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This week at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), we're announcing several updates that demonstrate the continued growth of Office 365 and new opportunities for partners. This includes expanding Office 365 SKUs through the Open program, introducing Power BI for Office 365, and introducing 22 new markets with localized Office and SharePoint store fronts as well as French, German, Spanish and Japanese language apps.
The new Office provides powerful new capabilities and advancements that enterprises can get excited about. This fall, we have two major product-focused conferences - Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in September and Microsoft SharePoint Conference (SPC) in November - that will dive deep into new features for enterprises. However, today you can view a video from July's Office preview event, which features demos of a sampling of the new Office's enterprise capabilities.
Today, Surf Air, the world's first subscription airline, launched in San Francisco. The new airline aims to shake up the traditional passenger service model in much the same way Netflix upended movie rentals. Subscribers pay a set fee each month for up to four boarding passes and tailored access to flights between San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. We're not surprised to see more subscriptions take flight, but it is surprising to see the diversity of industries and use cases--from movies to razors to diapers to software. Regardless, the attraction of the subscription model is consistent across all of these, and it mirrors feedback we've gotten from our own customers.
A conversation with Kara Page, a college senior majoring in biochemistry, who's been using Office since she was 13 years old and can't imagine life without tools like Word, OneNote, PowerPoint and Excel helping her through college.
Today, we launched Chip In, a crowd-funding site to help students get a new PC for college. Just like a wedding registry, students sign up for the PC of their choice. Then, they can ask mom, dad, grandma, (Facebook) friends, and (Twitter) followers to chip in to fund the new PC. Even better, we'll chip in too. Microsoft will contribute 10% of the purchase price on select PCs, and for the first 10,000 people who get their PC fully funded, we'll throw in a 4-year subscription to Office 365 University.
Read Microsoft Office Division President Kurt DelBene's blog about the latest release of Microsoft Office 365 for businesses. "When we first set out to build this release of Office, we knew it would be the boldest yet. We wanted to create that 'over-the-shoulder envy' that makes your friend or the guy sitting next to you on the plane ask what you're using. In a recent survey, 96 percent of people who were asked said they'd recommend Office to a friend. With the new Office 365 services we know that customers will enjoy entirely new benefits and unique scenarios that only come alive in the cloud."
On Monday, we announced the availability of Student Advantage, which enables schools and universities licensing Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty to extend the service to students at no additional cost. We also mentioned a new education customer has recently turned to Office 365, and today we're happy to officially share more details.
At this week's inaugural Lync Conference, Microsoft is celebrating a people-centric vision for the future of communications technology, including the announcement that Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. We have been honored by the rate of Lync adoption and encourage you to check out the new customer references we have for Lync 2013, available as of today.