AUTHOR: Allen with the Office 365 Group at Microsoft
Reposting from Microsoft
Office 365 Blog
With hundreds of millions of users, Microsoft Office is
practically synonymous with business productivity. As the world grows more
complex and interconnected, the definition of business productivity has
expanded. Whether it’s a financial analyst mastering thousands (or millions) of
rows of data in Excel, a distributed team sharing documents with a SharePoint
Team Site, or a CEO presenting to shareholders using a video-enhanced
PowerPoint deck, Office has always been about enabling people to do more.
Now, Office 365 takes that familiar Office desktop
experience-as well as the online Office experience through Outlook Web App,
Lync Web App, and Office Web Apps-and lights them up with new capabilities.
These capabilities are available right from the Office client, so people can
use them without having to learn new technology or even switch applications.
- Lync Online enables click-to-communicate
from within Office so users can get in touch with a colleague to get
information, make a time-sensitive decision, or for an impromptu
collaboration session. Rich presence information helps users figure out
which is the most appropriate way to connect-a phone call, email, or just
a quick instant message.
- Simultaneous editing via SharePoint
Online lets multiple people work on the same Word document or PowerPoint
presentation at the same time-no more “taking turns” or sending
documents back and forth as email attachments.
- SharePoint My Sites help users find each
other by sharing their specialized knowledge. Adding interests and
responsibilities to profiles makes it easier for colleagues to find each
other through news feeds, ask and answer questions, and to connect in
other ways. This not only helps them get work done, it supports the social
and professional connections that users in large organizations crave.
- SharePoint also includes social tagging
functionality, enabling communities to organize information in ways that
make sense for them.
- Role based access control enables
administrators to safely delegate tasks to specialist users. So, for
example, a compliance officer can be granted the ability to perform
multi-mailbox search for litigation purposes. IT professionals don’t have
to spend their time performing tasks that they are not necessarily trained
to do, and neither do they have to grant full administrative rights to the
All of these capabilities represent an expansion of what
productivity means in today’s enterprise organizations, to include how people
connect, collaborate, and share information wherever they are. At the same
time, they are delivered through the Office experience people already know. So,
not only is there less training involved to get them up and running, these are
capabilities that users can actually use.
Get more information on productivity with Office
Professional Plus and Office 365 here.
Thanks for reading!
-Allen, Office 365 Product Manager