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Wednesday February 18

09:00
Excel Fun—Build 3D graphics from a spreadsheet

Today’s post was written by Carl Kadie, Ph.D., a research developer in Microsoft Research.
How Excel helps to understand 3D graphics
From video games to movie special effects, 3D graphics drives today’s entertainment. But how do 3D graphics work? How does the computer know where on the screen to put the little dots of color? Motivated by simple curiosity, I wanted to understand this. And for me, to understand means to make an Excel spreadsheet. This article should interest you, too, if you are curious about 3D graphics. It also serves as an example of how Excel can make something as complex as 3D graphics as simple as a few worksheet cells connected by multiplication and addition.
In the end, I didn’t replicate Halo, but I did get lovely cube that I can control by changing a few numbers in Excel. For example, one cell tells how many degrees to rotate the cube. When I change the value in that cell from 20 degrees (figure... | Read more »

09:00
Office everywhere, encryption everywhere

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.
Recently, we released Office for Android as we continue to help people get more done, on any device. Security is a core value for us, and as we evolve Office 365 to empower productivity across different platforms, we are committed to ensuring secure experiences across devices and platforms. Encryption is one of the key ways on how we protect your information. We use encryption in two ways: One is by implementing it in the service and the second is by offering you it as a customer control. In the service, we make use of encryption in the platform, where it works by default and you don’t have to configure anything, and we continue to evolve it based on your needs. As a customer control, we provide you three primary... | Read more »

Tuesday February 17

11:55
Sign in page branding and cloud user self-service...

Paul Andrew is technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.
Today we are adding two Identity and Access Management features to the Office 365 subscription, which were previously only available with an additional Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium or Enterprise Mobility Suite subscription. The new features are the Sign in page and Access Panel company branding and cloud user self-service password reset. These two new features are beginning to roll out for Office 365 customers starting today.
Sign in page and Access Panel company branding

The first feature is company branding for the Sign in page and the Azure AD Access Panel, where users select a software as a service (SaaS) application to sign in to. Now, Office 365 customers can customize the Sign in page and Access Panel with the text, color and images of their... | Read more »

11:25
PIN lock and other updates to Outlook for iOS and...

Just over two weeks ago, we delivered the first version of Outlook for iOS and Android devices. We’ve heard from many of you that enjoy how Outlook brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen.
We promised to deliver updates to Outlook every few weeks and we’ve been listening closely to your feedback. Today, we are happy to share some of the features we’ve added over the past two weeks.
IT controls
While our first release focused on bringing a great end-user experience to market, we are also well underway building the IT controls that our business customers require.
PIN lock
Outlook now implements password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync. If your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook will... | Read more »

09:15
Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

Today’s post was written by Adam Jung, senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.
If you are an Office 365 partner managing your customers Office 365 tenant, hopefully you are already using the Office 365 Partner admin center portal, which gives you several tools to manage customers including, a view of all of your customers, the service health of individual customers, and the ability to manage service requests and perform administrative tasks on behalf of a customer.
Today we are extending the Partner admin center experience with a new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app, available now for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. The Office 365 Partner admin mobile app gives partners additional flexibility to manage and administer your customers. If you... | Read more »

06:54
It Makes Myself More Bearable

Funny how I’m so prominently featured in the bloopers of the first ever Mac Myriad Podcast!

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06:00
New cloud storage integration for Office

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
We want Office to be the preferred way to work with documents no matter where they’re stored.  In November we announced a special partnership with Dropbox to make it easy to access, edit and share Dropbox files from the Office apps.  And today, in addition to the existing Dropbox integrations, we’re pleased to announce two new integration features for an even broader set of cloud services: First, file picker integration for the iPad and iPhone; and second, Office Online integration for viewing and editing.  While these may seem like small enhancements, these new features represent a big step forward for Office integration into the apps and services that are important to our customers.
Native cloud storage integration in the iOS apps
Starting today, third-party cloud... | Read more »

Monday February 16

09:30
Latest innovations in Office 365 compliance

At Microsoft, we care deeply about supporting compliance with specific standards and regulations related to data security and privacy as required by our customers in various geographies and industries. We consider compliance a core feature of our services, and we make significant investments in this area to ensure that that we are continuously innovating on compliance as we do with all the other aspects of Office 365. To this end, we are announcing two new additions to our compliance capabilities—ISO 27018 and HITRUST.
ISO 27018 compliance
We are pleased to announce that in our most recent ISO 27001 audit, an independent auditor validated that we incorporated controls that comply with the ISO 27018 standard for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds. There are three big commitments enabled by these controls:

  1. Office 365 is “advertising-free,” so... | Read more »

Friday February 13

09:00
OneNote is now (even more) free!

Today’s post was written by Brad Corob, program manager for the OneNote team.

