Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection helps Georgia State University stay on top of malware

www.office.com/setup – Georgia State University is combatting an increase of malware attacks with the use of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.

www.office.com/setup – The guest post written by Ren Flot on the Office 365 blog explains their the email security software protects more than 55,000 students and at least 6,000 staff.

www.office.com/setup – Ren is the chief information security officer and director of cyber security for Georgia State University. In his story, he shares that phishing attacks were similar to fighting fires almost every day. The school turned to support from Microsoft FastTrack to help them set up their defenses. Upon the implementation of the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, over 2,000 malicious emails were eliminated after only five months. The college also uses the Safe Links feature which seamlessly protects against malicious URLs.

www.office.com/setup – The Advanced Threat Protection has been around for a while and can be easily forgotten in the background of Office 365. It’s nice to see a reminder that Microsoft has and continues to be focused primarily on keeping data safe.

LinkedIn launches ‘Scheduler’ to automate interview scheduling for recruiters and candidates

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LinkedIn has a new time-saving feature for recruiters using LinkedIn Talent Solutions to find the world’s best talent. With LinkedIn Scheduler, recruiters can now automate initial interview scheduling by syncing their calendar to LinkedIn Recruiter, and then share their calendar availability with candidates directly in their InMails.

From then, candidates will be able to pick up the time that suits them best for their initial interview, and all the details will be automatically synced back to the recruiter’s calendar. “Not only are you saving a ton of time—you’re also screening candidates sooner (i.e., before the competition), creating a delightful (and mobile-friendly) candidate experience, and freeing yourself up to focus on the best part of your job: really connecting with talent,” the company explained.

LinkedIn Recruiter only works with Office 365 and Google calendars as of today, with “more coming soon.” You can get started with the new feature by checking LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions website.

Craft a compelling resume with Resume Assistant, powered by LinkedIn—now available

Last November, we announced Resume Assistant, a new feature in Microsoft Word to help you craft a compelling resume with personalized insights powered by LinkedIn. Today, this new experience begins rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows.

Writing a compelling resume can be a difficult process, but we’ve heard from customers already using Resume Assistant that the new experience is helping them:

“I absolutely love it; I’ve never seen anything like this!”

“I have been struggling trying to figure out how to brush up my resume and these tips took some of the burden off my shoulders.”

“It’s very helpful to have suggestions on the wording to use.”

With over 80 percent of resumes updated in Word, Resume Assistant helps job seekers showcase accomplishments, be more easily discovered by recruiters, and find their ideal job. Our goal is to empower job seekers with the tools to land their dream job. To learn more about Resume Assistant, head over to the official LinkedIn blog or visit Office Support for tips, tricks, and information on how to get started.

Availability:
Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers on Windows whose Word 2016 desktop display language is set to English, who are located in and whose Windows region is set to one of the following region locations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and United States. The Region location setting can be found in the Control Panel under Clock, Language, and Region. Resume Assistant can be found in the Review tab of Word.

Microsoft launches LinkedIn powered Resume Assistant for Office 365 users

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Microsoft today announced the official rollout of a LinkedIn powered Resume Assistant for Office 365 users on Windows. This comes several months after the feature was initially announced, marking a new way to help job seekers showcase their accomplishments.

There is no need to have a LinkedIn account to use this feature and any Office 365 user on Windows can find the Resume Assistant by going to Review and then clicking Resume Assistant in the Office ribbon. From there, the user can type the role they are interested in and check certain examples. The Assistant will even show work experience descriptions for inspiration and even top skills related to the role, as identified by LinkedIn.

According to Microsoft, the feature is available for Office 365 subscribers on Windows whose Word 2016 desktop display language is set to English. Users will also only see the feature if their Windows region is set to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States.

Microsoft mentions that nearly 80 percent of resumes are updated in Word, with 70 percent of people saying they have difficulty portraying their work experience effectively. This feature will definitely be a help for many, and you can learn more about it by checking here.

Microsoft Planner gets new Schedule view, Group and Filter options and Due date notifications

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Microsoft announced today a big update for Planner, its task management app for Office 365. The Trello competitor is getting three new features today: the first addition is Schedule View, which lets Planner users view their task schedule with weekly and monthly views. Schedule view is accessible from a new button in the top bar of Planner.

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With the new Group and Filter options, Planner users can also quickly surface tasks by assigned team members, progress, due date, label and more. This is really handful in case you already have many tasks grouped into buckets.

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In addition to letting you filter tasks by due date, Planner can also send you emails to remind you about upcoming deadlines in the week to come, which some users may find quite helpful. Last but not least, Outlook calendar integration via the iCalendar format feed is also rolling out soon, the Office team revealed, and it will let you publish all your Planner tasks to your Outlook calendar. While this isn’t a true integration with Outlook Tasks, it’s still a good start.

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You’ll soon be able to publish your Planner tasks to your Outlook calendar.

Microsoft says that these features were among the top requested additions on the Planner UserVoice website, and we invite you to check it to help the team prioritize new features.

Microsoft updates its Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams roadmap

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Back at Ignite 2017, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams would soon replace Skype for Business as the main communication hub for Office 365 customers. To help companies understand when Microsoft Teams would integrate all the messaging, calling and meeting capabilities from Skype for Business, the company published a detailed roadmap last Fall.

A lot has already happened since then, with Microsoft Teams gaining the ability to make external phone calls, plan video meetings with up to 80 users and more. As a consequence, the Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams capabilities roadmap was updated last week to reflect all the recent changes.

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In Q2 2018, Microsoft is planning to bring the ability to broadcast meetings, interact with Skype consumer accounts and much more right from Microsoft Teams. Support for Surface Hub, exisiting certified SIP phones Skype Room systems are also expected for Q2 2018, though be aware that dates and individual features are still subject to change.

Do you think the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams should be easy for most Office 365 customers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.