Office 365 news round-up

Merriam-Webster defines collaboration as working “with another person or group in order to achieve or do something.” So it’s no surprise that for an increasing number of businesses and individuals, the real-world definition of collaboration is Office 365.

Office 365 is built for collaboration—across the web and across devices—making it easy for you to work with other people and get things done, even when you and your colleagues are separated by time or distance, or you’re all using different platforms and devices. Office 365 combines the power of world-class productivity tools, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Lync and Skype, with the social capabilities of Yammer and the ability to discover the right information at the right time with Office Delve. That’s why millions of people worldwide have already decided that Office 365 is the best choice for collaboration.

During the past couple of weeks, there have been some interesting developments with Office 365 and related products that have made it even better. We added Skype document collaboration to Office Online, for example, so when you are co-authoring a document with colleagues in real time, you can chat with everyone involved as you collaborate. We also improved the spam filter to give you more control over incoming bulk mail messages, and we added more search capabilities and more intelligence to Sway. In addition, we partnered with edX, a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT, to make it easy to create online courses authored with Office Mix and experienced through

And speaking of education, we also made Office 365 ProPlus available at no extra cost to students, faculty and staff at eligible education institutions in the Asia Pacific region.

Below is a round-up of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Office 365 digs deeper into lucrative government market – Find out why Microsoft is particularly well-positioned to succeed in the government market with Office 365.

Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval – Find out why Office 365 is the first cloud email service to receive FedRAMP authority—and what that means in terms of serving government customers.

Office 365: Is it right for the enterprise? – Discover how Office 365 meets the needs of enterprise organizations.

HP to provide Microsoft Office 365 business services, support – Learn how HP will now offer enterprise services tailored for Office 365, and how Microsoft will use HP datacenters to host some of its services

Interview: Microsoft’s Brent Combest on the cloud – Listen in as Brent Combest, Microsoft’s worldwide director of sales and strategy for cloud in SMB, talks about the future of cloud computing.

Microsoft says Office 365 helps companies stay compliant with laws and regulations – Find out how Office 365 provides outstanding privacy, security and compliance.

Office 365’s spam filter gets smarter at sorting bulk mailings – Learn how the Microsoft spam filter does a better job of weeding out unwanted bulk mail messages.

Universitas Gadjah Mada to boost students and lecturers’ productivity with Office 365 for Education – Discover why one of the largest universities in Indonesia is adopting Office 365.