What’s new in Office 365 administration public preview of Microsoft Graph reporting APIs

Public preview of Microsoft Graph reporting APIs for retrieving Office 365 product usage data

The usage reports in the Office 365 admin center enable admins to understand usage across the various services within Office 365. However, many of you already have existing reporting solutions—such as a company reporting application or a web portal—in place. To assure that you can monitor your IT services in one unified place, the usage reporting APIs complement the existing usage reports by allowing organizations and independent software vendors to incorporate the Office 365 activity data into their existing reporting solutions. Using this API, you can retrieve the data available in all the usage reports, including organization level summaries per service, as well as entity level (user, sites, accounts) detail usage information for different reporting periods of the last 7/30/90/180 days, and daily activity aggregates.

Get started with the new APIs

Any user with global admin or product admin rights (for Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint) in the organization can retrieve data through these APIs. You can leverage the Microsoft Graph documentation for the reporting API and submit feature requests by asking or voting on an idea on UserVoice. Please submit questions by posting them on Stack Overflow and tagging microsoftgraph.

With this announcement, we’re starting the deprecation of the following APIs available within the Office 365 Reporting Web Service: ConnectionbyClientType, ConnectionbyClientTypeDetail, CsActiveUser, CsAVConferenceTime, CsP2PAVTime, CsConference, CsP2PSession, GroupActivity, MailboxActivity, GroupActivity, MailboxUsage, MailboxUsageDetail, StaleMailbox and StaleMailboxDetail. We will remove these APIs, as well as any related PowerShell cmdlets, on October 1, 2017.

If you are currently using APIs or any of the related PowerShell cmdlets from the Office 365 Reporting Web Service, which are going to be replaced by the new APIs, please start planning the migration of any subsystems within your organization.

More management enhancements in March

Here’s a summary of additional Office 365 administration updates for March:

Additional mailbox settings in the admin center—Admins can now convert user mailboxes into shared mailboxes directly from the main Office 365 admin center. The default resulting shared mailbox will continue to have a license; however, admins can manually remove the license after the conversion.

Admins have now more control over what items get copied to a shared mailbox by enabling the Copy items set on behalf of this mailbox toggle. This allows the admin to ensure that members of the mailbox can see what other members have sent on behalf of it.

Dynamics 365 (online) admin role in Office 365 admin center—The Dynamics 365 service administrator role is meant for those who are administering Dynamics 365 for their organization. This role can now be assigned to users in the Office 365 admin center or via PowerShell. Once a user is assigned, they’ll be able to access the Dynamics 365 admin center without needing a paid Dynamics license. For more information, see “Use the Dynamics 365 service admin role to manage your tenant.”

New employee quick start guide—It is important for a company to quickly onboard a new employee into their role. As part of the ramp-up process, admins are often asked to help the new employee understand and use the available software and tools—including Office 365. The new employee quick start guide helps admins quickly get users started with Office 365 by walking them through the sign-up process, the installation of apps, as well as common scenarios such as saving files to OneDrive. It is also a helpful resource for organizations that just deployed Office 365 to use with all employees.

Managing Microsoft Teams from the Office 365 admin center—On March 14, Microsoft Teams reached general availability. Microsoft Teams is now enabled at the tenant level by default but will continue to respect per user licensing. Tenant admins can control the organization-wide settings as well as the per user settings in the Office 365 admin center or via PowerShell script for bulk editing. Read this article to learn more.

Improved support for full re-delegation of your domain—It is now even easier for admins to move their domain management to Microsoft. After adding a custom domain to Office 365, admins must verify that they are the owner of the respective domain by connecting it to Office 365. They can now do so by simply adding one TXT record to their name server DNS. Microsoft will then set up the online services and manage DNS records on your behalf.

New export capabilities in usage reports in the Office 365 admin center—Admins can now export the data from the organization-wide activity charts at the top of each usage report. By clicking or tapping the Export link, the data for the selected time period is exported into an Excel .csv file, enabling admins to further analyze or share the chart data with others. The export will contain data for the selected reporting period.

