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Office 365 news roundup

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During the Golden Age of Advertising, when Coca-Cola taught the world to sing, Burger King promised we could have it our way, and Dinah Shore encouraged us to see the USA in our Chevrolet, nothing beat a product that was “new and improved.” That’s still true today. Fortunately, Office 365 is always new and improved—week after week, month after month, year after year. We never stop adding new features and improvements, and you never have to wait. You get them as soon as they are available.

The past couple of weeks have been a busy time for Office 365 updates and improvements. Just this week, we started rolling out Skype for Business Online to eligible customers worldwide; Office 2013 users can expect the new Skype for Business client as part of the April update. Office 365 video is now rolling out worldwide as well, and it’s going mobile with a new native iPhone app. We also announced enhancements to Office 365 that leverage Office Delve for easier people-based discovery and greater self-expression, including new Delve mobile apps for Android and iPhone. In addition, we recently introduced Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a new email filtering service that provides additional protection against advanced threats such as malicious URLs and unknown malware and viruses. ATP is currently in private preview and is expected to be available this summer as an optional service for Office 365 commercial customers.

Those aren’t the only changes that are making Office 365 new and improved. We released six new updates for Power Query for Excel and provided integration between Office Online and Dropbox on the web. In addition, we enhanced Office Mix with two important new features for more compelling presentations—Slide Notes and Closed Captioning—and we made Sway collaborative so that people can create, edit and work together. We also continued to improve our cross-platform offerings, releasing several new updates to Outlook for iOS and Android and extending Office Lens—the capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner—to Android and iPhone. So you see, when it comes to Office 365, “new and improved” is business as usual.

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

Air Canada employees use the cloud to learn, share, develop ideas and collaborate—Find out how Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services keep Air Canada flying high.

Microsoft Corporation a winner amid shift to mobile, cloud: Wells Fargo—Learn why analysts at Wells Fargo upgraded Microsoft Corporation to “outperform” and why they expect the strategic shift to cloud and mobile to help the company long-term.

Microsoft Delves into Office 365—Discover how Delve can boost productivity for Office 365 users.

Teaching Excel and data analysis—one professor’s efforts to prepare students for today’s careers—Find out why a professor at Delft University of Technology is teaching an eight-week online course on Excel and data analytics—available to anyone.

Choosing Office 365 to empower graduates to compete in a global workplace—Discover why the Nguyen Sieu School in Vietnam chose Office 365 to help prepare students for life and work after they finish school.

Office 365—allowing us to focus on what matters most: solving business problems—Learn why Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company, chose Office 365 for its business.

The state of mobile Office 365 usage in the workplace–and what it means for SharePoint—Find out more about new research by that shows the growth of Office 365 in the enterprise.

Office 365 launched in Nepal—Discover why Office 365 is well-suited to the nation of Nepal, where Internet speeds are low and consistent power is sometimes a problem.