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Champion Solutions Group customers find Office 365 more productive, robust and cost-effective than Google Apps

Today’s guest blogger is Chris Pyle, president and CEO of Champion Solutions Group, an award-winning Microsoft Gold partner that helps small and medium enterprises develop cloud strategies and deploy cloud solutions. Founded in 1979, Champion has 22 offices in 11 states and is the parent company for MessageOps, which focuses exclusively on helping customers move seamlessly to the Microsoft Cloud. The two companies have helped hundreds of customers migrate to…

Updates
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OneNote Online: Print and navigation update

This week, we introduced the web-based Print feature to OneNote Online. About 10% of all feature requests are for printing from OneNote, so we understand it’s important for customers to access content online and on paper. Now you can do it using the PRINT tab on the Ribbon. We also improved the multi-column section/page navigation interface—it’s collapsible in middle/low resolution small-screen devices or on a small browser window. Now you can…

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…

Video Shows
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Webinar: All about watermarks

In this week’s webinar you’ll learn how to make or remove watermarks in your documents. We’ll show you how to place images behind text in Word and make sure Confidential or Draft are clearly noted. Plus we’ll cover how to customize a watermark in PowerPoint. Need a sneak peek? View our 30-second trailer. What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar Adding a quick “confidential” watermark Customizing watermarks Finding and removing unneeded watermarks…

Customer stories

Media company uses Office 365 cloud-based mobility tools for anytime, anywhere reporting

Raycom Media, an employee-owned company based in Montgomery, Alabama, is a growing television broadcaster, currently serving more than 12.6 percent of American households.  After a minor flood at its main data center, Raycom Media decided to test cloud-based business productivity tools. We recently spoke to Lotte Hileman, Director of Systems Administration, to learn about the company’s journey to Microsoft Office 365.   Q: Please tell us about Raycom Media.    Lotte…