Microsoft NOVEMBER 2013
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Meet Today's Untethered Business
"Today we characterize 29% of the global workforce as anytime, anywhere information workers -- those who use three or more devices, work from multiple locations, and use many apps."

- Forrester Research, "2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends," February 2013.

In Washington State, a school is using video, white-boarding, document sharing and chat to deliver programming from highly specialized teachers who live in other regions. These professionals are able to interact virtually with students, staff, faculty and families as if they were physically there.

In South Carolina, a manufacturing design team collaborates over video conferencing to brainstorm a new product concept with colleagues from around the globe. When one participant needs to leave for the airport, he doesn't miss a beat, instantly transferring from Lync on the desktop to Lync on his mobile phone where he continues to participate productively in the session.

"Lync is tied into everything I do-customer service, front desk management, updating billing information, and renewing memberships. With the presence information I get from Lync, I can reach out to a colleague and resolve customer issues much faster."

- Lea Roelle, Member Service Manager, LA Fitness

In rural Kentucky, a rehabilitation therapist is concerned about a homecare patient she is treating. Using the presence and messaging features on her mobile device, she is able to quickly find a colleague and begin an online chat, tapping in to expertise in seconds from more than 20,000 healthcare professionals who work for her organization. As part of their discussion they will navigate HIPPA compliant corporate repositories for up-to-date accurate information on treatment options, medications, processes and patient resources.

Microsoft Brings Devices to Life in a Manner Unmatched by Others

Fluid, dynamic, and seamless Microsoft is unique in that our solutions extend from the consumer to the enterprise, span from on-premises to the cloud, and include the data center, the PC, and mobile devices-and each makes the others better. When a productivity worker surrenders his laptop for a scheduled hard drive upgrade, he moves to his Surface tablet and continues working, accessing the same documents and team collaboration sites. We believe that organizations are facing a profound transformation that won't be sufficiently addressed with a patchwork of point solutions and this article will help explain why.

Read the full story here and watch Lync in Action

Microsoft Unveils Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and New Accessories/
The Microsoft Surface family of tablets is growing. Two new Surface models - Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 - along with an expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories, will be available at Microsoft retail stores.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 each benefit from significant updates, including improvements to processing power and battery life, to display and camera resolution, and to the Kickstand, now with dual angles, so it's more comfortable for you to use your Surface on your lap or at your desk. Enhancements in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro make Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 even more powerful and customizable.
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Office 365: Your Complete Office in the Cloud - Watch How it Works /
Office 365 gives you virtually anywhere access to the Microsoft Office tools you know and rely on, plus business-class IT services that are easy to administer. Microsoft Office 365 empowers you to work together from almost anywhere, using nearly any device. With Office 365 you get familiar Office productivity applications and online/offline access to your email, documents, calendars, and web conferencing with voice and video. Office 365 also gives you peace of mind with business-class security and a financially backed 99.99% service level agreement.
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Events /
Microsoft Office 365 Virtual Event
Thursday, November 7th, 8am PST & 6pm PST

The workplace is changing. Today, more than 70% of employees work outside the office. Across your organization, employees need easier access to the right information and insight on any device, anywhere to make fast, informed decisions. Yet over 40% of surveyed workers feel there isn't enough collaboration in their workplaces. Progressive organizations are listening! Social in the enterprise is no longer a nice-to-have but rather a workplace necessity. Join us for a live session with industry thought leaders and special guests to hear firsthand how Microsoft Office 365 has helped companies harness employee ideas, embrace new workplace cultures and technologies, and spark innovation and spontaneous collaboration in the workplace to accelerate business: getting it done, anywhere.
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Watch the Fully Virtual Microsoft US CIO Summit on Demand
“Having attended last year in person, I have to say that this is the next best thing. Audio/Video quality is great with great interaction.” RK, Virtual Attendee, 2012,

Last year we invited thousands of senior IT leaders to join us for the first fully virtual and interactive Microsoft US CIO Summit. msus_tweet1 The Summit brings together some of the best thought leaders to deliver content that focuses on the role of the CIO as business leader, innovator, and contributor and enables insights into global trends, innovations, and solutions designed to help you reduce costs, drive revenue and profit growth, and ultimately thrive in a changing economic landscape.

See what other CIOs learned and share in the latest thinking that is driving business innovation through IT transformation.
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Microsoft Solution Insights Webinar Series /
We're excited to announce the Microsoft Solution Insights Webinar Series, which outlines the benefits of Microsoft's latest innovations for businesses like yours. These upcoming live events cover topics that will show how your business can take advantage of the solutions that Microsoft has to offer.

The presentation will last 50 minutes, followed by a 10-minute Q&A. Throughout the Webinar, you'll have the chance to ask a Microsoft expert your questions via chat.
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Manage Your IT Assets: End of Service for Windows XP, Office 2003 and More /
Don't be caught by end-of-life software support. We want to ensure you are up to date and able to take action to mitigate your risks as legacy technology that you may have installed reaches end of support. We are available to help you plan your upgrade so you can avoid the toughest challenges and reduce your risks. Here's why the time to upgrade is now:

Reduce risks and costs. These products are currently in the Extended Support phase, already out of Mainstream Support and quickly approaching end of support.
  • After support ends, no security patches or hotfixes will be available from Microsoft, and many third-party Microsoft software vendors will also end their support.
  • When support ends, machines running these products will be more vulnerable to security threats-putting your critical business data at risk.
  • IT management costs may rise significantly.
  • Compatibility with new hardware will not be assured.
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