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Office 365 news round-up

This week’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) reminds me of John Donne’s poem “No Man is an Island.” Microsoft has a vast network of partners of all sizes, all of whom play a critical role in making our products and services a success. To put it in Donne’s words, every one of our partners is “a “piece of the continent, a part of the main.” I am humbled by the incredible creativity and commitment that each one of our partners brings to the mix.

WPC 2013 has been a remarkable event. Among the highlights: We announced Power BI for Office 365, a new self-service business intelligence (BI) offering that enables businesses to gain insights from their data in powerful new ways within Excel and Office 365. We made it easier for partners to transition their customers between different versions of Office 365.We discussed the Windows 8 partner opportunity. We released research showing that partners with more than 50 percent of their revenue related to the cloud have been benefiting from higher gross profit. And we honored our top-performing partners.

If you haven’t yet, please check out the guest blog posts from Palmetto Technology Group, Wortell, SkyKick, CDW Corporation, and Sapienta Holdings–some of the many Microsoft partners who are helping customers migrate to Office 365. Also, please see our announcement about the availability of the Office and SharePoint Store in 22 new markets.

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

Microsoft: It’s Time to Pounce on Cloud Market with the Right Tools. With widespread adoption of Office 365 and Windows Azure, the time is right for partners to tap into the rich market of cloud-ready customers.

Microsoft COO Turner says Even More Innovation is Coming This Year. Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner promises that Microsoft’s fiscal 2014 will be its biggest year of innovation ever.

Microsoft Intros Power BI for Office 365. Microsoft announces Power BI for Office 365, a new self-service business intelligence offering delivered through Excel and Office 365.

Microsoft Spreads Office Store to 22 New Markets, Intros Business Intelligence Tool. The Microsoft Office and SharePoint Store is now open in 22 new markets with added language support for French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Microsoft Offers Seamless Movement Between Office 365 SKUs #WPC13. Microsoft has made it possible to move seamlessly from one Office 365 customer plan, or SKU, to another.

Poste Italiane Aims at Cloud Computing with Office 365 Tie Up. Poste Italiane, the government-run postal service in Italy, has announced a deal with Microsoft Italy to integrate its digital document services with Office 365.

Windows 8.1: New Opportunity for Microsoft Partners. Windows 8.1, which will be released to manufacturing in late August, provides new opportunities for partners to bring more apps to more devices for customers.