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Microsoft is Upping Their Game… 

… For those who watch closely, something new is happening with Microsoft vis a vis strategy. 

Microsoft is delivering tailored solutions to specific verticals building on products these customers had already invested in. 

Office365 Is The Medium, What’s The Message?

Over the last couple of months we have seen Microsoft get serious about Office.

  • Educators have received Office Mix and LiveTiles Mosaic. Office Mix is an add-on for PowerPoint in the classroom that simply put is a force multiplier for educators. LiveTiles Mosaic is an app built onto Office365 allowing real-time, rich and interactive content through the cloud and in the classroom.
  • Lawyers have received Matter Center (beta) a document control solution for lawyers built onto Office365.

In a nutshell Office365 is not just a generic, out-of-the-box solution that fits all verticals.

What we are seeing here is the evolution of an ecosystem and Productivity as a Service.

Microsoft Office 365 Ecosystem

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As you can see from the graphic above the Office ecosystem isn’t just about delivering tailored solutions to verticals; it’s also about customizing your own solutions and add-on apps. The improved Office Developers website and Office App Store give you access to the Office API and existing add-on apps too.

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With Office offering comprehensive cross-device compatibility in mobile, users can be productive on the go and are only dependent on WiFi or their cellular data.

With Codename OSLO being renamed as Delve and being launched for Office365 users, Microsoft has created a Social NetWORK and redefined how to best work with Office. None of this even touches on OneDrive, Exchange or Sharepoint improvements or real-time work collaboration through Yammer.

I predict we are going to see further verticals receive this kind of attention from Microsoft, maximizing their investment in Office.

If I wasn’t already giving Office a strong recommend, I would be now. Whether you want free Office in the web for personal use, one license of Office 2013 or Office365 in the workplace, two things are sure:

Office is only going to increase your productivity!

Microsoft’s competition better wake up and smell the coffee, they have a lot of catching up to do!


Microsoft Launched Office Mix This Week…

First as a by-invite preview and then opened it shortly after as a customer preview in beta.

What does Office Mix do you ask? Well those busy boffins on the Office team clearly have joined the party at Microsoft and went out to the punters (consumers) to ask what they were missing from PowerPoint.

In this case, one of the main demographics approached were educators, who wanted better ways of making their teaching presentations come to life.

The underlying idea behind Mix is to enable the creation of rich, interactive online lessons… all from within PowerPoint.

I Know What You’re Thinking

I can see the face some of you less enlightened folks are making about PowerPoint but as I said back in April 2010, PowerPoint is wrongfully maligned; bad workmen… tools, say no more,

Actually, if you know how to use PowerPoint you can get great results and Office Mix will help.

Instead of going outside PowerPoint you can do all this without other 3rd Party Tools: –

Office Mix - feature list

Office Mix - toolbar

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If you are anything like me then you appreciate that this incredible feature-set isn’t limited to educators, the uses cases are restricted only by your creative imagination.

Office Mix allows you to create and edit these interactive presentations all within PowerPoint thus making several 3rd Party tools redundant.

In addition, being an early adopter allows you to make and share these Mixes online by logging in with either a Microsoft account, Microsoft organizational account, Google or Facebook account.

Needless to say I’m impressed at the variety of login options. But if your audience doesn’t want to login then just convert to video and share from your OneDrive, DropBox etc.

In a nutshell I’m going to say that Office Mix gets a strong recommendation from Warptest. This add-on is going to add more power to your PowerPoints.

If you are in the business of presentations and want to bring your A-Game then this is for you. This is the best way to create and share interactive presentations on virtually any internet connected device.

As of now I’ve had two requests to demo Office Mix in person this week. So, what are you waiting for? Get Mixing.