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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.

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Yammer can now be the default social experience in SharePoint Online and Office 365

In March, we outlined our enterprise social roadmap and how the Yammer experience would be integrated into Office 365 and SharePoint. Yesterday, we delivered on the first step of that roadmap. SharePoint admins can now switch to yammer as the default enterprise social experience from the admin center. Christophe Fiessinger, product marketing manager in the Microsoft Office Division, focused on enterprise social across Yammer, Office 365, and SharePoint provides more information…

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Yammer and Office 365: Aligning for scale

Last summer, Microsoft made a $1.2B investment in Yammer, recognizing enterprise social as key to how companies communicate and collaborate. Fast forward only eight months, and the momentum is tremendous. We’ve just finished our third quarter and Yammer sales grew 259% year-over year, Yammer gained 312 new customers, and March marked Yammer’s best month to-date in terms of user engagement. We’re excited about the value customers are seeing with Office…

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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…

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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…

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What’s new in SharePoint Online–top 10

SharePoint Online (SPO) has a gaggle of new innovation and welcome improvements. The premier sharing service is updated with a new, fluid user interface, active personal file sharing, higher storage limits for both personal and team sites, a high-end cloud app development model, and more robust tooling for admins to more easily and effectively control their SPO environment. Everyone benefits from the new SharePoint Online! Users benefit with new ways…