Financial analysts are the whiz kids of business. They take raw data, analyze it, and draw insights to show organizations where they have been, where they are today, and where they should go tomorrow. When financial analysts are assessing value or developing a forecast, they look at solid indicators such as return on investment, economic trends, and the bottom line. They want hard facts and performance, which is why financial analysts rely on Microsoft Office 365.
With Office 365, financial analysts can generate fast, accurate, interactive reports and create a full range of compelling charts and graphs to help users quickly grasp the implications of their analyses. They can easily co-author reports online or collaborate with colleagues in real time. They can lock cells to protect the integrity of their reports, and use the Information Rights Management in Office 365 to prevent unauthorized access, including the printing or forwarding of these reports. All the while they continue to save time and produce more dynamic reports with Office 365 by choosing from more than 50 built-in financial functions, showing trends with sparklines, and using Excel macros to accurately perform repeated tasks.
The infographic below shows how a financial analyst is more effective using Office 365 versus Google Apps. Check it out for yourself!
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Ef Regalado is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team, and Steve Chew is a senior product marketing manager on the Exchange technical marketing team.
Ever pasted content from Word or a web page into a new email and found that you had to spend time fixing little formatting issues? How about trying to make changes to the layout of a table pasted from Excel?
Outlook Web App features an enhanced text editor that is easy to use and provides many new capabilities. Both Office 365 and Exchange Server 2013 SP1 customers will benefit from this enhancement. Let’s take a closer look.
More pasting options
When you compose a new message in Outlook Web App, it displays a paste menu that allows you to switch between different paste modes for your content.
The new Outlook Web App paste menu.
Sometimes you want to maintain the source formatting as closely as possible. Use Paste As Is (P) for a high fidelity rendering of the copied content from Office applications like Word or Excel.
Or maybe you are more interested in the content than the format. Use Paste Simple HTML (C) to get rid of the font colors and sizes, while preserving the basic layout. This is great choice when pasting tables and bulleted lists from a busy web page.
Finally, if you just want to paste the text, Paste Text (T) does exactly that.
One of the other new features supported in the enhanced text editor is the ability to paste images directly from the clipboard.
Rich hyperlink previews
When you compose a new email message and type the URL for an external web page, Outlook Web App automatically generates a rich preview that lets you and your recipients take a peek into the contents of the site. This also works with YouTube videos.
Rich hyperlink preview in Outlook Web App.
Create and modify tables
There is a new Insert table button at the far extreme of the editor that lets you create new tables in Outlook Web App.
Insert table menu.
Selecting the inserted table displays a menu which allows you to modify the layout by adding rows, deleting columns, merging cells, and more. This works even with tables pasted from other sources like PowerPoint or a web page.
Inserting a row in a table in Outlook Web App.
Alternative text for images
Outlook Web App also now supports adding, modifying and deleting alternative text for images. Alternative text, or alt text, is helpful in different scenarios, including reading messages on low speed connections and when using a screen reader. To access alt text, users selecting an image and then click the Alt text icon ( ) in the Format bar.
Add alt text to images.
The enhanced text editor in Outlook Web App is easy to use, provides more pasting options, creates rich previews to linked content, lets you create and modify tables, and supports alternative text for images. With it, you’ll spend less time formatting and more time communicating.
- Ef Regalado and Steve Chew
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is pasting images from the clipboard supported across all browsers?
A. No, currently only Google Chrome supports pasting from the clipboard into Outlook Web App, other major browsers support coming at a later time.
Q. Is rich hyperlink text available for all Outlook Web App users?
A. No, currently rich hyperlink previews are only available in Office 365.
Ashok Kuppusamy is a group program manager in the FAST engineering team based in Norway.
We are incredibly excited to introduce the newest member of the Office 365 family: codename Oslo. We announced it and the Office Graph last week at the SharePoint Conference keynote. You can get a closer look at Oslo by watching this Garage Series for Office 365 episode, shot live while on location at the SharePoint conference, with host Jeremy Chapman and my colleague Cem Aykan.
It’s been great to see the level of interest that the announcement has generated. In this blog post, we thought that we’d offer a deeper dive into how Oslo delivers next-generation search and discovery.
