Old Office logo Office retail pack Microsoft first announced Office in October ; beginning with a private beta with various organizations, leading into a public beta in April , and reaching general availability on June 28, Facing growing competition from Google 's similar service Google Apps , Microsoft designed the Office platform to "bring together" its existing online services such as the Business Productivity Online Suite into "an always-up-to-date cloud service" incorporating Exchange Server for e-mail , SharePoint for internal social networking, collaboration, and a public web site , and Lync now Skype for Business for communication, VoIP , and conferencing.
The server components were updated to their respective versions, and Microsoft expanded the Office service with new plans, such as Small Business Premium, Midsize Premium, and Pro Plus.
The plan is aimed at mainstream consumers, especially those who want to install Office on multiple computers. With these new offerings, Microsoft began to offer prepaid Office subscriptions through retail outlets alongside the normal, non-subscription-based editions of Office , which, in comparison, are only licensed for use on one computer.
Power BI is primarily incorporated into Excel, allowing users to use the Power Query tool to create spreadsheets and graphs using public and private data, and also perform geovisualization with Bing Maps data using the Power Map tool previously available as a beta plug-in known as GeoFlow. Users will also be able to access and publish reports, and perform natural language queries on data. It is considered to be a competitor to Trello and to other agile team collaboration cloud services.
All of Office 's components can be managed and configured through an online portal; users can be added manually, imported from a CSV file , or Office can be set up for single sign-on with a local Active Directory using Active Directory Federation Services. Outlook on the web The email service, task management, calendar application, and contacts manager included with business and enterprise Office subscriptions are under the Outlook on the web brand.
Microsoft introduced an email feature called Clutter with Office Clutter remembers user's preferences as it comes to the relevance and importance of emails. It analyses user's pattern of behavior about email topics, if user keeps ignoring emails about a certain topic, Clutter moves those emails to a folder with the same name in Outlook.
Users can enable and disable this feature by logging on to Office portal. Certain plans also include unlimited personal cloud storage per user. Note that this UI is not available in the perpetual Office release.
In the case of Office on Windows, it is installed using a "click-to-run" system which allows users to begin using the applications almost instantaneously while files are streamed in the background. Updates to the software are installed automatically, covering both security updates and major new versions of Office.
Full functionality is restored once a new subscription is purchased and activated. Access to the Office Mobile apps for Android and iOS devices including both smartphones and tablets were originally limited to Office subscribers    but basic editing and document creation has since been made free for personal use. However, Office is still required to unlock certain advanced editing features, use the apps on devices with screens larger than Collaboration tools[ edit ] Office includes several productivity applications that are designed to cover collaboration needs at the organizational, departmental and team levels.
The wide choice of tools is the source of ongoing debates about the purpose of each tool and their optimal application in real business life. At the same time, SharePoint Online comes not only with team sites but also with communication sites  and hub sites Office First Release customers will be able to try them out in the first half of Outlook Online hosts email-based collaboration.
Yammer serves for communication with business users outside of an organization and enables forum-like enterprise-wide and team communication. As for Delve boards, they allow creating boards to group together and share related documents.
An Office Group can be organized in Outlook, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Microsoft Teams and other collaboration tools to diversify the native collaboration capabilities of these applications.
For example, if a team collaborates in a Group in Yammer, its members automatically get a team calendar, a shared Outlook inbox, a SharePoint library, a SharePoint team site, a shared OneNote notebook and Planner.
Updates[ edit ] The Office platform uses a rolling release model; updates to the online components of the service are provided once per quarter.
On launch, the versions of server components were used with Office These services were automatically upgraded to their Office counterparts upon its release in February The suite includes Microsoft applications for collaboration including: Universities, colleges, and schools can enroll in the program through a free registration process.
The former Outlook Live Answers portal, a forum for asking questions on the Live edu service, was discontinued on December 17, At the same time, Microsoft also unveiled a new "Trust Center" portal, containing further information on its privacy policies and security practices for the service. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. June Office is available in a number of different subscription plans aimed at different needs and market segments, providing different sets of features at different price points.
Additional benefits include 1 TB of additional OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype international calls per month subject to area. Aimed at mainstream consumers and families; same as Personal, but for use on up to six devices by up to six users. Offers access to the Office Professional Plus applications on up to five devices per user.
Aimed at businesses with employees. Intended for use in enterprise environments. Offers access to all Office applications, hosted Exchange, SharePoint , and Skype for Business services, plus enterprise-specific legal compliance features and support. Microsoft has licensed 21Vianet to provide Office services to its China customers.
Microsoft does not operate Office in China instead 21Vianet does. The service differs in features from the service offered elsewhere.
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