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Office 365 Update Prepped

Office 365 has been out around 150 days. And with less than a year under its belt, it's already getting a big update.

The new Office 365 will be improved in no less than 30 ways. Let's tick off the most important:

  • The online suite will integrate Windows Phone 7.5 with the Internet version of SharePoint.
  • SharePoint also gets a boost by talking to Business Connectivity Services (BCS), a tool that lets SharePoint import data from external sources such as line-of-business apps.
  •  Apple fans should be pleased as 365 will include Lync for Mac.

Also receiving an update will be Microsoft's SkyDrive, an online storage service that starts out free and starts to cost money as your gigabytes add up. The new SkyDrive will be application-specific, making it easier to manage and share your word docs, spreadsheets and what not.

SkyDrive also integrates with social network sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn (do the other social nets even matter anymore?).

Are you a SkyLine or Office 365 friend or foe? Either have your say at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/02/2011 at 1:18 PM


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