Microsoft today announced a new home page experience in Office 365 for its current Exchange or SharePoint customers. This new home page will be the central place from which users can access all the services available to them. If you are a Office 365 ProPlus customer, you can also access the downloads to install the Office applications from this page. Below that, you will have links to all Office Online applications right from Outlook to OneDrive. If you prefer landing into some specific apps when you login via Office 365 portal, you can do that as well. You may prefer to use a different start page. Instead of landing on the new home page, you might want to start in Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint or Yammer. In order to accommodate a variety of start preferences, we’re also providing the ability for you to determine your own default landing page when you sign in ...

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Earlier today, we reported information about the upcoming Microsoft Office suite for the desktop has leaked. The Verge today posted few screenshots and information about of this upcoming Office version. As per the report, Microsoft has already started sharing builds of Office Technical Preview to its partners and testers. One major feature coming in the next release is the ‘Tell Me’ feature currently found in the Office Online web apps. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported many other features that will be part of this upcoming Office release. Read the summary of it below, Microsoft updating the Power Pivot data model to a new version that will be only supported in the new version of Excel. Refresh, edit and query of files using this model, won’t be supported without the new Excel version, though users with older versions still will be able to open files. Excel users will be able to pan and ...

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Notion Ink, an Indian OEM known for its Adam Android tablets has now announced its first Windows device named ‘Cain’. Cain will be a 2-in-1 device powered by Intel Atom Z3735D Quad-core 1.33GHz processor, Intel HD Graphics, 10.1-inch WXVGA (1280×800 pixels) IPS LCD display with 10-point multi-touch, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, 32GB internal memory, 2 MP rear and 2MP front camera, option to expand storage via memory cards and 7900mAh Li-Po battery. The device will offer 7 hours of video playback and 10 hours of web browsing running full Windows 8.1 OS. As expected, this device will come preloaded with Office 365 one-year subscription, wireless keyboard and a mouse. In addition to that Airtel is offering free data of 500MB for six months for those buying the device. The device is exclusive to online retailer Snapdeal and will go on sale for Rs.19,990. Speaking about the device, Rohan Shravan Founding ...

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Following the Windows 9 build leaks, information about the upcoming Microsoft Office suite has leaked. The Verge today posted few screenshots and information about of this upcoming Office version. As per the report, Microsoft has already started sharing builds of Office Technical Preview to its partners and testers. One major feature coming in the next release is the ‘Tell Me’ feature currently found in the Office Online web apps. Check the screenshot above. What is Tell Me? We all have that Word moment when we know what we want to do, but don’t quite remember how to do it. ‘How do I apply double spacing?’ ‘How do I make this page horizontal?’ Do these questions seem familiar? Nothing to be embarrassed about. We’ve all been there and wished for an easier way to accomplish something in our document. Available now, an easier, faster and more convenient way of doing things ...

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Carlsberg group is now the fourth-largest brewer of beer in the world with a roster of 500 different brands. As they are expanding globally more than ever, they have chosen cutting-edge technology from Microsoft to centrally manage their operations around the world. They have selected Microsoft Office 365 as their complete productivity and collaboration solution that employees can use to connect with each other. “One way we are helping our employees work better together is by deploying Office 365,” said Etienne Dock, vice president of IT architecture and sourcing at Carlsberg. “No matter what device or distance, the cloud is breaking down traditional barriers so we’re better able to focus on brewing the best beer in the world.” Employees use Microsoft Exchange Online for email and calendaring; they take advantage of Microsoft Lync Online to connect via webconferencing and instant messaging; virtual teams are collaborating on projects using Microsoft SharePoint ...

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The market for social software in the workplace includes vendors whose software products are used primarily to support people working together in teams, communities or networks. They are used mainly within enterprises, primarily by employees, but also by external customers, suppliers and partners. Gartner recently released its Magic Quadrant for Social software and Microsoft was placed in the leaders category. By integrating the components of Yammer with Office 365, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to deliver value to our customers. Microsoft Microsoft is in the Leaders quadrant. Although SharePoint has been positioned in the past as a social product, Microsoft has shifted its social efforts to its online offerings Yammer and Office 365 (through closer incorporation of Yammer with the rest of Office 365). Although Yammer and SharePoint will remain distinct but integrated products, Microsoft will concentrate its future social enhancements exclusively on Yammer, while focusing SharePoint on related capabilities, including ...

