The technology industry runs on innovation: new products, new features and new ideas. Innovation is the arena in which technology companies compete to offer products and services that are better, faster and more secure.
Our commitment to innovation and delighting customers has been a hallmark of Microsoft Office since we introduced the very first version of the productivity suite. Since then, our non-stop innovation has enabled us to far outpace competitors such as Google, who suggests their Google Apps for Work are “good enough for most people,” including those who rely on the rich, full-featured experience of Office 365. (Could that be one reason why the annual Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Innovators” study recognized Microsoft as a leading Software innovator again this year while Google was recognized only for Search?)
Over the past year, Microsoft developers and engineers have introduced a stunning array of new Office 365 innovations, more than 60 in all, including:
- Office Graph and Delve—Office Delve is a new way for you to discover the most relevant and important information and connections from across your work life. With Delve, you don’t have to go searching for the information you need; the information finds you and is presented in a beautiful and intuitive card design. Delve knows what is relevant to you because of the insights it receives through Office Graph, which uses sophisticated machine learning to map the relationships between people, content, and activities across Office 365.
- Office for iPad, iPhone and Android —After introducing Office for iPad in March, we added printing and a host of other top-requested features. In designing Office for iPad, we didn’t attempt to overlay our existing Office suite on the iPad platform. Instead, we reimagined Office, building the new product from the ground up to make sure iPad users would have the same great Office experience that our other customers enjoy. In November, we released new Office apps for the iPhone, updated our Office for iPad apps, and made them all free, so users are no longer required to have an Office 365 subscription to create, edit and share Office documents on their mobile devices. We also kicked off the preview of Office for Android tablet, which will enable even more people to enjoy the same great Office experience on all their devices.
- Yammer and Enterprise Social—We’ve also continued to deepen the integration of Yammer and Office 365 , as well as rolling out the first phase of Groups in Office 365, enabling more people to work like a network with Enterprise Social.
- Office Sway—With Office Sway, we introduced a brand new app to the Office portfolio and an entirely new way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. Sway makes it easy for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas from your phone or browser—and your creation will look great on any screen. You provide the ideas and inspiration; Sway will take care of the design work.
- Office Mix—Office Mix is another way that Office 365 helps you get creative, by enabling you to transform your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations. After we invited customers to preview Office Mix in May, it quickly became a game-changing technology for teachers. We recently added more innovative features to Office Mix, such as easier editing and the ability to create mixes “live” while you are giving your presentation.
- Tell Me—Designed to be fast, convenient and efficient, the new Tell Me feature in Office Online can help you be more productive by showing you how to perform any Office task that you can’t quite remember how to do or still need to learn. Use simple language, or even partial words, to ask your question, and Tell Me provides the answer.
Why settle for “good enough?” At Microsoft, our goal is to make all of our products the best in their class—and to keep making them better. Office 365 is a great example.