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    Microsoft Delivers New Office 365 Mobile Features

    Microsoft had a very busy October, focusing on delivering “customer-requested features” to Office 365, their cloud enabled productivity software suite. As Microsoft moves along with their overall restructuring effort and transformation “from a software vendor into a devices and services company,” these improvements are a few of the updates which emphasize part of the company’s goal of delivering software releases and updates more quickly.

    A few highlights of the new capabilities:

    • An update for the Lync mobile app permits users to participate in Lync Meetings, even without Lync accounts, and allows them to initiate impromptu, multi-user Lync IM or video conversations on mobile devices. Scheduled meetings can be seen and connected to straight from the mobile app via Exchange calendar integration and users can join full voice and video meetings using the connection on their mobile devices (3G, 4G or WiFi).
    •  For a more consistent experience across devices, SkyDrive Pro for iOS now has better “support for viewing and editing documents stored on your iPhone and iPad, and OneNote files open directly in the OneNote app for their respective device.” Notes will appear the same and the OneNote file remains connected to SkyDrive Pro in Office 365 which allows users to keep track of all their notes in one place, even when on the go.
    • New Lync reporting abilities give administrators access to new usage statistics and metrics including active users, total audio and video conferencing minutes, and total audio or video minutes.
    • Users can now purchase a custom GoDaddy domain name directly within Office 365 and it will automatically set it up. For organizations that already have a GoDaddy managed domain name, users can now start using that domain name directly within Office 365.
    • “Other updates include a redesigned, Office developer site, new cross-site collection publishing tools and a Content Search Web Part for SharePoint Online and Office.com Store enhancements including support for subscription-based apps.”

    For more information, check out the following article: http://www.eweek.com/cloud/microsoft-office-365-mobile-updates-cap-off-a-busy-month.html/

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