New study: People want social tools at work; weigh in at “The Worldwide Water Cooler”

We’re big believers that enterprise social is the new cornerstone of workplace collaboration. It addresses the changing nature of work, and the changing demographics of the workforce. We’re not alone here. We just published new research detailing global information worker interest in enterprise social tools. We weren’t surprised to find that three quarters of workers want social tools to increase productivity and collaboration. We were surprised to learn that nearly…


Thanks a million

Thanks to you, the new Office is officially the best-selling Office edition yet, with more than one sold every second on average since it launched. In just over 100 days, you’ve made Office 365 Home Premium a hit with more than 1 million subscriptions sold to consumers, putting it on pace with some of the most popular services around. But the numbers are only part of the story. 


Garage Series: Best of stunts and demos

In this episode of the new Office Garage Series, we look back at some of the best moments of Season 1 from XStream Office installs in air, on land and water and some of the best demos as we helped answer your top questions about the new Office. It’s not too late to catch up as we get ready for season two kicking off next week in the Big Easy…

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Customer Perspective: Stephen Roux, Infrastructure Manager at L’Occitane, on Lync-Skype Connectivity

Today the Skype division announced the availability of Lync-Skype connectivity for customers around the world. This is our first step in combining the enterprise richness of Lync with the global reach of Skype to connect working professionals to a broad network of their suppliers, customers and partners. The Office 365 Team had a chance to ask Stephen Roux, Infrastructure Manager at L’Occitane, about what this means for his company. Here’s what he…


Get a jump start on OneNote: Live training course Tuesday, June 4

Join us Tuesday, June 4 to learn how to use OneNote to organize and streamline your life. Whether you’re just getting started with OneNote or a longtime fan looking for a few new tricks,’s help and how-to trainers will show you how to organize and share your essential information to help you make the most of your work and personal time.

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Now trending: Social tools at work; Join the discussion at “The Worldwide Water Cooler”

We’re excited to announce we’ve just published new global research looking at worker appetite for enterprise social tools. You’ll find lots of data here. The upshot is more than three quarters of workers want social tools to increase productivity and collaboration, and nearly a third would bring social tools into their organization through the back door. We refer to this trend as “bring your own service.”   Enterprise social is a…

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Webinar: Office 365 Education and OneDrive

In this webinar, we’ll show you what students, faculty, and staff can get for free with Office 365 Education, plus you’ll learn how to create websites quickly and how to save and share documents with OneDrive for Business. Non-educators with Office 365 for business will also find helpful hints. Note: OneDrive for Business is the new name for SkyDrive Pro. Can’t view this video? It’s also available here at Microsoft…


Learning & Development in a Social Organization

This week, the Yammer Education Services (YES) team headed south to Dallas, TX, and joined 8,000 learning professionals at the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) annual International Conference and Expo. We were thrilled to meet so many amazing people at the sessions that we attended, and couldn’t believe how many customers stopped by our Expo…


The Social Service Desk – The Future of Call Centers? (Part II)

In our last post, we discussed the benefits of a social service desk. By serving customers socially, companies are able to crowdsource answers, share feedback, capture knowledge, recognize top performers and more. Many of our customers are discovering these benefits in their organizations. Let’s take a look at how some of our customers are using…

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Cloud Computing Trends Report: Understanding IT Maturity Patterns and Practices

As cloud computing matures, a growing number of organizations are moving to cloud environments to help lower IT costs, increase efficiencies, and realize greater flexibility. Many organizations considering cloud adoption can benefit from timely trends analysis research; and simple, well-organized information about their IT environment to understand their current IT state and where they will be if they adopt a particular cloud service.  Today Microsoft releases the Trends in cloud computing…