Windows 10 news recap: Commercial edition of Surface Laptop, iTunes closer to being in the Microsoft Store and more

www.office.com/setup – Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

www.office.com/setup – Apple’s latest update for iTunes on Windows brings it closer to being in the Microsoft Store

www.office.com/setup – A new update to iTunes on desktop adds a new file that makes reference to UWP, giving signs that Apple is closer to releasing its iTunes software on to the Microsoft Store, as promised during BUILD last year, despite delays.

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www.office.com/setupMicrosoft offering “Commercial” Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed

www.office.com/setup – For those in the enterprise space, Microsoft is offering an edition of the Surface Laptop that comes with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed, so that no upgrades are needed after purchase, providing a more seamless purchase and setup experience.

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Microsoft reportedly working on new lightweight version of Windows 10 code-named Polaris

If Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows 10 S weren’t enough, Microsoft is now working on another version of Windows 10 that is aimed to be lightweight, the codename being Polaris.

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Office 365 now officially available in the Windows 10 Microsoft Store

Something that Windows 10 S users have been waiting for, Microsoft has now brought Office 365 to the Microsoft Store, allowing dedicated Office apps to be run on its lightweight edition of Windows 10.

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That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Windows 10 news!

MEDNAX enhances patient-centric healthcare with highly secure cloud services from Microsoft 365

Today’s post was written by Darren Handler, director of IT research and development at MEDNAX Health Solutions Partner.

Profile picture of Darren Handler, director of IT research and development at MEDNAX Health Solutions Partner.www.office.com/setup – As part of a great IT team at MEDNAX, it’s fulfilling to see how our technology innovations—such as our clinical research, outcome reporting, and patient data management solutions—all contribute to better health in the communities that our affiliated medical group practices serve across the United States. At MEDNAX, we see Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, as the latest step in a digital transformation that reinforces the symbiosis between smart technology and the innovative, attentive patient care that has always defined our company.

www.office.com/setup – We work as a team to improve patient health, and today we are embracing cloud services to help us work more efficiently toward that goal. As we continue to grow, we are committed to delivering a modern workplace that brings a geographically dispersed workforce closer together and helps us attract new talent to drive innovation in patient care. Microsoft 365 cloud services that offer ubiquitous access and workplace collaboration apps are helping us recruit and maintain top talent, so we can continue to provide the best possible patient care.

www.office.com/setup – Using our wealth of patient data to understand how to improve healthcare across MEDNAX–affiliated entities has set us apart from the beginning. Today, we are gaining greater insight into our data with Microsoft Power BI. In the past, data was trapped in our on-premises databases, available only to those who could use complicated BI tools on our workstations. Now we are unlocking this data and making dashboards and reports available to our employees on their mobile devices.

www.office.com/setup – Simplifying how employees communicate with each other is a powerful way to foster innovation and best practices across the organization. Our physicians wanted to discuss clinical findings and new protocols without being confined to a computer in an office. With Microsoft cloud services, they are better able to share data and ideas with each other. That’s because physicians embraced groups in Outlook as a rich collaboration tool that allows for sharing files, scheduling meetings, and exchanging email all on a highly secure, mobile-friendly platform. Today, they are free to check in on these discussions from anywhere. Fostering this open dialogue among physicians leads to better, patient-centric care.

www.office.com/setup – MEDNAX has always valued technology as a powerful way to stay true to our mission: “Take great care of the patient, every day, and in every way.” Moving to Microsoft 365 is helping us ensure that we continue to deliver on that promise.

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Read the case study for more on the how MEDNAX is using highly secure cloud services from Microsoft 365.

Microsoft unifies Data Loss Prevention management across Office 365

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www.office.com/setupMicrosoft is consolidating Data Loss Prevention management across Office 365. The announcement is part of a way to protect the sensitive data of organizations and enhance the data loss protection solution in Office 365 to meet the needs of organizations regardless of their size and industry.

www.office.com/setup – In a post on the Office Blog, Microsoft points out three specific areas where Data Loss Prevention management has been unified in Office 365: Unified policy creation, unified reporting, and DLP events in the Activity Management API.

Unified policy creation:

www.office.com/setup – Now admins can create a single DLP policy in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center that covers Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. The unified DLP platform allows organizations to manage multiple workloads from a single management experience, reducing the time required to set up and maintain security and compliance within your organization.

Unified reporting:

www.office.com/setup – Along with unified policy creation, we also now provide a single location to view reports for your DLP policies across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. This makes it easier to understand the business impact of your DLP polices and uncover actions that violate policies across multiple workloads.

DLP events in the Activity Management API

– Now event details provided via the Activity Management API will contain the same data as the alerts generated in Office 365 to notify IT admins when a DLP event occurs. This data requires separate permissions in Azure AD called, “Read DLP policy events including detected sensitive data,” which an admin can grant

Microsoft also mentions that more Data Loss Prevention measures are coming soon, such as creating custom sensitive types for unified DLP policies and a simplified DLP administrative experience. So, be sure to stay tuned to OnMSFT, as we will be here to cover all your Office 365 news and information.

Windows 10 Telegram app updates with new features and a fresh look

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www.office.com/setup – The official Telegram desktop app has updated to version 1.0. This latest version of the chat app brings with it a new design aesthetic, new animations, and custom themes.

www.office.com/setup – Transitions between tasks are now much smoother and the entire app in general looks much more refined than it did before. Something that’s rather nice is the fact that any user can create their own custom themes for Telegram for free. While, the Telegram app is still a traditional desktop app and not designed in the newer Universal Windows Platform app format, it’s still rather solid.

www.office.com/setup – Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

www.office.com/setup – With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 5000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs.

Do you use Telegram to communicate with contacts? Let us know your thoughts on this update in the comments below.

Microsoft Planner gets push notifications support on iOS and Android

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www.office.com/setupMicrosoft’s Planner app for iOS and Android has been updated this week with push notifications support. Once you update to the latest version, you can choose to receive notifications when members of your team assign a task to you.

www.office.com/setup – For now, notifications are not really configurable: you can’t choose to only get notifications for select plans, and you can’t opt to receive notifications for all new tasks either. Still, being informed in real time when new tasks have been assigned is a good start, especially since the Planner web app doesn’t support notifications at all.

www.office.com/setupMicrosoft’s new task management tool for teams became generally available last year with Office 365, and it’s slowly becoming a solid Trello competitor. Do you use the Planner mobile apps, and if so what are the other features you would like Microsoft to add?