Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 12/2/2011

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections.

Microsoft: Office 365 a Hit, Especially with Small Businesses
Office 365, Microsoft's cloud collaboration and communication suite for organizations, is selling eight times faster than its predecessor, the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and has been particularly successful among small businesses, which make up over 90 percent of its customer base, the company announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Touts Office 365 Momentum, Offers Service Update
With the new support for SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, Office 365 users can link to line-of-business applications, such as SAP (NYSE:SAP) applications, through a SharePoint interface. And the Windows Phone 7.5 support allows users to access and update documents in SharePoint Online using their Windows Phone device.

Microsoft Unveils SkyDrive Updates, Office 365 Plans
Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft's Office Division, touted Office 365's rapid growth since its launch, claiming an adoption rate that is eight times faster than that of Business Productivity Online Services.

Top 10 reasons to use Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and to free up valuable resources.

U.K.-Based Outsourcery Newest Microsoft Cloud Champion
U.K. cloud service provider and VAR Outsourcery has become the latest partner and Office 365 reseller to join the ranks of the elite Microsoft Cloud Champions.

Microsoft Partners with AgreeYa on Apps for IPhone, Android
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, will partner with AgreeYa Solutions to make business applications available on Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)’s Blackberry and other mobile devices. 

Windows Phone May Finally be Heading From “Sleeper Hit” to Just “Hit”
Newly available app usage data indicate as many as 600,000 Windows Phones may have been purchased over the past two weeks alone.

Windows To Go: Microsoft's OS Becomes Portable
Windows To Go will make it possible to access a corporate desktop from any PC that supports USB booting. This should prove to be extremely beneficial to anyone who sometimes works from their own personal computer.

Microsoft Announces 'Kinect Accelerator' to Turn Hacks into Businesses
Redmond is encouraging third-party Kinect creativity more actively, recognizing that its device truly belongs to the world.

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