What’s new in Office 365 Groups for April 2017

With over 85-million monthly Office 365 users, there’s no such thing as a typical customer. That’s why we built Office to embrace the diverse needs of the modern workplace by giving teams their choice of tools. Even within a single organization, different teams often have different demands for the productivity tools they use every day. What’s unique about Office 365 is the ability to deliver tools that meet these diverse needs—all on a single, manageable platform.

Supporting these teams is Office 365 Groups, a membership service leveraged by millions of users, which helps teams collaborate in their app of choice, including: Outlook, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Planner, Yammer, OneNote and Microsoft Teams. Office 365 Groups helps to structure, format and store information in a way that is accessible across different applications, but remains secure and easily manageable.

Enhancements to help admins manage groups

A key benefit of Office 365 Groups is that any user in your organization can create a group and start collaborating with others in seconds. Self-service creation is great for users, but we know IT admins need to be able to easily manage groups, gain insight into their use, control their directories and ensure compliance of group data. Today, we are announcing new enhancements for administering Office 365 Groups to support these needs:

  • Restore deleted groups—If you deleted an Office 365 group, it’s now retained by default for a period of 30 days. Within that period, you can restore the group and its associated apps and data via a new PowerShell cmdlet.
  • Retention policies—Manage group content produced by setting up retention policies to keep what you want and get rid of what you don’t need. Admins can now create Office 365 Groups retention policies that apply to the group’s shared inbox and files in one step using the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.
  • Label management—With labels, you can classify Office 365 Groups emails and documents across your organization for governance, and enforce retention rules based on that classification.

This adds to our broad set of group management tools recently rolled out to Office 365 customers:

  • Guest access—Guest access in Office 365 Groups enables you and your team to collaborate with people from outside your organization by granting them access to group conversations, files, calendar invitations and the group notebook.
  • Upgrade Distribution Groups to Office 365 Groups—The Exchange Admin Center now offers an option to upgrade eligible Distribution Groups to Office 365 Groups with one click.
  • Data classification*—You can create a customizable data classification system for Office 365 Groups, such as unclassified, corporate confidential or top secret.
  • Usage guidelines*—You can define usage guidelines for Office 365 Groups—to educate your users about best practices that help keep their groups effective, and educate them on internal content policies.
  • Azure AD Connect*— Enables group writeback to your Active Directory to support on-premises Exchange mailboxes. See “Configure Office 365 Groups with on-premises Exchange” for more information.
  • Dynamic membership*—Admins can define groups with rule-based memberships using the Azure Management Portal or via PowerShell. Group membership is usually updated within minutes as users’ properties change. This allows easy management of larger groups or the creation of groups that always reflect the organization’s structure.
  • Hidden membership—If you want group membership to be confidential (for example, if the members are students), you can hide the Office 365 group members from users who aren’t members of the group.
  • Creation policies—There may be some people in your organization that you don’t want to be able to create new groups. There are several techniques for managing creation permissions in your directory.
  • Office 365 Groups activity report—These reports includes group properties, messages received and group mailboxes storage over time. Note you can also leverage the SharePoint site usage report to track groups’ file storage.

A look at upcoming features

Because Office 365 is a subscription service, we’re able to continue improving the admin capabilities based on customer feedback. Here’s a look at some of the enhancements on our Roadmap for the next three months:

  • Expiry policy*—Soon, you will be able to set a policy that automatically deletes a group and all its associated apps after a specific period. The group owner(s) will receive an email notification prior to the expiration date, and they will be able to extend the expiration date if the group is still in use. Once the expiration date is reached, the group will be soft deleted for 30 days (and hence can be restored by an administrator if needed).
  • Azure AD naming policy*—Admins will be able to configure a policy for appending text to the beginning or end of a group’s name and email address no matter where the group is created, such as Outlook, Planner, Power BI, etc. Admins will be able to configure a list of specific blocked words that can’t be used in group names and rely on the native list of thousands of blocked words to keep their directories clean.
  • Default classification and classification description—Will enable admins to set default Office 365 Groups classification at the tenant level using PowerShell cmdlets. In addition, admins will be able to provide a description for each of the defined classifications.
  • Classification is available when creating or modifying a group across apps—Selecting a group classification will be available when creating or editing a group across the following Office 365 applications: Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer and StaffHub.

Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint: The Perfect Marriage

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Microsoft Office tends to be a staple of every workplace, and Office 365 only furthered the solution’s popularity. Cloud security firm Skyhigh Networks found that the service was the most widely used cloud-based enterprise tool by user count. One of the biggest benefits of a popular tool is that it usually integrates with other useful business software, improving both efficiency and productivity.

As Office 365 becomes increasingly mainstream, so does SharePoint, Microsoft’s collaboration tool. Using SharePoint, teams can work together on the same project, with updates available in real time. Instead of going through the hassle of emailing documents back and forth, workers can log into one place and see the latest version of every document.

To be truly productive, however, the two solutions should connect to each other, like partners in a perfect marriage. Here are a few things IT pros should know about using Microsoft Office Setup 365 and SharePoint in the same environment and having them work well together.

Making the Connection

To make this perfect union work, linking SharePoint to Office 365 is done through the Connect to Office commands in SharePoint Server. There, you can add, manage, and remove connections to the software. However, the technicalities of connecting the two platforms is just the honeymoon — and only a small part of the process. Your team will also need to plan in advance how you’ll work with the new couple.

In addition to determining which projects can be completed through SharePoint, admins need to decide who should be given view and edit rights to each SharePoint group, and how those rights will be managed on an ongoing basis. As employees come and go, developing a strategy and system for permissions adjustments to be made in a timely manner is crucial.

Using SharePoint

Open and honest communication makes a good marriage work, and SharePoint manages to be very open in how it communicates with Office 365 and its end users. As Microsoft demonstrates on its site, SharePoint appears to the end user through a web browser, where they can choose from a variety of features. Users can search for documents, upload files to OneDrive, work in conjunction with others, or share existing files with their teams. Once complete, documents can be shared with an entire organization from within SharePoint. The simple interface makes it easy for the whole team to know what’s going on and makes it easily accessible through any web browser.

SharePoint and Office

Before the emergence of collaboration tools like SharePoint, version control was a nightmare — even for end users. In those days, when a professional created a document in Microsoft Word or Excel and sent it via email, the recipient could only see the revised version. Unless the recipient used Track Changes before editing the document, the team would have to backtrack if changes needed to be reversed.

But today, the glory that is Microsoft SharePoint not only eliminates the errors that come from multiple versions but because everyone’s working in the same place, it also includes a version history that allows users to review previous versions of a document.

Presentations

Even though there are other tools available, Microsoft PowerPoint is still the most popular tool for presentations. However, with this new coupling, you no longer have to be in the same room to present to business associates. Using SharePoint, you can share your PowerPoint presentations with clients and coworkers across the world with just a few clicks. Whether you’re using it in conjunction with a teleconference or separately, this pairing will help you save time and resources.

Add-Ins

In the best marriages, the partners work to strengthen each other. SharePoint features add-ins that make Microsoft Office products and documents more functional. One of the most notable is DocuSign, which can add signing capabilities to contracts, proposals, and other documents. Because all of that is handled within SharePoint, professionals can make complex processes much simpler, keeping everything in one place for easier tracking.

Microsoft Office 365 has taken the most popular office software to the cloud, making it easier to manage projects. When Setup Microsoft Office 365 is coupled with SharePoint, admins can create an infrastructure where team members can easily collaborate and share with external associates. The end result will be an increase in productivity, meaning everyone will get more done with less, helping a business rapidly scale.

Tie the Microsoft Knot

As an admin looking to capitalize on these popular Microsoft products, there are some specific steps you can take to ensure you have the technical expertise and knowledge to make the marriage work. For many who are looking to develop expertise in using Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint, the first step is often earning the Microsoft MCSA: Office 365 certification.

Once you’ve mastered Office 365, take your relationship with Microsoft to the next level with the MCSE: Productivity to conquer SharePoint.

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Automatically create process diagrams in Visio from Excel data

Today, we’re excited to announce Data Visualizer, a new Visio feature that automatically converts process map data in Excel into data-driven Visio diagrams. This update, which is available to Visio Pro for Office 365 users, helps reduce manual steps while giving business analysts even more ways to create process diagrams in Visio.

