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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!
Social networking has quickly become one of the most popular ways for people to connect with their family, friends and colleagues. It has also brought up many new questions about privacy and security.
People ask me all the time: How do you protect your privacy and security, while still enjoying the conveniences of sharing your life online? And what do privacy and security really entail?
First, I'd say that sharing thoughts, photos, and videos with friends and family is fun, but it's always wise to consider what you may be giving up in exchange for the luxury of sharing your news in real-time.
You also have to find your comfort level for sharing personal or business information online. Some people feel comfortable enough to "tell all" for everyone to see, as is the case with Josh Harris and his lifecasting experiments. He uses Internet video to showcase his life, a feat that would be extremely uncomfortable for most people, myself included. On the other end of the spectrum, many people still refuse to use social networks for various reasons, including lack of time, lack of the value they perceive, or privacy concerns.
Most of us fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. For the average user, the concern is about preventing identity theft, bullying, stalking, or a deluge of spam messages.
Privacy and security are even more important for the business user, because social networking needs to consider the privacy requirements of the individual and their employer. For me, not only do I need to protect my identity as an individual, I also need to make sure the intellectual property of Microsoft is kept safe.
The responsibility to protect your privacy and security is not just your own. The providers...
How do you make the call on investing in new technology versus maintaining the status quo?
It’s clear that technology investment is becoming a priority again even for customers looking to recover lost ground from the tough few past years in the recession— at the same time it can create an internal minefield for IT leaders. Senior executives regularly ask IT to clamp down on spending and make do with what they already own. This means some companies are using technologies that are multiple generations old. How do you think your way through the decision to upgrade?
The time is right for Office to expand its horizons-- to the cloud. Office 365 adds the Web versions of your favorite Office 2010 applications and the server side of the equation: Exchange Online for managing email and calendars, SharePoint Online for websites and collaboration, and Lync Online for real-time communications such as online meetings and video conferencing. The server applications, which may be cost-prohibitive for a small business to manage on their own, bring Office to a whole new level. That’s why more than 200,000 organizations tested the service during the beta period, and many are already seeing cost savings of up to 50 percent.
I'm going to take off my marketing hat for a minute and tell you what I think is especially cool about Office 365. Here are a few examples:
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...
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.
When it comes to technology, making human connections (or understanding them) is crucial to maximizing your investment. Give your people the tools they can embrace, with a bit of freedom to experiment, and see what can happen.
Sometimes, it may seem like Microsoft Office has been around forever, but in reality, it's only been 22 years. That's not long if you consider that consumer PCs started becoming available in the market in the 1970s.Microsoft Office has undergone considerable transformation since the days of Cheers, R.E.M. and Grunge fashion of the late ‘80s. One thing has remained constant over the years: Office has evolved as customers’ needs and usage patterns have changed. With the latest version of Office, we embraced three major technology trends that have been evolving over the past few years: the prominence of social networking, mobile computing, and cloud computing, enabling people to connect to others and information from any device, anywhere.