Microsoft Office 365 news - May 2016

Microsoft Office 365 news - May 2016

Office Online Server now available

We are excited to announce the release of Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organizations to deliver browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities. Microsoft recognizes that many organizations still value running server products on-premises for a variety of reasons. Read more

The Future of SharePoint

At our Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, we unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. We also announced general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which includes new hybrid capabilities that enable on-premises customers to tap into the innovation we’re delivering in Office 365. Read more

Office 365 datacenters now available in Canada

Following up from our announcements of new datacenter regions in Japan, Australia and India over the last 18 months, today we are announcing the general availability of a new Office 365 datacenter region in Canada. The new datacenter region adds in-country data residency, failover and disaster recovery for core customer data at rest to customers in Canada. Canadian customers continue to have access to the full breadth of productivity and collaboration services available in Office 365 today. Read more

May Office 365 security and compliance update

Over the last month, the Office 365 team has continued to introduce new security features and capabilities while gaining accreditation around the world for upholding the highest standards in cloud security. Read more

Announcing the GigJam Invitation Preview—a new way to work

Last fall, we unveiled the Private Preview of GigJam, a new product coming to Office 365 later this year that helps break down barriers between devices, apps and people. There has been a lot of progress since then and today we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding from the Private Preview to the GigJam Invitation Preview—now available to everyone who signed up for early access on the GigJam site. If you’ve already registered, look for an email inviting you to download GigJam. Read more

Office 365 news roundup

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing a lot of new information about SharePoint—a core part of Office 365—and talking about the future of the product and the capabilities it offers customers like you. We recently unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. Read more

Office 365 news roundup 2

During the past two weeks, we’ve announced improvements that make Office 365 more accessible and easier to use. We’ve also introduced new features to make it easier for you to recover documents and resolve issues when problems occur. Read more

Marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today, Microsoft joins in marking the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)—a day dedicated to raising awareness about making the digital world more accessible. In honor of this day and to help create a more inclusive environment, I encourage all Office 365 users to try three simple things. I also want to provide an update on the work that the Office 365 team is doing to make it possible to create accessible content from any device. Read more

Accessibility enhancements in Office 365 for people with vision impairments

To mark the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), I encourage Office 365 users to do a few simple things to make the digital world more accessible—including making a habit of running the Accessibility Checker on your documents (currently available in Office for PCs and coming by the end of the year to Office for Mac and Office Online). In addition, to help advance accessibility awareness, I’m pleased to share more about some of the enhancements we’re bringing to Office 365 that ensure people with vision impairments can work seamlessly with built-in accessibility settings on every device. Read more

Office Online—chat with your co-editors in real-time

We recently announced the ability for co-editors to chat with one another directly within a OneDrive document when working in Office Online. Today, we’re pleased to extend this capability to our Office 365 Business and Education customers for documents stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online. Built on the same technology as Skype for Business, the new chat feature is available in all the Office Online applications—Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. Read more

New to Office 365 in May—updates to Skype for Business, Outlook, SharePoint and more

This month, our updates to Office 365 include real-time chat integration into Office 365 web experiences, as well as new capabilities in Outlook and Visio. We also cover key announcements for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business made earlier this month. Read more

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