What’s New: October 2013

We’ve seen a steady stream of continued app updates and customer-requested features this month. SkyDrive Pro for iOS simplified viewing and editing your documents. Everyone can now join Lync mobile meetings, even those without Office 365 accounts. Admins can now purchase domains directly within the service and view Lync Online usage for their organization. Other October improvements  include updates for developers, Office 365 Education customers, and Office 365 Government customers in California. Let us know your favorite new feature-leave a comment! If you missed last month’s updates, see September’s What’s new summary here.


Office 365 Home Premium & Office 365 University updates:

No updates


Office 365 for business updates*:

New Lync usage reports: See Lync use in your business with new reports that show active users, total video and audio minutes, and total time conferencing.

Excel video tutorials app: This new app for Office adds quick access to Excel 2013 tutorials right from within Excel.

Purchase customer GoDaddy domain directly through Office 365: Now you can purchase a customer domain, such as yourcompany.com, through GoDaddy directly from within Office 365 and we’ll automatically configure it to work with your Office 365 account.

Updated Lync mobile for Windows Phone and iOS: New Lync mobile app features let you join Lync meetings without an account and start unscheduled conferences from within the app.

SkyDrive Pro for iOS 1.1 app: Better support for viewing and editing documents stored on your iPhone and iPad, and OneNote files open directly in the OneNote app for their respective device.

Search innovations for site and portal design in SharePoint Online: Show dynamic results and content on SharePoint sites using the new Content Search Web Part and cross-site collection publishing.

Please note that some of the above updates may take time to show up in your Office 365 account, because they’re being rolled out to customers worldwide.


Office 365 for Government updates:

California and Microsoft sign CJIS Security Policy Agreement: California local law enforcement agencies can use Office 365 to meet the latest FBI CJIS Security Policy requirements.

 Office 365 for Business updates apply as well.  Please note this update apples only to Office 365 for Government for qualifying U.S. government customers.

Office 365 Education updates:

Student Advantage: Office 365 Education institutions who have licensed Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for their faculty and staff may provide Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional charge.

 Office 365 for Business updates apply as well.

Developer updates:

Dev.office.com: The newly redesigned site has simplified and consolidated everything that experienced and aspiring Office developers could need.

Office.com Store improvements: The Office Store is adding support for 5 additional languages, 8 new store fronts, a Seller dashboard, and support for subscription-based apps.


–Andy O’Donald @andyodonald


*Not all updates apply to every Office 365 plan; please check the individual post for specifics.

What’s New: October 2013