Automatically create process diagrams from Excel data

Diagrams don’t always start in Visio. They often begin as hand-drawn sketches or—in today’s data-driven age—in Excel. Using Data Visualizer, business analysts can represent process steps and associated metadata in a structured Excel table and quickly convert that information into a visualized Visio diagram. You can do this by either using a premade Excel template or an existing spreadsheet of your own design. The premade templates—there’s one for basic and one for cross-functional flowcharts—provide a sample mapping table to populate with diagram metadata. The table includes predefined columns for process step number, description, dependencies, owner, function, phase and more. You can also customize the table with your own columns to meet specific business requirements.

Once the table is populated, Visio’s wizard helps you complete the remaining steps to transform your Excel data into a Visio process diagram. If you customize the premade template or create one of your own, the wizard helps you map certain flowchart parts, like swim lanes and connectors. The resulting diagram is linked to the Excel table, so if the underlying process data is modified, the diagram updates accordingly. Likewise, shape modifications in Visio are preserved if the Excel data changes.

Additionally, analysts can save their Visio diagrams and the underlying Excel mapping table as a single package using the “Export as a Template Package” feature. These packages can be shared and reused by others, eliminating the need to recreate the same diagram from scratch while encouraging process consistency across the organization.

No matter your preference—whether creating diagrams from a template or your own spreadsheet—the underlying Excel data travels with the related Visio Pro for Office 365 file, helping ensure your team always has the latest diagram version.

Start a free trial of Visio Pro for office setup 365 to try Data Visualizer today, and visit our support page for step-by-step instructions to create your first process diagram from Excel data.

Please visit our UserVoice page to submit suggestions for new capabilities, and follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest Visio news.

Install Office with Product Key

Get help for Microsoft Office Setup and installation:Have you Just bought Microsoft Office product ? If yes then you can complete your Office Setup online with your product key code. You just need open office.com/setup or setup.office.com in to your web browser. For more information about setup procedure check the guide below.

How to proceed with Microsoft Office Setup online:1. First of all sign in to your office account at www.office.com/setup. Now redeem your product key. If you don’t have a account yet then create a new one and use the same Microsoft login credential to sign to your My Office account

2. Once you have successfully completed with the step one. then Select Install of your product, select Install again. By default, this installs the 32-bit version of Office on your PC using the language you selected when you redeemed the product. But If you want to install the 64-bit version, change your language.

3. Once you will click on install internet explorer will show you a popup with the option “Run”. And in Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox you will get the option to save the file. As soon as the file downloaded you need to open it manually and run the installation.

4. Also you will be informed when installation done like, “You’re all set! Office is installed now” and then the animated video will show you how to find office applications on your computer. Follow the instructions in the window, for example Click Start > All Apps to see where your apps are, and select Close.
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Evolving Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection with URL Detonation and Dynamic Delivery

We built Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to provide nearly unparalleled email security with little impact on productivity. Advanced Threat Protection defends your organization from today’s growing and evolving advanced threats with powerful safeguards like Safe Links, which provides time-of-click protection to help prevent users from opening or accessing malicious links, and Safe Attachments, which protects users from opening malicious email attachments. Today, we’re pleased to announce availability of two new capabilities—URL Detonation and Dynamic Delivery—which improve the security Advanced Threat Protection provides while keeping people productive.

General availability of URL Detonation

URL Detonation helps prevent your users from being compromised by files linked to malicious URLs.

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Email with malicious link to PDF file. 

When a user receives an email, Advanced Threat Protection analyzes the URLs for malicious behavior. This new capability is in addition to the URL reputation checks that Advanced Threat Protection already does. If the user clicks a link during the scan, the message “This link is being scanned” is displayed. If the link is identified as malicious after the scan, a pop-window opens notifying the user that the file is malicious and warns the user against opening it.

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Link scan in progress notification (left). Malicious link notification (right).

IT admins can configure a SafeLink policy that turns on the URL trace to track user clicks, which is especially useful for instances when users can bypass the warning and click through to blocked pages. This enables them to appropriately focus on remediation efforts for impacted users while not disrupting the work of unaffected users.

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URL trace of user activity.

Public preview of Dynamic Delivery

Since introducing Safe Attachments, we have greatly reduced the time it takes to scan emails containing attachments. While any malware solution requires some small amount time to scan suspicious attachments, Advanced Threat Protection enables you to remain productive during this scan time. Now, with Dynamic Delivery, recipients can read and respond to the email while the attachment is being scanned. Dynamic Delivery delivers emails to the recipient’s inbox along with a “placeholder” attachment notifying the user that the real attachment is being scanned—all with minimal lag time.