Next-generation search and discovery – let information find you
The goal for Oslo was not just to reimagine search, but to help people get their work done in a quicker, more informed, and even delightful manner. After all, your job isn’t just to “search.” You use search as a tool to get your actual job done. This more ambitious goal drove us to ask how we could remove the information silos that exist across applications, better support information discovery, and enable teams to work together as a network. The result is not just a search solution, but a new way of working – proactive, transformational, and delightful. Oslo is the first in a new breed of intelligent and social work experiences.
Rather than list an exhaustive set of features, let’s see how Oslo transforms the world of work.
Oslo is proactive and personalized for you
If you are like me, your days at work are packed: several hours of scheduled meetings, lots of emails waiting to be read and responded to, and usually a lot of folks who need to talk about urgent issues. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Sound familiar?
Oslo can bring moments of peace to those hectic days. It cuts through the noise by showing you what you need to know today, and even what’s likely to be important in the near future. You can see information trending that is associated with what you are working on, and the people within your work network. The information is delivered in a way that is easy to consume and quick to scan.
Oslo highlights key information of interest to you, based on what you are working on and the actions of people in your network.
Oslo is personalized and tailored to you. For example, what Oslo shows me is different than what Oslo shows anyone else in my team. How does Oslo know what to show you? By using the power of the Office Graph.
The Office Graph uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to connect you to the relevant documents, conversations, and people around you.
With Oslo, you don’t have to change anything about the way you work. Through the Office Graph, Oslo is automatically populated with activities you already do every day, such as which documents you share, which people you meet with, and which documents you read. There are private activities, like what documents you viewed, and public activities, like the people you follow in Yammer. Private activities always stay private.
Finding content you’ve seen before
During the Winter Olympics, I was in a meeting with my Development Manager, Kjartan Mikkelsen. Kjartan is one of those brilliant people who knows something about any topic you bring up. He presented a great PowerPoint on speed skating and why Norwegians are obsessed with skating lap times. It was an awesome meeting, and I’ll never look at speed skating the same way again.
Well, it just so happened that yesterday I needed to get back to that deck we were looking at. Kjartan hadn’t sent me a link to it and I didn’t know where it was stored. Ordinarily I would email him and just wait… and wait. Not anymore, because Oslo shows me all the PowerPoint presentations that have been “Presented to me.”
The Presented to me view in Oslo with Kjartan’s Speed skating presentation at the top.
How does Oslo know what was presented to me? It’s the magic of the Office Graph again! The Office Graph knows which meetings you’re in, when someone is presenting, and where the presentation is stored. Oslo just connects the dots to show what’s been presented to you.
This seeming magic is not limited to just the “Presented to me” view. With Oslo, you can navigate all of your work with intuitive, natural views like “Shared with me”, “Modified by me”, and “Trending around me.” You no longer have to remember where stuff is stored in Office 365.
Default search view with options for popular filters and people specific to you.
Work like a network
For most people, there’s so much information flowing within your work network that it’s hard to have visibility into what is going on around you. For example, say that you need to find the document that your colleague Dan worked on and it’s about the topic of learning. If just type “learning” into any search engine today, you’ll get way too many results because the word “learning” is in tons of documents. With Oslo, you can just type “Dan” in the search box. This takes you to Dan’s page in Oslo where you can see the documents and people Dan has been working with. Of course, you can only see the documents that you have access to.
Oslo shows you who you work with and shows you how your colleagues connect.
With Oslo, you can find anything you need by just remembering a person. It’s way easier for us humans to remember names of people than document names or keywords. This change, connecting to content through people, hints at something truly transformative: a new way to staying “in the know” about what’s around you. It’s the difference between working in an office with a closed door that gives you little exposure to what is going on around you, and working in an open office where you are exposed to information dynamically.
This transformation happens even in small teams. Here at Microsoft, when a team is “on Oslo,” we see fewer meetings. We send fewer status reports. We cut down “talking about the work.” Instead we all just do our work and see the latest work from each other through Oslo. We can reuse information from across our organization more effectively. We provide feedback on the work right away instead of waiting for meetings. The pace of work speeds up, yet we still feel “in the know.” It’s like our entire team is sitting in an open-space room where we’re aware of what’s going on but not being constantly interrupted. We call it “working like a network” because Oslo makes connecting with others, building relationships, and sharing information easier than ever before. Oslo is also founded on the openness and transparency that drives new levels of productivity.
