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Microsoft adding continuous value to Office 365

Microsoft has spent the past month introducing a staggering amount of new features and benefits to their world class Office 365 suite of productivity software!  These features include new apps, free versions of apps, new features added to existing apps, and a whole new way to work and connect with your team!  Contact Us to find out how your company can make the switch to Office 365 and begin taking advantage of these announcements today!

Office on the iPad


One of the biggest announcements to come out of Redmond regarding Office 365 is the long anticipated release of the Office Apps for the Apple iPad.   Within a day of being released the free versions of the apps moved to top of the free section of the iOS App Store, plus Word & Excel also hold high positions in the "top grossing apps" category. These apps are not just ports of the desktop versions of the software, but have been rebuilt from the ground up in a 'touch first' environment.  Specifically the new apps released are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; OneNote and Lync have been available on the iPad for some time.  The new Office apps for the iPad are free to download, view documents, and present in PowerPoint.  In order to create or edit documents you need to have a subscription to Office 365.  Subscriptions start at as little as $8.33/month for the Home User; and if your company uses Office 365 you can sign in with that information and start using the new apps right away.

OneNote on the Mac


Continuing with the theme of Office apps on Apple devices, last month Microsoft released OneNote for the Mac, which is again available for free from the Apple Mac App Store.  OneNote is a great place to jot down your ideas, capture your collection of web clippings and research, manage your to-do list and share your notes with friends and co-workers.  One  Now with the release of the Mac app, you have the ability to have all your notes synced across your Windows PC, Mac Desktop, Windows Phone or a iOS device.

OneNote Free Everywhere & OneNote service


In addition to the release of the OneNote on the Mac for the first time ever, Microsoft also made OneNote completely free for the Windows PC desktop and the Mac version.  The free version contains all of the core OneNote capabilities, is ad-free and there are no limits on how long you can use it since it is not just a trial.  If you are a subscriber of either Office 365 or Office 2013 you will have access to premium features sure as SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and more.

The OneNote service now provides a cloud API which enables any application to connect to it.  This makes it much easier to capture ideas, information, and inspirations from more applications and send that data directly into OneNote.

Some of the capabilities include:

  • OneNote Clipper for saving web pages to OneNote
  • for emailing notes to OneNote
  • Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows Phone
  • Sending blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly, News360 and Weave
  • Easily document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, and Neat
  • Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe
  • Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
  • Having your physical notebooks scanned into OneNote with Mod Notebooks
  • Connecting your world to OneNote with IFTTT


Office Lens: A OneNote Scanner for your Pocket


The final announcement concerning OneNote is the release of a neat new app called Office Lens.  Office lens captures, trims and enhances pictures of whiteboards and documents to make them more readable, and then saves them to OneNote.  Consider it like having a scanner in your pocket - you can use it to take pictures of things like business cards, restaurant menus, notes on whiteboards or blackboard.  Office Lens will then trim, enhance and make your pictures readable and more importantly instantly available in the OneNote application - on whatever device you want to use!

Codename Oslo and Office Graph


The final announcements regarding Office 365 is the introduction to the newest member of the Office 365 family: codename Oslo.  The goal of Oslo was not just a reimagining of search, but a way to help people to get their work done in a more efficient and informed manner.  For most people, search isn't what their job is, but a tool that enables you to get your actual job done.  Oslo is the first in a new breed of intelligent and social work experiences that cuts through the noise by showing you what you need to know right now, and even what is likely to be important in the near future.

Oslo is powered behind the scenes  by Office Graph, which automatically populates Oslo with the activities you are doing every day.  The Office Graph knows which meetings you're in, when someone is presenting, and where the presentation is stored.  Oslo just makes the connections between all of the various pieces of information.

With all of these exciting announcements, the time to make the transition to Office 365 has never been better.  Springhouse can help your organization during the transition process in a variety of ways.  Our Microsoft certified consultants can assist with the Requirements Gather, developing your Migrations Plans, the actual Migration, and training of your IT Staff and End Users.  Contact Us today to get started on transitioning your organization to Office 365!



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