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Office for iPad Reaches 27 Million Downloads, Office 365 to Get Encrypted Storage

Speaking at the TechEd North American 2014 conference in Houston, Microsoft’s General Manager for Office Julia White has announced that Office for iPad, which was released only six weeks ago, has been downloaded over 27 million times already (via ZDNet). The highly anticipated Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad reached the Top Free iPad Apps spots in the App Store in just 24 hours of its launch and surpassed 12 million downloads seven days later.

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In addition, Microsoft also made several IT Pro announcements around Office 365 at the conference. According to TheNextWeb, the company has announced that it will soon offer encrypted storage via a feature codenamed Fort Knox, mobile device management Android and iOS phones, as well as data loss protection (DLP) in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

Microsoft details that the Fort Knox technology moves beyond a single encryption key per disk to deliver a unique encryption key per file, meaning “every file stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business is encrypted with its own key”.

“Furthermore, Fort Knox also distributes a customer’s files across multiple Microsoft Azure Storage containers, each with separate credentials. Not only does this mean they aren’t store in a single database, but the map of file locations is encrypted itself, and master encryption keys are separated from both content and the file map.”

The encryption feature will start rolling out to Office 365 business customers beginning in July.

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