At Microsoft, we’re making important changes in the way we do business. We’ve embraced today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, committed to reinventing productivity and business processes, and revamped our approach to global markets. But some things haven’t changed. We continue to deliver innovative products and services to millions of individuals, businesses, governments and organizations worldwide, providing the tools they need to work, communicate and collaborate effectively—any time, any place and on any device.
As part of that commitment, we’re always working to increase the value and availability of Office 365.
Earlier this week, we announced that Office 365 will now be delivered to customers in India from local datacenters in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai, making Office 365 the first global commercial cloud service to provide productivity and collaboration services from within India. And as more Indian businesses benefit from the local availability of Office 365, the value of the service continues to grow daily.
Two key ways that we’ve made Office 365 more valuable for our customers are embodied in recent improvements to Microsoft FastTrack and the Office 365 Financial Services Compliance Program. Last week, we announced that we’re changing FastTrack from a one-time benefit to an ongoing program, and from an onboarding service to a customer success service designed to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud. And this week we announced that we’re making the Financial Services Compliance Program publicly available for financial service customers, offering greater trust and transparency to financial service customers who may need deeper insights into our cloud service capabilities, risks and performance, plus contractual commitments to help them meet their regulatory obligations.
New features and capabilities in Office 2016 are also adding to the value of Office 365. Office 2016 takes the work out of working together by making it easier than ever for you to collaborate and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with friends and colleagues. In addition, the new forecasting sheet functions and one-click forecasting in Excel 2016 help you analyze and explain your business data and understand future trends.
Meanwhile, we continue to improve Office 365 in other ways as well. We expanded our preview of the new Skype for Business voice and meeting capabilities in Office 365 to a total of 15 countries worldwide. We’re also making OneDrive for Business integration available to customers signing in to Sway with Office 365 work and school accounts, and we’re updating Sway for iPhone and iPad for seamless co-authoring and powerful cloud-hosted design assistance across more devices.
As we continue to transform our business, we will stay focused on our core values. And we will keep on providing productivity and collaboration solutions to help you succeed.
Below is a roundup of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!
Microsoft begins global release of Office 2016—Discover why people worldwide are excited about the release of Office 2016.
Microsoft’s cloud serves up Office 365 in India—Learn how Microsoft is expanding its cloud services globally and delivering Office 365 to customers in India from local datacenters.
7 secrets to successful online collaboration—Find out how online collaboration, the key to staying mobile and working remotely, is made easier with Office 365.
Your top questions about Office 2016 answered—Get answers to all of your questions about Office 2016 and its features and capabilities.
Office 365 to replace Redbird mail—Discover why Illinois State University chose Office 365 for its students and faculty.