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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s most famous inventors, statesmen and self-made men, clearly understood that people learn best by doing. That’s one reason why at Microsoft we make Office 365 intuitive and easy to use. We know that the more you use Office 365 to actually do things, the more quickly you will learn and derive value from its many features and applications.

Several announcements over the past couple of weeks show how we consistently work to provide opportunities for you and your colleagues to get involved with Office 365 in ways that will benefit you and your business.

For Office 365 administrators, the new version of the Office 365 admin app will make it easier and more efficient for you to manage your company’s service from your smartphone when you’re away from the office. And speaking of mobile technology, the new SharePoint mobile app lets you put your intranet in your pocket and take it along, wherever you go. The new app provides quick access to your team sites, company portals and resources, and helps you stay up to speed on collaborative projects. We also explained how Microsoft Power BI in Office 365 can help sales representatives gain insights, avoid missed opportunities and close more deals by making it easier for them to collect, unify and visualize all of their data in one place.

Learning by doing is of course powerful and valuable for educators, as well. We recently announced new Office 365 experiences and updates that will make it easier for teachers to manage their classrooms and collaborate with their peers. Teachers will soon be able to customize Office 365 Groups to create professional learning communities, where they can share expertise and collaborate on ways to improve their teaching skills and students’ academic performance. With Docs.com, they will be able to create attractive online portfolios for their Office documents, and Microsoft Forms will make it easier for teachers to assess student progress and provide real-time personalized feedback.

Take time to look a little more deeply into Office 365 and learn more about what it can do—and what you can do with it. After all, as Ben Franklin said on another occasion, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

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

Minnesota school district starts the school year right with the help of Microsoft FastTrack—Learn why the Austin Public School District chose Office 365 when teachers asked for more flexible tools, easier network access and better communication with colleagues and students.

Telefónica uses Yammer to stay engaged, aligned and more competitive—Discover how Telefónica is using Yammer, the enterprise social network platform in Microsoft Office 365, to become a global community of engaged employees.

Empowering attorneys and staff with Office 365 helps Kelley Drye transform into a digital workplace—Find out how Office 365 is revolutionizing professional collaboration at this global law firm.

Microsoft adding more teacher-focused Office 365 Education updates—Learn about recent features and updates that Microsoft has added to Office 365 to help teachers.

20 amazing features in Office 365 that you probably don’t know about—Discover some of the valuable but lesser-known features in Office 365 and how they can make your life easier.

Microsoft: Better meetings require better technology—Find out how Microsoft is bringing video conferencing into sharper focus with Office 365.

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