Office Online
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Click to launch, click to switch

Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business cloud-based services. Today, we’re introducing the new app launcher for our consumer services—namely Office Online, and OneDrive. users have been switching apps this way for quite some time, so today’s change represents a small visual change. However, the exciting thing is that now launching apps is the same whether you’re working…


Evolving Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to protect against tomorrow’s threats

Ten million spam messages blocked every minute. That’s the average number of spam messages that are blocked by Microsoft every minute. However, every day attackers around the world find new techniques to attack your email. The threats take different forms, such as an unidentified spam campaign, an unknown malware, or a completely new virus. The ever-expanding world of such attacks keeps changing and, to better protect your email against these…

Student Advantage Program

Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!

It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage, a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf of the student. Today we’re making it easier on the school IT department with a new self-serve model…


The Garage Series Under the Hood: Evolving Exchange ActiveSync and OWA for Devices

OWA for Android phones is here. This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Greg Baribault once again from the Exchange ActiveSync engineering team. They explain the rich history and evolution of EAS from protocol to mobile device management then finally to OWA for Devices. Along the way Greg demos OWA for Android, explains the underpinnings of notifications when connecting to on premises Exchange and Jeremy explains the new selective wipe…

Video shows

The Garage Series for Office 365: New user experiences with Groups, attachments and Office 365 mail

This week the Garage Series hits Austin, Texas and the Microsoft Exchange Conference. We kick off the series on location with Garage Series alum, Steve Chew, to continue last week’s conversation about Groups and show group collaboration in action with new email experiences, group experiences across Office 365, inline editing using Office Online within Outlook Web App and a sneak peak of the upcoming OWA for Android app. Last week,…


The Garage Series for Office 365: Cross-platform Office experiences update–featuring Office for iPad

On this week’s show hosts Jeremy Chapman and Michael Atalla look at the array of Office experiences across platforms – including the recently released Office for iPad and OneNote for Mac. Watch as they discuss the core tenants for designing great experiences for screens of all sizes – ranging from the 82″ Perceptive Pixel display all the way down to a 1.5″ Android smart watch. Last fall, we brought Guy…

Office 365

Announcing Office 365 Personal: A new way to access Office 365!

At last week’s SharePoint Conference, we discussed Office 365 for business investments and got some outstanding feedback from customers. Now it’s time for a few updates for our consumer customers using Office 365 – 3.5 million subscribers and counting. Today I want to announce Office 365 Personal. Coming this Spring, Office 365 Personal is a new, great option for people interested in using Office 365.  It’s designed for an individual, allows…


Office 2013 Service Pack 1 now available

Today we’ve released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of Office products including Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013. SP1 delivers greater stability, expanded functionality, security enhancements and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Office 2013 customers will begin to get notifications of SP1 availability through Windows Update within the next 30 days. Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 customers can download SP1 at…

Office Online
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Introducing Office Online at

Today, you’ll notice something new about and Office Web Apps–now officially called Office Online.  An online version of the Office you know and trust has been available for quite a while, but with today’s updates, we’ve made your Office Online experience easier to find, share and collaborate with others. Sure, some of you are already using the online versions of Office. And with the recent addition of real-time co-authoring…


Announcing improved access to Office

Microsoft and GW Micro are partnering to provide people who are blind or have low vision improved access to Microsoft Office. Starting today, customers who have purchased and installed any version of Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, including both perpetual and subscription clients, are eligible to download a free copy of Window-Eyes, GW Micro’s widely used and highly regarded screen reading software.