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Office 365 news round-up

It’s been another remarkable couple of weeks for Office 365. Thanks to our customers, the new Office is officially the best-selling Office edition yet, with more than one sold every second on average since it launched. And if that wasn’t enough, in just over 100 days, Office 365 Home Premium has become a hit with more than 1 million subscribers, putting it on pace with some of the most popular services around.

We also announced the availability of Lync-Skype connectivity for Lync customers around the world, marking our first important step in extending Lync’s unified communications capabilities to the hundreds of millions of people who use Skype.

Notably, a recent Computing survey found that Microsoft is about to surge ahead, with 37 percent of IT decisions makers reporting that their organization is likely to adopt Office 365 against just 15 percent for Google Apps. We hope you enjoyed the recent blog post describing why Office 365 offers the most value, and the most complete vision for businesses of all sizes. We also hope you had a chance to read the three Q&As with executives from SEPCOIII, Arysta Lifescience, and Sensia Hälsovård AB explaining why they chose Office 365 over Google Apps. Here is a round-up of some of the key news from the last couple weeks:

Microsoft Office 365 Hits 1 Million Users. Office 365 Home Premium has surpassed the 1 million subscribers mark in just over 100 days.

Office 365 and Google Apps Fight for Supremacy. Microsoft is about to surge ahead, with 37 percent of IT decisions makers reporting that their organization is likely to adopt Office 365 against just 15 percent for Google Apps, according to a recent Computing survey.

Microsoft Announces Skype And Lync Interoperability With IM & Audio To Start, Video Soon. Skype and Lync now interoperate, meaning users can access their Lync contacts via Skype and vice versa, and then message them or place an audio call.

Microsoft Cloud deployed by AGL. Energy retailer AGL Energy sees significant improvement in employee satisfaction after deploying Office 365 across its entire operation with 3.6 million business and residential customers.

Microsoft: Social at Work is Not a Time Waster – If Done Right. Forty-six percent of workers feel that their productivity and greatly or somewhat increased because of social tools, according to a Microsoft-commissioned survey.

68% of Organisations to Adopt Hybrid Cloud Model in Two Years. Research commissioned by Microsoft finds that more than 52 percent of organizations believe that the cloud adoption will help their business growth, with 68 percent turning to the hybrid cloud model in the next two years.

SkyDrive Pro for Windows Now Available. The SkyDrive Pro client is now available as a standalone version.