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Users can read the email body while the attachment is scanned in a Safe Attachments sandbox.

If a user clicks the placeholder attachment, they see a message showing the progress of the scan. If the attachment is harmless, it seamlessly re-attaches to the email so the user can access it. If it is malicious, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection will filter out the attachment.

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The scan progress page displayed when a user clicks an attachment undergoing a scan.

How to enable URL Detonation and Dynamic Delivery

URL Detonation can be enabled through the policy controls in the Safe Links admin window under settings. To enable URL Detonation, select the On radio button and then select the Use Safe Attachments to scan downloadable content checkbox.

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Admin control window for Safe Links policy. Both Linked Content Detection and Dynamic Email Delivery (through Safe Attachments) are enabled.

Dynamic Delivery can be activated through the policy controls from the Safe Attachments admin control window under Settings. Simply select the Dynamic Delivery radio button.

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Admin control window for Safe Attachments policy with Dynamic Delivery activated.

Advanced Office 365 capabilities now available to U.S. Government Community Cloud customers

The new capabilities—including Skype for Business cloud voice, video and meetings services; advanced security workloads; and data analytics tools—together with the core productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office 365, will enable U.S. Government workers to collaborate in new ways and drive digital transformation across all areas of agency operations, all while meeting stringent compliance standards.

Communication-powered productivity

Productivity today is centered on conversations, whether it’s a quick instant message, an impromptu phone call or a scheduled meeting with voice, video and content sharing. But government employees’ ability to connect, especially between agencies, has always been limited. Now Skype for Business cloud-based voice, video and meetings in Office 365 enable U.S. Government Community Cloud customers to replace their legacy meeting and phone systems with modern voice and meetings that are integrated with the work civil servants are already doing in Office, providing greater continuity as they collaborate and communicate throughout their day. The new Skype for Business services include:

  • PSTN Conferencing—Provides the ability to dial in to a meeting from a traditional phone, as well as the option to join a meeting with a single click on your PC or mobile device.
  • Cloud PBX—Enables companies to eliminate separate PBX systems and transition to the cloud with Office 365 as the central location to manage users for communication.
  • PSTN Calling—Gives Office 365 customers the ability to subscribe to Microsoft-managed calling plans and phone numbers.

With Skype for Business cloud voice and meetings in Office 365, U.S. Government Community Cloud customers can now simplify their infrastructure, lower costs and empower employees like never before.

Advanced security to protect your organization

We are also now offering U.S. Government Community Cloud customers significant security capabilities aimed at dramatically improving their ability to protect their organization’s information. The new capabilities include:

  • Customer Lockbox—Gives customers new approval rights, transparency and control over their data in the cloud.
  • Advanced eDiscovery—Integrates Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities, to reduce the costs and challenges that come along with sorting through large quantities of data for eDiscovery purposes.
  • Advanced Threat Protection—Protects against unknown malware and viruses by applying behavioral analysis.

Data-fueled insights

Finally, we are now offering advanced data analytics capabilities in Office 365 to U.S. Government Community Cloud customers that will enable the government to reduce costs and uncover data insights to provide better services to citizens.

  • Power BI Pro—A business analytics service that enables information workers to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency and understanding through live data dashboards, interactive reports and compelling visualizations.
  • Microsoft MyAnalytics—Empowers individuals through rich dashboards that provide insights on time and relationships, with the goal of helping individuals get time back and spend it more effectively.

Microsoft StaffHub is here!

Manage schedules

Microsoft StaffHub makes it easy for managers to create, update and manage shift schedules for their team, streamlining what has been a labor-intensive process.

Employees have access to all their shift information, including the ability to easily swap shifts with others right from the Microsoft StaffHub mobile app. No more having to go into the breakroom at work to look at the bulletin board.

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Managers create, update and manage shift schedules for the team.

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Employees view their upcoming shifts at a glance on their mobile device and can request to swap a shift with someone else.

