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Microsoft Power BI Desktop August Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Update - August 2017

Microsoft’s use of subscription based applications means that they can provide us with exciting new updates, including improvements based on suggestions from the user community. Power BI provides interactive reporting for true business insights.

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Office 365 August 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for August 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Excel Co-Authoring

  • Excel for Windows desktop
  • Works for Documents on SharePoint and OneDrive or OneDrive for Business
  • See who is working with you and see their changes in seconds

‚ÄčAutoSave for Desktop

  • PowerPoint, Word and Excel options for
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Office 365 July 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for July 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft Planner

  • Simple visual way to organise teamwork
  • Mobile apps for Android and iOS
  • Coming soon will be:
    • Push notifications
    • New plans creation
    • Intune integration
  • Feature requests can be made at https://planner.uservoice.com
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New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium

New to Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium has been the go-to solution for the SMB market; now with the new release of business apps, they have cemented this as the product of choice for growing businesses. The apps now included with Business Premium are:

  • Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
  • Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
  • Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.
  • Office 365 Business Center – Manage everything from one place.
  • MileIQ – The smarter way to track mileage
SMB software solutions with Office 365 Business Premium
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Microsoft Power BI Desktop July Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Update - July 2017

Microsoft’s use of subscription based applications means that they can provide us with exciting new updates, including improvements based on suggestions from the user community. Check out this month's updates in their July update video. 

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Microsoft Teams Announced for General Availability

General Availability for Microsoft Teams

In November 2016 we released a blog announcing Microsoft Teams. Satya Nadella announced the next big step in the Office 365 story for collaboration. This tool brings together a number of existing functionality, such as Skype for Business, Groups and SharePoint Online, to help people work together. Now, with a number of updates, including suggestions from users, the product has been released globally to 181 markets in 19 languages.

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Office 365 April 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for April 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Client Update Cadence

  • Updates are often mentioned that are in first release only
  • Consumer plans need to be on the Insider Program to get updates immediately
  • Business and Enterprise users need to meet a
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Office 365 March 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for March 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

My Analytics

  • Set goals for time spent on tasks
  • Accessed via delve

Power BI

  • Removed 100 row limit for tables in the mobile app
  • New Table Features
  • Power BI Admin Role
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Office 365 February 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for February 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

OneDrive Updates

  • OneDrive Sync Clients now syncs with SharePoint Online
  • SharePoint on premises will need to continue to use the second sync app

LinkedIn Learning Courses

  • 60 New training courses
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Office 365 January 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for January 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft PowerPoint QuickStarter

  • Enter topic and choose slide and design as a start for PowerPoint
  • Focus on the presentation content

Excel Updates – Power Query updates

  • 10 new data transformation connectivity features
  • Get and Transform
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Office 365 December 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for December 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft Teams Announced

  • Integration with Office 365 tools
  • Builds extra features

Scalable Vector Graphic Icons

  • Looks great at any size
    • No longer have any issues with pixelated images
  • Change features such as line and fill colour
  • 3D support coming soon
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Office 365 November 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for November 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas:

Power BI to PowerPoint

  • Send Power BI reports
    • Individual reports to individual slides
    • Each visual is a high-resolution image
    • Report textboxes are editable
    • Links back to the live report in Power BI
    • Currently in
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Microsoft Announce New Teams App in Office 365

Meet Microsoft Teams for Collaboration

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO, has just announced the latest feature for Office 365, Microsoft Teams. This new set of tools is a chat-based workspace and in line with the Office 365 ethos, is all aimed at collaboration and “reinventing productivity”.

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PowerApps and Flow for Microsoft Office 365

PowerApps and Flow for Microsoft Office 365

This morning at Directions EMEA, Brian Meier gave an interesting presentation on PowerApps and Flow, which we have touched on before. These are being pushed both as great tools and the way in which Extensions can be fully utilised. Here we will discuss some of the features that he covered.

PowerApps and Flow offer more than just Office 365 functionality

 

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Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI

Office 365 Content Pack in Power BI

Understand how your users adopt and use Office 365 with this new tool that allows you to plan targeted user training and communication so that your business gets the most out of the platform. 

Combining the intelligence of usage reports, with the interactive reporting capabilities of Power BI, the new Office 365 adoption content pack enables you to visualise and analyse the usage data. Create custom reports and share insights within your business using the in-built pivot tools to slice your data by location and department etc.

Office 365 adoption content pack preview

 

Get Better Insights for Your Office 365 with the New Reports

The dashboard is split up into four areas: Adoption, Communication, Collaboration and Activation. Admins can access detailed dashboards for each area by clicking any of the

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Office 365 October 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for October 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas:

SharePoint Online

  • Included in Office 365 Groups
  • Team site Homepage updates
    • Site collection storage limit increased to 25TB
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Office 365 September News at Ignite

 Office 365 September News at Ignite 

The Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta is an event aimed at IT professionals, with a wide range of key note speakers, seminars and an expo. Here Satya Nadella is the keynote speaker on the opening day. To find out more about the latest announcements for new features, including Intelligence, Security and Collaboration, read on!

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Office 365 September 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for September 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas: 

Modern SharePoint Lists

  • Interface to use on any device with responsive web design
  • Improve ease of use
  • Improved productivity
  • Automation of simple processes
  • Enrich static information
  • Works with Flow and PowerApps 
    • Automating workflow and data exchange

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Zoom, the Latest in the Evolution of PowerPoint

The Latest Microsoft Office® Update

In May we introduced the Morph Transition for Microsoft PowerPoint® in our blog here, today we are introducing Zoom, the tool which allows you to present like never before.

Zoom for PowerPoint Presentations

Zoom allows you to easily create interactive, unique presentations. Captivate your audience with smooth, effortless navigation in and out of any slide or section, wherever conversation takes you. Present your slides in whatever order makes sense based on your audience, without exiting slide show mode and interrupting the flow.

Depending on the depth of content and your use of sections, you can now incorporate Zoom in three easy ways to build summary slides by using PowerPoint 2016 on Windows desktops. For example, a Summary Zoom for a presentation that has dedicated sections, or a Slide Zoom for a deck that has a few slides.

 

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Office 365 Focused Inbox and @mentions for Outlook

Focus on What Matters in Outlook with Focused Inbox and @mention

Microsoft have announced that they are releasing a new set of tools for Outlook emails as part of Office 365 and Office 2016. Aimed at getting you the information that is most important to you, the new tools help with focussing and productivity. Intelligence and learning means that as you use the tools the system adapts your requirements. 

Outlook Focused Functionality

Clutter rolled out last year as a tool that learned the emails that are less important to you and put them in a separate folder. This functionality very much added an extra “junk mail” style folder. For a number of months Microsoft have been trialling new functionality on a selection of mobile platforms (iOS and Android) – Focused. Using the same idea as clutter Focused learns the difference between important and “other” emails, giving you direction on the important emails in your inbox.

 
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