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Matt Scherocman

What are the real differences between Office Pro Plus and Office 365 Pro Plus?

Office Pro Plus – is the version that is sold in volume licensing.  It is the default package when purchasing under an EA agreement, Select, or new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). 

Office 365 Pro Plus – is the version that is sold via Office 365.  Subscriptions for Office 365 can either be purchased directly from the web portal or on a traditional licensing agreement like an Enterprise Agreement, Select, or new MPSA.  It frequently is sold as part of the E3 or E4 packages.  

While the majority of the features between the software packages are the same, there are some key differences to think about when you are making your purchase.

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Matt Scherocman

Office 365: What’s New in 2015

Like any good product or service, Microsoft is constantly updating and adding features to the Office 365 suite, giving business users plenty of new tools and resources. So far in 2015, Microsoft has expanded Office 365 to new platforms; iOS and Android, added new features; Office 365 Video and Delve, plus updates, as well as developed new apps and updates for all mobile devices. The goal is increased accessibility and mobility, so every business can benefit from the integrated solutions and adaptable tools and platforms.

Whats New in 2015

New features focus on portability and convenience

Microsoft is combining the business demand of a solid, feature-rich platform in Office 365 along with consumer and business trends like the growing need for connectivity and mobility in daily operations. You’ll see this in Enterprise with:

  • OneDrive for business now available on Mac and iOS platforms
  • Outlook attachments can be saved to OneDrive
  • OneNote for iOS/iPhone updates and improvements
  • Office Online Narrator and other accessibility enhancements
  • Sway for iPhone availability and feature updates
  • Enhanced conferencing with RoundTable
  • Enhanced email protection with DKIM and DMARC in Office 365
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Matt Scherocman

Is Office 365 HIPAA Compliant?

Yes. Microsoft® Office 365 provides all the capabilities you need to satisfy the technology requirements for HIPAA and HITECH compliance. These regulations require that organizations establish and document procedures that govern:hipaa compliant2

  • Restrict access to patient data.
  • How patient data is handled.
  • How stored patient data is kept secure.
  • How to secure patient data when it’s transmitted.

Meeting these general guidelines requires lots of time and attention to detail. Office 365 helps you meet these requirements with less time and cost than you might think.

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Sarah Bunt

How does Office Delve boost workgroup productivity?

Microsoft Office Delve accomplishes this by making it easy to identify files that you need to work, even when you can’t locate or describe them.

Microsoft Office Delve, a new information discovery and content management applicationmonitors content and tailors information discovery to each person’s content and work habits. Delve is based on Office Graph technology. This technology uses machine learning to track the links between people, content, and activities across Office 365 applications. The relationship maps that Graph creates pushes use patterns to news feeds personalized for each user.

Delve measures the relevance of each file that workgroup members create, change, and share. The more relevant a content is to your work—and the more closely you work with others to create and share it—the more relevant the file is to you. When you look for files, the most relevant ones appear on the search list.

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Matt Scherocman

What's REALLY in Office Mobile Apps?

Office Mobile is one of the most downloaded mobile apps of all time.   Today we are going to take a look at what features are standard with the mobile App and what features require a bit more. First let's see what you get with the initial download from your respective app-stores:

Office Mobile

Here's what you get with the basic app download:

  • Email
    • Full version on iOS
    • Light version for Android, BlackBerry and Nokia Symbian OS phones
    • Remote wipe for all devices / GAL Search
  • Word, Excel and Power Point
    • Versions for iOS and Android
    • No client for Blackberry or Symbian
  • Lync
    • Versions for iOS, Android, and Symbian
    • Instant messaging / GAL Search / Join a Meeting
    • No client for Blackberry
  • OneNote
    • Versions for iOS and Android
    • No client for Blackberry or Symbian

 For a more comprehensive list of the features by device type please see the link here

Here's where it gets a little more complicated for you iPhone and iPad users. To unlock the premium features listed below, a qualifying subscription to Office 365 is required.

Premium Features:

  • Word
    • Insert/Edit WordArt
    • Add/Modify chart elements
    • Insert section breaks
    • Enable columns in page layout
    • Customize headers and footers for different pages
    • Change page orientation
    • Track and review changes
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Add shadows and reflection styles to pictures
    • Highlight table cells with custom color shading
  • Excel
    • Customize PivotTable styles and layouts
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Insert/Edit WordArt
    • Add shadows and reflection styles
    • Add/Modify chart elements
  • Power Point
    • Check speaker notes while you present with Presenter View
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Insert/Edit WordArt
    • Add shadows and reflection styles to pictures
    • Add/Modify chart elements
    • Highlight table cells with custom color shading

For a more detailed list of the premium features that requires a qualifying subscription to Office 365 plan, please see the link here

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