Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 2/17/2012

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

MSFT: Cowen Lauds Office 365, Sees Bookings, Profit Upside
Among the encouraging data points, Moskowitz notes that Office 365 had “over 50,000 trials in the first two weeks,” that over 20% of Fortune 500 firms have begun to take it up “in some capacity,” and that the program is prompting broader adoption by small businesses of Microsoft server products such as Exchange, SharePoint and Lync.

Glad to Be Hybrid: Office 365 Flits From Cloud to Cloud
“A hybrid option is very rarely a bad one. It gives you lots of deployment choices, allowing you to explore and experiment without taking on too much of the cloud world at once.”—Simon May, Microsoft

5 New Schools Sign on for Microsoft's Office 365
According to a blog entry by Microsoft General Manager for U.S. education, Sig Behrens, five schools are signing on for the hosted services of Office 365, including the University of Nebraska, Tulane U, U Texas at San Antonio, the Kentucky Community Technical College System, and U New Mexico.

Microsoft to Host Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Feb. 29
The company is hosting the event during Mobile World Congress, a huge trade show for mobile gadgets.

Microsoft Reinvents Office for the Post-PC Era
Expect Office 15 to be squarely focused on anytime, anywhere computing on anything.

Microsoft Unveils Office 15 Metro Design Look and Feel
Office 15 includes a flatter look and feel, based on the company's Metro design language.

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