Office 365 recently passed its five-year anniversary. Since launching in 2011, Office 365 has become the cloud service and productivity suite of choice for a growing number of enterprise organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, government agencies, educators, students and individual consumers. We’re proud of that.
A key reason for the widespread popularity of Office 365 is that we keep providing updates, improvements and new capabilities to help people stay connected, unleash their creativity and do their best work from any location and on any device.
We recently announced some key improvements to Sway, for example. In the 10 months since our digital storytelling app became generally available, customers ranging from small businesses to teachers have used Sway to create more dynamic and engaging presentations. Now, you can add passwords to control who sees your Sways. We’re also expanding the content limits, so you can use more text, photos, videos and other content in your Sways. Finally, we’re making it easy for you to remove the informational footer at the end of your Sways when you want a more polished and professional look.
We’re also adding some smart features to Outlook to help you more easily manage your travel plans and package deliveries. Outlook will now make the most important details available at a glance, automatically add relevant information to your calendar and provide reminders to help keep you on time and on track.
We’ve also started rolling out Microsoft Planner, the new tool that offers you a simple and visual way to organize teamwork. Microsoft already provides tools like Outlook and Wunderlist to help you manage your personal task lists, while you can use Project or Project Online to manage projects that require scheduling, prioritization, resource management, timesheets and integration with line of business systems. Microsoft Planner, which is designed for structured team collaboration, covers the middle ground between those two ends of the spectrum. You can use Planner to manage everything from events or office moves to user training or other team projects. We’re currently rolling out Microsoft Planner to customers with Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.
We’re even helping people who are not Office 365 subscribers. Just this week, we introduced free Skype Meetings, a new online meetings tool that offers small businesses real-time audio and HD video conferencing. Skype Meetings also includes collaboration features, such as the ability for participants to IM, share screens and content, and use laser pointer and whiteboard features during meetings. Anyone in the United States with a business email address whose organization doesn’t already have Office 365 can sign up for Skype Meetings at www.skype.com/meetings.
The first five years of Office 365 have been great. We think the next five years will be even better, as we continue to provide you and our other customers with the productivity tools you need every day.
Below is a roundup of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!
Five years after launch, Microsoft’s Office 365 is the most popular enterprise cloud service—Get the details on how Office 365 has become the world’s most widely used enterprise cloud service.
Polycom dials up business value using Office 365—Find out why a technology company that provides leading collaboration tools chose Office 365 to support its widely distributed mobile workforce.
Microsoft adds free standalone Skype Meetings tool for SMB users—Learn how Microsoft is providing a free version of its online meetings service for businesses not currently using Office 365.
Microsoft support for iOS and Android—Microsoft CVP Brad Anderson reviews the company’s commitment to providing Office and other services on platforms from Apple and Google.
Microsoft updates Office 365 with Outlook, Sway improvements—Discover more about the many recent improvements to Office 365.
Microsoft delivers preview of Office Delve app for Windows 10—Learn more about the Office Delve app for Windows 10, now available in preview.