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Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 is commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft. Office 365 includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications and hosted versions of Microsoft's Server products (including Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server), delivered and accessed over the Internet, in effect, the next version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Office 365 free alternatives are Zoho, Google Apps.



Here are the latest news about Office 365:

11.07.17 Microsoft adds 5 new services for SMB to Office 365 Business Premium



To tie small businesses deeper into the Office 365 ecosystem Microsoft launched (in preview) five new tools for SMB. Microsoft Connections allows its users to create Mailchimp-like email marketing campaigns. Microsoft Listings allows to manage your business listings on Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp and monitor online views and reviews. Microsoft Invoicing helps quickly create professional-looking estimates and invoices, so you get paid quickly. These new tools will be united in the new dashboard Office 365 Business center together with recently unveiled Microsoft Bookings and the Outlook Customer Manager. Besides the app MileIQ which tracks your business-miles on personal car also comes to Office 365 Business Premium. All new services will become available for preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in U.S., U.K. and Canada.


2017 Microsoft launched StaffHub - a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers



Microsoft unveiled the new addition to its Office 365 suite - application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. Managers, who may have access to desktop or laptop computers, may use the web version of StaffHub to create the staff schedules in the program, but employees will likely only use StaffHub from their mobile phones. Staff can swap shifts with other workers in the mobile app and request time off — requests that get routed to a manager for approval. Push notifications are used to alert users of these requests and approvals along with other updates, private notes, chats and more. Plus, the app can be used for sharing notifications and internal resources. The software is available for free in Office 365 commercial plans.


2016 Office 365 gets its own built-in lightweight CRM



Microsoft rolled out a new tool for business owners using Office 365 and Outlook called Outlook Customer Manager, a lightweight CRM for companies that need to track their customer interactions and history, but aren’t yet ready for a more robust platform like Dynamics 365. The new tool lets businesses track tasks and deals in progress directly in Outlook, and will pop-up reminders aimed at helping them stay on top of their customer relationships. Once enabled, Outlook Customer Manager will automatically organize customer information, including emails, meetings, calls, notes, files, tasks, deals and deadlines. This information – which is collected from email, calendar and call log data – is presented in a timeline format next to the inbox. Users can associate certain tasks with a contact, company or deal, so they can interact with their customers in a more timely fashion. It’s also able to present lists of deals by stage, close dates, priority and amount.


2016 Office 365 now lets you invite guests to groups


From now Office 365 users will be able to include outside parties in their project, as Microsoft is rolling out guest access in Outlook on the web.  Once added, guests receive a welcome email, are granted access to group files in SharePoint Online, begin receiving email messages and calendar invites sent to the group, and can access the group in Office on the web and the Outlook Groups mobile application. They also have automatic access to cloud-based file attachments. All guests have to sign into Microsoft to get Office 365 access, but they can be part of any email domain, even if it’s not part of a business.


2016 Office 365 hets online booking app



Microsoft extanded its Office 365 suite with a new service called Bookings, which will allow customers to schedule appointments with a business using online software. In addition to connecting businesses and customers without the need for a phone call, Bookings will also manage other aspects to appointment management, including sending out confirmations and reminders, handling re-scheduling and cancellations, updating the business staff’s calendar, and more. Businesses are provided with a unique web page that works on both desktop and mobile where customers can select their dates and times based on current availability. Here, they’ll enter in their contact information and book the appointment. The system then automates the rest of the process surrounding appointment management.


2016 Office 365 groups gets connectors



2015 Microsoft released Office 2016



2015 Microsoft opens Office for Android tablets to all



2014 Microsoft adds Video service to Office 365



2014 Microsoft makes Office free for iPhone, iPad and Android



2014 Dropbox integrates with Microsoft Office



2014 Office 365 gets unlimited OneDrive storage.



2014 How artificial intelligence in Office 365 works?



2014 Microsoft lowers Office 365 pricing for small business



2014 Microsoft adds Office to Google's store, launches 7$/month version



2014 Microsoft launches Office for iPad. Makes Office for iPhone and Android free



2014 Office 365 gets some social-intelligence features



2014 What is Office Online?



2013 Web Office Apps add normal real-time co-authoring



2013 Microsoft launched Office for Android



2013 Office 365 adds Business Intelligence tools



2013 Microsoft released free Office for iPhone



2013 Building a company website: Microsoft Office 365 vs SharePoint



2013 Real-time co-authoring in PowerPoint Online. Office Web Apps on Android tablets



2013 Office 365 for Business: new pricing quest from Microsoft



2013 New Office 2013: Bring Your Own Office?



2012 Microsoft Project and SharePoint will join Office 365



2012 200,000 Toyota Employees Will Use Office 365



2012 Microsoft Office gets own (cloud) App Store



2012 Microsoft Office 365 with Dell: nobody works in the office any more



2012 New Office Web Apps add mobile touch interface, real-time collaboration



2012 New MS Office 2013: touch-interface, cloud roaming and subscription plans



2011 Microsoft updates Office 365 and SkyDrive. Adds new territories



2011 Microsoft is working on Office for iPad



2011 Video-battle: GMail vs Microsoft Office 365



2011 Office Web Apps integrated into Russian Mail.Ru



2011 Office 365 is going to expand: BlackBerry, Dynamics, Project, Visio



2011 Office 365 is officially available in 40 countries



2011 Google and Box.net prepare to meet Office 365



2011 Windows SkyDrive moves from Silverlight to HTML5



2011 Office 365 vs Google Apps: first look



2010 5 Enterprise 2.0 forecasts for 2011



2010 Microsoft Office 365 = Microsoft Exchange + Office Web Apps



2010 MS Office Web Apps go global, add embed-features



2010 Windows Live Office and Office Web Apps are available for all



2010 What will Microsoft's online office look like?



2010 MS Office 2010 released. Time to upgrade to Google Docs



2010 Facebook + MS Office Web = Docs.com



2009 Microsoft starts free Web-based Office testing