Microsoft today announced the first major service update for Microsoft Office 365, the company's next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes.
The service will also be available to try in 22 additional markets today, including Argentina, Iceland, Indonesia, South Africa and Taiwan.
Microsoft made more than 30 new updates to Office 365 to enhance collaboration and communication, and for SkyDrive, adding simple app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5k. Key new features and enhancements include the following:
- Support for Lync for Mac. Mac users can now use instant messaging, presence and videoconferencing through Office 365.
- New SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, which allow people to connect to information in their company's critical line-of-business applications, such as customer relationship management or SAP software.
- Support for Windows Phone 7.5. Starting today, people can access and update documents in SharePoint Online from anywhere using their Windows Phone.
- SkyDrive gets simpler app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management and easier uploads with HTML5. Share any Office document in one click. Work together more easily with any contact - across email services and connected networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Powerful tools to manage and organize files quickly. Drag and drop multiple files to upload across browsers on PC and Mac.
Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date service, at a monthly cost.
SkyDrive is Microsoft's personal cloud storage service. With your personal content in the sky, you can always access it from all the devices you use. SkyDrive works with Microsoft Office and Office Web Apps so you can access or share documents anywhere.