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What do IT managers and their teams really mean when they talk about "cloud"? Although cloud often seems like this vast, abstract category of infrastructures, platforms and applications, in reality it often refers to a handful of popular tools that numerous enterprises around the world already rely on.

Kristin Botelho's picture

We have an exciting new announcement for Office 365 in the education space! Microsoft has announced changes to its Office 365 Education plan, including additional security and compliance features to be included FREE for all education customers. Microsoft recognizes that the needs of education customers are different than commercial customers and wants to ensure that they are providing education customers with the greatest value. To do so, they can no longer depend on a one-size-fits-all approach.

Mike Ward's picture

ExpressRoute for Office 365 is an enhancement to the already existing ExpressRoute for Azure.  First, let’s start off by defining what ExpressRoute is. ExpressRoute for Azure is a private connection to Microsoft Azure Cloud. ExpressRoute bypasses the Internet and allows direct connection into the Azure data centers. ExpressRoute connections offer customers a more secure, more reliable connection with faster speeds and lower latencies. Microsoft provides an SLA around ExpressRoute.

Kristin Botelho's picture

Microsoft has announced that there will be a release of a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite called E5 before the end of this year. E5 will encompass the core value of Office 365 productivity as well as features that have been around for a while, some that are brand new, and some that are not yet available.

Let’s take a look at some of the new offerings!

Mike Ward's picture

What is Azure Rights Management?

Azure Right Management allows a company to protect its sensitive data from unauthorized parties by using identity, encryption, and authorized user policies. Gone are the days when a company could rely solely on traditional file level permissions to protect their sensitive data. In today’s mobile society, companies must take extra steps to ensure their sensitive data does not wind up in the wrong hands. That is where Microsoft Azure Rights Management comes into play.

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Today, companies of all sizes are taking the plunge into the Office 365 arena. Customers frequently want to know if it’s possible for two tenants owned by two different companies to share free busy information with each other like they are used to doing with on premises Exchange.

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When you originally signed up for Microsoft Office 365, your first big decision was choosing a licensing plan. You thought, what if I choose the wrong one? Will you be stuck forever, destined to be locked into a plan that doesn’t suit your needs?

Before panic sets in, remember that you are not the first person to make this error, and Microsoft Office 365 has an intuitive Switch Plans Wizard tool that can help you navigate through a licensing plan change.

Tobey Amy's picture

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft revamped their MSN page, which of course is my homepage. I need to admit I haven’t spent much time taking a look at it because not only am I pretty busy, but I usually get sucked into the headlines. Well, this morning I opened it up and was looking along the top when I noticed the Office tab. I clicked on it and it authenticated me right into Office Online.  

Tobey Amy's picture

Microsoft announced this week that they are launching a promotional bundle that would combine Dynamics CRM Online Professional with Office 365 E3 plan and Power BI. This powerful productivity solution really provides sales professionals the leading tools that will work seamlessly with business applications to enable them to get more done in their day. The good thing about this solution is that it comes at a promotional price of $65 user/month.

Uday Nataraj's picture

The cloud is as secure as an on-premise installation. Maybe even more secure. In fact, Microsoft and other cloud vendors have pretty good security. Why? It behooves them to have good security. Servers are patched constantly, security updates are done on a regular basis, and they have strong firewalls and strict protocols for access.In an on-premise scenario, I can guarantee you that you will find a server or two that has not been patched and therefore provides a security issue.

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