New Office 365 launch webcast & Yammer video

In case you have missed the launch webcast last week on February 27th to mark the general availability of the new Office 365, here is the link . In particular I’d like to highlight the Yammer demo that starts at 16:30 and ends at 19:00. Also check out this video released on YouTube that provides and overview of Yammer: Yammer: Transforming the Way We Work

New Office 365 launch webcast & Yammer video

In case you have missed the launch webcast last week on February 27th to mark the general availability of the new Office 365, here is the link . In particular I’d like to highlight the Yammer demo that starts at 16:30 and ends at 19:00. Also check out this video released on YouTube that provides and overview of Yammer: Yammer: Transforming the Way We Work

Office 365 ProPlus Administrator Series: Activation Experiences in Office 365 ProPlus

Author: Jeremy_MSFT Originally published to the Office 365 Preview blog. Office 365 ProPlus activation is tied to the users provisioned your organization’s Office 365 tenant. When a user signs in for the first time after product installation, Office 365 ProPlus requests the user to sign in one time activate the installation. Activation Sign In screen Because the Office 365 service handles the activation, there are no product keys to add into your deployment procedures and Key Management Services (KMS) are unnecessary. Activation status can be managed by the Office 365 administrator in order to add or remove users. Changes to the user accounts and activation status are designed to appear at the clients as applications are launched. Apps will automatically look at account status information and if a user has been deprovisioned – the user will be informed that there are no Office licenses assigned to his user account and close the application. Notification window stating that there are no Office licenses available to the user This solves for a key consumerization of IT challenge when users bring in their own devices and expect software to be loaded on otherwise personal devices. With in-house line-of-business applications, the applications can check for access to internal files and respond accordingly. Third party applications – like Office in this case – are more difficult to de-activate, as they tend to have a perpetual activation without any ties to your organization. In the consumerization of IT scenario, you are essentially leasing the software to users while they are employed by your organization. With Office 365, termination of employment along with subsequent service deprovisioning will allow you to de-activate Office installs allocated to that user on his or her personal devices. In cases where the user is offline without access to the Internet, Office 365 ProPlus will remain in an activated state for up to 30 days without Internet connectivity. If the desktop applications go into a de-activated mode due to non-use, applications can be re-activated connecting to the Internet and the Office 365 service. Office 365 ProPlus is built to make the activation and de-activation process easy and manageable, but people using Office 365 ProPlus are anticipated to connect to the Internet frequently to ensure uninterupted service. In cases where computers are always completely offline or only operated within a corporate firewall, Office Professional Plus 2013 is an excellent option. For more in-depth information about Office 365 ProPlus activation, check out the Overview of licensing and activation in Office 365 ProPlus Preview on TechNet.

The Latest on Lync-Skype Connectivity

Last week Microsoft announced that Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM, and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. Today a follow-up article was published on the Lync Team Blog that provides additional details, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions. For the full story, see Lync-Skype Connectivity Arriving by June .

The Latest on Lync-Skype Connectivity

Last week Microsoft announced that Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM, and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. Today a follow-up article was published on the Lync Team Blog that provides additional details, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions. For the full story, see Lync-Skype Connectivity Arriving by June .

Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365 > Hello World!

A historical day! Yes Project Online is live in our Office 365 data centers and you can now purchase our latest and greatest project portfolio management (PPM) solution. We have also published the very first Project Online case study, stay tune for a lot more going forward: Marketing Agency Improves Efficiency, Communication with New Project Solution Buy Now!  

Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365 > Hello World!

A historical day! Yes Project Online is live in our Office 365 data centers and you can now purchase our latest and greatest project portfolio management (PPM) solution. We have also published the very first Project Online case study, stay tune for a lot more going forward: Marketing Agency Improves Efficiency, Communication with New Project Solution Buy Now!  

New Ignite Webcast – Hybrid Deployment

Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite.  View the Ignite Site  for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials  here  and be sure to see upcoming Ignite Webcasts on the  Ignite Events Page . Be sure to download the Calendar invite below to see all the webcast information. We are excited to announce our next Ignite Webcast and have our host and Office 365 Architect, Daniel Kenyon-Smith, back to give us  an overview of migration capabilities, limitations and available tools of Hybrid Deployment .  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and join a discussion with our Microsoft presenter. Bring your questions!    Our webcast will be led by  Daniel Kenyon-Smith.  Daniel is an Office 365 Architect in Microsoft Consultancy Services in the UK. Daniel works with large enterprise customers to help them migrate to Office 365. You can view Daniel’s last Ignite Webcast presentation here . Remember, to sign up for this webcast please  download and save the attached calendar invite below . We are excited to see you there!    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Presenter :  Daniel Kenyon-Smith,  Office 365 Architect in Microsoft Consultancy Services in the UK.    Date/Time: Wednesday  March 6 th , at 12:00 PM Pacific Time . (1 Hour presentation) Live Meeting Information: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-joshto/F00T8BQY Join by Phone  +14257063500        +18883203585          Find a local number   Conference ID: 27579341    Forgot your dial-in PIN?  |    First online meeting?      [1033])!]   Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises

Finding relevant content for your service

Office 365 is a service that is continuously being improved and updated to provide the best experience for you, our subscribers. As updates are being rolled-out, we want to make sure you can find the relevant support and help content that will solve your issues. You can learn more about updates on the  Office 365 service updates wiki. We want to let you know about the terminology we’re using in help, support, and community content to denote Office 365 pre-service upgrade (Office 365 pre-upgrade for short) being used when the steps and information applies to the service without the upgrade. Other content may refer to Office 365 after the service upgrade to denote that it applies to the upgraded service. For the best experience to find help content we recommend that you and your users always sign-in to Office 365, and follow the ‘learn more’ links, or search using the Question mark in the upper right-hand corner. If you are not sure whether you are using Office 365 after the service upgrade, see  “Am I using Office 365 after the service upgrade?” to learn more. When posting in the Community forums we’ve created two tags, ‘pre-upgrade’ and ‘after-upgrade’, to help you distinguish if your question or post applies to a specific service. We hope this helps customers find relevant information while using Office 365. Are you running the upgraded Office 365? Sign in to the community and leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

The new Office 365 general availability

Today Microsoft is announcing the generally availability of the new Office 365.  Learn more about this exciting announcement from the official Office 365 Blog .  Customers who sign up  today will receive the new Office 365. Existing Office 365 customers can get more information about the service upgrade at their respective center for  Small Business and Enterprise . Some enhancements, like the updated Office Web Apps, are available to existing Office 365 customers today. The service upgrade includes new features and enhancements across all of the different services and here are a few select highlights: Office 365 ProPlus – Your Office as a service Office 365 ProPlus is your full Office suite offered as a subscription service.  It is the Office 365 equivalent of the volume-licensed Office Professional Plus 2013 and includes the same full apps: Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Lync, Publisher, and Word.  Office 365 ProPlus can be installed on up to five different devices per user, unlike traditional Office which is licensed per device.  Office for Mac is also included through Office 365 ProPlus, so you can easily have Office on all of your devices. Even though Office 365 ProPlus is a cloud-based service, these Office programs aren’t running up in the cloud. Instead, you download Office 365 ProPlus from the Office 365 portal and install it on your computer, so you can use Office when you’re offline, just like previous versions. Office 365 uses Click-to-Run technology to make the download and installation of Office 365 ProPlus fast and simple. Click-to-Run uses virtualization technology to run Office 365 in a self-contained environment on your computer, which allows you to run Office 365 ProPlus side-by-side with an earlier version of Office.  For more information, see the Office 365 ProPlus system requirements . New Outlook Web App The Outlook Web App (OWA) is updated with a fresh, modern look similar to the new Office suite.  The new look simplifies the navigation and interaction to help you focus on the content and get work done faster.  The new redesign also helps bring touch and screen-size specific experiences to OWA optimized for phones and tablets! Take a look at the same inbox viewed across three different sized screens:   First, you can see the new OWA on a traditional browser. The refreshed, clean look uses accents and just-in-time information to reduce clutter. For example the blue highlights unread messages and you can see contextual options (Delete & Flag) on the selected message, but not for the other messages until you hover over them. Also, with the new reply inline feature, you can reply to a mail without opening a new window to help streamline your email responses. Second, we have the tablet optimized experience. Notice the touch-friendly buttons around the edges for common tasks such as, creating a new mail, switching to calendar and contact, searching, and refreshing your inbox. To move between conversations, just tap the mail you want to view.   Third, we have the phone optimized experience. Designed for the vertical orientation, the bottom navigation is consolidated for the smaller screen. You can still see your full inbox, quickly search, and see similar email statuses like the [Draft] label to let you know you have an unfinished message. Swipe left to right across a message to get four message management options, to mark a mail as either read/unread, file to a folder, flag, or delete. You can also bulk select mail and apply these same mail management options to multiple emails at once. SkyDrive Pro SkyDrive Pro is the new name for the MySite document library. Your default storage is increasing from 500MB per user to 7GB, or a 14x storage increase for free! Another part of that is the SkyDrive Pro folder sync feature that lets you sync your SkyDrive Pro with your computer for offline copies that automatically sync with Office 365 when you make changes. The folder sync works with team sites and their documents as well. The new SkyDrive Pro shows you all of your documents and lets you quickly see if they are shared or locked to you. You can also see the last person to update the file. To sync offline copies to your computer just click the Sync button up in the top right-hand corner below your name. Clicking on the three dots by a file brings up a preview of the file using the Office Web Apps and quick actions you might want to take such as start editing the file, sharing it with co-workers, or copying the URL to embed in an email or presentation. Lync makes meetings more personal A large part of how people communicate is non-verbal, yet for many people today most work is done over email and through voice only conversations. Lync is designed to help people communicate and now you and your colleagues can feel like you’re in the same room with the new Lync multi-party HD video conferencing. Up to 5 live video streams can be viewed at a time and if the meeting has more people with video, Lync will automatically switch to the person talking. Now whether you work in a global organization or you’re a road warrior traveling to meet with clients you can be a part of the conversation and not miss a moment. We want to hear from you. 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