Office 365 news round-up

We continue to work hard to make Microsoft Office the best productivity suite for our customers, and we’re thrilled to see that the results. Despite the competition, Office is still the dominant productivity suite in the enterprise, according to a recent survey by Forrester Research. Some of the key findings of the survey:

  • Microsoft collaboration tools are still by far the most popular choice across enterprises with 78 percent using Exchange Server and 82 percent using SharePoint.
  • Of the 20 percent of companies that are using email in the cloud, 14 percent use Office 365, compared to 9 percent that use Google Apps.
  • Half of those using cloud email have a hybrid model, which enables users to continue accessing email from enterprise servers.

We’re honored that Office continues to be the most popular choice among businesses. And the good news is that that momentum continues to grow. If you haven’t already, please read why MetLifeJohn Keells Holdings and  Johnson Controls are powering their businesses with Office 365. Learn why the U.S. Department of Defense is making Office 365 available for purchase. And get the scoop on the Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Security Policy Agreement signed by California and Microsoft, as well as the security, compliance, and privacy features built into Office 365.

Below is a round-up of these and other news items from the last couple weeks. Enjoy!

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader. Microsoft Office is doing very well, and is still the dominant productivity suite used by enterprises, according to a survey by Forrester Research.

Microsoft Scores Big Office 365 Customer Win: MetLife. Microsoft has scored another big win, as insurance provider MetLife deploys Office 365 to more than 64,000 employees.

Microsoft Lands Army Deal for Office 365. The U.S. Army will purchase 50,000 seat licenses of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of cloud-based Office and collaboration services.

Microsoft: Free Office 365 for Students. Microsoft’s new Student Advantage program means schools that license Office 365 for staff can now provide the software to students at no additional cost.

SharePoint 2013: Supporting Analytics on the Back End. With SharePoint 2013, “Microsoft has made its best offering yet, with a toolset that requires little or no IT intervention to be effective in non-technical hands.”

Microsoft Adds More E-mail, SharePoint Integration to Yammer. Microsoft is adding more e-mail and SharePoint integration to its Yammer enterprise social-networking product.

5 new and Improved Tools for Exchange and Office 365. Whether designing, deploying, configuring, or troubleshooting on-premise Exchange 2013 or cloud-based Office 365, these free tools can help.

Why You Should Move from Dropbox to SkyDrive Pro. Five reasons  why businesses should choose SkyDrive Pro over Dropbox or similar services.