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Office 365 news round-up

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” That’s the advice of motivational writer Anthony J. D’Angelo, and at Microsoft we’ve taken it to heart. Although Office 365 has been a great product since the day it was first introduced, and despite the many improvements we’ve made since then, we’re never satisfied. We keep looking for ways to make it even better.

In the past couple of weeks alone, we introduced two new innovations to Office 365—Office graph and a user experience code-named Oslo—that combines the power of power of social, cloud, big data and machine learning to enable new ways of working. We showed users how the work we’ve done to integrate Office 365, Yammer Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, along with a few other recent improvements, is reshaping the future of work. We also made it easier for developers to build solutions on the Office 365 platform. And we introduced the Office 365 IT Pro Network, a new Yammer group that serves as a community for anyone with a technical interest in Office 365, which allows them to connect with other IT Pros to learn about new resources and share information.

These and other improvements are one of the reasons that Office 365 is an integral part of the groundbreaking mobile and cloud solutions that Microsoft provides to customers in challenging sectors such as education, government and health care—and why a growing number of leading organizations are choosing Microsoft Office 365 to help them meet their most essential business needs.

Below is a round-up of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Microsoft to integrate new social, machine learning technologies into Office 365 — At the SharePoint Conference, Microsoft shares its plan to add new software, developer tools and capabilities to Office 365 in an attempt to make the cloud applications suite a “smarter” product that is better at helping people interact at work.

10 amazingly stupid things the ‘experts’ will try to tell you about Microsoft – Veteran tech reporter Ed Bott shows why the “experts” in Silicon Valley are just plain wrong in many of their criticisms of Microsoft, including what they have to say about Microsoft Office.

Choosing Office 365 for the Enterprise — Author Rand Morimoto explains why Enterprises should choose Office 365, and highlights key points from his book, “Choosing Office 365 for the Enterprise.”

The Business World Owes a Lot to Microsoft Trustworthy Computing – How Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing has made computing more secure and has helped make stronger computer security a business fundamental for companies worldwide.

Staff at Menchie’s work together and smile more with Office 365 — How Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt chain based in California, is using Office 365 to save money, increase productivity and enable its global expansion plans.

Trek builds one-stop shop for managing retailer relationships with Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Trek Bicycle adopts Microsoft Dynamics CRM and a hybrid solution of SharePoint 2013 on premises and SharePoint Online with Office 365.

Microsoft takes a stand on student privacy with best-in-class education solutions – Microsoft kicks off the annual Education Global Forum in Barcelona by showing impressive customer and partner momentum on Office 365 and Windows 8, and making a strong recommitment to student privacy.