Microsoft is about to make some big changes as to how Office 365 looks and works.
At the company's SharePoint 2014 conference, which kicks off on March 3, executives will preview some of these coming changes -- specifically ones involving social and machine-learning technologies that Microsoft is baking into its cloud suite of Office apps. Once these technologies begin rolling out later this year, the lines between Exchange, SharePoint, and Yammer will be blurred, and social collaboration will become more of a centerpiece of the more tightly integrated suite.
Microsoft Office 365 users will soon be able to submit and digitally sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications.
The software announced a "long-term strategic partnership" on Monday that will see the integration of DocuSign's eSignature apps with Office 365. Apps that integrate with Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online, and SharePoint Server 2013 are expected to arrive in the Office Store in March, the companies said in a statement.
"This partnership with DocuSign helps our customers keep transactions digital and manage eSignatures seamlessly from within Office 365, where they already communicate, collaborate, and create," John Case, vice … Read more
Slideshow 365 is an easy-to-use app that lets users create and share photo slideshows on their iOS device. The app has some great features, but excessive ads and some functional problems are serious drawbacks.
Slideshow 365's opening screen gives you the option to create a new slideshow, open a saved slideshow, or create a new time lapse project. If you're creating a new slideshow, the app lets you select images from your camera roll, choose transition effects, add music, set the delay between images, and set the date for each photo. You can then preview your slideshow, save … Read more
Microsoft has extended multifactor authentication to all subscribers of its Office 365 suite and plans further expansion of the security feature to other Office desktop applications later this year.
Also known as two-factor authentication, the log-in verification feature is aimed at reducing users' vulnerability to online identity theft, phishing, and other scams by adding a second level of authentication to an account log-in. Twitter, Apple, PayPal, Google, Facebook, and other vendors already have implemented two-factor authentication.
After correctly inputting their username and password, Office 365 subscribers will be required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification … Read more
Microsoft and GoDaddy are extending their partnership announced in the fall of 2013, the pair announced Monday.
GoDaddy will be offering its small-business customers a choice of three Office 365 plans that will be connected to their domain names.
The Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy plans include:Email Essentials, starting at $4 per user per month for 5GB of email storage and 2GB SkyDrive Pro storage Business Essentials, starting at $9 per user per month for 50GB of email storage, 25GB of SkyDrive Pro storage Productivity Plus, starting at $12.49 per user per month for 50GB of email storage, … Read more
In response to e-mail privacy concerns, Microsoft announced Thursday it will introduce message encryption for Office 365 in early 2014.
The new feature, dubbed Office 365 Message Encryption, will allow users to send automatically encrypted e-mail to recipients outside of their own company, regardless of its destination. In addition, all replies and forwards of that original message are automatically encrypted as well.
"No matter what the destination -- Outlook.com, Yahoo, Gmail, Exchange Server, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Squirrel Mail, you name it -- you can send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access," … Read more
Perfect365 is an image editing app that allows you to automatically filter any facial photo or apply specific makeup to it. It's not a manual makeup app -- you can't go through and add specific amounts of blush or foundation to someone's face. It's all filtered, but the effects are very well done and because they match the skin tone based on the image, the resulting images look quite good.
When you open Perfect365 for the first time, you are asked to take a photo or load one from your camera. Because of how the app … Read more
Microsoft has caught up to a key collaboration feature of Google Docs with its rival Office 365 service: the ability for multiple people to simultaneously edit the same document.
The feature now is available for the Web versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document.
"New real-time presence helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document so that you don't create conflicts as you edit," said Microsoft's Amanda Lefebvre in a blog post Wednesday. "Additionally, the new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen will help you and your … Read more
Slideshow 365 creates neat slideshows with effects, transitions, and other goodies, but covers them with a watermark if you don't buy the full version. Luckily, the unlocked version doesn't cost much and is worth buying if you like to tell stories through photos.
When you first launch the app, it browses your entire phone for pictures and loads the ones it finds. You can then tap on the images you want to put into a slideshow. Chose as many as you want because there's no limit to the amount of photos you can use. You can add … Read more