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Office 365 news round-up: June 17

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Microsoft with both the TechEd North America conference in New Orleans and the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. TechEd featured key developments to Windows Azure, significant updates to servers, and new tools built for the cloud. At E3, we unveiled a lineup of blockbuster games for the Xbox One games and entertainment system, with a ton of exclusive titles.

Over the past couple of weeks, we also released a new version of Skype for the Windows desktop that makes it easier to share and add contacts. And we unveiled Windows 8.1 updates, including the addition of Outlook email to Windows 8 RT tablets.

We hope you got a chance to read about how Veyance Technologies is driving global business transformation with its move to Office 365, as well as why the strategic communications firm LEVICK chose Office 365 after considering Google. Here is a round-up of some of these and other key news items from the last couple weeks:

TechEd Crystalizes Microsoft’s BYOD Management Strategy. Microsoft discusses the company’s bring your own device (BYOD) management architecture at TechEd North America conference in New Orleans.

Office 365 Gives Aston Martin a Smoother Ride. Aston Martin gives its staff secure, reliable access to systems on a variety of devices with move to Office 365.

Microsoft Boss with a Head in the Cloud for SMEs. Thomas Hansen, Microsoft’s vice president for worldwide small and medium business, explains why cloud technology and the Office 365 suite have been such a hit with start-ups.

Microsoft to Add Outlook to Windows RT Tablets. Microsoft is bringing its popular Outlook email program to Windows 8 RT.

Windows 8.1 Revealed in New Microsoft Video. New Microsoft video shows Windows 8.1 in action including improvements to the Start screen, the search tool, and more.

Skype Updated with Improved Video Messaging, Simplified Contact Adding on Windows and Easier Calling on OS X. Microsoft releases Skype 6.5 for both Windows and OS X, featuring video messaging improvements and new features for both platforms.

Xbox One: Microsoft Unveils New Games. Microsoft announces new games coming for the Xbox One at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.


  1. Docs9 is a much better alternative, and best of all it’s the easiest, simplest to use in my experience so far. It offers a much better, lightweight alternative to Office 365.

    I could have a live presentation ready to share in a matter of seconds. The coolest part was everything from Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel to OpenOffice Writer, Impress, Calc even Google Docs is handled in the exact same way. Because this works purely in a browser, most of my participants enjoyed watching my presentation on their iPhones, Androids, even iPads. Few yet were impressed they could use their old browsers, and for first time had nothing to setup or configure at all!

    Upload, and Share.

    Some corporate organizations might want to take a look at support for Visio, and Microsoft Project as well. It was a relief not having to ask my participants if they have Visio, or Project installed.

    It seems to have grown quite popular amongst young entrepreneurs who collaborate ideas, some self-employed individuals such as teachers, but some corporate organizations seem to favor Docs9 coupled with Skype for most of their online meetings. It has been a huge time saver for many.

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