Office 365 news round-up

In business, as in life, it’s important to focus on the right things. One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein, who said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” At Microsoft, we strive continually to increase the value of our products and services to customers like you.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have announced a number of valuable improvements to Office 365 and some of our other products. We introduced Office for iPad, which enables users of Apple’s popular tablet device to experience real productivity. We also announced Office 365 Personal, a new low-cost option that lets individual users get the full value of Office 365, on one PC or Mac and one tablet, for less money. During this same period, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained how Microsoft’s approach to what he calls the “mobile-first, cloud-first” world, is adding value for our customers every day.

Microsoft also was honored recently as one of the world’s most ethical companies—for the fourth year in a row—by the independent Ethisphere Institute. In announcing the list of honorees for 2014, the Ethisphere Institute said, “The World’s Most Ethical Company designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translate those words into action”.

That’s real value.

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

Microsoft Office for iPad Review – Read veteran tech writer Paul Thurrott’s review of Office for iPad and find out why he considers the new app “surprisingly impressive.”

Office for iPad proves that Office 365 is the best value – Find out how Office 365 delivers great value to customers for the money.

5 cool changes coming for OWA, Office 365, Exchange, and Outlook – Learn how you can benefit from improvements Microsoft recently announced for some of its most popular products.

INSIGHT: Office 365 brings financial, operational gains – Learn how companies can realize tremendous financial and operational gains by switching to Office 365.

Campus responds to free Microsoft Office package – Find out how students at Brown University are taking advantage of the free Microsoft Office download offered by the company and the school.

Office 365: Helping real estate agents succeed by keeping them connected to people and information – Discover how the 6,000 real estate brokers at Windermere Real Estate are using Office 365 to stay on top of all the details they need to handle, and how Windermere Solutions is developing a next-generation app on the Office 365 platform to help brokers manage more of their work and lives online.

Mecklenburg County, NC, goes all in with Microsoft and saves $3.2 million – Find out how North Carolina’s largest county was able to cut costs, increase mobility and boost productivity with Office 365, Windows Azure and Surface Pro.