Office Delve is here…

Starting today, Office Delve (previously codenamed “Oslo”) will begin rolling out to Office 365 business customers.
Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging.  With Delve, information finds you versus you having to find information.

All of this is presented in a beautiful, card-based design that is easy to understand and use. It also presents intuitive ways to view content, so you no longer have to remember where stuff is stored or who shared it with you.

Office 365 for business roadmap & First Release

The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide.The Office 365 for business public roadmap provides you with a way to learn more about upcoming updates before the change comes to your service. It provides a few months’ view of new features, enhancements, and major updates. It will provide visibility to planned updates that are in development and in the process of being rolled out to the service, as well as to items that have been launched and are now generally available for all eligible customers. The public roadmap will be your best source of truth for product enhancements coming to the service.

In addition to the public roadmap, also rolling out is a new program called First Release. First Release gives customers who opt-in the opportunity to get a small selection of significant enhancements to the Office 365 user experience, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online first. If you opt-in to First Release, you will receive new qualifying feature updates first, a minimum of two weeks before customers in our standard release group.

Major Highlights:

  • Peak into the future of O365
  • Move ahead in line with First Release

Office 365 Roadmap

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/office-365-roadmap-FX104343353.aspx

Power BI for Office 365 now available

Microsoft has made Power BI available for all Office 365 customers. Power BI for Office 365 brings self-service BI solutions to everyday business users through the familiar tool they already use – Excel. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables our customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyse and visualize the data in a self-service way. It works with Office 365 to help customers share insights, find answers and stay connected to their data from their favourite mobile devices. Power BI for Office 365 includes:

  • Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer“).
  • Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow“).
  • Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel.
  • Power View for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data.

Microsoft brings eSignature to Office 365 customers

Microsoft Corp. and DocuSign on Monday announced a long-term strategic partnership to make DocuSign’s industry-leading eSignature apps widely available from within Microsoft Office 365. DocuSign’s eSignature apps for Office 365, available in the Office Store in early March, will provide customers with the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications, allowing them to quickly, seamlessly and confidently transact their business.
DocuSign’s new solutions, built on the Office 365 platform, will include integration within Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013.
Read more here.

You receive a "Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing" error when you try to edit a Word document in Office Web Apps

You receive a "Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing" error when you try to edit an Office document in Office Web Apps and the primarily the reason is UPA not synced correctly with Active Directory User groups as described here. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2908321 However, I want to bring one more aspect where editing word documents was not working in my SharePoint environment and was failing withe the same message “Sorry, this document can’t be opened for editing” and it turned out that I had disabled co-authoring on my web application which led to this behaviour. Make sure that co-authoring is enabled and you will not get this error while editing in office web apps. SPWebApplication.DisableCoauthoring = false;