Category Archives: Office 365

Weekend Reading: June 29th Edition–Office 365 Celebrates its First Birthday & a Sneak Peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Office 365, a sneak peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen and details on Xbox 360’s presence at the 42nd annual Comic-Con in San Diego.

The Midweek Download: June 20th Edition–Microsoft Unveils the Surface Tablet, Announces Office 365 & Dynamics AX Customers

Well, it’s been a bit of a busy week here at Microsoft, and it’s only Wednesday! This edition of The Midweek Download has stories on the newly revealed family of Surface tablets, Windows 8 Metro app news for developers and a few customer wi…

Weekend Reading: June 8th Edition–An E3 News Roundup & A Close Look at the Nokia Lumia 900 Limited Edition “Batphone”

It only comes once a year, but here is your Weekend Reading: The E3 Edition – bringing you all the highlights from the Los Angeles entertainment expo. We’ve also got stories on the limited edition Nokia Lumia 900 “Batphone”, the…

Weekend Reading: June 1st Edition–The New Bing Makes its Debut, Windows 8 Release Preview Becomes Available and Photosynth Arrives in Marketplace, plus SkyDrive, Office 365 & E3

This edition of Weekend Reading is chock full of major news nuggets, including the launch of the new Bing, the availability of Windows 8 Release Preview, an E3 teaser and the debut of a beautiful new camera app for Windows Phone called Photosynth.

New Bing, available today, takes you from searching to doing. Do you ever feel like you’re spending too much time searching and not enough time doing? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by Bing and Impulse Research, nearly 75 percent of people spend more time than they would like searching for information online. Time wasted searching is a thing of the past with the new Bing design, which brings together information from the Web, experts and enthusiasts, and your friends to help you do more — available today at You can find out more about the new Bing over on the Microsoft News Center. Also, don’t miss this Bing Search Blog post about Bing’s new Snapshot feature, and be sure to watch the video below with Online Services Division President Qi Lu. Finally, check out today’s blog post on the Bing Summer of Doing.

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Microsoft announces availability of Windows 8 Release Preview. Microsoft announced on Thursday the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview, the next milestone of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Now available for download in 14 languages at, the Windows 8 Release Preview delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse. Since the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours, Windows 8 has become the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time, and with Thursday’s release, it enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing. Head on over to the Microsoft News Center and a post from Windows and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky on Building Windows 8 for the rest of the story. Below is a screenshot of the Windows Store in the Windows 8 Release Preview:


Xbox beyond the box. As you probably know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) starts next week in Los Angeles. Just in case you missed it, check out this Tuesday post on The Official Microsoft Blog from Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer of the Interactive Entertainment Division, which raises the curtain on some of the news Microsoft will announce at E3. We kick things off on Monday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. PT. You can watch us on live TV though our partnership with Spike TV, on the Web (, and for the first time ever – on Xbox LIVE.

Photosynth arrives on Windows Phone. Your phone’s camera just got a lot more exciting. Capping an impressive month for Marketplace, the free and much-anticipated Photosynth app for Windows Phone has arrived. Download it now. What’s Photosynth? Simply put, it’s a Microsoft technology for creating majestic 3D panoramas from plain old 2D shots. Although that summary doesn’t quite do justice to how magical Photosynth is. Marketplace is already home to several solid panorama apps. But as the Photosynth team notes on its blog today, there’s nothing out there quite like this: It’s the only mobile app that can piece together a full panoramic sphere (that’s 360 degrees horizontally and vertically.) For more on this story, read this Wednesday post on the Windows Phone Blog and this Wednesday post on Next at Microsoft. Below is an image taken using the Photosynth app:

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Announcing Office 365 for Government. We’re pleased to announce some great news for government customers in the United States. First, we’re introducing Office 365 for Government. Office 365 for Government is a new multi-tenant service that stores U.S. government data in a segregated community cloud. Like other Office 365 offerings, it includes productivity and collaboration services including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office Professional Plus. Check out this Wednesday post on the Office 365 Blog for more detail.

Updates to the SkyDrive apps for Windows and Mac. We recently rolled out an update to the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone that fixed a few minor bugs, and we have a small bug-fix-only update to our iOS app on the way as well. We’re also starting to push updates to the SkyDrive apps for Windows desktop and for Mac, which will appear automatically on your PC or Mac over the course of the next week or so. You don’t need to do anything, as the updates occur automatically in the background. Mosey on over to the Inside Windows Live Blog to find out more about the update.

Microsoft strengthens commitment to addressing youth unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean. At its annual Government Leaders Forum – Americas this week, Microsoft strengthened its commitment to creating opportunities for young people in Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to reduce youth unemployment in the region. The company detailed its participation in the recent launch of a new initiative, New Employment Opportunities (NEO), which aims to train 1 million youth throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region and place at least 50 percent of those youth in jobs during the next 10 years. You can find out more about the forum over on the Microsoft News Center and in this post and this post on Microsoft on the Issues.

Thanks for checking out the latest edition of Weekend Reading! Have a great weekend!

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft

Weekend Reading: May 25th Edition–Catching Up With Steve Ballmer in Asia, plus Office 365, Windows Phone, Skype and More

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s trip to Asia, a new agreement between Microsoft and the Vatican that will bring Office 365 to millions of students and the new Facebook app for Window…

More than 4.5 million Catholic School Students to Receive Microsoft Office 365 for Education

Today, the Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) took an exciting step toward delivering a brighter future for Catholic students around the world, demonstrating there is no greater resource to invest in than that of youth. Recognizing changes were needed to provide their students with the 21st century skills they’ll need in their future careers, OIEC is partnering with Microsoft to bring Office 365 and other resources to more than 200,000 Catholic schools all over the world with the potential to reach 43 million students.

The partnership between OIEC and Microsoft deploys some of the newest technologies, including more than 4.5 million subscriptions to Office 365 for education – a free tool for educators and students worldwide, which will be made available this summer during the first wave of deployment. The agreement empowers educators and students to do a number of things, including working together on class projects and documents simultaneously, collaborating in real time with virtual meetings, and participating in instant messaging and video conferencing across the globe. They’ll also be able to create and maintain compelling websites and edit them as easily as they would a Word document, and access a new “Social Network of Catholic Education,” designed by Microsoft and based on Windows Azure, as a private element of the Partners in Learning Network.

As someone who spent 20 years in the Catholic education system, I know the importance of a great Catholic education, and have experienced firsthand the exemplary efforts of the leaders to prepare their students for the challenges and opportunities of the future. It comes as no surprise to me that OIEC is pioneering this significant change to the education of their students – they have recognized the value of integrating technology into the classroom as a way to teach 21st century skills.

With this announcement, we see the shifting dynamics of the modern Catholic classroom ushering in an exciting era for the worldwide Catholic community, and, hopefully, serving as a harbinger for traditional classroom changes around the world. Research from IDC states that in the next decade, 77 percent of all jobs will require technical skills of some sort, and when institutions like OIEC make announcements akin to the one they made today at the Vatican, I feel a boost of confidence that our students will be prepared.

We need to continue to get creative about the ways technology can make a real impact in the lives of students and prepare them for the jobs of the future. Through this partnership, we will do just that. I am proud the leadership of the Catholic International Education Office has chosen to partner with Microsoft to deliver on their commitment to educators and students to modernize its schools and further its mission to promote education for all. Together, we can make a real impact in the classroom for both students and educators, and look forward to taking this journey with the Catholic community around the world.

Posted by Anthony Salcito
Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft