At Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit, Microsoft’s Ron Markezich unveiled a number of new enhancements and certifications for Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite that continue to raise the bar in cloud security and privacy. For education, Microsoft also announced it’s extending identity federation services to Microsoft Live@edu to help schools improve collaboration and security, as well as simplify identity management and support interoperability among disparate software applications. “New BPOS Federal is optimized to meet security, privacy and compliance needs of US federal government agencies. In addition, Markezich announced future capabilities and certifications that’ll continue to raise bar in cloud security and privacy, including two-factor authentication, enhanced encryption and the expected attainment of Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification, an important requirement for government information technology, in next six months.” Microsoft Online Services are available for government customers of all sizes. These versions, and security and privacy enhancements, include following: Business Productivity Online Suite • Business Productivity Online Suite Federal.