May 06

Microsoft releases Office Online Server

Microsoft has announced the release of Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organisations to provide an on-premises server that delivers browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. OOS running in an organisation’s datacentre offers the same functionality as Office Online and is the successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013.

OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backwards compatible with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013.

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Jul 02

Microsoft releases preview of new Skype for Business services in Office 365

Microsoft has announced the availability of a preview of new Skype for Business services in Office 365. The services enables broadcast of a Skype for Business meeting on the Internet to up to 10,000 attendees using a browser on most devices and for Office 365 customers in the U.S., PSTN Conferencing and Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling.

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Mar 17

Microsoft announces the technical preview of Skype for Business

Microsoft has announced the technical preview of the Skype for Business client and that the new client, server and online service will become generally available starting in April. Skype for Business provides an expanded Lync feature set and enables people to search for and connect with anyone in the Skype network.

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Dec 01

View on Microsoft’s November activities

Microsoft’s TechExpo show included a Linux booth to expound the company’s Linux strategy – how times have changed. Talking of shows, registration is now open for Microsoft’s Convergence event to be held in Atlanta during March 2015. Keynote speakers will include Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Group.

Retailers can no longer order Windows 8, Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate. Windows 7 mainstream supports ends in January, although Windows 7 Professional can still be purchased and Microsoft has committed to providing a year’s notice of the end of sale date. Even as Microsoft focuses on Windows 10, we may yet see an extension of Windows 7 support.

Amazon WorkSpaces, the virtual desktop computing environment, now offers an Office 2013 option.

Microsoft has announced that OneDrive for Business will begin rolling out to existing Office 365 ProPlus users before the end of 2014, with all Office 365 ProPlus customers having access to OneDrive for Business by the end of January 2015. ProPlus subscribers will initially get 1 TB of storage per user on OneDrive for Business, and will be updated to unlimited storage as it rolls out to Office 365 commercial subscribers.

Microsoft plans to integrate Skype and Lync with a rebranded Skype for Business seeing the end of the Lync name. This signals the potential for an improved and extended non-Microsoft platform support as well as incorporating many of Skype’s consumer features and capabilities.

Updates to the Windows 10 preview have continued and, as at the last build, seems to have reached the “feature complete” stage. Microsoft appears to be on target for a mid-2015 release.

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Nov 12

Microsoft unveils Skype for Business roadmap

Microsoft has announced that in the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, server release and updates to the service in Office 365. This combination of Lync and Skype will add video calling and the Skype user directory to the current capabilities of Lync.

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Oct 21

Microsoft releases new Lync Online client devices report

Microsoft has announced the release of new Lync Online client devices report, which reports on how many users in your organisation have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The report covers users on Windows PC devices, Windows Phones, Android devices, iPhones and iPads.

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Oct 21

Microsoft updates the Lync 2013 Windows client

Microsoft has released an update to the Lync 2013 Windows client, which gives users the option to eliminate the images of senders and receivers in IM conversations without disabling them in the contact list. Other changes include grouping all the IM options in the Options dialogue and a number of enhancements to the media stack to improve call quality.

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