When we review recent Office 365 updates and improvements—something we do every couple of weeks as we pull together this news roundup—it’s usually easy to spot a general theme that ties those announcements together. Whether the theme is productivity, collaboration, teamwork or some other aspect of how Office 365 enhances the way people work, it’s rarely hard to find. Looking across the large number of diverse announcements during the past couple of weeks, however, we were stumped! So this week, we’ll keep our introduction brief and get right to the good stuff.
Let’s start with security and privacy. We gave you a closer look at our current and upcoming controls for compliance, security and organizational search that come with our next-generation information protection tools. We also started enabling organizations to assign workload-specific service admin roles to their IT administrators for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online—to give organizations more control over how their Office 365 administrators access their data. In addition, we announced seven new Exchange Online Protection enhancements and added new access and security controls for Outlook for iOS and Android.
We also improved Office 365 and related products in other ways over the past two weeks or so. We introduced a set of new user experiences in Office 365 on the web and updated the user interface to make these new features available across Office 365 web applications through a set of persistent icons on the top right side of the navigation bar. We also announced new auto-expanding, highly scalable archiving for Office 365, so that no one will ever run out of archive storage.
Office Mix made headlines when we added the power of video to this groundbreaking technology that is quickly becoming as important to business as it is to education. Skype also made big news recently when we made the Skype for Web beta available worldwide, redesigned Skype to work better with Outlook.com, and announced that the Skype Translator preview technology will be coming to the Skype for Windows desktop app by the end of the summer.
All in all, it was a busy and impressive couple of weeks for Office 365. Stay tuned to see what’s coming up next.
Below is a round-up of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!
Office Online hooks up with Box to make it easier to edit documents in the cloud—Learn how Microsoft is becoming the default document editing option whether you use Dropbox, Box or OneDrive.
Nous Infosystems adopts Microsoft Office 365 solution—Find out how Nous Infosystems is using Microsoft Office 365 to improve collaboration among its workers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters save money with new technology—Learn how the non-profit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, will save $30k-$35k per year by migrating to Office 365.
BrightStarr integrates Office 365 into intranet—Discover how BrightStarr uses Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud technologies to create great solutions for its customers.
CTO of world’s leading chemical company talks ‘business-centered technology’—Find out how BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, uses Office 365.
Cracking the mobile collaboration code—Learn how Microsoft and Office 365 are helping enterprise organizations achieve mobile collaboration.
Microsoft: A ‘Significant Disruptor of Collaboration’—Discover why analysts say Microsoft is strengthening its position as a cloud-services provider.
Delve for Office 365 is worth your time —Discover how Office Delve could become the new “go to” portal for the enterprise.
3 reasons Office 365 is a key to Microsoft’s growth—Find out how Office 365 is driving growth at Microsoft.
Microsoft and HEC announce free Office plan for students—Learn how students and faculty at 156 universities and other educational institutions in Pakistan are gaining free access to Office 365.
Office collaboration in the classroom—Discover how Office 365 is gaining popularity among educators and school systems because it not only enhances education now, but also teaches students work-based skills that prepare them for the future.