Skype for Business
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Online meetings get better with Lync and new Polycom Unified Conference Stations, CX5100 and CX5500

Sometimes when you’ve been around great technology for a long time, you take for granted that others also know about it and use it. Such is often the case with Lync and the original Lync RoundTable device (Polycom CX5000), which we built in partnership with Polycom. At Microsoft, we use these devices every day as we collaborate in teams that span multiple locations around the world.

News

Office 365 now available from datacenters in Japan

Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to bring the Cloud and Office to you—everywhere. In October, we announced the availability of Microsoft Azure from Australia. Then we showcased new productivity experiences for the iPhone, iPad and Android tablets. Last month I shared our plans to move forward with delivering locally hosted versions of our cloud productivity suite, Office 365, and our cloud business application, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online,…

Customer stories
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Manufacturing productivity in the cloud—TE strengthens connections with Office 365 ProPlus

Today’s post about Office 365 ProPlus was written by David Ark, senior director of Infrastructure Solutions for TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL), a $14 billion world leader that designs and manufactures the smart connectors, sensors, antennas and electronic components that are essential in our increasingly connected world.

Why Microsoft
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Luwa Luxury Products chooses Office 365 cloud-based productivity tools to grow business

Luwa Luxury Products is a premier distributor of luxury home appliances and outdoor living appliances based in Tukwila, Washington. After buying the business in 2012, co-owners Sheri and Chris Walsh wanted to enhance communication and take Luwa’s customer service to the next level by using cloud-based business productivity tools.

Office 15-Minute Webinars
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Webinar: Busting myths about Office 365 and your small business

Is Office 365 Small Business just an online version of Office? Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud? Can I share docs with those outside the business? Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help small businesses like yours and answer your questions. Need a sneak peek? Here’s a 30-second trailer you can watch and share on social media. At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn…

Customer stories
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Dakota Financial: Direct funder reduces the cost of expansion, boosts productivity with Office 365

“Office 365 revolutionizes how we store and share the historical lifeblood of the business—more than a million lease documents. With on-demand access to these documents, our staff has everything at their fingertips to satisfy any document request from our lawyers and/or auditors. I’m sleeping better at night!” – Michael Green, Founder and Managing Partner, Dakota Financial—Watch Michael’s video for all the details.

Why Microsoft
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Sky Zone makes giant leap in productivity and savings with
Office 365

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, a recreational entertainment company with locations across the United States, chose Office 365 over Google Apps to support its rapid growth. The move gave corporate employees and franchise owners unified tools that act as a competitive differentiator when it comes to professionalism, productivity, and customer service. We recently spoke with Tom Boyle, Global IT Director, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park to get the details.

Business
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Reflecting on yesterday’s Small Business Technology Roundtable

Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in and observing our Small Business Technology Roundtable, which brought together small business owners and industry experts for a discussion about how technology can accelerate their business. While each person brought unique stories to the discussion, I was struck by the similarity of the themes that surfaced, namely how much more effective their businesses were operating with Office 365 and how they wouldn’t…