What’s New in Office 365 for Business – January 2014

January brought a host of updates in Office 365. See the listing below for what is new and improved for Office 365 for Business! These updates are being rolled out in phases worldwide to all Office 365 for Business customers, so you may not see all of these updates as of yet.

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Microsoft teamed up with GW Micro to provide new functionality for those who are blind or have vision problems, so that subscribers of Office 2010 or Office 2013 can download a free copy of Windows-Eyes, GW Micro’s screen reading software.

Word Web App

A new function called Tell Me provides the ability combining search and natural language questions to help users find what they need to to and work faster and smarter. Footnotes and endnotes can also now be edited directly within the Word Web App. The ribbon has been updated as well to match the other Office Web Apps, and also allows easier sharing and renaming of documents.

OneNote Web App

The navigation pane has been updated to provide a better and easier way to navigate between sections and pages.

Lync Mobile

Lync Mobile for Windows Phones and iOS apps have been updated so users can now upload presentations during meetings so others can access the slide decks directly. Windows Phone users can now control the application using voice commands, making it almost hands free. iOS users also received a new interface update.

Outlook Web App

This has been updated with a new People View, which allows you to view messages quickly from people that matter, based on your most frequent contacts.

Partner Administration

Partners now have a central area to view all of their customers, view their service health, administer their tenants, manage support issues, as well as the ability to send trial and subscription offers to their customers, to help build business.

InfoPath and SharePoint Forms

InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath Forms Services will be the last versions of InfoPath, as it is phased out.

Source: http://blogs.office.com/2014/02/03/whats-new-january-2014/

Determining if You Are Using Office 365 After the Service Upgrade

Office 365 is continually being updated (based on their 90 day release schedule). Since Microsoft deploys updates in a phased manner, it can be difficult to tell if your tenant has been upgraded or not. To answer that question, Microsoft has put together a great reference on determining if you are running the latest Office 365 version. Below is a quick summary of the changes you can look for.

To read the full article, click here.

Additional References

Office 365 + Outlook + My Site Social Connector – Hotfix Released 12/13/11!

One of the features I have grown to love in Outlook 2010 is the Social Connector – that window below your emails which you can enable to view aggregations of social network updates (My Site, Facebook, LinkedIn, to name a few) as well as past conversations, calendar items, attachments, and more.

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Up until this month however, if you were a user of Microsoft Office 365, then you could not connect to your My Site hosted on SharePoint Online, you would get this lovely error after entering in all of the credential information:

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Being a user of Office 365 – this was an issue for me, especially since I use the Social Connectors in Outlook daily.

I am pleased to announce, that as of December 13th, 2011,  that it has finally been fixed! You can download and install the hotfix from here (Outlook x64 only): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2597051/

Works perfectly now!

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