Office 365 and Office 2013 launched!

Office 365 and Office 2013 launched!

Office is definitely the topic of the moment and below is some information about this great new release along with details about the consumer and community support offerings now available. 

Yesterday Microsoft reached another very exciting milestone on our journey to a devices and services company, with the launch of the new Office to consumers.

This is the biggest and most ambitious release of Office yet, and builds on a fantastic launch year for the company.  Steve Ballmer made a blog post detailing four important announcements:

  • Office 365 Home Premium is available worldwide
  • Office 365 University is now available worldwide
  • Retail availability of Office 2013



Additional Information:


Office 365 Home Premium

Also, Office 365 Home Premium is a great new option for consumers and the benefits include:

  • All the Office Professional applications
  • A household license for up to 5 PCs/Macs/mobile devices
  • An extra 20GB of SkyDrive Storage
  • 60 minutes of Skype calling each month
  • A service that is always up to date.

Some key SharePoint 2013 features

User Adoption of SharePoint is based on meeting the goals and requirements of the business sponsor. To do that, there is an importance in ensuring that the correct features are applied to the relevant solutions to meet their goals. Platform Governance is key; since there would need to be knowledge of the relevant features and an understanding therefore in how they would be implemented, supported, maintained in an evolving SharePoint landscape. This is particularly important in deciding on the migration path of SharePoint 2010 to 2013, since quite a few features have been enhanced.


Microsoft Word Research – Providing SharePoint Search features to SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

I’ve published to TechNET UK an article concerning the use of some great Microsoft Word functionality called Research. This provides individuals with the ability to customize options to suit their research needs. This feature can be used to expose SharePoint search, meaning that individuals can locate information they have access to on SharePoint within Microsoft Office Word, without having to go to the SharePoint site.

To read the summarised blog go here.

A full article is here

Enjoy !

How to find content in SharePoint using Research options in Microsoft Word

How to find content in SharePoint using Research options in Microsoft Word

Time to talk about an unsung hero in the provision of Search features supporting SharePoint starring Microsoft Office. This guide describes the procedure to enable Research and connect it to an on-premise SharePoint search facility. When the Research option is enabled, Microsoft word will then contact the relevant SharePoint site, gathering the service information.