Office 365

Office 365, operated by 21Vianet, becomes generally available in China

This week I had the privilege of announcing the general availability of Office 365 in China, operated by 21Vianet, from our launch event in the heart of Shanghai. Microsoft has more than 20 years of experience delivering our products and services to China. Now through our unique partnership with 21Vianet, we are delighted that we are able to offer Office 365 from local data centers within China. This announcement follows…

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Join the Office 365 support webcast April 22: Getting started with Project Online

Join us Tuesday, April 22 at 9am PT/12pm ET to learn how to get started with Project Online. We’ll take you step by step, from signing up for a new subscription or adding a subscription to your existing applicable SharePoint Online subscription, right through to your first steps working in Project Online with resources and projects.  There will also be a quick overview of features you can expect to find…

Customer stories
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averda cleans up and moves to Office 365 and Yammer

With Office 365 and Yammer, we now have safe and reliable access to our emails, group sites, documents, files, etc. and our employees are constantly connected and sharing knowledge throughout the company. The combination has been a win-win for our organization… Read the full story written by Anthony Kurban, CIO guest author from averda–the largest environmental solutions provider in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Join the Office 365 webcast April 17: Office 365 sign-in with Multi-Factor Authentication

Join us Thursday, April 17 at 9am PT/12pm ET to learn about how Office 365 now includes support for Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, where the second authentication factor is a cell phone. This webcast will show how Office 365 customers can take advantage of Multi-Factor Authentication and covers configuration, enrollment and usage by those with devices enabled for Multi-Factor Authentication. Add this meeting to your calendar now, then at the…

Video Shows
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The Garage Series for Office 365: Work like a network. A first look at enterprise social updates with Yammer

This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Yammer and enterprise social expert, Christophe Fiessinger, to give a preview of what’s coming with Yammer and Groups spanning Office 365 services for mail, collaboration and social. Christophe demonstrates upcoming changes within inline commenting and integrated collaboration experiences – proving that social is not just a single browser-based destination, but woven throughout Office 365. Today we have a special 10 minute show, covering…

Identity
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Synchronizing your directory with Office 365 is easy

Paul Andrew is technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team. If you’re just getting started with Office 365, you’re probably considering how to extend the user directory that you use for accessing internal resources for connecting to cloud resources. The simplest way to achieve this is with the Windows Azure Active Directory Sync Tool (DirSync). This tool runs on a Windows Server machine on your network…

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We’ve updated Excel Online: What’s new in April 2014

A year ago we announced that Excel Online and each of the applications that make up Office Online were destined to become a comprehensive productivity experience on more browsers and devices—not just companions to the desktop applications. Since then we’ve released several major updates and many minor updates, and today I’m sharing another significant step forward! (Note that these changes will roll-out worldwide over the course of the next few…