We couldn’t be more excited to partner with you to transform your work and dramatically change the way people get things done. This is just the tip of the iceberg with more to come.
Stay tuned for future updates on project Oslo!
Ha det bra!
– Ashok Kuppusamy
This week we’ve had the chance to connect with more than 10,000 of our customers at the SharePoint Conference. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve seen our vision for enterprise social and the announcements from the event. But how can you connect with the amazing community of IT Professionals who work with Office 365 and related products?
Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the Office 365 IT Pro Network, a new Yammer group open to anyone with a technical interest in Office 365. The Office 365 IT Pro Network is the place you can go to find and connect with other IT Pros working on Office 365, learn about new product information and resources from Microsoft, and share information with the broader technical community.
We are hosting the Office 365 IT Pro Network on Yammer and we couldn’t be more excited about using this powerful aspect of Office 365 to connect with our technical community. Yammer delivers a rich enterprise social experience in Office 365. Hosting the Office 365 IT Pro Network in an external Yammer group allows us to deliver a great social experience with search, rich content, and personalization. The network includes sub groups that focus on specific products such as Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio, as well as topics like deployment, adoption and technical training. With these groups, people can have more targeted discussions.
Come check it out and join in the conversation!
Paul Andrew is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team working on identity and commerce.
Today we’re announcing Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 as a federation option for Office 365 customers. This is part of a set of new features that benefit Office 365 customers who are using an on-premises Identity Provider other than Active Directory. Together, they provide account synchronization, sign-in federation and wider use of passive authentication which enables single sign-on for Office web-based applications and, in the future, for Office desktop clients. To take advantage of these new features , an identity provider needs to support LDAP v3 and SAML 2.0 with the SP-Lite Profile. All Office 365 identity management uses Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD). Now, you can configure Windows Azure AD for use with SAML 2.0. Windows Azure AD already supports WS-Federation, WS-Trust and Shibboleth for sign-in federation. SAML 2.0 is an additional, commonly-used federation standard for user sign-in. With it, the application, such as Office 365, shows the sign-in web form on behalf of the identity provider and the identity provider makes the authorization decision. The authorization decision is passed back to Office 365 using a SAML token.
Identity management in Office 365 using federated sign-in through SAML 2.0
In this block diagram of Office 365 identity management, the account sync needs to occur from the on-premises directory to Windows Azure AD (orange arrow). The federated sign-in happens from Windows Azure AD when a sign-in request occurs (blue arrow).
SAML 2.0 SP-Lite profile federation
Sign-in federation with SAML 2.0 means that customers who have a directory on-premises that uses SAML 2.0 can federate directly with Office 365 for passive authentication scenarios. Passive authentication scenarios are those where the user signs in through a web form shown by the identity provider. Microsoft will continue to also support WS-Federation and WS-Trust for use with Active Directory Federation Services and other WS-* identity providers that are qualified in the Works with Office 365 – Identity program. For more information about SAML 2.0 federation see Office 365 SAML 2.0 Federation Implementer’s Guide. If you are an identity provider using SAML 2.0 for federation with Office 365, we encourage you to test and get qualified for the requirements of the Works with Office 365– Identity program. Once qualified, you will be listed by Microsoft as having completed integration testing, and this provides confidence to customers in the federation interoperability.
LDAP v3 directory synchronization
Before users can use federated sign-in, their accounts must be synchronized to Windows Azure AD. You can use Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 with the Forefront Identity Manager Connector for Generic LDAP to synchronize accounts from a directory that supports LDAPv3. For more information see Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 and the Generic LDAP Connector for FIM 2010 R2 Technical Reference. Note that for Office 365 connectivity, Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 also requires the Windows Azure Active Directory Connector for FIM 2010 R2. The DirSync tool and writing a PowerShell script that uploads the accounts are other Microsoft solutions for synchronizing accounts to Windows Azure AD.
Future roadmap for Office desktop applications and passive authentication
Most Office desktop applications require active authentication which cannot be accomplished with SAML 2.0. Active authentication currently requires a WS-Trust implementation at the identity provider. This means that today, if you use a SAML 2.0 based identity provider, it’s not possible to support a number of Office 365 usage scenarios that include Office desktop applications. A few weeks ago, in a blog post titled Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, we announced future updates to the Office desktop applications to support native multi-factor authentication. These updates will also enable SAML 2.0 passive authentication from Office desktop applications. Note that until these new updates are available in the Office desktop applications, the following scenarios are blocked when using SAML 2.0 or Shibboleth.
