Twenty-five years ago today, Microsoft launched Office, and ever since, Office has been helping people get things done in their work and personal lives. Of course the world is a very different place today than it was 25 years ago, and so is the way people work, but what is constant is how Office has evolved to help people work in new ways, to be more productive and focus on what truly matters. Today, Office apps and services—from the traditional ones like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, to newer experiences like Office 365, Office Online, OneNote and OneDrive—are designed for the modern ways in which people work, delivering ever more personalized experiences, and helping people be productive from wherever they are and on any device.
People use Office to get things done on screens of all sizes, and in a million places beyond their desk. They use Word to capture their ideas, Excel to analyze data, PowerPoint to build plans and OneDrive to share those plans with others. They use OneNote to take notes and organize their information across their devices, and they use services like Lync, SharePoint and Yammer to communicate and collaborate with others wherever they are.
Office is part of the fabric of a myriad of stories from the everyday to the extraordinary. Today we’re kicking off a celebration of these stories—the stories behind the Office documents we create and share. Over the next 25 days, we’re paying tribute to our customers through a series called behind_the.docs. We’ll tell the stories of people using Office to advance their ideas and achieve interesting, touching and even remarkable things. From the young teacher pitching her vision for a new urban charter school to the local school board, to three sisters starting a new business in honor of their grandmother, it’s people and what they’ve accomplished that have made Office what it is today. And it’s our continued belief in the power of technology to help people achieve great things that drives our vision.
You can follow the behind_the.docs journey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you have a story about what you’ve accomplished with Office over the years, share it with us using the hashtag #behindthedocs.
The sisters behind Bachelor’s Button Vintage. Read their story at www.facebook.com/office.