The app home screen provides a summary of upcoming shifts as well as any important notes. Employees can also see who else is scheduled for the day, which is useful if they want to know who they’ll be working with or if they want to swap shifts.

When schedule conflicts come up, Microsoft StaffHub makes it easy to swap a shift or offer a shift to someone else. Requests are always routed to the manager for approval, and updates and notifications are automatically sent to the team.

Share information

With Microsoft StaffHub, managers can quickly distribute important information to their team, such as policy documents, news bulletins or videos. Managers also have a fast and reliable way to send quick messages to team members. For example, to let an employee know “there is a spill on the floor” or “the regional GM is arriving in 20 minutes,” simply tap the employee’s name and type a message. Employees can also send messages directly to each other or to the entire workgroup.

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Managers select the content they want to distribute to their team.

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Employees can view the files on the mobile app.

Connect to other apps and resources

Companies often use multiple systems and tools to help manage their workforce, and we want to make it easy for Microsoft StaffHub to connect to these existing systems. We’re pleased to announce that StaffHub will support connections to Kronos, a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Initially, this integration will enable managers to import individual and team schedule information from Kronos’s Workforce Central platform directly into Microsoft StaffHub. This functionality will initially be in private preview to a small group of Office 365 and Kronos customers. Stay tuned for more!

Microsoft StaffHub also supports the ability for admins to define custom links for workers to view in the mobile app, which can point to important resources or sites, such as HR systems for reporting time off, or to custom applications, built with tools such as Microsoft PowerApps. Managers can also export team schedule information to a .csv file for use in other systems.

Next steps

Microsoft StaffHub is enabled today for Office 365 customers with a K1, E1, E3 or E5 plan. Team managers can sign in at staffhub.ms, and employees can download the app on iOS or Android.

For a deeper look at Microsoft StaffHub, check out this video:

Office 365 subscribers get Office Mobile for Android phones

Today, we are launching Office Mobile for Android phones in the United States at no additional charge for Office 365 subscribers. This means that Office 365 subscribers can now work on their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere–using their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android phones.1

Office Mobile for Android phones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. To use the app, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus (you can find the complete list of qualifying subscriptions here). Office Mobile for Android phones is initially available in the United States, with more countries coming on board over the next several weeks.

So what’s great about Office Mobile for Android phones?

A true Office experience

Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. When you make edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and layout remain intact. When you return to your PC or Mac, your document looks like it should.

Easy access

Office Mobile is designed for people on the go.  We made it easy to access your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in the cloud on SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro.  When you’re on your phone, you’ll see the list of documents you recently opened on your computer in the Recent Documents panel–no searching needed. And of course, you can view and edit documents you receive in email.

Designed for the phone

Office Mobile has been optimized for the small screen of your phone so you can get things done efficiently.  When reviewing Word documents, the Resume Reading feature takes you to the exact point in the document where you left off on your PC so you don’t waste time searching. The new Slide Navigator lets you browse through PowerPoint presentations fast while Speaker Notes help you practice on the run.

Sharing built-in

Edit documents and share them right from your phone. You can review comments in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own.  When you’re done, you can save the file back to SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro or just send it as an email attachment.

Go ahead and download Office Mobile from the Google Play store.

If you want to try Office Mobile for Android phones, but don’t have an Office 365 subscription, you can sign up for a free 30 day Office 365 trial at http://www.office.com/. And of course, if you’re already using a Windows Phone, then Office Mobile is already installed on your phone.

Creating the most beautiful and powerful way to view, share, and search your photos with HTML5

Bringing more photo capabilities to the web

 

We’ve had native support for RAW camera files in SkyDrive for quite some time – letting photographers use SkyDrive to store and share the best quality photos they can. But while there are powerful cameras that can capture RAW images, we’re also seeing the cameras in phones becoming more capable at taking incredible images too. The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its amazing 41 megapixel camerademonstrates just how amazing the cameras in phones can be. The screens for viewing photos are getting better too – especially high DPI screens like the ClearType Full HD and Retina displays. So now, SkyDrive.com supports these high DPI displays by measuring the DPI scale of your device. When your screen supports it, we show higher resolution photos and thumbnails. So you see more of your real photo instead of a thumbnail that gets up-scaled (note: not all browsers support high DPI yet).

