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TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

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October 27, 2012

TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Run a business and looking to drive collaboration and communication amongst employees? Turn to Office 365, a cloud-based offering that make the difference between your organization growing over time or closing its doors shortly after opening.

This week, it was revealed that institutes of higher learning including Duke University, Emory University, Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Iowa and the University of Washington have all begun to leverage this next-generation platform, but this solution isn’t just catching on like a wildfire in the education space but also within healthcare as various experts from the academic, public, and private sector worked with Microsoft (News - Alert) to create a business associate agreement (BAA) to address HIPAA requirements.

 With the technology giant alleging that it now offers the "most comprehensive agreement available to HIPAA-covered entities that manage electronic-protected health information," this will improve processes within the vertical significantly helping hospitals and doctor offices to cut costs while simultaneously ramping up efficiency.

 Thomas Jefferson University’s Chief Information Officer, Doug Herrick, said in a recent article that before adopting Office 365, the school was using Google's (News - Alert) Gmail. He added, "But the university was looking for a more integrated solution and more collaborative messaging and communication functions that went beyond pure e-mail."

In other news, Exilesoft, a global software development company, made headlines when the news broke that the company has recently implemented Office 365. Powering secure, anywhere and anytime access to e-mail and calendars, Office Web Apps, instant messaging, conferencing, and file sharing, Millennium IT worked with the firm to offer the support needed to benefit from the cloud-based solution in a very short period of time.

Further, Exilesoft has also turned to an Exchange online solution in order to up the ante once and for all on its business class e-mail and unified messaging platform.

Closing out the week, Microsoft introduced the world to its "Microsoft Office Pre-launch Offer," and while it started on October 19 it will be running all the way until April 30, 2013. In essence, how it works is any customer that buys a retail copy of Office 2010 for Windows or another stand-alone application within that time frame will gain access to Office 2013, free of charge. In addition, users can also select to leverage a one-year subscription to an Office 365 plan that is also free.

 With the hopes of prompting those multiple naysayers out there in cyber space who haven’t jumped onto the Office train just yet, the Office 365 provider is currently gearing up for its upcoming launch of Office 2013, whose tentative release date is some time in either late January or early February of next year.

While it was reported that Microsoft has powered the approach of pricing Office 2013 higher by 17 percent to enhance its customer base for Office 365, we will just have to wait and see what effect this has on the success of the product’s adoption in the not so distant future.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Office 365 Community, exclusively on TMCnet for the latest and greatest news!

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