- Lync desktop client
- Applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, etc. when accessing files from SharePoint Online
- Office 365 ProPlus licensing for Office desktop applications
- PowerShell access to Office 365
- Outlook desktop client (unless you have an ECP endpoint on your identity provider)
- Mobile clients connecting to Exchange Online (unless you have an ECP endpoint on your identity provider)
The update to the Office 2013 client applications is expected to be released later in 2014. Until then, these applications require WS-Federation and WS-Trust as implemented by either Active Directory Federation Services or by qualified partner solutions in the Works with Office 365 – Identity program.
Other options for sign-in federation
In addition to SAML 2.0 as discussed in this post, Windows Azure AD also supports the following federation options. You can read about each of these on TechNet in the article Directory Sync with Single Sign-On Scenario.
- Active Directory Federation Services for federation with Active Directory
- Shibboleth, which is a directory commonly used in academic organizations
- Partners qualified in the Works with Office 365 – Identity program
- Paul Andrew @pndrw
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Office team is proud to celebrate the women who have made an impact on the world. Among many, many extraordinary women who depend upon Office 365, we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Rose Earhart.
Telling a woman, “you can do anything you set your mind to,” is encouraging guidance, and a nice gesture. But when a woman is shown by another that she can use her mind, her heart and her skills to craft the life she imagines, she is given a tool she will forever take with her on her own unique journey.
That’s how it happened for me. I was named after the legendary Amelia Earhart—fearless aviatrix adventurer. This name has been the greatest gift my parents could have ever given me; they gave me a role model who led by example, dug into life with gusto and made waves that were felt around the globe and for years to come. Her example showed me what I was capable of, and her spirit has been with me throughout my entire life. Because of Amelia, I’ve spent a lifetime of pushing boundaries and getting things done. Amelia Earhart didn’t tell us to go out and spread our wings, rather she showed us how to soar.
With 10 years as a pilot myself and a successful TV reporting career, I was shown the way. And now it’s my turn to show others. My mission is to support young women to live their full potential—just like the elder Amelia lived her full potential as she tirelessly worked to change the face of aviation back in the 1930s. So, I started The Fly With Amelia Foundation, which paves runways for girls who want to test their limits, accomplish big goals and live an inspired life through aviation. Moved by women all around the globe who make an impact on the world we live in, the Fly With Amelia Foundation is driven by a passion for aviation coupled with the value I put on educating young women to be all they can be.
Though the aircraft and flight planning technology has changed since Amelia’s days, the science of flight remains the same. You still need lift and thrust to overcome weight and drag, which is a great metaphor for how I live my life: optimistic, high energy and a strong belief that I can overcome any challenge.
With Office 365, I’m able to overcome many of my organizational challenges that I face on a daily basis. Whenever I need a document related to the foundation or planning information for the flight, whatever I need access to is always with me. It keeps me organized and connected to all the information I’ve created from anywhere.
Before Office 365, Amelia had her paper flight charts, log books, personal journals and maps of the globe by her side. Today, in my back pocket, I have Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Outlook all connected to OneDrive to keep me organized and productive. Accessible from anywhere on any device—from my phone in the hanger, on my iPad at the Museum or from my laptop at home—I always have everything I need with me. It’s allowed me to get over quite a few hurdles in the last year—especially useful for the Fly With Amelia Foundation.
In support of the foundation, I’m preparing to embark upon the biggest challenge of my life, to show young women everywhere that boundaries are meant to be pushed. In June 2014, I will take off on a symbolic re-creation of the first Amelia Earhart’s last flight to circumnavigate the globe in 1937—making me the youngest woman to ever complete the flight in a single engine airplane.
Nervous? Yes. Panicked? No way. In principle, we plan our routes to places that have weather and conditions that we can handle. For a pilot, calm winds, great visibility, a smooth ride are all things that make flying fun, effortless and beautiful. Incidentally, these are the same experiences, support and confidence I get from using Office 365.
Amelia Earhart went out and lived the life she loved, and I am fortunate to say that I am now doing the same, while showing other young women that they can live their dreams, too.