 

We also decided to look at other photo file types and give some of our old friends an update as well. If you’ve ever seen an animated GIF (pronounced “jif”) on the Interwebs (and probably laughed), you were probably disappointed to find out that when you saved and shared that same animated GIF on SkyDrive, it wasn’t animated. Well now you can view your favorite animated GIFs in all their glory!

 

Sorting and management

 

What seems like a small and simple thing—photo rotation—is often done automatically by your device, which sometimes doesn’t get it quite right. So now, you can rotate photos on SkyDrive.com as well. This Mickey Mouse pancake photo wasn’t rotated correctly, but with one click of the Rotate button, it’s looking much better.

 

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A few months ago, we introduced the All photos view, and we’ve gotten great feedback on it. People seem to enjoy the fact that you can see all the photos you have anywhere in your SkyDrive, but would also love to see this view for a specific album.

 

So, now you can filter the photos in this view to a specific folder in your SkyDrive via the filter control below:

 

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Sharing is now easier and you have more control

 

As more people have put their files in SkyDrive and shared many of them with friends and family, they’ve been asking us for more flexibility in the kinds of ways they could share. Until now, you could only share two types of things in SkyDrive:

  1. An entire folder and all its contents
  2. Individual files inside a folder

 

This mostly worked fine, until a couple of things started to change.

 

First, we’ve been seeing more and more mobile phone photos coming to SkyDrive via automatic upload and the camera roll feature on Windows Phones and Windows 8 tablets and PCs. And second, people are capturing more and more of their everyday photos with their phones—photos of birthday parties, pictures of their kids, and snapshots of things they see and want to buy or research later. But our existing sharing controls required that you move your photos into folders to share them, or only share them one at a time. And that just made it harder than it should be.

 

Also, since releasing our All Photos view, you could easily organize the photos by date, but you still couldn’t share a selection of those photos as an album.

 

Well today, we’re happy to introduce a new capability on SkyDrive.com: the ability to share individual groups of files from anywhere in your SkyDrive. You can share two photos from your camera roll, or a hundred. You can share a file in one folder along with another file from a different folder. And you can share different things with different people.

 

For example, here are some camera roll photos that I took this winter. I can just click the date heading (Saturday 2, 12:07 pm), and then click the Sharing command to share just the pictures from that date:

 

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From here, I can get a link or share via email, like anything else on SkyDrive.

 

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The recipient gets an email that looks like this:

 

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And when they click to view the photos, it looks like an album:

 

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The new Shared view

 

Many of you have asked for better ways to track all the things you’ve shared. Previously it was cumbersome to un-share something or keep track of all the things different people have access to. To solve this problem, we’re introducing the new Shared view.

 

The new Shared view shows you all the stuff you’ve shared, and what’s been shared with you. Your own stuff is at the top of the list, sorted by what you’ve most recently shared. This is followed by a list of people who’ve shared something with you, sorted by who shared things most recently.

 

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Anyone can edit, no matter how you share

 

A few months ago we introduced the ability to share links to Office documents, allowing people to edit them without signing in. Today we’re pleased to extend that same feature to when you share any SkyDrive file via email. Now when you check “Recipients can edit” we really do mean any recipient, no sign-in required.

 

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One last special treat for our developer friends

 

Today I’d like to share a new technology in SkyDrive for power users and enthusiasts, allowing you to edit many different kinds of text files in the browser. Even though SkyDrive.com has a web-based version of Word available for free, sometimes you just need simpler tool to edit things like todo.txt.

 

SkyDrive now has native support for viewing and editing many different kinds of text files. This includes JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and many code files. It includes support for syntax highlighting, find, and word completion suggestions. You can also share these files with your friends, and they can edit them. And you can “diff” changes, so you can see conflicts between edits. This is a convenient feature for developers; however, for a complete end-to-end development solution, you can still get that with Microsoft Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.

 

Here is a screenshot of my todo.txt file:

 

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You can even see how SkyDrive suggested the remainder of my last item (5. Review) as I typed!

 

I also have a few dozen registry keys and cmd files that I’ve collected over the years that I apply when I set up a new PC. Now I can view all of those right in SkyDrive! Here is one of my favorites, a cmd file that deletes all the sample images and videos on a PC:

 

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