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Office 365 news round-up

“Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change,” according to business-management expert Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence. At Microsoft, we understand that the only way to provide the excellence our customers expect is to constantly improve our products and services.

Just within the past few weeks, we have made it simpler for admins to configure and monitor Office 365, and we launched the Office 365 for business public roadmap to help our business customers learn more about pending updates before they occur. We also made it possible to create Quick Notes in OneNote using only your voice, made OWA for Android available on select devices, and added the social collaboration capabilities of Yammer to SharePoint and OneNote with a new feature called “document conversations.” We also showed you how Microsoft Office can help you collaborate better across devices (including iPad) and on the web, and how Microsoft is driving the Universal Communications revolution.

Those and many other improvements translate into excellence for our customers, who are using our products to do amazing things. It’s no secret that Office 365 can help many businesses increase productivity and reduce costs, whether it’s a relatively new company like beverage retailer Tastea or a well-established business like Red Wing Shoes, but Office 365 also provides outstanding benefits to government, education and non-profit customers.

By using Office 365 and other Microsoft products, for example, the American Cancer Society is saving $1.5 million annually, and funneling that money into lifesaving programs. Office 365 also enabled the City of Chicago to pull together the community to transform a former rail line into a new public space that will unite the five neighborhoods it once divided. Meanwhile, the largest school district in Texas (the Houston Independent School District) and the largest county in the United States (Los Angeles County) have chosen Office 365 to help them provide better service to students and citizens.

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

Julia White on Office 365, SharePoint, and Yammer Collaboration – Listen in as Julia White, general manager for Microsoft Office, answers questions about Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer.

Microsoft Office 365 prompts more businesses to get onto the Cloud – Find out why so many leading non-profit organizations in India are adopting Office 365 and moving to the cloud.

Zottegem Municipality deploys Microsoft Office 365 – Discover how the city of Zottegem in Belgium deployed Microsoft Office 365 to manage its communications and to improve how it delivers services to its 25,000 citizens.

10 Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 Success Stories – Learn how 10 different companies are using Power BI for Office 365 to build their businesses.

Moving to the Cloud: A Microsoft Office 365 Case Study – Find out why Levick, a leading strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, chose Office 365 for its business

Milwaukee County selects Office 365 as its communication platform – Learn how Milwaukee County, the largest county in Wisconsin, has joined the growing list of state and local government organizations that have turned to Office 365 to help improve employee communication and increase productivity.

Microsoft: Office 365 Data Privacy Assured by ‘Lockbox’ – Find out how Microsoft protects customer data in Office 365.

Microsoft: ‘Literally nobody’ but you has access to your Office 365 cloud data – Hear directly from Microsoft security experts Vivek Sharma and Perry Clarke about the security of Office 365 and cloud services.

How multifactor authentication works in Office 365 – Discover why multifactor authentication in Office 365 is so effective and easy to use.