New Office Web Apps Features Coming Your Way – Office 365 Technical Blog – Office 365 – Microsoft Office 365 Community

What’s New?

For this latest round of updates, Micorsoft  focused on adding editing and formatting controls, consistent co-authoring/collaboration support across the
web apps and expanded device support, including touch-enabled editing from tablets.  Across the apps, there’s also a clean new look and feel, informed by
the updated design language you’re seeing from across Microsoft.

In Word Web App, get new support for viewing and adding comments. You’ll also see graphics, images, and layout with excellent fidelity.
Format and design documents right from a browser with commonly used features from Word on the desktop, including new page layout tools, picture tools and word count.
In addition to comment support, new co-authoring in Word Web App makes it easier to work together on the web.

With Excel Web App you get essential spreadsheet features, such as merge cells, context menus, auto-fit columns, formula assistance, fill handle and AutoSum.
Manipulate and visualize data for deeper insights with support for high fidelity charts including 3D, improved Query Table and Data Validation support, Slicer functionality and Pivot Chart interactivity.

When using PowerPoint Web App presentations look like they do on the desktop, with high-resolution slides, full transitions, and viewable comments.
Audio and video playback is now supported, even from a tablet or phone. Drag and drop support makes for easier layouts.
While the ability to insert images, apply transitions and animations, or add a pre-designed theme make polished presentations from a browser possible.
And new co-authoring and comment support in PowerPoint Web App improves collaboration in the cloud.


OneNote Web App updates. Users can find what they need more easily with the ability to search on a page or within a section.
And new support for ink viewing makes more information accessible from the web. Just click to type anywhere on the page to add a note, picture or a tag.
Notes can now be shared as a URL, viewable on a phone, PC or tablet through a browser.

Not only is Microsoft delivering new features, but they have done some work on the backend to make it easier to update and deploy new Office Web Apps features and services.
Microsoft decoupled Office Web Apps from SharePoint Online. The two services will continue work well together.
However, by deploying Office Web Apps as a standalone service,  Microsoft  can ship improvements when they’re ready, independent of the SharePoint Online ship cycle (and vice versa).

Additionally, by serving all of their hosts out of one service center, customers will see more consistency between the Office Web Apps available as part of Office 365 and the consumer service of Microsoft, SkyDrive.
In fact, recently the Office Web Apps on SkyDrive hit general availability, bringing the latest updates to consumers within days of our rollout on Office 365.

Browser Support Changes

Microsoft shared this spring, that they are no longer supporting IE7 across Office 365 services. If you are using IE7 with the updated Office Web Apps, they won’t render properly.
Update to IE 8 or higher to take advantage of the new Office Web Apps features. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Want to learn more about new Office Web App functionality?  Take a look at Office Web App Group Program Manager, Mike Morton’s, blog post for a deep dive into the latest features from in Office Web Apps.

What? When?

Customers may start to see these changes today. As Microsoft continue’s  to roll out the service update worldwide, all Office 365 customers
will experience all the new Office Web App goodness by the early part of next year.

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Microsoft announces Office 365 University at $1.67 per month | En Pointe Technologies



Recently,  the Microsoft’s Office 365 team announced the availability of Office 365 University, a higher-learning offering of Microsoft’s cloud productivity suite. Scheduled for release in Q1 of 2013 alongside the updated version of Office 365, and much-anticipated release of Office 2013, Office 365 University will be available to full and part-time university and colleges students, faculty, and staff.


What’s included in Office 365 University


Office 365 University includes 27GB of SkyDrive storage, 60 minutes per month of Skype, and the complete Office suite which contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Each subscription has download rights for two devices, and also has the ability to stream a full-featured version of Office to any internet-connected Windows-based PC. Additionally, because Office 365 University saves documents to SkyDrive by default, users will never have to worry about losing a document if their PC crashes or is stolen. Simply log onto SkyDrive and access the document from any browser, including phones.

Office 365 University is not Office365 for Education

University version specs

Office 365 University can save settings and preferences to the cloud and synchronize them across a user’s different computers. A feature called Office on Demand will let users stream a full version of Office to PCs they don’t own for use during one-time sessions.

Under an offer launched Friday, students who buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 will get Office 365 University free when it becomes available.

Office 365 University is not to be confused with Office 365 for Education, a suite of cloud-hosted collaboration server software that includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Office Web Apps. It is hosted by Microsoft and sold to educational institutions, which then make it available to their users.


Office 365’s college edition will be subscription-only

Microsoft has announced a version of its new Office suite for university students, and one of the most interesting aspects is that it will be sold only through a subscription license.

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In other words, it won’t be possible to buy Office 365 University by paying a flat, one-time fee for a perpetual license.

Instead, Office 365 University, scheduled for release in the first quarter, will be available for US$79.99 for a four-year subscription, and will give users the right to install the software to up to two Windows or MacOS computers. Whether they buy it in a store or online, users in the U.S. will download the product from Microsoft data centers and receive rolling, automatic software updates in the same manner.

