Good Morning. 

I’m excited to share that the Office 365 team recently launched an initiative called “Your Office, Your Terms,” which focuses on reaching some 8 million woman-owned businesses in the United States to promote the work/life balance related aspects of Office 365.  Microsoft has long recognized the benefits of providing customers with flexible working options through mobile technologies.

We are especially fortunate in the US Subsidiary Marketing &Operations (US M&O) to have a Women’s Leadership team in place that is aggressively communicating the advantages of Office 365 and other Microsoft technologies that can help women advance in business.  As a single mom and one of only thirteen women CVP’s at Microsoft, I am proud to be a woman who is always on the go and works from a variety of locations using various Microsoft devices and solutions.  Case in point, I’m in San Francisco this morning! 

As part of the “Your Office, Your Terms” campaign, my US M&O Office team and other Microsoft women are teaming up with representatives of 85 Broads,  a 30,000-member international business networking organization, to blog about Office 365 and promote November as “Your Office, Your Terms” month.  Recently, Cindy Bates, who is responsible for Microsoft’s end-to-end Small and Medium Sized Business sales and marketing efforts, posted a blog entry on Forbes Woman, which detailed the primary reasons women work remotely include: work/life balance, avoidance of traffic/long commutes, and pursuit of greater productivity.  Cindy reported that nearly half women who participated in a recent 85 Broads survey, said that technology is a challenge for them when they are working out of the office.  Well, Office 365 can help with that!

I want to encourage all women business owners to check out the campaign website, participate in a webinar, and take advantage of “Your Office, Your Terms” lived out through our Office 365 deskless worker solutions.  Also, I would ask that you take the time to tell me how you are taking advantage of having your office on your terms!

Allison