New to Office 365 in April

In April Microsoft released several new updates designed to help companies of all sizes accelerate the digital transformation within their organization.

Outlook Customer Manager

Microsoft’s Customer manager lets you track and grow your customer relationships without leaving outlook. Since the first release Microsoft have been taking feedback from users to be able to improve the product. New capabilities include easier management of customers and upcoming deals due to automatic reminders, suggested company information from Bing and integration with Microsoft Flow. It is now possible to use Outlook Customer Manager on the go in Outlook for iOS and Outlook on the web.

 

Microsoft To-Do transforms the way you manage your tasks

Microsoft To-Do preview was released mid-April. To-Do is an intelligent task management app that helps you stay organized and prioritize the most important to-dos with the help of intelligent suggestions. It syncs with Outlook Tasks so you’re able to stay on top of all your to-dos in a single view across devices.

Designer is now available in PowerPoint on iPad

Designer in PowerPoint helps you create professional designed slides and is now available on the go with the new release for iPad. It’s providing design recommendations making it easier for you to create great slides.

 

More Office apps support Office 365 Groups

It is easier to access shared team material and work together with Microsoft’s extended support for Office 365 Groups to more Office apps.

  • Groups in Word, Excel and PowerPoint – Save documents in frequently used groups, without leaving the app you’re working in.
  • Groups in Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android – Read and respond to group conversations, view group list, add group events in calendar and more on all platforms.

Skype for Windows 10 is generally available

Skype for Windows 10 is ready for everyday use with the Windows 10 creators Update. Skype for Windows 10 includes exclusive features such as mini view, SMS relay for Windows Phone and Skype translator for calls to mobile phones and landlines. Use skype with keyboard shortcuts, conversation search and more.

Office 365 security and compliance updates

In Early April Microsoft announced several security and compliance updates.  To help enterprise subscribers to better protect, detect and respond to threats within their organization. Among other things Office 365 Threat Intelligence (now generally available) leverages the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to help you stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape. To prevent users from clicking malicious links Microsoft have now made Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Safe Links available in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. New reports are included to help you understand your organization’s health. Read more about the security and compliance updates here.

Other Office 365 updates in April

The mentioned above is only a few of all the updates Microsoft have released in April. To read their full report of updates and original blogpost click here

Tips from a Sales Manager – Use Office 365 to meet your goals

Sales managers know all too well how challenging it can be to be on the road – keeping up with the latest versions of documents, presentations and media kits as well as staying on top of calendars, schedules, meetings while also staying in touch with all prospects, customers and your own team.

Jenn Schaal, sales manager for an international trade association shares her best time saving tips with us. Read full blogpost from Microsoft here

Introducing Groups in Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android

On April 18th Microsoft made the announcement that they have rolled out Groups to Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android. With Group conversations now available for you on all your platforms you can:

  • View your group list.
  • Read and reply to group conversations.
  • Add group events to your personal calendar.
  • View group details within the group card (Outlook for iOS and Android only)

 

 

Groups have proven useful to Microsofts customers. More than 10 million people rely on Groups in Outlook every month to work together and get things done. Groups offers huge improvements over traditional distribution lists with shared space for group conversation. In addition to bringing Groups to more Outlook apps, Microsoft has also released several new features.

  • Set up guest access for people outside your organization.
  • Easier way to invite multiple people to join a group.
  • Group owners can multi-delete conversations.
  • Group members with permission can send emails as the group / send on behalf of the group.

These are some of the improvements Microsoft have made in Groups for Outlook based on feedback from users.  Microsoft want their users to keep sending feedback via their users voice site. Next up on their list of improvements are:

  • Add appointment to group calendar without sending invite to everyone in group.
  • Add mail contacts as guests to a group

Read full blog post from Microsoft here 

 

Microsoft enters top 10 in Fortune’s Worlds Most Admired Companies list

In Febuary Fortune released their annual list ”Worlds most Admired Companies”. The list has been published by Fortune since 1997, and is composed based on a survey made with 3.800 excecutives, analysts, directors and experts. This year Microsoft entered the top 10 overall with a ranking of number 9 – jumping up 8 places from position 17 last year. In their specific industry, Computer Software, Microsoft ranks nr 1 –  displacing Adobe who held that spot last year.

Overall top spot is held by Apple followed by Amazon and Starbucks ranking 2 and 3. Google conglomorate Alphabet is ranked no 6.

 

Full list: beta.fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies

More information: https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-enters-fortunes-top-10-admired-companies-list/