Office 365

What’s new: August 2013

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As summer winds down and the busy fall approaches, you’ll need even more help staying productive, and recent changes in Office 365 give you just that. Office 365 for business users will appreciate a number of improvements. Their data storage across services greatly increased-to 50 GB for email and 25 GB for documents-at no additional cost. Lync 2013 mobile apps for iPhone and Windows Phone got new meeting features. And admins now have remote PowerShell for Lync, plus they can get in-service notifications about upcoming changes right in the Message Center. Read all of the changes in June and July for business and home users.

Office 365 Home Premium & Office 365 University updates:

OneNote for Android update for external keyboards-Additional support of English QWERTY keyboards.

Office 365 for business updates*:

Exchange Online mailbox sizes are doubling-Individual user mailbox sizes are increasing from 25 GB to 50 GB. Kiosk, Shared, and Resource mailboxes are also increasing in size.

SkyDrive Pro enhancements-SkyDrive Po is increasing the default user storage from 7 GB to 25 GB, and admins are now able to give users additional SkyDrive Pro storage. Users can now upload individual files up to 2 GB in size to their SkyDrive Pro, their Recycle Bin retention default is increasing from 30 to 90 days, and versioning is being turned on by default for newly created SkyDrive Pro libraries.

More easily switch Office 365 plans-A new switch plans wizard helps customers upgrade to higher plans within their service plan family.

Message Center-Office 365 admins can now see important service updates right from within the Office 365 admin center.

Remote PowerShell for Lync Online-Admins can now user PowerShell for Lync Online management and automation.

Lync 2013 Mobile: Get more from your meetings-Mobile apps for iPhone and Windows Phone now support viewing shared meeting content, such as PowerPoint slides or a desktop.

Cascading controls in Access Web App-Build drop-down selectors that show values based on previous selections.

OneNote for Android update for external keyboards-Additional support of English QWERTY keyboards.

Outlook Web App search highlighting has been improved to highlight searched terms throughout the message in the reading pane.

Please note some of the above updates may take time to show up in your Office 365 account as they are being rolled out to customers worldwide.


— Andy O’Donald @andyodonald


*Not all updates apply to every Office 365 plan; please check the individual post for specifics.

  1. Stephen Pothecary

    Many thanks for the update Andy

  2. TJCarlinIII

    This all sounds great, until you look at the open service tickets we’ve had for weeks. Microsoft finally admitted that the user interface issues we’ve been having is affecting approximately 40% of their users. One would hope that they would focus on delivering the services they not only promise, but what people pay for on a monthly service.

    I would have preferred them to fix these issues which hinder us from utilizing the e-mail system as it is promised, than bury it under more oohs and aahs.

    • Andy ODonald User">

      Sorry to hear you’ve had service issues. We are continuously releasing bug fixes and very minor updates to fix customer issues. @Office365 will follow up with a private message via your Twitter account, please ensure you are following us to enable private message capability. Look forward to connecting with you to gain first hand insight to your experience.

  3. Power BI for Small Business Premium please 😉

    The more people that can use when you’re a small business the more buy in you’ll get from the community at an early stage. I can play around with ClikView and other end user BI solutions using there free demoware. I can’t get hold of power bi even with a paid subscription.

    • Andy ODonald User">

      Business Intelligence features and capabilities are delivered in the Office 365 Enterprise plans. For example, Power Map (previously GeoFlow) is available in Excel only for Office 365 ProPlus, and is not supported in Office 365 Small Business Premium. Power BI for Office 365 follows that same model.

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