Microsoft updated its Office 365 service on Tuesday to include a number of new features and support for 22 more countries.
The online cloud service will be expanded to 22 additional markets on Tuesday, including Argentina, Iceland, South Africa and Taiwan. Microsoft is making 30 updates to its Office 365 service, including support for Windows Phone 7.5. “We are seeing really positive momentum for Office 365. Customers are adopting Office 365 eight times faster than our previous service, and the solution is on track to become one of our fastest-growing offers in Microsoft history,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Office Division at Microsoft. “We are also seeing great traction with small businesses, with more than 90 percent of our early Office 365 customers coming from small businesses.” The new features include updates to Microsoft’s consumer SkyDrive service:
- 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.