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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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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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 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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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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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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