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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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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Top 5 Questions to Ask Google

I wanted to share a post from our WhyMicrosoft.com site by Ron Markezich, Corporate VP, Microsoft Online, which provides 5 questions CIO’s should be asking when considering a cloud solution for their business.  I’ve linked to the post here and included the full text of the post below as well.  Let me know if you…

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Office 365 for enterprises: Part 5 – IT Control and Efficiency

Control in enterprise IT is a balancing act. Automation and outsourcing save time and money, but if done wrong, can give up too much and make it harder to make technology work for your business. Office 365 is designed to provide the right balance, enabling you to get the value and streamlined management of the…

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Office 365 for enterprises: Part 4 – Works With What You Know

Sometimes people refer to the cloud as a “disruptive” technology. But that’s really the wrong word to describe Office 365. Constructive? Yes. Practical? That, too. Microsoft understands that businesses don’t care for surprises. We have gone to great lengths to make Office 365 familiar and easy to use. New capabilities, no matter how powerful in…

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Welcome to the Cloud, USDA!

The past few months have marked a transformative time in government IT, with the State of California, the State of Minnesota and New York City, all embracing Microsoft Online Services.  And now that momentum is carrying into the federal sector, with groundbreaking news from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which announced it is…

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Office 365 for enterprises: Part 3 – Anywhere Access

AUTHOR: Allen with the Office 365 Group at Microsoft Reposting from Microsoft Office 365 Blog It’s no secret that the proportion of information workers who are mobile or working outside of headquarters continues to grow. Whether they are working from home, going where opportunity leads, or just working in different locations, they need the ability…

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Ready. Set. Connect in new ways with Microsoft Lync

Exciting news today related to how Microsoft is helping enable customers to connect with coworkers and information in new ways with the launch of Microsoft Lync.   Allen, with the Microsoft Office 365 team, talks about the news in his post, which I’ve pulled in below.  I wanted to echo his “My Experiences” comments as well. …

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Office 365 for enterprises: Part 2 – Best Productivity Experience

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…

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Office 365 for enterprises: Part 1

AUTHOR: Allen with the Office 365 Group at Microsoft Reposting from Microsoft Office 365 Blog This is the first in series of posts about the value Office 365 provides to larger organizations. What do we mean by “larger”? Basically, if you employ (or will soon need to employ) IT staff to meet your security, reliability,…

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