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Microsoft Office 365 Your Way…

…If Redmond aren’t using this slogan then they should be. Over the past months Microsoft Office has delivered some radical changes and improvements in applications, add-ons and the underlying business model.

The shift from search to intelligent discovery in Office 365 was achieved with Project OSLO, now Office Delve built with the Office Graph.

Office 365 - Delve intelligent discovery

Image thanks to Office blogs

You Won’t Believe What Office Did Next…

Over the last week we were bombarded with news from Office but before this the biggest news recently was that Office 365 Subscribers get unlimited, yes UNLIMITED storage on OneDrive from first release 2015. The ramifications of this are huge especially with OneDrive now differentiating between personal and business files.

Office 365 - unlimited One Drive storage

Image thanks to Office blogs

It’s a Rollercoaster…

First Microsoft announced at TechEd the availability of Office 365 APIs (for mail, files, contacts and calendar) and Mobile SDKs for Android and iOS. Combined with the ability of Developers to deploy their Office apps to the Office App launcher we were now arriving at Your Office 365 Your Way.

Office 365 - App Launcher

Image thanks to Office blogs

This week Microsoft announced a strategic agreement with Dropbox to allow full Office integration across phones, tablets and web. Windows Phone users were doing the happy dance at the announcement that this would finally involve a Dropbox app for Windows Phone, something noticeably MIA.

Office 365 - Dropbox integration

Then Microsoft announced a new version of Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 subscribers…

Today just when we thought it couldn’t get any better Microsoft decided to knock our figurative socks off by announcing that Office for Mobile on iOS and Android will be free, yes absolutely, utterly, totally FREE.

Office 365 - Office for Mobile is FREE

The question is what could the Microsoft Office 365 team do to top this next?

The Warptest POV

Returning readers know that a recurring theme about Microsoft is the ecosystem philosophy. Warptest believes that underneath all the good decisions at Microsoft is a business and technology idea that nothing stands alone and everything belongs to a greater ecosystem. How is this expressed here?

Office 365 - How it ties together - ecosystem

Will Delve work with Dropbox too? That would be incredible but the whole picture represents Office 365 as a comprehensive, customizable collaboration and productivity solution.

The end game is clearly Office Everywhere and all your documents connected thru Microsoft technologies.

We are hearing that the Windows 10 version of Office will be much more touch oriented but if I were asked what Microsoft could do to deliver a KO punch to their competition my answer would be…

Cortana fully integrated into all your Office tools and storage. Not just search, discovery or retrieval of documents on demand and certainly not as a glorified Clippy but leveraging all the power of Cortana’s predictive and speech recognition abilities to take Office beyond touch.

Offcie 365 - Next Cortana for Office?

I guess we will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, my hat is off to the Office team who demonstrate the definitions of “productivity” and “game-changer”.

 

Office Online Arrives Close On The Heels Of OneDrive…

The reimagining of Office Web Apps as Office Online addresses a combination of UX and exposure challenges for Office Web.

Previously, when I informed people that SkyDrive had free Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote I was greeted with a combination of amazement and skepticism.

After demonstrating or directing them to the Apps, by and large these sentiments were replaced with glee at having their familiar, albeit limited feature Office for FREE.

Refocusing and Reinventing Productivity

This is not just simple rebranding. By creating Office.com as the access-point for Office Online it has made the process, well Office-centric.

Office Online Reinvented

Prior to this Office Web Apps were dismayingly concealed behind the Create menu button in SkyDrive.

Most users simply didn’t realize that all their productivity was hidden behind that simple button.

Refocusing from SkyDrive, excuse me OneDrive to Office.com shifts the focus and user perception that OneDrive is incredibly valuable as your cloud storage but it is one of several powerful parts of Office Online.

The Unified Field Theory Of Productivity

It’s important to note that all you need to get started is a Microsoft account. If you notice the image above of the homepage of Office.com, in addition to the aforementioned Office Web Apps the user also has access to their Outlook.com, OneDrive, People and Calendar and all with the New Windows UI of Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.

This is not just a shift in focus or rebranding, Office Online is a comprehensive, FREE productivity ecosystem that parallels Office 365/2013.

This is not all though, Microsoft’s Office Online team have added new features (for the launch and recently): –

  • Once in any of the Office Apps the user can access the App Switcher by hitting the arrow button to the right of the App name (top left) and selecting the App to switch to.

Office Online - App Switcher

App Switcher - Office Online

  • Real Time Co-authoring: work with your co-workers or anyone, anywhere as long as they are in Office.
  • Templates:
    the difference between a good document and a great document can be using a template and there are free templates available and easily accessible whenever you create a new Office Online document.

The Warptest POV

Office Online combined with OneDrive mean that Microsoft understand their consumers. Most home users don’t need or ever use more than the basic features of Office. Did I mention the word FREE?

Add to the mix the pending penetration of other mobile platforms by Office and the ability to switch from using Office Online to Office on your computer when needed and you have a winning productivity solution whose UX makes you want to be both collaborative and productive.

I’m going to give Office Online a strong recommendation and suggest that if you haven’t tried it recently or never then get signed in and take it for a spin. You will be wowed.

Who’s ready to make productivity awesome again?

Welcome to OneDrive

Today marked the rollout of the rebranded OneDrive (the cloud storage formerly known as SkyDrive) across devices for web, desktop and mobile.

Today is about 1 year since the official launch of Outlook.com the outstanding Microsoft web-mail replacement for Hotmail.

SkyDrive was around to see Hotmail evolve, to see the end of Windows Live services (as a distinct entity) and to integrate fully with Outlook.com

5 Things You Might Not Know About OneDrive

  • OneDrive is about as ubiquitous cross-device / cross platform / cross-browser as you can get for personal, shareable cloud storage. I’m using it through the browser, the Windows 8.1 app and on Windows Phone 8 (which updated today to OneDrive). (As of now the SkyDrive folder in Windows 8.1 File Explorer and the Metro / New Windows UI App have not updated to OneDrive)
  • When you sign-up, as a new user you get 7Gb of free storage but Microsoft is giving existing users extra free space all the time (I have 48Gb now) and when I went into SkyDrive today as it became OneDrive I was greeted with this two-fold offer:

OneDrive rebrand wizard

  • OneDrive includes Office Web Apps. Yes FREE Office. This is obviously not full-featured Office Professional but if like most people you barely scratch the surface in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote then this is for you. Especially if you work with others on the shared documents then productivity and collaboration will become your new buzzwords. If you do have Office 365 / 2013 then you will see the integration at folder level in the main File menu.

OneDrive Main Menu

  • Apps: yes there are Apps that work (again cross device / platform) on OneDrive and the ambitious Developers amongst you can find the API here.
  • OneDrive differentiates between documents and photos but stores and allows sharing of both.

The Warptest POV

With a matching flat UI/UX to Windows 8.1 and elegant, ease of use I can strongly recommend to anyone looking to either move or backup to personal cloud storage that they sign-up for OneDrive.

The team working on this seem to understand the need for rapid iteration of robust, user friendly new features and I can recall maybe one occasion where server issues prevented access to my files. This compares very favorably to other services I have used who seem to suffer more frequent outages.

I’m giving OneDrive a strong recommend and if you aren’t using a cloud service for backup/sync or primary storage then you should seriously consider this as one of your choices.