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This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

Microsoft has introduced a new subscription model for Office 365 and this time it's literally personal: the new “Office 365 Personal” makes the productivity suite available for just two devices – one PC or Mac and one tablet – for $US69.99 a year. That's a small discount on the $83.88 it would cost to pay the $6.99-a-month …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

Microsoft is beefing up the security in Office 365 by offering two-factor authentication to all users of its cloud productivity service. The company said that it would enable two-factor authentication on accounts ranging from Enterprise and Midsize Business plans to academic accounts and standalone single-user subscription plans …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2014
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Microsoft Australia blows own deadline for online Office 365 sales

Microsoft has written to its Australian customers to apologise in advance for failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for the opening of a portal that would let them sell Office 365. The missed deadline was revealed by Steven Miller, Microsoft Australia's Office division lead, in a Thursday post. “Earlier this year, we …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014
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El Reg drills in Office 365: See the evidence

This week, Trevor Pott kicked off his exploration of Office 365 with this overview. Trevor and his team-mate Josh Folland have also produced four hands-on videos for Office 365. We will broadcast these over the next week or so – all free, all on demand. Here is the first, an Office 365 tutorial. Watch Video ®
David Gordon, 17 May 2013
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El Reg drills into Office 365: Unified communications

In the fourth and final video of our short how-to series on Office 365, Trevor Pott explores the software's unified communications' capabilities. Watch Video paper cut-out men holding hands in linked semi-circle
David Gordon, 07 Jun 2013
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Is Microsoft hinting at a fully fondleslab-friendly future for Office 365?

Microsoft will soon debut a new formulation of its Office 365 subscription service aimed at individual consumers, the company said on Thursday, and in the process it hinted that new, touch-centric Office apps may be coming soon. "We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we're committed to delivering the …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014

Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

Our favourite sysadmin Trevor Pott has been digging deep into Office 365 in recent weeks. But even Trevor is only human, and there may be features you feel he hasn't fully touched on, or corners of the cloudy platform that haven't been properly aired so far. So we ran a Live Chat on Monday 24 June, when you had the opportunity …
Andy Goddard, 18 Jun 2013

El Reg drills into Office 365: Email migration

Spinning up a new instance of Office 365 to provide email for a brand new domain is easy; migrating email from existing domains is not. If you're a systems administrator who can count to 10 more or less accurately you're probably okay to dive in, but the everyday non-technical user will still find it a bit of a struggle. In the …
David Gordon, 24 May 2013
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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

Office 365 is the “fastest growing business” in Microsoft’s history, the software giant has claimed. Microsoft reckons it has seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) adopting Office 365 in the last year. Windows Azure, the company’s alternative to Amazon’s public cloud, now has …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014
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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters. Director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller emailed staff on 4 March to apologise for the "frustrating and inconvenient" episode …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2014
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El Reg drills into Office 365: User and device management

Over the last couple of weeks, our sysadmin columnist Trevor Pott has been digging deep in to Office 365, producing a series of hands-on articles and videos. This, the third of four videos, is about the user and device management features you can find in O365. Watch Video ® Screenshot of Microsoft promotional video touting …
Trevor Pott, 03 Jun 2013
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Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

Microsoft's legion of Office 365 floggers have waited 18 months for a tool that allows them to manage customers using the cloudy suite, and in that time blindly fielded some calls from irate folk suffering outages. But help is finally at hand, according to Adam Jung, senior product manager of the Office 365 team: a bigger and …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2014
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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

The Australian State of Queensland does not observe daylight saving and an old joke about the state says that air travellers entering the region have in the past been advised to “turn your watch back one hour and 50 years.” How then, to consider the State's decision to head for the cloud with a 149,000-seat deal for Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

Microsoft UK invites you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free-of-charge all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on 1 May, where you can learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server and Azure. It’s being streamed, too, so you can attend as a “virtual delegate”. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014

Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

Microsoft knows how to score those big cloud rollouts with customers that are positively dripping in glamour - Poundland is migrating to Office 365. Europe's self-proclaimed biggest "single price discount retailer" chose heavily Microsoft-accredited channel partner Core Technology Systems (CTS) to deploy the cloudy wares. "For …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013

Microsoft loosens strings on Office 365, drops kimono on upgrade options

Microsoft has unveiled the first in a series of planned updates to its Office 365 licensing plans for potentially easier upgrades. The Office 365 blog has outlined the options, announced at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in July as “transition SKUs”, for users to upgrade. The Switch plans come with certain …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2013
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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Microsoft has made a version of its Office software available to Android users - as long as they are not using a tablet. Subscribers to Office 365 can download the app for free using Google Play and then spreadsheet away to their heart's content. All that's required, apart from the subscription, is Android 4.0 and a mobile …
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2013

Don't trust us? Try these Office 365 stats, says Microsoft

Microsoft will publish data on the reliability of Office 365 to boost confidence in the online service – and yet it also warned that more outages are possible. The software giant said in a blog titled Cloud services you can trust: Office 365 availability that it now plans to publish uptime numbers for Office 365. The figures …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2013

