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Plug in to unplug

Information overload is real, and it’s important to #unplug for creativity and sanity. We also realize most people don’t always have the luxury of doing so, and that includes most of us at Microsoft. One of our dev teams even built an internal app, called Focus Time, to shut off electronic distractions. The app, which was downloaded internally thousands of times, switches Outlook to offline mode and sets Lync to “Do Not…

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Office is a life skill for graduates on the job hunt

A recent survey caught our attention this week, revealing that 83% of millenials say technology makes it easier to get a job. We couldn’t agree more. Computer skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office in particular, are fundamentals most employers expect. With this in mind, we wanted to share resources that will help the class of 2013–and beyond–brush up on Office skills and stand out from the crowd.

SharePoint

SkyDrive Pro client for Windows now available

We are pleased to announce that the SkyDrive Pro sync client is now available for Windows. This standalone client allows users of SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in Office 365 to sync their personal SkyDrive Pro and any SharePoint 2013 or Office 365 team site document libraries to their local machine for access to important content on and offline. The SkyDrive Pro client can be installed standalone and does not…

Outlook

Outlook.com: 400 million active accounts, Hotmail upgrade complete and more features on the way

We’re excited to announce that we’ve completed upgrading all Hotmail customers to Outlook.com. Coupled with the growing organic excitement for Outlook.com, this has pushed us to over 400 million active Outlook.com accounts, including 125 million that are accessing email, calendar and contacts on a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync.  We’re also pleased to announce that we’re adding two new features to Outlook.com: SMTP send, so it’s easier to send mail…

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Extend your networking reach with social apps for Office

Social apps can make working with Office 2013 more engaging, efficient, and fun. They combine the networking and outreach capabilities of social media sites with the mobile productivity power of Office.  Together, Office and social apps give you more insight into your contacts, allow you to monitor your social channels without using a browser, and can spice up your SharePoint sites in ways that you’ll “like” (thumbs up). Read on to…

Office 365

Communications and collaboration in an information age

Part of the thrill of working for the Office Division is the opportunity to tackle thorny business issues on behalf of our customers while providing them with a road map for the future.  That may be why an interesting article caught my attention this week.  In it, the author examined some of the investments Microsoft is making in the unified communications space.  While I didn’t agree with all of the…

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The new Office lets me work from home–and everywhere else

As blogger-in-chief of MommaSaid.net for the past 10 years, Jen Singer has used technology to work around her kids’ (and occasionally, her cat’s) schedules. She’s done pre-show interviews with TV producers from the supermarket cereal aisle and edited books on her laptop while waiting for track practice to end. Now with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage system, her Office can truly be wherever she is. She started writing this blog post…