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New Microsoft 365 offerings for small and medium-sized businesses

Today, we announced the Microsoft 365 Personal and Family Subscriptions, the first consumer offerings from Microsoft 365. I’m pleased to follow up here to announce related changes to our Office 365 subscriptions for small and medium-sized businesses—and to Office 365 ProPlus. Going forward, all of these products will use the Microsoft 365 brand. This is a…

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2 weeks in: what we’ve learned about remote work

In the two weeks since our team here in the Puget Sound moved to remote work, the fight against COVID-19 has intensified. Many people in countries across the world are simply staying home. And with schools, churches, businesses, and offices closed, we are discovering what it’s really like to be home with our families at…

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Helping small and medium-sized businesses work remotely with Teams

This week in the Puget Sound region, we hit another difficult milestone related to COVID-19. As local cases continued to mount, our government told many in-person businesses to remain temporarily shut until the outbreak is contained. And governments across the country and around the world have taken similar measures. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), already…

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Our commitment to customers during COVID-19

With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams everywhere are moving to remote work. Earlier this week, I posted a letter from Lily Zheng, our colleague in Shanghai, detailing her team’s experience using Microsoft Teams to work from home during the outbreak. Lily’s team is one of many. Here at Microsoft in the Puget Sound, we’re encouraging…

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Improve collaboration across apps and customize experiences—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 in February

We live in exciting, but busy, times. As we try to navigate a rapidly changing and complex workplace, little things can make or break our experience—including the tools we rely on. At Microsoft, we get it, and we’re listening. We’re working hard to incorporate your feedback and requests—from simple tweaks to new tools—into the Microsoft…

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The new Office app now generally available for Android and iOS

A few months ago, we introduced a new mobile app called Office—a whole new experience designed to be your go-to app for getting work done on a mobile device. It combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single app and introduces new capabilities that enable you to create content and accomplish tasks in uniquely mobile…

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5 steps for boosting your digital transformation with Microsoft 365

Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many companies whose IT teams are focused on a path of “digital transformation.” The one thing I hear over and over is the challenges they have in getting users to adopt new software even though it will help them to be more productive…

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Windows 7 support ends today, and Windows 10 is better than ever

Today marks the end of support for Windows 7. Ten years ago, when we first announced Windows 7 and Office 2010, we focused on delivering the best productivity experience of the time. But since then, thanks to breakthrough advancements in technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), we’ve been able to build tools to help you take…

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This group of businesses is the most often attacked on earth—here’s how we helped

There are 79 million businesses worldwide who meet the “small or medium business” (SMB) definition of having 300 or fewer employees, and those businesses represent 95 percent of all the companies on earth—which amounts to a staggering 63 percent of the world’s workforce. As gigantic as those figures might be, they’re belied by other numbers…

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Research: A concrete way to measure IT’s impact on an employee’s at-work experience

There’s been a lot written about how Microsoft’s huge turnaround under Satya Nadella is the result of a culture change. When we analyze the things that drive culture and look for ways we can support other organizations who are making changes of their own, we consistently find that IT has an outsized number of opportunities…

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5 attributes of successful teams

The way we work has changed. Today, winning in business requires constant innovation, and this innovation in turn requires collaboration across disciplines, geographies, and cultures. Prior to this seismic shift in the workplace, the atomic unit of productivity was the individual. Now it’s the team. A high-performing team brings together talented individuals and operates as…

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From new Microsoft Teams experiences to the all-new Project Cortex—here’s what’s coming soon to Microsoft 365

Today at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, we announced new Microsoft 365 innovations in six key investment areas: productivity, knowledge, workflow, security, compliance, and management. Microsoft 365 is the world’s productivity cloud, and the consistent theme across these new features is how we’re using artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver amazing new experiences that…