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Patience may be a virtue, but few things are more frustrating than being forced to wait for something you need right away. One of the great things about Office 365 is that you’re always up to date. You don’t have to wait for new features and capabilities. You get them automatically, as soon as they’re available.

One area where we know customers don’t want to wait is with the security and privacy features of our products.  Microsoft recently became the first major cloud provider to adopt ISO/IEC 27018, the world’s first international standard for protecting the privacy of personal data stored in the cloud. We also achieved the highest possible rating for our compliance with HITRUST, a standard that is particularly important to organizations that create, access, store or exchange personal health and financial information. Finally, we recently announced a number of upcoming security improvements for Office 365, from cross-platform support for Information Rights Management (IRM) in Office applications to enhanced Office 365 Message Encryption.

Outside of security features we made some other announcements this last week, including native cloud storage integration in the iPad and iPhone Office apps to make it easier to access, edit and share files from within the Office apps.  We also announced that we are making it possible for cloud services to integrate Office Online into their applications with our new Cloud Storage Partner Program, so with any web browser you will now be able to open, view and edit documents stored in services like Box, Citrix and Salesforce.

With so many new features and improvements coming to Office 365 week after week, why wait? Start using Office 365 today.

Below is a round-up of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Kadri Wovens increases revenue by 30 percent from U.S.-based retail customers with Microsoft Office 365—Find out how Office 365 helped Kadri Wovens, a luxury bed-and-bath company, achieve a significant revenue increase.

Industry challenger Alaska Airlines takes service to new heights—Discover why Alaska Airlines moved to the cloud with Office 365.

Microsoft announces first major update to Office Online—Learn all about recent improvements to Office Online.

Office 365 continues to blossom with new sign-in and password reset features—Find out about the new management features in Office 365.

Microsoft’s first acquisition of 2015 will boost sales–here’s why—Learn how Microsoft’s acquisition of Equivio will increase revenue over time.

CIOs focus on Office 365, hybrid cloud in 2015—Find out why and how CIOs at leading organizations are adopting Office 365.

Is NSW’s Office 365 classroom the school of the future?—Discover how Australia is using Office 365 to create a new kind of school that bridges the gap between rural and urban students.

Handwriting in OneNote for iPad and OCR everywhere—Learn more about two big improvements Microsoft just made to help users capture, organize and recall content on OneNote.

Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available—Find out how the new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app gives Microsoft partners more flexibility to manage and administer Office 365 for their customers.

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