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Microsoft Improves Office 365 Document Collaboration


Microsoft has improved document collaboration capabilities for its Office 365 subscribers, particularly for users of its Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business solutions.

The improvements include sharing OneDrive for Business document links, side-by-side editing of documents in “real time” from the Outlook Web App and easier-to-access document permission controls. The improvements will support iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones running the Outlook Web App. In a future release, Microsoft intends to enable these collaboration capabilities for the desktop version of Outlook, too.

Microsoft has already started rolling out these new capabilities to some Office 365 subscribers. It expects to fully deliver them by next month, according to the company’s Wednesday announcement.

Outlook Web App e-mail users who want to collaborate with others have the option to either attach a file to an e-mail or they can insert a link to a file stored in OneDrive for Business. The benefit of sending the link is that it doesn’t create multiple copies of the file that people are collaborating on, and people can edit the file concurrently.

When Outlook Web App users receive an e-mail attachment of a file that’s been stored in OneDrive for Business, they can tell that it’s stored there because the attachment will now show a new cloud icon within the traditional Excel, PowerPoint or Word file icon. If a different e-mail client is used instead of the Outlook Web App client to receive an attachment, then the users will see a “tile” image link within the body of the e-mail, instead of the traditional attached file (see image below).

Collaborators receiving a file or link to a file can quickly edit it using the new “side-by-side view” in the Outlook Web App. The side-by-side view shows the e-mail on the right side of the Outlook viewing pane with the document attached being open for editing on the left side of the viewing pane. Such collaborative edits can take place in “real time,” according to Microsoft.

Microsoft also smoothed over some of the steps associated with collaborating on documents. Outlook Web App users who are sending file attachments to others can now automatically upload the file to OneDrive for Business and either attach the file or send a link to it.

By Kurt Mackie

Microsoft already pointing out flaws in Office for iPad

Microsoft Excel for iPad

Workarounds needed to access documents stored in SharePoint 2010

Microsoft has pointed out that the newly-released Office for iPad won’t immediately work for users of its SharePoint 2010 collaboration suite.

As explained in two blog posts, one covering Excel documents and the other addressing PowerPoint files, the problem is that SharePoint 2010 “requires a plugin or active X to launch client applications.”

iOS doesn’t allow plugins or Active X, so poor old SharePoint 2010 users can’t join the stampede towards Office-on-iOS, which has seen Microsoft’s latest baby shoot to the top of Apple’s sales charts.

Happily, there’s a workaround: if users of the iOS apps “Add a Place within the application that will connect to the SharePoint Document Library” and enter the appropriate details, they should be sweet.

Read More By Simon Sharwood

Views of Office 365

Office 365 has been bantered around the industry for a while, I have been testing it for the last few days and come up with some Pro’s and Cons.

Microsoft Office 365 is a combination of Microsoft Office, Exchange Server and Share Point Server, all under one umbrella.

We All know that you can purchase Microsoft Office and own until the machine or you die (metaphorically speaking) but with an Office 365 you lease the software for a small fee per month and it’s the Professional Plus Version, so Everything from Microsoft Office add Exchange and Share point to this, you have a very good solution, it’s just like having you own Server with Full Office but at a fraction of the price, Short Term.

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  • Outsourcing the hassle of installing, managing, patching, and upgrading extremely complex software systems.
  • Having predictable and known costs associated with adoption.
  • Keeping the lights blinking green and the software up-to-date and secure falls on Microsoft and is backed by service guarantee.
  • Reducing cost in not only immediate monetary value but also in efficiency and resource reallocation benefits.
  • Backing up and securing your data. After all, Microsoft may not be perfect, but its teams of engineers are extremely specialized and are experts at hosting the software that their colleagues have developed.
  • Using the software over the Internet — simply sign up and you’re ready to go. Without the cloud, a SharePoint deployment could take months.


  • Relying on network and bandwidth. If your Internet provider goes down, then you haven’t any access to your enterprise software and data. Microsoft does not control how you access the Internet and, therefore, cannot account for any failures.
  • Having data controlled by someone other than your employees. Your data is hosted in Microsoft’s data center. That can be both a benefit and a detriment. If you feel uncomfortable with your data out there somewhere, then you can either research the Microsoft data centers further or keep your data and applications locally in your own controlled data center.
  • Costs, you never own the Software, you are leasing it, so stop paying stop using.

It might be a few more Pro’s but the weight of the Cons are heavy, but with a little Clever IT knowledge, these are easy to overcome, apart the Cash.

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