Gartners 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace

Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader positioned highest in ability to execute and furthest in completeness of vision for social software

We are excited to announce that Microsoft has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace! Vendors in the report were evaluated on ability to execute and completeness of vision, and Leaders are considered well-established vendors with widely used social software and collaboration offerings.

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Win 15 computers for your school with Office Mix

You’ve told us how much you love using Office Mix to bring your lessons to life online, and we’ve been awed by the lessons and creativity of the mixes you’ve created. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our Lessons to Life Contest, which is accepting entries through September 28th. You could win up to 15 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices to donate to the school of your choice!

Customer stories
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Reed Elsevier rallies around Office 365 to collaborate across countries and cut costs

“We have hundreds of SharePoint sites today and we are beginning the journey of migrating all of these to SharePoint Online and unplugging our on-premises SharePoint servers. This will deliver huge cost savings.” — Michael Bouchet, vice president of Infrastructure Services, Reed Elsevier. Learn more about Reed Elsevier’s decision to move to Office 365.

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The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in the world of apps for Office?

This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way. Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake…

Why Microsoft
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Montgomery County, PA: How government can become more dynamic, responsive, and cost-effective through Office 365

“An overwhelming 75 percent of our user focus group preferred Office 365 over Google, citing its familiar interface, ease of use, lack of connection issues, and built-in security as the main reasons for their decision.” -— read more from Anthony Olivieri, Chief Technology Officer, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Yammer
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Yammer Enterprise now included in Office 365 Midsize Business and Education plans

One of our key themes at the SharePoint Conference in March was Work Like a Network. Yammer is at the heart of this new way of getting things done, and ever since the acquisition we’ve been focused on weaving social capabilities deeply into Office 365. In November we announced the addition of Yammer Enterprise to all Office 365 Enterprise plans. And today—to further support our vision—I’m pleased to announce that…

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Office Mix Is a Game-Changer for Teachers

Last month, Microsoft announced the customer preview of Office Mix, a tool designed to make it easier for teachers to incorporate online content into their lesson plans. Since then, we’ve been gathering feedback about what educators find most useful about the tool and how to make it even better, and we’re sharing what we’ve learned at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta this week. Overall,…

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Montgomery County: Better service for my team, county colleagues, and our citizens through Office 365

Lisa Tolomeo, Client Services Manager for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is increasing her responsiveness to team members and internal customers, thereby improving public service. Read Lisa’s story and learn how she keeps lines of communication open and stays flexible to react to technology emergencies and help county employees continue to deliver excellent service to their community.

Office 15-Minute Webinars
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Webinar: 5 steps to a better PowerPoint

Know the best way to start a PowerPoint? Do you think about where to sit in a meeting room? We’ll show these are other simple steps to make your next presentation do more with less sweat. Need a sneak peek? Here is a 30-second video. What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar How not to open PowerPoint quickly The KISS rule Use the Notes section and Presenter View Stop! Unless your…

Customer stories
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Heinz: Global food leader savors new ideas and cuts costs with Office 365

“When we consider the cost reductions in conferencing, telephony, data storage, and staffing, we estimate that adopting Office 365 will reduce our IT costs by 20 percent annually.” — Leandro Balbinot, Chief Information Officer, H.J. Heinz Company Read the guest post from Heinz CIO, Leandro Balbinot profiling the global food giants move to Office 365.