It has been a busy and big week for Microsoft! I want to again thank all the attendees that participated in the 2nd Office 365 International User Group Meeting, quick recap here. The numbers of attendees almost doubled and our website http://www.office365union.com was launched and is adding more information and content almost daily.

Office 365 News:

Office 365 for U.S. Government announcement: http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2012/05/30/announcing-office-365-for-government-a-us-government-community-cloud.aspx

Office 365 FISMA Certification: http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2012/05/03/fisma-security-certification-office-365.aspx

Microsoft Celebrates U.S. Small Business with Office 365: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Celebrates-9-6-Million-US-Small-Businesses-with-Office-365-270578.shtml

Can Office 365 beat Google Apps? (Spoiler alert, obviously if I am posting it, the answer is YES): http://www.cio.com/article/705945/Can_Google_Apps_Unseat_Microsoft_Office_and_Exchange_

Great Office 365 Blogs to follow (From http://www.office365union.com/Pages/Resources.aspx)

Loryan Strant, Office 365 MVP- http://thecloudmouth.com

Rene Modery, Office 365 MVP – http://modery.net/

Jethro Seghers, Office 365 MVP – http://www.j-solutions.be

Martina Groom, Office 365 MVP – http://blog.atwork.at/

Sean McNeill – http://office365evangelist.com Kinda partial to this one J

Nick Bowyer – http://itprofessional.co.nz/

Robert Pearman – http://titlerequired.com/

 

Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 News:

Windows 8 Client Release Preview Availability: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/May12/05-31Windows8RPPR.aspx I am in the process of installing this on my tablet while writing this post!

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Availability: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/05/31/windows-server-2012-release-candidate-available-now.aspx Will be working on this update next for my laptop dual boot!