Forecast cloudy as Office 365 pushes into 38 new markets

Microsoft has reached a milestone in its ongoing efforts to make personal productivity a cloudy caper, by switching on Office 365 available to users in 38 new markets and three new languages including Vietnamese and Malay. Asian and African countries featured heavily on the list of newly Office-in-the-cloud-equipped markets with …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Jul 2013
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Office 365 - what's in it for you? Speak your brains

Microsoft Office is the planet’s most ubiquitous productivity suite and Word and Excel still set the standard on personal productivity apps. The way the software suite is embedded in each office's day-to-day business means that with each new update, Microsoft finds itself struggling to convince people to upgrade. After all, the …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013
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Microsoft Office 365 on iPhone NOW: No, we're not making this up

Microsoft's Office 365 app is now available from Apple's iTunes store for iPhones, iPads and iPods. The cloud-powered, subscription-based software can be obtained if you're in the US: everyone else, including us Brits, will have to wait a while, though probably not for long. The productivity suite is pretty comprehensive, and …
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2013
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Microsoft: Office 365 reached 1 million subs faster than Facebook

Microsoft's new Office 365 Home Premium subscription version has proven so popular with customers that it has reached one million subscribers faster than many popular online services have, the company has claimed. According to somewhat vague sales figures announced on Wednesday, it took the Home Premium edition of Office 365 – …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2013
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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

Microsoft is hurling cash at enterprise channel partners to persuade them to convince customers to sign up to Office 365. Under an Enterprise Agreement licence promo, large account resellers get $40 per seat for the first 3,000 seats they sign up and $5 for each additional one. The offer, which applies to a minimum order of 250 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

If you're avoiding friending your manager on Facebook or Twitter, the net is tightening: Microsoft has stitched new social network-like features into all of its productivity products. In a keynote speech today at the company's Sharepoint conference, Microsoft corporate vice-president Jeff Teper ushered in "the transformation of …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014

Word 2 to Office 365 and beyond: The good, the bad and the Ribbon

Since the pioneering work of Word and Excel daddy Charles Simonyi, Microsoft has set the gold standard on productivity applications on the PC. With the Office software suite, Microsoft built a moneymaker worth billions of dollars that has been further sustained by a network of devs who’ve reinforced the cash machine with add-ons …
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2013
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Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps

Microsoft has added joint editing capabilities to Office 365 apps. The company announced on Thursday the fact you can jointly and simultaneously with colleagues edit Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App and Excel Web App. Microsoft promised you could see where colleagues are editing text and formatting so you can avoid changes …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013

Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

Microsoft has released an iOS version of the Outlook Web App that improves performance and adds new features for mobile devices. The catch? You'll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it. "Our goal is to help our customers remain productive anytime, anywhere.  This includes providing a great email experience on smartphones …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2013
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Office 365 in moving pictures

Check this out, a short whiteboard-style animation by our art guy Andy, for an Office 365 campaign we are running with Microsoft. Of course, all you IT pros know the cloud drill, and are wedded to text. But the next time your business manager asks you what this Software-as-a-Service malarkey is all about, you can show them this …
David Gordon, 14 Jun 2012
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Office 365 goes to work on an Android

Unlike the video editing or CAD workstation beasts that are still utterly reliant on Windows, Android is slowly evolving into a workable platform for basic productivity. Browsers are becoming passable. Onboard applications are decent and there are an ever-growing number of applications designed for both touch input and mouse. …
Trevor Pott, 20 Sep 2013
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 customers could be in for a tricky time in China after a Beijing IT company called on Redmond to prove it has the legal authority to operate in the country or risk being blocked. Enterprise IT service provider and Microsoft customer Baihui Zongheng Technology made the calls at a press conference at the China …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Mar 2013
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Office 365 supremo seizes control of Microsoft's purse strings

Top Microsoft exec Amy Hood, who masterminded the multi-billion-dollar Skype and Yammer deals, is Redmond's new CFO. Hood was named today as the new custodian of the corporate purse. She replaces numbers-man Peter Klein, who announced his exit in April but will stay on until June. She is the first woman to occupy the chief …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2013
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Coles signs up for Office 365

Insistently non-rapacious supermarket chain Coles has become the latest company to sign off on a press release declaring it has adopted Microsoft's cloudy productivity suite Office 365. The chain's buy doesn't seem to be a “we found a company of knowledge workers that wants to do everything in the browser and beat Google to the …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012
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Office 365: Win a 25 seat, 12 mth license

You’ve heard of Microsoft’s Office 365 by now, with its cloud based delivery of office based classics. But have you tried it yet? We’ve teamed up with Microsoft to offer you the chance to bag a free 25 seat, 12 month licence with additional free support from Perspicuity – a Microsoft Partner. There’s no catch, it’s a prize draw …
Martin Dawson, 19 Apr 2012
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Microsoft offers Office 365 build tailored for government

