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Microsoft Office was initially conceived as a productivity tool for business—the name says it all—and many people had their first experience with Office applications either at work or at school. Office is still essential for many businesses, of course, and companies of all sizes are realizing even more benefits by adopting Office 365 and moving to the cloud. Today, Office 365 is also an important tool for education and government, helping schools, universities and government agencies reduce costs, enhance collaboration and increase productivity.

During the past two weeks, we made it easier than ever for students worldwide to get free access to Office 365, which will help them develop the skills they’ll need to succeed when they enter the workforce. OneNote Class Notebook proved to be so popular with teachers that we recently announced the release of OneNote Staff Notebook for Education to cultivate and manage educator collaboration at the district and school level. We also translated the tools, and the interactive guides that can help educators learn to use them, into five common languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French and German.

We also made some great improvements to Office Mix, which has become a dynamic learning tool in many classrooms, along with its many other uses. We started by making it even easier to use by implementing several new authoring and publishing enhancements. In addition, Office Mix users can now share their Mixes on social media or embed them in their blogs or web sites. Finally, to extend the benefits of Office Mix to the professional e-Learning community, we added support for SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), the industry standard for packaging digital learning content.

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

The benefits of migrating to Office 365—Find out how organizations can benefit by migrating to Office 365.

Can you reclaim your email with Microsoft Office Graph tools?—Learn how Office Graph and Delve can help companies make email more useful, reliable and cost-effective.

CIOs share lessons learned from the journey to the cloud—Discover what CIOs at major companies learned about the benefits and challenges of moving to the cloud.

3M races forward to enable enterprise-wide collaboration—Find out how 3M uses Office 365 to improve collaboration and enhance its business.

Microsoft has suddenly gotten serious with mobile—Discover how Microsoft is becoming a bigger and more influential presence in the mobile space.

Envisioning a cyber-centric cloud strategy—See how Microsoft is helping to reimagine the next generation of government in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, and view an interactive map of U.S. government agencies in the Microsoft cloud.

Achieve more with Microsoft and Lumia—Learn about our release of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, which both come equipped with a free one-year subscription to Office 365.

Extended email retention for deleted items in Office 365—Discover how this update allows the length of time items remain in the Deleted Items folder to extend indefinitely or be set by your administrator.

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