Microsoft announces new features for Office 365 users

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At the SharePoint Conference 2014, Microsoft Corp. highlighted new features of Microsoft Office 365. Jeff Teper, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, showcased innovations that bring together the power of the cloud, enterprise social, big data, machine learning and mobile capabilities into an experience personalized for Office 365 users.

"The new Office 365 experiences powered by cloud, social, mobile and big data technologies enable people and teams to find the right connections and most relevant insights to get more done,", said Teper.

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The new applications will be powered by the Office Graph – an intelligence fabric that remains unseen to the user but is constantly analyzing content, interactions and activity streams and mapping the relationships using machine learning to intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to each user.

One of these apps is "Oslo", which uses personal interactions and machine learning to surface a view of the most relevant, timely information for each individual using Office 365 across SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer and Office.

Groups is a feature that unifies people, conversations, calendars, emails and files across the Office 365 suite, providing a corresponding Yammer conversation feed, calendar, document library and inbox where members can collaborate and work as a team.

With Inline Social, users will be able to have social conversations inside documents stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

The Office 365 Video Portal is meant to support upload, storage and discovery of videos in a secure manner. Businesses will be able to categorize videos into channels for specific business needs and stream them on mobile devices, with all of the video compression, optimization and rendering work done by Office 365.

Microsoft also announced new investments, such as Office 365 SDKs for Windows 8 and Android, enhancements to Office 365 APIs for PowerPoint and Outlook, robust APIs, as well as Office 365 documents that include app information, allowing customers to share their favorite apps in a more viral way. Office Online will also bring similar capabilities to Excel.

In April, businesses can purchase OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) as a stand-alone SKU providing secured file, sync and share in the cloud with all the benefits of integration with Office. Also, with SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1, Microsoft introduced new admin controls to "turn on" OneDrive for Business in the cloud directly from the SharePoint Server 2013 admin console. This enables customers to keep their on-premises infrastructure intact, while still getting the benefit of cloud-based file storage and sharing. 

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