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This morning, we reached an important development milestone: the beginning of the "Office 15" Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time we share our work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements. These customers play a key role in our development process by testing early builds and providing feedback, which we incorporate into the final release.
If you use an iPhone, now you can experience the organizing power of OneNote right there. Starting today, you can download Microsoft OneNote Mobile for iPhone from the iTunes App Store, and it's free for a limited time.
OneNote Mobile for the iPhone lets you capture and review notes and lists on your phone. Notes are automatically backed up and synced with free Windows Live SkyDrive online storage, so that you can access them from virtually anywhere - your PC, phone, and browser. Collecting thoughts and ideas on the go is what OneNote was made for. Read the full post to learn more.
When we released Office 2010 to the world one year ago, our critics weren't easy on us. They said we were heading in the wrong direction by continuing to invest in our desktop applications in addition to the cloud.
But in fact, business customers are deploying Office 2010 five times faster than they deployed Office 2007. Office 2010 is also the fastest-selling version of Office ever. And nearly 50 million people worldwide use Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share their documents from anywhere with a browser and an Internet connection.
Here's my perspective on our success...
Starting today, from Facebook you can view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents via Office Web Apps with just one click. Read on for Takeshi's announcement.
It goes without saying that social networks are definitely becoming an indispensable part of people's lives. People don't just use social networks to connect with their personal and professional contacts, but also to discover new things and great ideas shared by people across their life. What if there were more convenient ways to capture and share my ideas beyond witty status updates and humorous photos? What if....
According to news reports, teens and the tech-savvy don't care for email so much these days. Recent headlines suggest the death of email is imminent, now that social networking, instant messaging, texting, and other tools are ever-present. We see evidence every day, however, that email is still a key means of communication. But rather than rely on our own experience, we wanted to know how the average information worker uses email and other messaging systems. We asked MarketTools Inc., to help us understand the use of email, social tools, and other means of communication in the office by conducting an independent online survey of 1,268 professionals and students, age 18 and older. Read what we found out in the research.
It's powerful to see Office in action. We work to capture real-life stories that showcase the many different ways that people use Office and how it can dramatically change life at home or work.What's important to me is not so much the features, but how people use our software. Let us know how you and your family are using Office 2010.
As we envision the future, we spend countless hours analyzing trends and talking with people about what they would like to see in productivity solutions today and in the future. Today, Kurt DelBene, President of the Microsoft Office Division, shared his vision for the future of productivity. Take a moment to read Kurt’s blog and then take a peek into the future!
This week I had a wonderful opportunity to see the competition and to present awards at the Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office in Park City, Utah. It was a fantastic experience. I got to see students with a deep passion for Office demonstrate their amazing skills, hear directly from them about how they are using those skills, and how those skills are helping build their confidence and their careers. While I have never been to the Olympics☺, the amazing atmosphere at the competition felt similar to what you would see there. While there was a sense of intense competition, there was also a wonderful feeling of community among the best of the best Office users from around the world. It was fascinating to see the passion and skills of these young competitors.
I often talk to press, partners or customers about some of the big numbers around the Office business – the fact that Office is installed on more than 1 billion PCs, the fact that we have over 750 million users, etc. However, for me personally, an event like this is where it all becomes real. It was so humbling and energizing to see each of the students in action...
Based on many conversations with customers over the past year, I've noticed that people and companies are continuing to experiment and learn how to use social media at work. Although reports show that the number of people joining social networks keeps going up, it's no secret that many companies remain hesitant to allow social media into the workplace. Will it affect workplace productivity? Is it safe? What are the real benefits?
Office, the way it's meant to be
I love hearing the great stories about people sharing information and
collaborating with colleagues, customers, friends and family in new
ways with Office 2010. I'm humbled by the amazing breadth and depth of the great projects our customers drive with Office.
Today, we are announcing Office 365, another significant step forward in the evolution of Office, set to launch in 2011.
Office 365 will bring together the power of Office applications with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync -- delivered as a predictable,
monthly subscription service. The beauty of this is that instead of
spending valuable time managing and maintaining technologies, people in
businesses of all sizes will be able to connect easily to co-workers, partners, customers and information.
We designed and developed our business productivity applications --
including Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync -- to work together. For
instance, Exchange enables a great e-mail experience in Outlook; Lync
helps you stay connected to others while working in Office apps; and
SharePoint allows you to collaborate effectively on Office
documents with social networking tools inside your business.
While many customers use Office every day, we want to help more
people experience the full power of our 2010 products working in unison.
We believe the value of the integrated experience is much greater than
the individual parts working alone.
With a services-based approach that takes advantage of the cloud, we
are bringing businesses of all sizes the ability to experience the
benefits of our 2010 products. This means:
More than ever, I am excited to enter this next stage in the
evolution of Office. What do you think? How do you see Office 365
changing the way you work? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Corporate Vice President, Office Product Management Group