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The Garage Series: Office 365 versus the wild – enabling collaboration across the stack

Episode 5 of a 6-part special filmed in New Orleans, host Jeremy Chapman is joined by collaboration expert Mark Kashman as they take a look at the expansion of collaboration scenarios with the new Office from Site Mailboxes in SharePoint Online, advances in SharePoint Online for collaboration outside the corporate firewall, to Lync with multi-party HD video and the social sharing of content and ideas through Yammer. Jeremy also teams…

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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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Customer Perspective: Stephen Roux, Infrastructure Manager at L’Occitane, on Lync-Skype Connectivity

Today the Skype division announced the availability of Lync-Skype connectivity for customers around the world. This is our first step in combining the enterprise richness of Lync with the global reach of Skype to connect working professionals to a broad network of their suppliers, customers and partners. The Office 365 Team had a chance to ask Stephen Roux, Infrastructure Manager at L’Occitane, about what this means for his company. Here’s what he…

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Sensia Hälsovård AB chooses Office 365 over Google Apps, cuts travel costs by 30 percent

Healthcare provider Sensia Hälsovård AB needed a single communication and collaboration platform to accommodate its rapid growth. About 30 percent of its employees had been using Google Gmail, but found it cumbersome and unintuitive. The company eventually chose Microsoft Office 365. We recently spoke to Anders Franzén, IT Strategist, at Sensia Hälsovård AB to learn why.

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Serving the public interest and reducing fixed capital costs with Office 365

To make the case for transitioning our email system, we compared the total cost of ownership to keep the servers running on-premises versus moving to a cloud service. Right away, we saw that we could save up to US$40,000 a year, plus 75 percent of the cost of a full-time employee by taking our email to the cloud.   Then it was a decision about which provider to go with.…

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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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dmg Events excites workers, managers, and IT staff with move from Google to Office 365

International events producer dmg Events Middle East & Asia moved from an on-premises email system to the cloud-based Gmail system, and the move proved frustrating for employees and IT staff. When the Google contract came up from renewal, dmg decided it was time for a new email system. We recently spoke to Gehan Madhanayake, Head of IT at dmg Events Middle East & Asia, to learn why.

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This week’s inaugural Lync Conference: Highlighting the future of communications

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.

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The new Office is now available for business customers

Business customers around the world can now purchase the on-premises versions of the new Office products–including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013–through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Broad availability of the new Office through retail and online channels is planned for the first quarter of 2013. The new Office gives customers a comprehensive set of productivity tools to help them do their…