OFFICE 365 NEWS: Microsoft says insights gained from LinkedIn can help users write better CVs
August 2016: Microsoft Buys Up AI Calendar Service Genee For Office 365
Microsoft has acquired artificial intelligence-powered scheduling service Genee, and plans to integrate the software with Office 365 to give users more calendar power.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Microsoft will shut down Genee’s standalone service on September 1, before plugging it into Office 365 to act as a personal assistant when booking meetings.
Genee only got off the ground in 2014, and claims the acquisition is a result of the company being at the forefront of natural-language processing, AI, and chatbot technologies.
August 2016: Microsoft Office Apps will come preloaded on Lenovo smartphones
Microsoft productivity apps will come preloaded on some of Lenovo’s Android-powered devices, expanding the reach of Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive.
Lenovo also owns Motorola Mobility and is one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers, and enjoys considerable popularity in China – even if its market share has been eroded by local rivals such as Xiaomi and Oppo in recent times.
It is expected that Lenovo will sell “millions” of Android units in the coming years, giving Microsoft more people to target with subscriptions to its cloud services.
July 2016: Office 365 outage causes email backup
A cloud outage caused email chaos for many Office 365 subscribers who noticed incoming emails has slowed to a trickle and outgoing emails had begun piling up. The outage was poorly timed as it took place just as millions of Americans prepared to enjoy a long weekend to celebrate US Independence Day on 4 July.
June 2016: Security concerns as Office 365 turns five
Microsoft Office is now the most popular cloud service in the enterprise, surpassing Salesforce, but this is creating its own security problems as admins such for ‘needles in haystacks’ in terms of malicious events. In the same month, Office 365 was subject to a ransomware assault by a nasty piece of malware dubbed Cerber. However Microsoft said it blocked the attack ‘within hours’
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