At SharePoint conference today, 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. Microsoft also 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. One of the first experiences to leverage the Office Graph is code-named Oslo. Oslo serves up in a single user interface personalized insights based on meetings, people, conversations, documents and more. The Oslo application surfaces what might be most relevant for each individual based on what they’re already doing in Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint, Office, Lync, and Yammer. We believe this is the start of something game-changing—building digital memory across applications to create a highly personalized experience that helps people get more done. You can learn ...

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Last November, Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange, SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. As expected, Microsoft today released Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 customers. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 64-Bit and 32-Bit Editions contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability.  Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. Download them from the link below. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition ...

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Through a strategic partnership with Microsoft, DocuSign is making its industry-leading eSignature apps widely available to businesses and consumers within Microsoft Office 365, including Outlook, SharePoint, and Word – making it even easier for organizations of every size, industry, and geography to quickly and securely transact business anytime, anywhere, on any device. Also, official DocuSign apps are available in Windows Store, Windows Phone Store and more. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 17, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and DocuSign on Monday announced a long-term strategic partnership to make DocuSign’s industry-leading eSignature apps widely available from within Microsoft Office 365. DocuSign’s eSignature apps for Office 365, available in the Office Store in early March, will provide customers with the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications, allowing them to quickly, seamlessly and confidently transact their business. “Leading partners like DocuSign are building apps ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of multi-factor authentication for Office 365 to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online customers. This will enable organizations with these subscriptions to enable multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 users without requiring any additional purchase or subscription. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to protect Office 365 customers. Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user logins for cloud services above and beyond just a password. With Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone after correctly entering their password. Only after this second authentication factor has been satisfied can a user sign in. Any of the following may be used for the second factor of authentication. Call my mobile phone. The user receives a phone ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration. With this release, we are delivering completely new experiences to customers. For example, Power Query in Excel allows you to easily search and access data within your organization or from publically available sources. In addition once you upload your Excel workbooks to Power BI, you can ask questions of your data using natural language search and instantly receive answers in the form of interactive charts or graphs. Power BI will be added to the list of features that Google Apps and other productivity suite customers will never experience in the near future. Office ...

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Apart from the OneDrive rebranding, Microsoft is also planning to rebrand its Office Web Apps service to Office Online. Office Online will offer online light-weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be accessed from a browser where you want. Office Online will offer full compatibility with your Office documents. Office Web Apps are free touch-friendly web applications that let you create, edit and share your Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote files from any browser. You can share and simultaneously work on your documents with classmates, friends and co-workers. No need to merge different versions later. From the chart above, it’s clear Microsoft is going to try to make Office Online more discoverable and understandable by the general public. It also seems that Microsoft considers this Office Online rebranding part of Microsoft’s next Office wave (codenamed Office 16), give that “O16″ is part of the URL path for ...

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Microsoft today announced a new online tool called Office 365 Partner admin center. This online tool allows Office 365 partners to manage their Office 365 customers.  So far, there was  Partner tools in the Office 365 admin center, which allows you to do delegated administration tasks on behalf of customers and create trial invitations, purchase offers, and offers for delegated administration. But with the new tool, you can do more. You are now also able to: •View the customers for which you have delegated admin privileges—all in one place. •Easily find, select, and perform administrative tasks on behalf of your customers. •View your customers’ Office 365 service health status and details. •Create, edit, and view service requests on behalf of your customers. Microsoft is rolling out this new Office 365 Partner admin center to partners worldwide over the next few weeks. Read more from the link below. Source: Office blogs ...

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Microsoft today announced their partnership with GW Micro to provide people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional and free license of GW Micro’s Window-Eyes screen reader. If you own a licensed version of Office 2010 or later, Microsoft gives you the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs, free of charge. At Microsoft we are committed to provide everyone access to our technology. A fundamental consideration during product design, development and testing of Office is the level of accessibility of our applications. The Office team works closely with a variety of groups to improve the accessibility of our software including standards bodies, regulators, advocacy groups and an ecosystem of assistive technology (AT) vendors including the Narrator team in Microsoft. Our goal of this work is to provide our customers with solutions that give them choice, meets a variety of accessibility needs and is ...

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GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar and web hosting company has announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide Office 365 solutions to its customers. Any small business that uses GoDaddy for domain registration and web hosting can sign up for Office 365 services such as email, Lync, cloud storage and even other Microsoft productivity solutions such as shared calendars and online conferencing under different plans. The pricing will start as low as $3.99 and it will increase depending on the services you need. “Every small business is looking for solutions in one place, so we want to be able to provide that,” said Irving in an interview. “Rather than go to a lot of different places to get these services, this is part of combining them together to make it easier for them.” GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving commented that GoDaddy will be providing customer service for the offerings. Source: Recode ...

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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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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 confirmed that Office 2013 SP1 is coming early next year. It will include performance improvements, feature updates and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1. I want to give you a quick heads up that early next year we’ll release Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange.  SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1.  Of course if you’re an Office 365 customer, you’re always up to date with the latest versions of our products.  We’ll have more details to share on all that is coming in SP1 and how customers can acquire it closer to availability. Source: Office blog ...

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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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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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  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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