Last year we made OneNote 2013 (our full-featured Windows desktop software) free for personal use and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We’ve heard from many of you that enjoy the ability to take and share notes, ink and highlight directly on the page and stay organized with instant search. And we’ve also heard from many who want more from the OneNote 2013 free edition.
Today we’re happy to share that we’re adding even more to the free edition. We’re removing all feature restrictions from OneNote 2013. Starting today you’ll be able to access the full power of OneNote on your PC, including these features previously reserved for paid editions:

  • Password protected sections—Add a password to protect sensitive information.
  • Page history—Easily see or go back to prior... | Read more »

Thursday February 12

11:30
Announcing TestFlight Groups

Now it’s easier than ever to manage external testers in TestFlight. Organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight. Get started in iTunes Connect.

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11:30
Announcing TestFlight Groups

Now it’s easier than ever to manage external testers in TestFlight. Organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight. Get started in iTunes Connect.

| Read more »
11:30
Now Accepting Larger Binaries

The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

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11:30
Now Accepting Larger Binaries

The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

| Read more »
09:30
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 033 on My Ap...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Mauricio Ordonez and Russell Palmer about how you can extend the My Apps and App Launcher user interface in Office 365.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP33.mp3
Download the podcast.
Weekly updates

Wednesday February 11

12:00
Office Online gets even better in 2015

Office Online is getting even better in 2015. We’ve been listening to your feedback and we’re rolling out updates that improve the Reading View, file management and editing experiences.
Here are some of the new features to look for:
Enhanced reading experience
To make the Reading View easier to use we updated the toolbar so that the Edit, Print, Share and Comments commands are now one click away and more the advanced tools, such as Translate or Download a file, are easier to find.

Also, now you can print faster and easier by enabling direct printing of PDF files from Word Online without having to first download the file.
More options to save and manage your files
Save As options have expanded to provide you additional file management options that we think you will appreciate.

Tuesday February 10

12:00
What’s new: January 2015

The Office 365 team got the new year off to a great start in January by delivering Office across more platforms and adding new features, service updates, and apps for your devices. OneDrive for Business is now available for Mac and iOS devices. You can combine Lync with new Polycom Unified Conference Stations to get a better video conference experience, with a 360-degree view and great sound quality. Power Query got new connectors and improvements that make it easier to use. And for educators, there’s a new website with free OneNote training and resources plus integration of Moodle with Office Mix. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: December 2014.
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365 University updates
Office now on... | Read more »

09:00
OneNote‘s big 2014 at St Andrew’s College

Today’s post was written by Sam McNeill, director of ICT at St. Andrew’s College in New Zealand.
The past year saw significant increases in usage of Microsoft OneNote at St Andrew’s College and there were a number of factors that contributed to this, including:

  1. Continued promotion of OneNote by earlier adopter teachers such as Mrs. Jacqueline Yoder, which led to uptake among her fellow teachers in the English department and beyond. Her story, OneNote to rule them all, was eventually published in the College quarterly magazine.
  2. The transition from Microsoft Live@Edu to Office 365, which occurred at the end of 2013, allowed for tighter integration of cloud hosting of OneNote notebooks, thus increasing both the access to notebooks from any device as well as promoting true... | Read more »
09:00
Power Map for Excel–February update for Office 365

In our December update, we promised to have some big things to share about Power Map for Excel in the first quarter of 2015. This month, we are ready to start revealing a few of these great additions. With our brand new feature, data cards, and a few amazing improvements to how you use heat maps, we are looking forward to seeing the new stories you will tell with your data!
Data cards–Tooltips the way you want them!
Data cards extends the Power Map tooltip to let you display more contextual information about the data on your map. This becomes powerful when you need to quickly drill down into the details behind the columns and pie chart visualizations, like showing a list of Olympic events and associated medal count spanning a time period for a specific country. Just hover over or click any visualization on the map and a data card is displayed with easily readable information... | Read more »

Monday February 9

11:00
Build Your Apps with Swift 1.2

Swift has now reached 1.2 and includes a significantly enhanced compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language. For the highlights of this release, read the Swift blog. For detailed information on Swift, read The Swift Programming Language.

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11:00
Build Your Apps with Swift 1.2

Swift has now reached 1.2 and includes a significantly enhanced compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language. For the highlights of this release, read the Swift blog. For detailed information on Swift, read The Swift Programming Language.

| Read more »
09:00
Making waves in the energy industry

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Hercu Rabsatt, director of infrastructure and service management at Mansfield Oil.
The oil and energy industry isn’t known for pushing the proverbial envelope when it comes to technology, but at Mansfield Oil, we’ve consistently taken advantage of technology to put ourselves at the forefront of what we do.
We’re now in our 57th year and at a pivotal point as we transform our business. Last year we launched a three-year plan, which began with consolidating and stabilizing our IT environment. Converting our IT department from a cost center into a revenue generating part of the company is also underway as we continue in our “building phase.” Although I view 2015 as the “transformation phase,” I’ve been surprised by how much transformation and payoff we’re already experiencing today from our technology investments.
Nowhere is that... | Read more »

09:00
iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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