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Educators, Increase Collaboration and Professional Development with New Office 365 Education Updates

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…

Microsoft Planner Ready for Showtime

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…

Office Telemetry – Overview of the set up prerequisites

One of the objectives of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365 (70-347 exam – Enabling Office 365 Services) is:

Set up telemetry and reporting

Enable telemetry through Group Policy, set up telemetry service, report user issues, and deploy agent

This blog post will be a short overview of Office Telemetry set up prerequisites as it applies to Office 2013 / 2016 install and use as well as its tie into Office 365 ProPlus.
Office Telemetry, supporting Office 2013, Office 2010, and Office 2007 versions of the Office suite, is a new compatibility monitoring framework that replaces the Office 2010 (and prior) compatibility tools including Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM), Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI), and Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT).
In the past, the Office Telemetry tool also supported Office 2003, but as of April 15, 2009, mainstream support was no longer available for Office 2003…

The future of video conferencing – 3 trends breathing new life into a decades old industry

For decades, video conferencing has been a nice-to-have feature for most businesses, but not a necessity. Thanks to advances in both hardware and software—as well as the growing demand for visual communications among millennials in the workforce—that’s all about to change.
Despite the decrease in bandwidth costs, both hardware and software continue to improve video quality while using better compression methods that eat up even less bandwidth. This has helped reduce the costs of video conferencing services and devices, which has led to a widespread adoption in the workplace. Today, virtual meetings can be held in large video conferencing rooms dedicated to cross-team collaboration, on mobile devices like tablets and cell phones or while simply sitting at a desk using VOIP or a conference phone.
As technology continues to improve, here are three trends to expect for the future of video conferencing: