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    New Office 365 Features for Consumers and Business Users

    It’s been over 6 months since Microsoft launched Office 365, but the company has continued rolling out new features to the Office apps. For those who may not know, Office 365 is Microsoft’s subscription-based version of Office for consumers and businesses and it has soared in popularity, becoming the company’s fastest growing business. Recently, Microsoft added three more exciting features, two for consumers and one for business users.

    1. Microsoft added “real-time co-authoring to the Office Web Apps,” the apps that allow users to edit Excel, Word and PowerPoint Presentations in SkyDrive. Up until now, the apps were lacking effective collaboration tools, but moving forward, the company believes the web apps will be viewed not only as important companions to the client apps, but also as standalone apps. Even non-Office 365 users can enjoy this new feature and as a bonus, Microsoft also added an autosave function to the Word Web App.
    2. The second new feature for consumers gives subscribers to Office 365 access to benefits that were previously only available to Home Premium subscribers. These features include 60 minutes of free Skype calling anywhere in the world and 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage.
    3. The new feature for business users involves a major licensing change to Yammer, Microsoft’s social enterprise tool. In the past, Yammer was only available in the top end enterprise stack of Office 365, but moving forward, all Office 365 enterprise versions will contain Yammer. Social is fast becoming a vital way for companies to engage with employees, partners and suppliers, and this change will apply to new and existing customers.  Yammer customers will also have the right to grant Yammer access to external users.

    What do you think about these new Office 365 features?

    For more information, check out this TechCrunch article.

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