Microsoft Launches Office 365 Around the World

Today Microsoft launched our newest cloud service, Office 365, which delivers Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online together in a predictable monthly subscription.  You can find full details on the announcement here and also more information on customers and partners on the Office 365 web site here.  The set…

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What others are saying about the Office 365 beta

It’s been a little over a week since the public beta of Office 365 became available, and there have already been some great comments on it from the press and customers.    For those not familiar with Office 365, it’s an always-up-to-date cloud service which brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync…

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FISMA Certification and Accreditation for BPOS-Federal

Good news last week from the Online Services team at Microsoft with the announcement that the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal (BPOS-F) offering has received FISMA certification and accreditation, a process by which federal agencies validate the security of information management systems. The BPOS-Federal offering includes Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online.  For more details check…

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Microsoft Office 365 Launches Public Beta

There are a variety of stories coming out today regarding the availability of the Microsoft Office 365 cloud service public beta, including this one on PCMag.com and the official news release on Microsoft.com here.  The beta is available to 38 markets and in 17 languages. Office 365 brings the familiar experience of Microsoft Office together…

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Mostly Cloudy Forecast at Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit

This week Microsoft held its U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit in Redmond, and while we’re used to rain this time of year in Seattle (and most of the year for that matter….), the forecast at the event for the Public Sector was mostly cloudy – cloud related technology that is. With all the interest I’ve seen…

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Email: Not Just a Commodity

Interesting note in a blog post from Julia White of Microsoft, highlighting a Wall Street Journal article regarding Cisco pulling the plug on their Cisco Mail offering. In her post, Julia points out that Microsoft is “doubling down” on email and collaboration tools with our Office 365 offerings, further proof of the type of long term…

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Cloud Security with Windows Azure and Microsoft Global Foundation Services

With the RSA conference occurring this week and cloud computing being such a high interest topic, the two worlds of cloud and security are receiving increased visibility in the trade press.  The Cloud Security Alliance, which Microsoft is part of, also held their Cloud Security Alliance Summit this week, with it being co-located with RSA. …

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Hybrid Organization with Office 365 and SharePoint Online

21apps is a Microsoft BizSpark Partner and a SharePoint business value, solutions and platform consultancy from the United Kingdom.  In this guest blog, Ant Clay, Chief Strategy Officer of 21apps, shares his excitement around the launch of Office 365, specifically on how SharePoint Online and Office 365 should be at the heart of your company’s…

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Environmental Benefits of Cloud Computing

Many of the conversations around the benefits of cloud computing are related to reducing hardware and energy costs, gaining operational efficiencies, or reducing time to deployment/market for applications.  There are other benefits however that are often overlooked related to the environmental impact of cloud computing. A study (located here) commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by…

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Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure FISMA Approval and Delivering on Public Sector Customer Needs

Some noteworthy items on the cloud front to highlight as the week comes to a close. First the good news on the Microsoft GFS (Global Foundation Services) blog that Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure has received FISMA approval. The blog states: Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure has achieved another milestone in receiving its Federal Information Security Management Act of…

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