Office 365 news round-up

People in business talk a lot about winning strategies. At Office 365, we tend to agree with American business consultant Michael LeBoeuf, who said: “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” That’s why we work so hard to make Office 365 the best product it can be—and one that will continue to delight our customers.

Over the past few weeks, we have announced a number of important changes and improvements to Office 365 and some of its related products. We rebranded Office Web Apps as Office Online, making it easier to find and to use, and we renamed SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro, calling them OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively and adding new features to offer more storage and to make the services available across all major platforms. To empower everyone to analyze, visualize and share data more easily, we made Power BI for Office 365 generally available, bringing the power of big data and business intelligence to a billion Office 365 users worldwide.

In addition, we simplified login to Yammer from Office 365, and added video and other features to the newest version of Lync-Skype Connectivity. We also announced a strategic partnership with DocuSign, which will provide eSignature capabilities to Office 365 customers. And on the security side, we rolled out Office 365 Message Encryption, announced several new enhancements to Exchange Online Protection, and introduced multi-factor authentication for Office 365.

We know that you work hard at your business, and we will continue to work hard to give you tools that can help you be productive, effective and successful in everything you do.

Be sure to take a look below at some of the key news items from the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Office 365: After one year, how’s Microsoft doing? — Veteran tech writer Ed Bott assesses the first year of Microsoft Office 365 and gives the service high marks in every category.

Community Healthcare Network: Preparing medical services for the next storm with Office 365 – How Office 365 helped a network of community health clinics in New York weather a severe storm, lower its costs and improve its business.

From the sea to the cloud: Building a global marine brokerage and consultancy firm with Office 365 – How Captain Mike Meade, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-based M3 Marine Group, used Office 365 to build his business from one man with a laptop to a US$7 million company with 30 employees.

Los Angeles Unified School District selects Office 365 for faculty and staff – The nation’s second-largest school district chose Office 365 for its ease of use, reliability and security features, and to help the district reduce the amount of time it spends on infrastructure maintenance.

Office 365 Master Class – Channel partners share 15 excellent reasons why Office 365 is the right choice for many businesses.

The classroom behind the Super Bowl commercial – The fifth-grade class featured in Microsoft’s Super Bowl commercial is led by an innovative teacher who uses Skype as a powerful tool to educate his students by connecting them to the world.

Teaching Math to the Blind – with Lync & Skype – The Washington School for the Blind uses Lync and Skype to help a uniquely qualified teacher connect with her students.