Several Office 365 updates this month can help companies of all sizes accelerate the digital transformation within their organization. Microsoft released Outlook Customer Manager, introduced Microsoft To-Do in Preview, extended Designer to PowerPoint on iPad, added support for Office 365 Groups in additional Office apps and more. Read on for the details.
Outlook Customer Manager is rolling out worldwide
Outlook Customer Manager makes it easy for small businesses to track and grow customer relationships without leaving Outlook. Today’s rollout includes several new capabilities based on feedback Microsoft received during the First Release of Outlook Customer Manager. It’s easier to manage customers and upcoming deals with automatic reminders about customer inquiries, suggested company information from Bing and integration with Microsoft Flow. You can also access Outlook Customer Manager on the go in Outlook for iOS and Outlook on the web. Read more about…
In the modern workplace, an organization’s most important assets are its people. The knowledge, skills and expertise found throughout your carefully recruited teams are tantamount to individual and collective success.
All too often, however, this specialized knowledge is obfuscated by physical and organizational barriers. People know what information they need, but are unable to track down the answers they’re looking for. The popular adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” reminds us that the best-connected employees get the most done.
That’s where Office 365 can help. As Microsoft works to reinvent productivity for the modern workplace, their goal is to put people at the center of the connected suite experience. When you’re able to tap into the hidden knowledge throughout your organization and leverage your talent pool, you’re able to achieve more.
Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out an extended…
Understanding how your users adopt and use Office 365 is critical for you as an Office 365 admin. It allows you to plan targeted user training and communication to increase usage and to get the most out of Office 365. The usage reports in the new Office 365 admin center are a great starting point to understand usage. However, many of you have shared feedback with us that you want the ability to further analyze your data to understand how specific departments or regions use Office 365 or which products are used the most to communicate.
To provide you with richer and more personalized usage insights, Microsoft is combining the intelligence of the usage reports with the interactive reporting capabilities of Power BI. The new Office 365 adoption content pack enables you to visualize and analyze Office 365 usage data, create…
This is the second of two blog posts on the Tallan blog in my overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365. I set up this two part posting as an overview of the certification, an outline to the different certification paths, and to also provide a summary overview of some of the changes to the 70-347 exam, which recently went effective at the end of June (2016).
There are two exams, in total, for the certification – the first part is the Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346), which I covered in my last post and the second part, covered in this post, is Enabling Office 365 Services (Exam 70-347).
I recently completed these two exams over a couple of months of study as I outlined in my prior post. I don’t want to get…
Implementing an instant messaging platform is important for productivity for teams of all sizes. Enabling a system for quick, informal, easy-to-reference and mobile chats keeps teams connected for nimble collaborations—resulting in a major value-add to your business.
How much value, exactly? Businesses that have embraced instant messaging practice have seen remarkable improvements in productivity and streamlined communication. According to a survey of employees using chat services conducted by SoftwareAdvice.com, 75 percent saw decreased call and email volume, and 66 percent noticed quick resolution for simple questions. When it comes to productivity, 21 percent noted either moderate or significant increase.
As company-wide IM benefits become clear, more and more businesses are getting on board. If you’re interested in these benefits but are wary to ensure proper implementation and use throughout your company, provide best practices for your employees to reference to increase productivity…
This is the first of two blog posts in my overview of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365. I want to give an overview of the certification, an outline to the different certification paths, and to also provide a summary overview of some of the changes to the 70-346 exam, effective since June 30, 2016.
There are two exams, in total, for the certification – the first part is the Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346) and the second part is Enabling Office 365 Services (Exam 70-347). This blog post will mainly focus on Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (Exam 70-346).
I recently completed these two exams over a couple of months of study (and some “on the job” use and training) and received my Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. Once you obtain this certification, it is…
Places to go, people to see. Pack your bags.
Travel can be stressful, even when you’re planning to go somewhere for fun. Staying on top of travel plans and package deliveries can become time-consuming and a hassle.
First, Outlook began automatically adding events from your email to your calendar. Now, it has more new experiences to help you stay on top of your travel plans and package deliveries, including the ability to:
Verify your travel reservations and package delivery details with ease using simplified summary cards in your inbox and calendar.
Check in for flights, change hotel and rental car reservations or track packages at the touch of a button.
Stay on top of your flights with reliable reminders.
These features are rolling out to Outlook for Mac and Outlook on the web today and will soon be coming to Windows, iOS and Android, as well as…
Office 365 is a subscription service from Microsoft for the cloud based application suite. There are a number of different versions that offer personal consumers / end users, small businesses, large corporations, and government institutions, the ability to streamline their use and cost when it comes to the applications they need and use.
This blog post is a high level introduction to the two personal consumer and end user subscription versions available, the base, listed costs for each plan, (as listed at the time of this post’s publication), and the services that are available under each version.
I also offer a quick review of Office Home & Student 2016 edition, which is the one-time purchase version option for the Office 2016 suite, rather than an ongoing subscription based cost version like the Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Home editions.
There are two additional…
As part of Microsoft’s Education announcement in April, Microsoft announced new experiences and updates to Office 365 Education coming this summer that will make it easier for teachers to manage their classroom and collaborate with peers, and for them or their IT administrators to set it all up. As part of this announcement, Microsoft mentioned there’d be even more updates coming this summer! Microsoft is thrilled to share these with you today—all are teacher inspired and student focused.
Today, Microsoft is announcing enhanced educator collaboration with PLC groups, better content sharing with Docs.com, easier formative assessments with Microsoft Forms and additional Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS) partners with OneNote Class Notebook.
All educators have access to these new updates through Office 365 Education, which is totally free for teachers and students when you go to office.com/teacher.
Educator collaboration with PLC groups
Aside from getting started with the technology, Microsoft…
Today marks the general availability of Microsoft Planner. Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. This includes Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.
All users with eligible subscription plans will automatically see the Planner tile appear in the Office 365 app launcher when it is available for them to use. No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed.
The addition of Planner to the Office 365 lineup introduces a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure teamwork easily and get more done. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.
Charts in Microsoft Planner.
Board in Microsoft Planner.
Since Microsoft rolled out the…