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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Microsoft today announced one of the largest Office 365 adoption customer story. Microsoft announced that Los Angeles County is moving more than 100,000 employees working in more than 30 departments to Microsoft Office 365 for Government. The county views Office 365 as a means to increase collaboration, provide a unified platform and help realize cost savings. With guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, geo-redundancy, and built-in disaster recovery, Microsoft Office 365 for Government provides the robust security and reliability that all government bodies requires to help ensure the safe storage and availability of sensitive agency data, in compliance with ISO27001, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and other regulations. “The county is constantly looking at opportunities to manage cost and improve service,” said Richard Sanchez, chief information officer for Los Angeles County. “Office 365 enables us to best manage our licenses, provide greater services to all 30-plus departments and control cost. Each ...

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Microsoft announced in April that they have ended the custom domain support for Outlook.com. Custom domain support was one of the coolest feature that differentiated Outlook.com/Hotmail from Gmail in the recent years. Microsoft posted on Windows Live Admin Center homepage that Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups and new customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365. Microsoft yesterday sent out e-mail to existing Outlook.com custom domain users that as of 31 July 2014, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. They are also offering complimentary 90-day subscription to Office 365 Small Business Premium for 5 users if you sign up before 15 July 2014. Dear Outlook.com Customer, We want to inform you of some important changes to the Windows Live Admin Center: As of 10 April 2014, Outlook.com no longer supports new custom ...

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Microsoft revealed that a new Office subscription offering, Office 365 Personal back in March. It is available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP). Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.   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. Watch the below videos from Microsoft explaining them. Amazon is ...

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Microsoft today announced that Houston Independent School District has selected Office 365 and Windows devices to support students, faculty and others. This was done as part of the districtwide initiative called PowerUp, and it will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at HISD schools. PowerUp will empower HISD students with these latest tools to become drivers of their own learning and will connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Read the full press below. REDMOND, Wash.— June 3, 2014 — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise ...

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When it comes to productivity suite, Microsoft Office is still the gold standard with no viable alternatives. Instead of buying full Office suite for hundreds of dollars, Microsoft is now offering Office as a subscription service which you can buy under $100 for a year. Office 365 subscription mainly comes in two SKUs. You can either buy Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal depending on your needs. Find the comparison in the above image. Office 365 always has the latest version of the applications you know and love, plus cloud services so you can have Office when and where you need it. Just sign in and you can get to your Office files, applications, and settings from anywhere. The latest versions of all our best-in-class applications plus cloud services including Skype and OneDrive on all your devices. Also, easily install Office Mobile on multiple smartphones – including iPhones, and Android phones ...

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Microsoft has today announced the Work Wonders Project, a video series that explores the power of technology and collaboration powered by Office 365. You’ll be able to watch two very bright minds as they work together to achieve positive results in a YouTube series that launches June 2. The challenge is on: “Pencils of Promise” founder Adam Braun believes schools are the future, and education reformer Sugata Mitra thinks they’re obsolete. But the two are joining together in The Work Wonders Project to collaborate on ways to revolutionize education, including using Office 365 to do it. Braun, whose nonprofit program has built 200 “Pencil of Promise” schools in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana, will work with Mitra, a TED prize winner and a professor of educational technology, who will bring his cloud-based, elementary education approach to Braun’s schools in Ghana.   To learn more, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/office/workwonders/ww. ...

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Since its launch few months back, Office for iPad apps was downloaded over 27 million times by users. It has got great reviews from both general consumers and the tech press. Today, Microsoft published a blog post talking about the design process of Office for iPad. They have given us the behind-the-scenes look at the design and creative journey as they created the reimagined Office from the ground up for iPad. The Office for iPad has Microsoft Office Ribbon UI designed specifically for iOS7 following Microsoft’s modern language design principles. While the mobile productivity scenarios above helped us define the “What,” we also wanted to nail the “How.” When we looked at how people were using existing productivity solutions on the iPad, we observed that many users found themselves being “perpetual beginners.” This means they found themselves spending more time learning the product than actually using it, which of course is contrary to the goal ...

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Today, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced a large scale cloud education partnership with Microsoft. As part of this partnership, they are going to provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 for Education. This initiative will allow students and teachers throughout Thailand to create, connect and collaborate on a safe and secure platform. Microsoft claims that this is the largest cloud education initiative ever, and one that promises to foster sustainable growth and raise Thailand’s overall standard of living for generations to come. The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning ...

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At the Microsoft TechEd North America conference, Microsoft revealed no.of new features for Office 365 customers around security, compliance, and privacy. New features include encrypted storage technology that moves beyond a single encryption key per disk to deliver a unique encryption key per file, ability to apply policies across Office mobile apps to allow their users to create, view, edit, and share content only between managed applications, data loss protection and more.  Read about it below. Encrypted storage We’ve continued to make investments in security with our layered defense strategy at physical, logical, and data layers where we have technologies, processes, and best practices to keep your data secure in our data centers. We have also built user-level encryption features like S/MIME, Office 365 Messaging encryption, and data loss prevention (DLP) fingerprinting into the service in the past few months. Our latest encryption methodology will start to deploy to Office ...

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Microsoft today announced new forecasting capabilities in Power View for Office 365 users. Power View performs advanced statistical analysis of the data in your line charts to generate forecasts that incorporate trends and seasonal factors. So how does forecasting work? Forecasting in Power View is based on an established suite of methods for time series prediction called exponential smoothing. Over the years many methods have been developed for the analysis of time series, depending on whether the data is strongly seasonal or has no seasonality, how much noise there is in the data, and whether the data contains “surprises” or irregular peaks. In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models using exponential smoothing to automatically detect seasonality in the data to provide forecast results from a series of data. Explore forecast results by ...

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Microsoft India yesterday launched the Office 365 Personal subscription service in India. The subscription service is priced at Rs 330 a month or Rs 3,299 a year. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service as opposed to 5 in Office 365 Home subscription. Commenting on the launch of Office 365 Personal, Ram Kumar Pichai, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division said, “More and more consumers today are looking for a home productivity suite which will allow them to move between devices and have constant access to important documents online. Office 365 Personal will address the needs of all these consumers.” Office 365 Personal is available for sale beginning this ...

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Facing increasing competition from Dropbox, Google and others Microsoft has increased storage from 25 to 1 TB for OneDrive for Business customers: OneDrive for Business storage from 25GB to 1TB per user. All Office 365 ProPlus customers will get 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of their Office 365 ProPlus subscription. Microsoft will help organizations migrate data to OneDrive for Business Historically OneDrive for business had been tied to Office 365. However, earlier this month the Redmond software giant started offering OneDrive for business as a standalone product. Microsoft currently has promotional pricing for new customers to OneDrive for business: Introductory promotional pricing: $2.50 per user per month (a 50% discount on standard pricing, $5 per user per month). For customers with Office with Software Assurance (SA) or Office 365 ProPlus: $1.50 per user per month. Source: Office Blog   ...

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