Redmond has released a new build of its Office 365 cloudy productivity suite that's been specially hardened and certified for government use. "Office 365 for Government is a new multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud," blogged Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of Microsoft's Office division. " …
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012
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YES, new Office for OS X is COMING, says German Microsoft bod

A Microsoft manager has said that Redmond plans to release a new version of Office for Mac this year, giving new hope to Apple loyalists stuck using the aging OS X version of Microsoft Office. In a brief interview with German tech pub Computerwoche at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany, Microsoft's new German Office boss …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2014
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Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

One month after lifting the curtain on the updated version of its Office 365 subscription service for home users, Microsoft has officially launched the equivalent service for business customers with three new offers for small and midsized companies. Microsoft debuted Office 365 in 2011 as a set of subscription-based, hosted …
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2013
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Microsoft announces Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

Microsoft has announced pricing for the next version of its Office productivity suite, and judging by its aggressive new licensing structure, it would much rather have customers sign up for the new Office 365 subscription model than buy the software outright. "Subscriptions open a host of possibilities," reads a post to …
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2012
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Office 365 turns Lotus eater

Microsoft has licensed Lotus-to-anything migration software from Binary Tree, and plans to use its partner's wares to lure Lotus customers away from IBM and into the cloud. Kevin Allison, Microsoft's general manager of Office 365. has declared the deal a tremendous idea as it “... helps simplify the onboarding process and reduce …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2012
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No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

Despite outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer's much-ballyhooed push toward a "rapid release" publishing schedule, Microsoft now says it will ship a Service Pack for Office 2013 in early 2014. Microsoft marketing manager Chris Schneider alerted customers to the impending update on Wednesday, saying it would include feature updates and …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
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Microsoft automates Office 365 installs

Microsoft has updated its automated software development tools to the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012, and in a sign it wants to push its cloudy productivity has added the ability to automate Office 365 deployments. Details are sketchy at present, but the download page for the software promises “Comprehensive tools …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012

Office 365 hard enough to penetrate US government

Microsoft’s cloud productivity pack Office 365 has won an important certification from the US government, by ticking off all the to-do’s on the list to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). FISMA requires US government agencies to develop and maintain security controls, the better to protect the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2012
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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

Microsoft has announced it will soon give students subscriptions to its cloud-based Office productivity software free of charge – provided, that is, their schools are already paid up. The software giant on Tuesday announced a new program called Student Advantage, whereby students worldwide can sign up for subscriptions to Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013

El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

Microsoft's cloudy services offering have had an overhaul. Office 365 is faster, stronger, smarter, better and more like TIFKAM (the interface formerly known as Metro), or Modern User as it is now called, than ever before. The new overhaul is a major upgrade in usability and administer ability. Let's take a peek under the hood …
Trevor Pott, 13 May 2013
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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

Microsoft has, after years of speculation, released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than a lobotomized form. Nadella Nadella holds his first press conference since taking former CEO Steve Ballmer's crown The Apple App Store now …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2014
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Microsoft upping Office 365 fees for resellers AGAIN

Microsoft is once again plumping up the cheques it dishes out to channel folk across the globe as a sweetener to dealers as they try to push its Office 365 cloud services to customers. The software titan already pushed up advisor's fees to 18 per cent at last month's Worldwide Partner Conference and vowed to pay top accredited …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012
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Office 365 gives Aston Martin a smoother ride

Aston Martin, James Bond's favourite sports car maker, celebrates its centenary this year. The company recently shifted its disparate office IT onto Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365. Designing, building and selling high-performance cars requires reliable systems that can deal with data-dense diagrams and images. Aston …
John Oates, 04 Jun 2013
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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

Mac fans wedded to Microsoft Office face a stark choice on April 9 – upgrade or continue running the unsupported Office for Mac 2008. April 9 2013 is the date when Microsoft will stop providing new code and security fixes for Office for Mac 2008, which launched in January 2008. Redmond is urging Mac users to take out an Office …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2013

Microsoft's Office 2013 Service Pack 1 slips out with fixes, features

Microsoft has shipped Office 2013 Service Pack 1, the first major update roll-up for the latest iteration of its desktop productivity software. The release applies only to traditional, perpetual-license versions of Office that were installed from media or by downloading a standard Windows MSI installer. Versions of Office that …
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014
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Office 365 in the real world

On the 3 May at 11am BST The Register’s Lucy Sheriff will be joined by Julian Elve, of The Schools Network, to talk about his recent Office 365 migration. Julian’s responsible for an environment that you might classify as ‘normal’ enough for generic SaaS services and distributed enough to see serious benefits from cloud based …
David Gordon, 26 Apr 2012
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Microsoft lures resellers with Office 365 perks and payments

Microsoft is rejiggering its commercial platform to woo resellers with bigger discounts and finder's fees, as well as adding a simplified billing system for Office 365 that some resellers have been awaiting for years In terms of rewards, Redmond is upping the upfront payment it makes to resellers as an advisor's fee to 18 per …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2012