Office 365 news round-up

In today’s fast paced world, you can’t afford to be away when you are on the go. Whether you are traveling, working from a remote location or sitting in a coffee shop, we’ve heard loud and clear that you want the same rich functionality of Microsoft Office applications everywhere—on all of your devices and platforms—so you can work in a variety of situations. During the past couple of weeks, we have made several big announcements that demonstrate how well we are leading the way into the mobile productivity space.

After unveiling Windows 10, we announced our plan to deliver touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. These touch-first, mobile-first  “universal” apps are built from the ground up to run on Windows 10 small screen devices like your phone and tablet—all the way up to the Microsoft Surface Hub, no keyboard or mouse required. You can get in on the action and get early access to the Office for Windows 10 Preview by joining the Windows 10 Technical Preview. We’ll also be launching Office 2016 later this year, the new version of our classic Office desktop suite. But our new Office innovations aren’t limited to Windows. We’re making Office available everywhere.

We also announced the availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets, all beautifully optimized for the Android platform. And we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android, both important steps forward in making it easier for you to share files and manage your email and calendar from all of your devices. Finally, we extended the power of OneDrive for Business to Mac and iOS devices, to help more users access, manage and share their OneDrive for Business files from anywhere and on any device.

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

Retailer ushers in new era by moving to the cloud–Learn how grocery chain Giant Eagle chose Office 365 to transform its business.

Progressive takes first step to the cloud to improve data analysis and mobility–Find out how Progressive Insurance is moving to the cloud with Office 365.

Microsoft Office strategy takes the wind out of competitors’ sails–Discover how Office universal apps and other components of the Microsoft Office strategy are making competitors irrelevant for a growing number of users.

Enhance Your Email Security, Reliability, and Professionalism–Learn why Office 365 is the ideal solution for many doctors and their medical practices.

US Virgin Islands government connects dispersed employees with Lync Online–Find out how the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands uses Lync Online to stay connected.

Office 365 offers the best email backend for Macs–Discover why Office 365 is the right choice for organizations that use Macs.

One million students to receive free Office 365, including many in D.C.–Learn how Microsoft is making Office 365 free to a million students in 26 states through Communities in Schools, a dropout prevention program.