We had a great time at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last week, where more than 14,000 people gathered to celebrate our Partners’ vital work and to share information that will help them continue to serve our customers and grow their businesses. Office 365 was a huge part of WPC, and we gave our Partners a first look at some innovations we are unleashing to help organizations transform how they work. We also announced a significant expansion of the Cloud Solution Provider program to include Azure and CRM Online as well as Office 365, and we are making the program available to all eligible Partners in 131 countries.
Mobile and cloud technology were big topics at WPC, which is unsurprising when you consider how much they have changed the way we work and the number and variety of devices we use every day in both our personal and professional lives. Office 365 is designed for today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, and recent improvements make it even easier to be highly productive on multiple devices and switch seamlessly between Windows, Mac and Android platforms. Shortly after releasing Office for Android phone, we made Office 2016 for Mac available to Office 365 subscribers and introduced another round of important updates to the Office 2016 Preview for Windows. We also recently announced our plan to bring Sway to more platforms and devices.
As busy as we were getting ready for WPC, we still delivered on our commitment to continually provide a highly secure service with powerful tools. We added Compliance Search to make it easier for you to search all of your Office 365 data, extended the Office 365 archiving and eDiscovery compliance toolset to include content stored in public folders, and announced new activity logging capabilities to give you more control over your information. We believe these and other significant investments in security are reflected in the recently published 2015 Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways from Gartner, which positions Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant.
In addition, we enabled one-click access to third-party apps and launched PowerShell.office.com, a new website designed to help IT administrators get started on Windows PowerShell for Office 365. Finally, we released the Skype for Business Windows Phone app, announced the preview of our new Skype for Business services in Office 365, made significant formatting improvements to Office Online, and offered an early look at our plan to integrate Cortana with Office 365.
For even more Office 365 news, have a look through the below roundup of key items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!
GE selects Office 365 for employee collaboration and productivity—Discover why GE chose Office 365 to enhance collaboration and productivity for its 300,000 employees in 170 countries worldwide.
Building on a global culture of tradition and innovation to boost customer service and artistic excellence—Learn from Franck Le Moal, chief information officer at Louis Vuitton, how Office 365 is helping the celebrated design firm stay customer-focused.
Canadian Cancer Society improves TCO, collaboration with Office 365—Find out how the nonprofit Canadian Cancer Society is using Office 365 to reduce its total cost of ownership (TCO) while improving collaboration, productivity and mobile support.
Microsoft announces new top-of-the-range E5 plan for Office 365—Discover how E5, the new Office 365 option, will offer business customers added benefits.
Microsoft Office in a world of multiple devices—Learn how Office 365 delivers exceptional cross-platform functionality at an outstanding price.
New Office 2016 for Mac makes life easier for the cross-platform crowd—Discover how Office 2016 for Mac makes switching between a Windows PC and a Mac pain-free while preserving the familiar look and feel of the Mac.
DORMA delivers access to innovation for 7,000 global employees with Office 365—Learn why DORMA, the trusted global partner for premium access solutions and services for enabling better buildings, chose to set up an intranet based on Office 365.
U.S. Air Force moves to the cloud with Collaboration Pathfinder—Find out how the U.S. Air Force is taking flight with Office 365.
Management consulting firm picks Office 365 at critical growth moment—driving professionalism, productivity and collaboration—Discover how Office 365 is helping Loeb Consulting Group grow its business.
Microsoft makes Office 365 freely available to nonprofits—Learn how qualifying nonprofit organizations can use Office 365 free of charge.
USEK goes greener helped by Microsoft Office 365—Find out how the USEK university in Lebanon is using Office365 to reach its environmental goals while providing better service to faculty and students.
Digital India: Microsoft to focus on rural internet, cloud solution—Discover how Microsoft is working with the Indian government to transform rural India with cloud technology.