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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Microsoft made an announcement on Sunday at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta that Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has chosen Microsoft’s technology for their students to help transform the student learning experience in the classroom. This is not the decision they took in few months, they have chosen Microsoft after a two-year pilot at schools around the district. After carefully evaluating its device options, Pasadena ISD decided to go with Microsoft because of the inking capabilities in Windows 8.1, combined with the power of OneNote, gave students and teachers the most engaging experience possible. As part of this program, Pasadena ISD will give students and teachers 12,900 Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablets with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 with OneNote. “There is a massive transition to digital happening across the country and around the world in education, and schools looking to prepare their students for ...

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Along with the announcement about native Office files editing on Google Drive, Google today announced Google Drive for Work — a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month. This is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. Apart from the regular file storing, syncing and sharing capabilities, the following were the advantages for OneDrive for Businesses. Unmatched service compliance. OneDrive for Business in Office 365 is compliant with world-class industry standards, including ISO 27001, EU Model clauses, HIPAA BAA, and FISMA, and is verified by third-party auditors. Available for eDiscovery. Documents in OneDrive for Business are available for discovery and preservation, protecting content while allowing users to continue working on their documents. Auditing, Reporting, and Security. Administrators can generate audit reports for common events in OneDrive for Business or build custom ones to suit their needs. Security features are also central ...

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Office 365 Home enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on up to 5 PCs or Macs, in addition to 5 Windows tablets or iPads—so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones for easy access. As Microsoft recently announced, Office 365 Home users can also enjoy up to 1TB of storage. As WindowsObserver notes, you can save hundreds of dollars from this deal, OneDrive’s cloud storage subscription was $7.49 per month for every 200GB of storage. If you subscribed to 1TB of storage it would cost you $37.50 per month, per user. Multiply that times five users per month and it comes out to $187.50 per month. Take that out to a year’s worth of subscriptions and that would equal $2,250 per year to get five users ...

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Along with the announcement about doubling the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, Microsoft also announced a great deal for Office 365 subscribers. All versions of Office 365 will come with 1 TB of OneDrive storage from next month. For Office 365 Home ($9.99/mo) you’ll get 1 TB per person (up to 5 people), and with Office 365 Personal ($6.99/mo) and University ($79.99/4yr) you will get 1 TB per subscription. This is a great follow on to our April announcement that all OneDrive for Business customers will get 1 TB of cloud storage per person too. 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 yet signed up for OneDrive, you can learn more and sign up at http://onedrive.com/.   ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Office 365 for business public roadmap. This new site brings a new wave of transparency and communication to Office 365 customers. The Office 365 for business public roadmap will allow businesses to learn about upcoming updatesview of new features, enhancements, and major updates. In some cases we may communicate farther in advance than a few months, like when we announced our long-term investments in the new service Codenamed “Oslo” and the Office Graph. We will provide visibility to planned updates that are in development and in the process of being rolled out to the service, as well as to items that have been launched and are now generally available for all eligible customers. The public roadmap will be your best source of truth for product enhancements coming to the service. The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates ...

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Microsoft today blogged about OneNote on the new Surface Pro 3 integration. People from Windows, Surface and OneNote teams worked together to create this instant note-taking experience that’s like taking notes on paper–but way better. In the video above, you’ll learn how to take a note whenever you want, have your notes with you all the time, clip and write on whatever you see on your screen, and how to customize your note-taking experience using OneNote. To take a note whenever you want, click the Surface Pen and then write your note. It doesn’t matter if your Surface Pro 3 is locked or unlocked, or if your screen is off or on. Clicking the pen will always let you take a note. To take a clip of whatever you see, double-click the Surface Pen, and then select the region you want to clip. The selection is placed in your Quick Notes in ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to Office 365 Admin Center that will allow simple configuration and monitoring for admins. This simplification includes streamlining how you configure your environment, such as adding new domains, and providing you with more insight so that you can efficiently monitor your service. Find the new features below, Admins can now add domains with gTLDs directly from the Office 365 admin center. The process is the same as creating domains with common TLDs. Log in to your Office 365 admin center, click domains, and then add your domain. PowerShell is no longer required! As with domains using TLDs, your domains with gTLDs also have their DNS records proactively checked to find and fix any potential DNS issues. Two new reports have been released that enable you to monitor which operating systems and browsers are being used to access Office 365 online. These reports give you a ...

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