–Amelia Rose Earhart
Amelia Rose Earhart–TV reporter, aviation enthusiast, and founder of The Fly With Amelia Foundation–is passionate about supporting young women to do great things, and she credits Office 365 for helping her make their dreams come true.
In this 90 minute webcast, MVP Ben Howard will demonstrate how Project 2013 allows for different types of collaboration, from the ad-hoc and informal right through to the fully formalized and structured collaboration demanded by tightly controlled project management solutions. Many of the collaboration options are built into the Project client and Project Online, providing users with a rich, powerful and seamless experience. Ben will also differentiate between the Project and Project Online solutions available from Microsoft.
Attend this session for a chance to win a free copy of “Microsoft Project 2013 Plain & Simple” - a full-color, visual guide with easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to help you learn some of the simplest ways to effectively manage your projects. 10 attendees who complete the survey will be selected to receive a free copy of the book.
Register here today!
Presenter: Ben Howard (MVP)- Applepark
California-based Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt chain, needed better business productivity tools to enable its global growth plans. It replaced unreliable email and chat solutions with Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based messaging and collaboration tools. Now staff and franchise owners are better connected and working more productively to build the business. Menchie’s expects to recoup its investment in the new business productivity platform in nine months.
Read the new Menchie’s success story for more on their move to Office 365.
And for insights directly from the Menchie’s IT Manager, read Jacob Guttman’s blog post from April.
Last year, we announced that Skype was available for Outlook.com customers in several countries around the globe, bringing two of the world’s largest communication services together. Today, we are excited to announce the worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com, making it even easier to stay connected to the people you care about most.
We’ve also made some improvements that will make your Skype experience in Outlook.com even better, including HD video calling for PC users, improvements to call notifications, and support for Safari users on Macs. You can find more info about these updates on the Skype blog.
If you haven’t yet tried Skype for Outlook.com, simply download the plugin, visit your Outlook.com inbox and see how you can go from chat to a video call in one click. And as always, please let us know what you think.
–Dawn Martynuik, Director, Outlook.com
Jeff Teper is the Corporate Vice President of Office Service and Servers group.
It’s an exhilarating time for our industry, our company, and for Office. At the last SharePoint Conference we talked about technology megatrends that are changing the way people work: cloud, social, mobile, and big data. These trends are still alive and well today, and they are active change agents in markets, industries, and companies across the world.
But this year, we want to do more than just talk about technology trends. This year, we want to show you what we’re doing with them and how we’re harnessing these powerful forces to transform work. The innovation you’ll see from us here today—and in fact over the next few years—is based on four core beliefs:
- First, we believe the future of work is all about working like a network. It’s about how we build relationships, share information, and respond to ever-changing conditions. And it’s founded on an openness and transparency that will drive a new level of productivity.
- Second, we believe personalized and proactive insights are required to cut through the noise. As humans, we have an incredible ability to achieve—but only if we can focus. And we need technology to help us, so that we can focus our energies on accomplishing big things.
- Third, we believe in the power of an open development platform and a robust ecosystem. We recognize that one size doesn’t fit all, and that companies need customized solutions that can be developed in weeks, not years.
- And finally, we believe that enabling this future of work is possible only if people are empowered to work anywhere and on any device, and if businesses have the tools they need to responsibly manage security and compliance.
We couldn’t be more excited to partner with you to transform work and dramatically change the way people get things done.
Empowering people and organizations
Today, the world is a giant network with people hyper-connected to information and each other. We talk to our friends and family using Facebook, brands can be made or broken with a simple Tweet, and we find our next job through contacts in LinkedIn. Information and knowledge move faster, and we’re able to accomplish more together because we are so connected. Meanwhile, many organizations continue to work the way they always have: they operate in hierarchies, with information coming from the top down or held up in unconnected systems and broken communication channels.
To be more responsive, we need to evolve. We need to flatten the information flow so that we can work better together and serve customers better, using a network of highly informed and highly connected people.
