Humans have always longed to know the future, to see what lies ahead and just out of sight. In ancient days, we consulted oracles or shamans. Today, we may seek the advice of futurists, who analyze current patterns and trends to predict future events. At Microsoft, however, we agree with legendary management consultant Peter Drucker, who said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

That’s exactly what we’re doing with Office 365 and our other cloud services—creating the future—and we recently offered our customers two new opportunities to lend a hand.

First, we expanded the Office for Android tablet preview that we initially introduced in November. Now anyone can go to Google Play to download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint preview apps and then provide feedback that will help us deliver a world-class Office experience on a range of different Android tablets when we launch the official apps. Second, we broadened our preview program for Sway, the intelligent app that can help you organize, format and share your content in more expressive and interactive ways. Although we initially released Sway for iPhone in New Zealand only, we have since made it available to customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and many other countries where English is an official language.

We’ve also continued to improve Office in a number of ways. For example, the big news of the week coincides with recent announcements for Windows 10 and how Office has been redesigned for touch on Windows tablets and phones.

You can now save your email attachments to OneDrive with one click and send email directly from your Access 2013 apps. We’re also using IP throttling in Office 365 to reduce spam. In addition, we’ve introduced several new improvements to make Office Online even more accessible to people with disabilities.

And that’s not all. Our recent acquisition of Equivio will enable us to bring the power of machine learning to Office 365, strengthening its eDiscovery capabilities for customers who face the significant legal and compliance challenges that come with managing enormous amounts of data every day. We’re also transforming education technology by integrating Moodle and Office 365 to provide a more productive experience for teachers and students.

At Microsoft, we’re always looking ahead and working toward a brighter future for the millions of businesses and individual users worldwide to rely on Office 365 and our other products.

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

Korvac Holdings migrates to Office 365 for improved employee collaboration—Discover how Singapore-based Korvac migrated to Office 365 to improve employee collaboration.

Maryland and Microsoft partnership provides free Office 365 for students—Learn how Maryland became the first state school system to receive free Office 365 and IT Academy Programs from Microsoft.

Rail solutions provider gets everyone on board quickly—Discover how Wabtec Corporation saved money and increased efficiency with Office 365.

Building a digital workplace with Office 365—Learn how Office 365 is transforming the way people work and businesses operate.

Electrosteel leverages Microsoft Cloud to halve IT costs—Find out how Electrosteel Limited of India cut IT costs in half by adopting Office 365.

Stanford University moves to Office 365 and Exchange—Discover why Stanford University chose Office 365.

Share and collaborate in the Enterprise with Office 365 Delve—Find out more about Office Delve and how organizations are making it work for them.

Microsoft cloud services provide construction firm with cost savings, increased productivity—Learn how Walsh Group Construction saves money, gains security and increases productivity with Office 365.

Lawyers could use Word and Outlook to manage docs under new product reportedly nearing launch—Find out how Microsoft Matter Center will help lawyers work more efficiently.

Office 365: 10 features you probably didn’t know about—Discover some of the coolest features of Office 365.

Category: News; Office 365
Published: 1/24/2015 11:23