February has been another busy month for releases across our Office clients on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. There are a number of exciting new capabilities in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, we released the first cumulative feature update since the initial September release of the Office 2016 apps—otherwise known as the “Deferred Channel” build—for our commercial customers.
Today, Bret Arsenault, chief information security officer for Microsoft, announced Microsoft Cloud App Security, a comprehensive cloud access security broker (CASB) solution, based on Microsoft’s acquisition of cloud security innovator Adallom. It will also power new advanced security management capabilities for Office 365 that will improve IT visibility and control.
Delivering productivity experiences that are inclusive, accessible and truly empower people of all abilities to achieve more is a priority for Microsoft. We invite all organizations and individuals who strive to create an inclusive work or classroom environment to follow our progress on Office Blogs and watch our video series showcasing the accessibility enhancements in Office 365.
Office 365 Groups are shared workspaces where group members can collectively get things done. When you set up a group, it automatically creates a shared inbox, group calendar, a place to save and share files and notes, plus planning tools. In today’s Microsoft Mechanics show, we take a tour of the recent updates to Office 365 Groups and highlight the new Office 365 Groups header and discovery experiences.
Over the years, Office 365 has made significant investments in the areas of security, compliance and privacy—now Office 365 customers can easily assess Office 365’s capabilities in these areas by leveraging Office 365 controls to map with the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix. We hope this helps Office 365 customers efficiently perform their due diligence when evaluating Office 365, onboarding Office 365 or renewing their subscriptions.