Check out Skype for Business

Have you heard what’s new from Office? Take a video look at  Skype for Business.

“Together with our customers and partners, Microsoft has transformed enterprise communications. Over 100 million people now use Microsoft Lync to communicate for work, with 79 percent of U.S. enterprises currently using or planning to deploy Lync for telephony. With Skype, we’re the preferred choice for consumer communications too. Skype revolutionized the way people connect with friends and family. Today, Skype sees 50 billion minutes of traffic every month—one third of the world’s long distance traffic—and over 50 percent of Skype users now come in over video.

“And now, we’re bringing it all together—the familiar experience of Skype that people have come know and love, with the trusted platform in Lync that businesses around the world count on.” —Zig Serafin, corporate vice president for the Skype for Business team

Office 365 Network at 50,000 Members

Are you a member of the Office 365 Network?

It’s been almost a year since its launch as a way for you to learn and share Best Practices and news about the products. As network member Darrell Webster says, “Each of us is an expert on something, but together, we can be experts on everything.”

In the coming months, you’ll see more experts join the network, have more opportunities to connect with the product teams, and get more product insights and advice from the community summarized in an easy to read format. Keep sharing your ideas and expertise, to help shape the future of Office 365.

Office 365 Video

So have you checked out the core elements of Office 365 Video yet? Simplicity; discoverability and share-ability; mobility; and built-in, easy-to-manage security.

Office 365 Video

“Your business flourishes when all employees are informed, working together and aligned to the same important goals. Office 365 Video is just the first of numerous NextGen Portals to come to Office 365—portals to best support your corporate intranet needs, your knowledge management requirements, and facilitate how people and groups can best represent themselves—all designed to be mobile, engaging, intelligent and ready to go–for you.”

Outlook on iOS, and a Preview of Outlook on Android

The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done–your e-mail, calendar, contacts, and files–helping you get more done, even on the smallest screen. The app works with all major e-mail services (including Outlook.com, Exchange Server, Office 365, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.). It’s free for personal use, and qualifying Office 365 subscriptions will enable commercial use rights for businesses.

Outlook on iOS and Android will replace the OWA for iPhone, iPad, and Android apps; however, businesses who want features such as IRM should continue to use the OWA for Devices experience on phones and tablets for the near term. These advanced features will be coming to Outlook on iOS and Android in the coming months.

Feel free to use these links, to download the Outlook app for iOS or Android.

Changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature

According to Microsoft, WIX and GoDaddy are now available as third-party solution offerings for Office 365 customers using the Online Public Website feature. This change is the newest to be announced.

As a reminder, Office 365 customers who currently use the Online Public Website feature will continue to have access to the feature for a minimum of two years following the changeover date. Customers who do not currently use the feature will no longer have access to it as of the changeover date.

Moving forward, Office 365 customers will have access to additional third-party offerings that will enable them to easily integrate their public websites with their Office 365 service. Specific partner availability may vary over time and by market. For more information, see the following Microsoft website: Website hosting partners for Office 365.