Today we’re showing examples of innovation in the cloud that I’m really excited about, that serve unmet needs in most organizations today, and that allow organizations to work more like a network. By leveraging insights from Office 365 and mapping the relationships between people, groups, files and conversations through machine learning, we can intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content using the Office Graph. This is the power of social, cloud, big data, and machine learning coming together. Office Graph will power many new personalized and contextual experiences for people using Office 365. One of the first experiences to leverage the Office Graph is code-named Oslo. Oslo serves up in a single user interface personalized insights based on meetings, people, conversations, documents and more. The Oslo application surfaces what might be most relevant for each individual based on what they’re already doing in Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint, Office, Lync, and Yammer. We believe this is the start of something game-changing—building digital memory across applications to create a highly personalized experience that helps people get more done. You can learn more about Office Graph and Oslo here.
By helping people work more openly, we believe organizations will work more like a network and become more responsive (and successful). We’ve spent a lot of time studying trends, talking with customers, and thinking about how we can connect experiences in Yammer, Lync, Outlook, and Exchange with a social fabric that permeates Office, is intuitive, and helps organizations gain the benefits of network effects—just by people doing their natural work in Office. To that end, today we’re also showing Groups—building on the loved concept of Groups in Yammer—which will apply to all Office 365 applications. Groups will unify people, email, conversations, calendars and files together across Office 365 services in a common construct to ensure that people can collaborate similarly in the experience they love most. This makes the overall experience of Office 365 social and connected. You can read more about Groups here.
We know that not everything is best expressed in documents or conversations. Many organizations have created dynamic portals, web sites, and mobile apps to surface what matters most to employees. Here we’re also working on some bold new approaches. We believe next-generation portals should be simple to create and customize in the cloud, have high engagement via social interactions, deliver more relevant information, leverage multi-media, and—most importantly—be accessible anywhere and on any device. We have of lot of work going on in this area that will show up this year, but today we’re showing a new social video portal built on SharePoint, Yammer, the Office Graph in Office 365, and Azure Media Services, as a ready-made solution.
Office 365 for developers
There are already more than 3.4 million developers—nearly half of whom are SharePoint developers—building on the Office platform and Office 365, our fastest-growing product in history. We have two objectives in our development platform. First, we want to give customers maximum agility to adapt our products to specific business needs, whether you build or buy these solutions. Second, we want to bring partners a great opportunity to grow their business. You can find more information about today’s announcements for developers here. It’s been very exciting in the last few weeks to have partners ranging from GoDaddy to DocuSign building solutions and services around Office 365 that will help them grow, and that will also help our customers see more value by having direct access within Office 365 to the things they want to do every day. We see more of this great opportunity ahead for our developer partners.
A trusted platform
Beyond base reliability, we know security, privacy, and compliance are paramount, and we’re committed to delivering best-in-class enterprise cloud services. We’re doing this through a massive investment in physical data centers and application-level security, lights-out operations, architecting for zero customer data access, intelligent monitoring, and more. With the Microsoft Cloud and Office 365, you own and control your data. We don’t see or use your data for anything other than delivering the service to you. We know independent certifications for all of this are critical, and we’ve published our processes and met industry standards and regulations such as ISO, EU Model Clauses, HIPAA, FISMA, and CJIS for the largest and most demanding customers, such as the states of California and Texas. You can find out more about our trusted platform at the Office 365 Trust Center.
Partnering with you
We’re making adoption of Office 365 faster and easier than ever with our FastTrack deployment approach. But we understand that not every customer is ready to move their investments to the cloud all at once and so we’re committed to working closely with all of you and lower the friction for you to get started. And, we will ship new server releases of SharePoint and Exchange in 2015. We’ll also continue to support hybrid deployments spanning both cloud and on premises technologies including expanded search and line-of business access. Our server releases will include some, but not all, of the experience you saw today due to the computational power and integrated aspects that only come with Office 365.
I want to be very clear — we know we can deliver more value to you via the cloud – as you saw today in these great new experiences. I also want to be clear that we’re committed to helping you get there in the configuration and pace that works for you.
To help you make the transition at your own pace, we’ve made it easier to get started in the cloud with Social and Files. With SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1, you can connect your on-premises SharePoint 2013 servers to the cloud and to turn on OneDrive for Business or Yammer as the first workloads in the cloud and run those alongside existing SharePoint investments.
But we wanted to go one step farther. So today, we are introducing a new very attractive priced OneDrive for Business Standalone offer. If you aren’t already using OneDrive for Business – now is the time to take your first step to embracing the cloud.
Technology is transforming the world and we’re using it to transform Office to help your organization be more responsive and agile—all while protecting your valuable information. This is just the start!