TechNet Flash - Volume 15, Issue 5: February 27, 2013

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Try Office 365 ProPlus: learn how new telemetry tools can speed up testing and deployment

Office 365 ProPlus uses several technologies to deliver new user and administrative experiences to support Office as a service, and geo-redundancy for maximized uptime. This is the full evaluation version of Office - not just web apps. You will be able to try Office 365 ProPlus applications and manage up to 25 users. Check out the new Office 365 service descriptions, study your deployment options, and learn how to pilot, deploy, and extend Office 365 to meet your organization's needs on the Office 365 deployment center.

Office delivered: See what's new for IT and get the trial

Office Professional Plus 2013 is the future of productivity. Office Professional Plus 2013 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync. Installation and deployment videos, white papers, and library articles are available now with your free evaluation.

The new Office: Garage Series for IT Pros - watch today to find out what's in it for IT

With the availability of the commercial service for the new Office, today marks the inaugural episode of the Office Garage Series show. Our desktop specialist hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh highlight differences between the two versions, new IT pro capabilities, the promise of the new Office roaming across devices of all form factors, plus installation and coexistence of a highly-customized Office 2010 alongside the new Office.

CNET: Microsoft Office 2013 review: Designed for tablets, but great for everyone

Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade. Download the trial version of Office Professional Plus 2013.

Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

If you have provisioned user accounts for the users in your organization, you can enable users to install Office 365 ProPlus (and Project Pro, Visio Pro, SharePoint Designer, or Lync products) directly from the Office 365 portal. This is the default option. In managed enterprise environments, end-users may not have permission to install software from the Office 365 portal.

Download Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint Server 2013 is designed to help you achieve new levels of reliability and performance, delivering features and capabilities that simplify administration, protect communications and information, and empower users while meeting their demands for greater business mobility. Assist your evaluation with these SharePoint 2013 Test Lab Guides.

What's new in business intelligence in SharePoint Server 2013

Business intelligence in SharePoint 2013 provides comprehensive BI tools that integrate across Microsoft Office applications and other Microsoft technologies. These BI tools are: Excel 2013, Excel Services in SharePoint 2013, PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint Server 2013, Visio Services in SharePoint, SharePoint 2013, and Microsoft SQL Server.

What's new in Excel 2013

The first thing you'll see when you open Excel is a brand new look. It's cleaner, but it's also designed to help you get professional-looking results quickly. You'll find many new features that let you get away from walls of numbers and draw more persuasive pictures of your data, guiding you to better, more informed decisions.

Download Exchange Server 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 enables you to maintain control, increase user productivity, and keep your organization safe. Also see what's new in Exchange Online.

Download Project Server 2013

Project Server 2013 offers flexible solutions for project portfolio management and everyday work, enabling you to effectively execute strategic priorities. See what's new for IT pros in Project Server 2013.

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New book from Microsoft Press: Microsoft Office Professional 2013 Plain & Simple

This full-color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to get things done with Office 2013. Follow the book's easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to do your work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and OneNote .