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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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including growth for Office 365. Microsoft has added nearly a million customers since January and now has 4.4 million subscribers. The addition of Office on the iPad probably helped boost these numbers. Revenue for the business versions of Office 365 grew over 100% for the quarter and commercials seats doubled over this period of time. Office 365 annual revenue run-rate is now $2.5 billion. Office consumer revenue is up 15%. Microsoft recently announced Office 365 personal, priced at $6.99 a month or $69.99 annually. Subscriber numbers for this service will not be seen until next quarter. It seems transitioning Office to a service appears to be working. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Office 365 in China. It will be operated by 21Vianet, to offer Office 365 from local data centers within China. Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet in China last month. China is rapidly adopting cloud services – The Shanghai government, for example, is an early adopter of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. Led by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, different departments of the Shanghai government explore the advanced productivity capabilities provided by Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in order to improve efficiency and build a service-oriented government. In addition, Office 365 operated by 21Vianet is used by the Shaanxi government to set up their IT infrastructure and foster regional growth in the Xi Xi’an new area. Commercial customers ICBC Leasing, Cigna & CMB, Dongfeng Renault, TCL were all at the Shanghai launch event as early ...

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Microsoft Office team hinted about new services coming to Office suite this year. Today, one such service/tool was revealed on the web. The new tool/service is called Office Mix. Office Mix includes a add-in for Office 2013 that allows you to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes, and even you can do screen capture. Once everything is done, you can upload it to Mix Online service and anyone can access the same via any web browser through a simple link. If you remember it correctly, this is the project which got leaked 2 years back in the name of Moorea. What does Mix do? The short answer? It makes your life a lot easier. The “I-need-a-little-more-detail” answer? MIX allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and ...

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On March 13, Microsoft revealed that a new Office subscription offering, Office 365 Personal will be in the coming months. Today Microsoft announced that it’s available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP). You can buy it online at Office365.com, at Microsoft Stores and through online and retail partners. 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. By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five. Amazon is selling 1 year subscription of Office 365 Home for just $63! Find the deal here from Amazon. If you prefer to buy from Microsoft, you can order Office 365 from Microsoft Online ...

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This was an expected move from Microsoft, Microsoft has finally 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. If you are already using custom domains on Outlook.com, Microsoft will continue to support the ability to log in to Outlook.com with your existing custom domain email address, but you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups. New customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class ...

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At this week’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft is previewing features that will be coming to Outlook Web App in Office 365 later this year. The three new features detailed are “Clutter,” enhanced document collaboration, and groups. Clutter: This is the core goal of “clutter,” the codename for a new feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365. At its heart, it intends to remove as much unimportant mail, or clutter, from a user’s inbox as possible so that a user’s inbox can, well, become their inbox again. At a high level, clutter is pretty simple. We know that in most businesses, people spend a great deal of time just trying to keep up with the volume of email coming into their inboxes throughout the day. How they manage that email can then serve as a blueprint for what is important to them. Enhanced Document Collaboration: Outlook Web App now includes ...

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Before Microsoft Qi Lu was best known for leading Yahoo’s search efforts.  After his departure from the company in 2008, Lu was personally recruited by Ballmer to join the Redmond software giant. Lu was instrumental in creating the search alliance partnership with Yahoo and the launch of the rebranded Bing.   Lu is known as an atypical executive often found wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and sandals with socks. With Ballmer’s reorganization plan Lu was promoted from President of the online services division to executive vice president of Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group.   This expanded Lu’s responsibilities, in addition to Bing & Advertising he now oversees Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype. With the recent announcement of Office for the iPad, Recode interviewed Qi Lu. When asked about the top problems they are facing right now, Lu replied that their main focus is now on  deliver experiences and scenarios that ...

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Microsoft announced Office for iPad two days back and it is already a hit among consumers. While the free download only allows you to view or present the documents, Office 365 subscription allows you to create and edit documents on the go. Office 365 subscription costs around $99 per year (Amazon is now offering for a deal price of $67). According to Office 365 licensing terms, you can use Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets. CNET has now discovered that Microsoft is now enforcing the 5 tablets limit on Office 365 accounts. This loophole will allow any iPad user to use a single Office 365 subscription ID to unlock editing features on Office for iPad apps. Microsoft provided the following statement on this loophole, “Similar to our commercial use rights, we do not strictly enforce the limit on tablet installations, but trust that our users ...

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Microsoft created quite a buzz yesterday by releasing Office for iPad suite in App Store. Consumer response is great and it is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. If you are planning to buy a Office 365 subscription which is required to use editing/creating features on Office for iPad, Amazon is running a great deal. Amazon is selling 1 year subscription for just $67! Find the deal here from Amazon. Office 365 Home Premium subscription for $67 (usually costs $99 per year) will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs ...

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To celebrate the launch of Office for iPad, Microsoft Store is running a great promotion for those who live near Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store will offer a free year of Office 365 subscription to the first 50 people who bring an iPad to a given retail location from March 28th through March 30th. Office 365 Home Premium subscription usually costs $99 per year and will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets3 Easily access your docs with Office Mobile apps for iPhones, Android, and Windows phones 20 GB OneDrive storage per user, for up to 5 users Call phones in over 60 countries with 60 minutes of Skype calls per month2 You can find the list of Microsoft Store retail locations ...

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At the press event in San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft announced Office for iPad suite. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to be specific. OneNote for iPad is already available in App Store. Microsoft yesterday released an updated version of iPad with new design. Reviews of the new Office for iPad suite are on the positive side and even the consumer reaction has been great. Consumer response is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. So far, it’s a great news for Microsoft. Also, Apple App Store is now promoting Office for iPad in its Featured category list giving these apps a much needed promotion. Apple CEO Tim Cook ...

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As expected, Office for iPad suite is now available for download from iTunes AppStore. It’s easy to pick up these apps and get started, because it’s like the Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience you already know. It features the familiar ribbon navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience and no keyboard is required. Microsoft Word app: The real Microsoft Word app designed for iPad. Now your Word documents look great on the iPad. When you edit or create documents, you can be confident they will look exactly how you want across PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word for iPad has the familiar Office look and feel along with an intuitive touch experience, so you’ll be up and running in no time. Word for iPad is part of Microsoft Office. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word ...

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