As an online service, Office 365 acts as both an online extension to the on-premise version of Microsoft Office and a full-fledged collaboration and productivity suite, including email, calendaring, file storage, document sharing and other features.
At TechEd Europe, Microsoft made a number of other announcements around its Azure cloud service and its mobile device management offerings.
For Azure, the company previewed a service, called Azure Batch, that allows customers to easily schedule jobs that may involve thousands of compute nodes. Another service, called Azure Automation, was designed to automate many administrative tasks needed to run complex jobs in Azure that are now done by hand. The company has also stood up an anti-malware service to protect virtual machines from wrongdoing. An update to the Azure Active Directory will allow organizations to make their on-premise applications available to external users.
Microsoft has also updated Intune, a service to help small businesses manage computers and mobile devices. It can now control how users deploy Office 365 on their own devices, as well as control mobile Office apps that the organizations construct themselves. In the first quarter of 2015, Office 365 will also come with some mobile device management (MDM) capabilities, allowing administrators, for example, to wipe corporate data from an employee device.
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