Today, we are excited to announce that Microsoft Forms, a simple app for creating surveys, quizzes, and polls, is generally available to all Office 365 commercial customers. Used by more than 3 million users in education, Forms was brought to commercial preview by customer demand last year. Thanks to more than 50,000 companies participating in the Preview program, Microsoft Forms is now enterprise ready, and, hence, we are removing the “Preview” label.
With Microsoft Forms, your employees can easily solicit client input, measure customer satisfaction, and organize team events, within minutes. The app is simple to use and works on any web browser, so it can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. With real time responses and automatic charts built in, Microsoft Forms makes it easy to understand the data right away. And for companies that want to custom brand their surveys, Forms supports the addition of themes, logo, and images. We also know that many users work in teams, so users can collaborate on a single form. Forms can be used within applications you know and love, such as Excel, SharePoint, Teams, Flow, and Sway.
Most recently, Microsoft Forms added many features that enterprises requested, such as SOC compliance, ability for IT admins to manage user licenses, and controls to enable sharing of Forms outside of their organization. For more complex surveys, we also added support question branching and Likert scales, plus an ability to collect 50,000 survey responses per form.
Q. Who can use Microsoft Forms?
A. Microsoft Forms is available in the following Office 365 commercial suites: Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, and Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans. Microsoft Forms is also available to existing Office 365 Enterprise E4 customers who purchased E4 before its retirement.
Q. Where is data stored for Microsoft Forms?
A. Microsoft Forms data is stored on servers in the United States and Europe. All data is located in the United States, except for European-based tenants. Their data is stored in databases in Europe. We are working to expand our offering to other countries and regions and will share timelines as we get closer to those dates.
Q. Is Microsoft Forms compliant?
A. Microsoft Forms reached SOC Compliance Level C. Microsoft Forms will also meet GDPR compliance requirements by May 2018
Q. Can I control which users in my organization access these apps?
A. Yes, through assigning licenses to the users
Q. What is Microsoft Forms for Excel?
A. Besides Microsoft Forms website, users can create forms from OneDrive and Excel Online, by using “Forms for Excel”. Forms for Excel is in Preview stage. Learn more here.
Q. What is Microsoft Forms’ architecture?
A. Microsoft Forms is an Office web app with Web front-end & SQL Azure as back-end. All data encryption is at rest tier. Forms data is isolated by tenant and user and it belongs to the form designer, or the user group who created the form.
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