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Office 365 news round-up: June 28

Many exciting things have happened since our last news round up. The Build Conference wraps up today, where we heard about the Windows 8.1 preview which is now available for download. Earlier this week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the acquisition of Yammer with an update to our enterprise social road map. On June 17, we announced that video messaging has become a full-fledged feature in Skype.

I hope you got a chance to read about how Energy retailer AGL Energy Limited simplified email support and saved with Office 365 and why FLO Wine chose Office 365 to improve collaboration for their small business.

Here is a round-up of some of these and other key news items from the last couple weeks:

How Office 365 Pays Off For Two SMBs. Microsoft Office faces more competitors than ever, but Office 365 gives it a leg up with small and midsize businesses seeking to cut costs and improve collaboration.

Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013: Great alone, even better together. IT administrators may have Exchange and SharePoint set up and working in their respective circles, with Exchange handling email nicely and SharePoint working well for collaboration. However, they may not be taking full advantage of key combination features.

50 Percent of Fortune 500 Using Windows Azure. In just a year, Windows Azure has grown to over 200 services for the platform, more than doubled their customer base (now at 250,000) and are seeing an average of 1,000 new customers per day. 

The Future of the Cloud Looks Sunny Indeed! Cloud computing adoption continued to rise in 2013, with nearly 75% of businesses using some sort of cloud platform (up from 67% last year).

Popular apps come to Windows 8. There are great apps hitting the Windows Store all the time. In fact, at Computex in Taipei just 2 weeks ago, Microsoft highlighted the growth from 70,000 apps to 80,000 apps in just 3 weeks.

Microsoft’s Twitter-based tech support. Learn how Microsoft uses Twitter to proactively reach out to existing customers that are struggling, with gusto and to great effect across all of its brands.