The release underscores Microsoft’s belief that the subscription model represents the future not only for businesses but also for its consumer products. While Microsoft has a longer track record of using this model in the enterprise, it is now starting to push it among consumers.

It remains to be seen whether consumers—in this case, university students, faculty and staff—will embrace this model, in which users pay for the right to use the software for a specific time period, usually a year, with the option to renew the license subsequently.


Change of Strategy

When it announced the new Office in July, Microsoft said that in addition to selling the suite via an upfront, perpetual license—the product branded Office 2013—it would also let people buy the suite as a subscription service, and gave this option the Office 365 brand.

When asked why buyers of Office 365 University are only getting the subscription option, a spokeswoman for Microsoft said via email that students—the target audience—are younger and thus more familiar with that model.

Office 365 University will include the new versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.

By comparison, Office University 2010 comes with the current versions of those applications and costs $99.99 for a perpetual license.

Like the other versions of Office that have been announced, including Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 University is tightly integrated with Microsoft’s SkyDrive storage service. A default setting to save files to SkyDrive is intended to make it easy for users to store documents online and then access them from other computers. The license includes 27GB of SkyDrive storage, and 60 Skype minutes per month.


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Over 22 million students currently use Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education online services, but today, the company is also announcing a new version of Office 365 for students whose schools don’t use Microsoft’s online productivity suite. Office 365 University will cost just $79.99 for a four-year subscription and will give students access to all the standard Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.


The University edition will also be available to faculty and staff. Students who need more than 4 years of access can renew once for a total of eight years of access (it’s unclear if faculty will be able to renew more than once).


Office 365 University will be available in the first quarter of 2013. As Microsoft notes, however, eligible students can now “buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University when it becomes available.”


Office 365 University will also include all of the standard Office 365 subscription features, including 20 GB of extra SkyDrive storage (for a total of 27 GB), 60 minutes of free international Skype calls. While the Office 365 Home Premium edition can be installed on up to 5 computers, the University edition is limited to two computers (PC or Mac).


It’s no surprise that Microsoft is putting the emphasis on subscriptions with this new service. While Microsoft will continue to offer shrink-wrapped and downloadable versions of its Office suite, the company’s real focus seems to be on the Office 365 subscription service (and Office as a ‘service’ in general). Microsoft’s basic Home Premium subscription for Office 365, it is worth noting, costs about $100 per year.



Office 365 video training courses

These video-based training courses go in-depth, and show you how to use some of the trickier areas of Office 365 and its related programs. If you have suggestions for more Office 365 courses, send an email to with your suggestion.

E-mail messages Create a public email alias in Office 365
Create a public email alias in Office 365 by setting up a shared mailbox. You’ll also learn about distribution groups, and how to use PowerShell to create the shared mailbox. Finally, you’ll learn how to add the mailbox to either the Outlook Web App or the Outlook 2010 program.
E-mail messages Create an internal team alias in Office 365

Use a distribution group to make it easier to send email to a team of people in your organization. Using a team alias, you don’t have to type individual email addresses for the members of a particular group. You’ll learn how to create and use you team alias in both Outlook 2010 and Outlook Web App.

TBD Share your Office 365 calendar

Learn how to share or publish your calendar in Outlook 2010 and Outlook Web App so that friends and colleagues can see your appointments and meetings. You’ll learn how to control who can view the calendar and how much information they can see.

Share contacts using Outlook and Windows SharePoint Services Share your Office 365 contacts
There are three ways you can share contacts with your coworkers in Office 365. You can share them using Outlook 2010 – this is often what most people want. But you can also add contacts to the global address book for everyone to use. And there’s a third way too: Take contacts from a SharePoint list and synch them with Outlook.

More courses on the Office programs can be found at

Leading Universities meet HIPAA requirements on Office 365

Many organizations seeking to consolidate resources and save money on their infrastructure and email storage need to balance the benefits of moving to the cloud with assurances on how data is secured and accessed from the cloud.

Microsoft today announced new academic institutions that are adopting Microsoft Office 365, to improve communication and collaboration across campuses while meeting security, privacy and other regulatory requirements mandated by the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Office 365 is the first and only major cloud business productivity solution to address the rigorous HIPAA requirements.

Duke University, Emory University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Iowa and the University of Washington, chose Office 365 for education after a consortium of academic institutions worked closely with Microsoft to inform a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) to ensure it met their organizations’ HIPAA requirements. As a result of their efforts, Microsoft now offers the most comprehensive agreement to all organizations managing personal health data.

In addition to offering the most comprehensive HIPAA Business Associate Agreement for all customers managing personal health data, Office 365 supports the most rigorous global and regional standards such as ISO 27001, SAS70 Type II, EU Safe Harbor, EU Model Clauses, the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the US Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

These investments are important because they enable Microsoft to meet a broad range of customer requirements regardless of size or industry.  More importantly, the transparency Microsoft provides via the Office 365 Trust Center gives customers peace of mind and the assurance that their data is just that, theirs and theirs alone.

To learn more about why Duke University, Thomas Jefferson University and others chose Office 365, view the press release.