Office 365 news round-up

Whether you use Office 365 at work, at school, or just as part of your everyday life, there is a growing array of features and capabilities that can help you be more productive and creative while protecting your privacy and personal data.

We recently introduced three new Office 365 plans for small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can get exactly what they need. We also launched the Office 365 Customer Success Center, to help our customers drive Office 365 adoption and business value in their organizations. In addition, we introduced the Enterprise Social Resource Center, to help organizations learn more about working like a network.

For students and teachers, we introduced OneNote class notebooks, a flexible new digital framework for teaching and learning. We also partnered with Chegg the Student Hub and the Chegg Study Q&A product, linking them to OneNote, to give students a powerful new tool to help them prepare for exams and get better grades. In addition, Microsoft recently became one of the first organizations to sign the K-12 School Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy—a promise to protect student privacy—which was developed by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association.

There are also plenty of new features and improvements that can benefit anyone who uses Office 365, such as Office Sway, the “effortless design” feature you can use to create beautiful, interactive, web-based expressions of your ideas, and the new One-Time Passcode that lets you access encrypted messages without signing in each time. And as an added bonus, we’ve also made it a snap for you to access all of the Office Online applications directly from your home page, with just one click.

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

4 Ways Microsoft Office 365 Can Change the Way You Work – Discover how the collaboration, data security, flexibility and mobility features in Office 365 can benefit businesses.

Microsoft to Students: Your Data Is Safe With Us – Learn how Microsoft has pledged to protect student data and student privacy—and has put it all in writing.

Microsoft Makes Office 365 Cheap Enough That You Can Ignore Google – Find out how the new Office 365 plans for small and medium-sized businesses are so good that even free alternatives will seem less appealing.

Tyson Mayr: Making the world smaller with Skype – Learn how Raincatcher, an organization that provides clean drinking water to people worldwide, uses Skype to help with fundraising, educate donors and schoolchildren, and involve others in the work.

Kennametal: manufacturing leader creates unity and harnesses knowledge with Office 365 – Find out how Kennametal, a leading metal manufacturing company, uses Office 365 to enable innovation.

HopeCam helps Leukemia patients fight loneliness with Skype – Discover how nonprofit Hopecam equips 500-750 children with Skype-enabled tablets every year to help them break through the fear, loneliness and isolation of cancer.

OneNote lends a helping hand – Discover how the way a man with cerebral palsy uses Office 365 to enrich his life has lessons for everyone.