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Microsoft today announced updates to Excel Power Map with two big features, Power Map Filtering and Custom Maps, to make your experience using Power Map easier and more exciting. Power Map is an nteractive data visualization features within Excel, which are enhanced with Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based solution for analyzing, visualizing and sharing data insights. Power Map includes the ability to filter data using three different options: List filter. Let’s you select or exclude individual categories. The data is listed in alphanumeric order, and only the first 50 in the list are shown. You can use the search box to narrow down your results and get to the rest of your data. Simply select the All check box to remove any filters. Range filter. The slider helps you filter a numerical field between the minimum and maximum values. Both the minimum and maximum are inclusive—in other words, “between” ...

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At SharePoint conference which was held earlier this year, Microsoft spoke about the future of Enterprise Social and revealed no.of new features that will be part of Office 365 in the coming months. In that, Microsoft revealed something called Office Graph, which leverages insights from Office 365 and maps the relationships between people, groups, files and conversations through machine learning, and Microsoft intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to users. They demoed a product which uses Office Graph Codenamed Oslo. Today they announced that the official name of codename Oslo is Delve. Today, they announced that they have started roll-out of Office Delve to Office 365 business customers from today. Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are ...

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Office Mix a new tool from Microsoft that offers an easier way to make your Microsoft PowerPoint lessons more engaging and share them online. It allows you to record your lectures while you write and draw on slides, and add video, assessments, and labs. It is connected to a online service, so you can store them in the cloud to share them with your students, who can play them on nearly any device. It also includes advanced features such as analytics for every student, quiz, and slide. The best part is, Office Mix Tool is free if you have PowerPoint 2013. Recently, Microsoft announced that a new contest by which you can win Surface Pro 3 devices for your favorite schools. You’ve told us how much you love using Office Mix to bring your lessons to life online, and we’ve been awed by the lessons and creativity of the mixes you’ve created. That’s why we’re ...

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Microsoft today announced the new ‘Propose New Time’ feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365 that will help customers in resolving scheduling conflicts. For most Office 365 users, Propose New Time in Outlook Web App is available today in Outlook Web App and all Office 365 users will have it by the end of September. If you are a Outlook Desktop user, you might already be familiar with this feature. Propose a new time as an attendee: Let’s take a look at how Propose New Time works when you’re invited to attend a meeting. A meeting organizer sends a request to you and other meeting attendees. When you receive the meeting request, you see that in addition to the usual Accept, Tentative, and Decline buttons, there is now a Propose New Time button on your meeting invitation. If you use Outlook Web App, you’re already familiar with the notices ...

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Lots of customers move to Office 365 from a traditional on-premises solution and Microsoft is now focused on making that transition to the cloud as fast and seamless as possible. They are announcing the new Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center that delivers a quick and predictable way to get started and deployed in your organization. The Onboarding Center is available to customers and their preferred partners and offers the following benefits. Key features of the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center: Direct remote assistance provided by an Office 365 onboarding expert who will assist with critical onboarding activities working with customers and partners. Robust suite of automated checks and configuration tools to enable tasks such as current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration. Onboarding support will be available in the following languages: English Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Available worldwide starting September 1, 2014. Apart from this, Microsoft has ...

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At IFA, Haier announced its 8-inch Windows tablet called the HaierPad W81. This tablet has a metallic looking body with just 8.5mm thickness, which will make it one of the slimmest Windows tablets on the market. It comes with a standard 8-inch Windows tablet specs of 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, IPS HD screen, Intel Quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, micro HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot and Office 365 pre-installed. The HaierPad W81 will be available in Europe later this year for 199 Euros(262 USD). ...

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Customers needed an Office 365 subscription to create or edit Office documents in Office for iPad. As more customers asked for more flexibility in signing up for Office 365 subscriptions on iPad, Microsoft today announced  a monthly subscription to Office 365 which anyone can buy from within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. They can choose between Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. Office 365 Personal is designed to help individuals who want to use Office on one PC or Mac and one tablet, while Office 365 Home is for households with up to five PCs or Macs, plus five tablets. These new In-App subscription changes are great options for those who prefer the flexibility of monthly payments.  Existing customers, who have purchased Office 365 Home for one year, will continue on the same subscription. If you buy a monthly subscription on your iPad, you can switch to ...

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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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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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