Office 365 and Skype Updates Announced at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

After five years on the market, Office 365 is now enabling over 70 million people to work better than ever. And now Microsoft just announced some exciting Office 365 and Skype for Business updates at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference about how Office 365 is gaining traction in large enterprises and offering more robust functionality in 2016.

Facebook Has Chosen Office 365

Facebook CIO Tim Campos joined the Microsoft Office team’s corporate vice president, Kirk Koenigsbauer, to highlight Facebook’s excitement for selecting Office 365 as the best tool to empower productivity for their 13,000 global employees. Facebook joins other notable Office 365 users like Cushman and Wakefield, and Atkins in the decision to leverage Office 365 for Productivity.

AIG Recognizes Office for Security and Compliance Capabilities

Microsoft is pleased to announce that AIG’s CyberEdge clients using the Microsoft Cloud will now have access to expanded business interruption coverage. Microsoft is the first cloud vendor to achieve this status with AIG.

AIG will also offer this enhancement to Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 customers when quoting a new or renewed CyberEdge policy including network interruption coverage.

Head of Cyber Risk Insurance at AIG Tracy Grella explains, “We’ve worked closely with Microsoft to understand the security and compliance capabilities of the Microsoft Cloud. And we’re excited to offer this unique endorsement to our mutual clients.”

Skype for Business is Growing

Microsoft is expanding the footprint of Skype for Business PSTN services, making them available to customers in 92 countries including Venezuela, Uruguay, Vietnam, and Kenya, which were added in July. Additionally, PSTN Calling is now available in both the UK and U.S., delivering inbound and outbound calling, voicemail, phone numbers and calling plans.

Skype Meeting Broadcast

Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast will enable language translations and layout view changes.


Existing Office 365 users will even be getting a preview of automatic transcriptions and translation in Skype Meeting Broadcast by the close of 2016. Skype Meeting Broadcast will allow users to produce, host and broadcast meetings to large online audiences. The new services will deliver live closed captioning of presentations and allow viewers to select a translation into their preferred language from a list of available languages. (Curious about Skype for Business’ current capabilities? Check out our blog “What You Need to Know About Skype for Business for Conferencing”)

Office 365 Education Offerings Now in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program

And finally, for those interested in Office 365 Education plans, you can now get them or bundle them with existing services you get from qualified Microsoft National Solutions Providers, like SADA Systems.

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