners in 48 countries over the next 12 months. We will continue to expand this platform to all of our cloud offerings, including Microsoft Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and more. Read more ...

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You can now save up to $149 when buying a Surface Pro 3 Essentials Bundle from Microsoft. It includes Surface Pro 3, your choice of Type Cover, choice of select Surface sleeves, Microsoft Complete Warranty Protection for accidental damage, and 1 year of Office 365 Home or Personal. If you are not interested in Surface Pro 3, you can get $150 toward your purchase, when you buy a PC and Office 365. Surface Pro 3: Offering unmatched versatility, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. Type Cover: Transform your Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop with the Surface Pro Type Cover. Available in multiple colors, the Surface Pro Type Cover features magnetic stability to keep the cover steady, ...

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Microsoft today announced three new plans for Office 365 targeting small and midsized businesses. The below plans will replace the existing Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business plans on Office 365. The Office 365 Business plan ($8.25/user/month) is the basic plan that will offer offline Office apps with 1TB of storage, while Office 365 Business Essentials will offer cloud based services such as email, Office online, IM and more. Office 365 Business premium will combine both of the above plans. Office 365 Business – The full Office applications – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone. Office 365 Business Essentials – The core cloud services for running your business – business class email and calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced that they will be offering Yammer Enterprise to all Office 365 Enterprise plans customers. Today they announced that Yammer Enterprise has been added to all Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans. This addition should further increase the value which Office 365 brings to its customers. As part of this update, all existing Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plan customers will receive licenses for Yammer Enterprise. See Yammer Plans & Pricing for additional information. In addition, Midsize Business and Education customers are no longer required to purchase Yammer Enterprise licenses for external users within their external networks. This also applies to Enterprise customers, as we announced last November. This simple licensing change significantly reduces the friction in cross-organization collaboration and will enable your users to work with customers, partners, and parents and students without having to worry about additional costs. Source: Office blogs ...

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Microsoft has recently revealed that they are increasing the price for Office 365 enterprise customers by up to 15 percent. Customers with Office 365  E suites (E1, E3 and E4), plus equivalent Government SKUs will have this new increased price. As as expected, Office Software Assurance (SA) or old Enterprise Agreement customers will not be affected with this price change. A Microsoft provided the following statement about this price increase, “The vast majority of our customers will not see an increase in the cost of Office 365. All existing Office 365 EA customers are guaranteed prices will not change for the duration of their agreement. New Office 365 EA customers who don’t have a previous investment in our products will see an increase to align our pricing to our other channels.” In an effort to counter this price increase, Microsoft will be offering greater discounts will be offered for Office ...

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Microsoft today released a major feature in Outlook Web App for Office 365 users. This new feature will enable enhanced document collaboration experience for the users. Till now, when you send Office files as attachments, the other person has to first download the document to make the edits and reattach it to send it back. This requires multiple steps and context switches, which can be distracting and time-consuming. This new feature announced today aims to improve the way people interact with files as attachments in their email. You will be able to edit a document straight from Outlook Web App and attach this edited document to an email response in just a few clicks. When you open the attachment, you can now see the contents of that document in context (or “side-by-side”) with the email itself; you can see both at the same time. No more flipping back and forth between windows to ...

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