www.office.com/setup Blogs: Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: This month, we hosted more than 17,000 attendees at Microsoft Inspire, our annual conference for partners, where we announced Microsoft 365 and debuted three new business apps to help companies of all sizes empower their employees and unlock growth and innovation. We also introduced new features to help Office 365 subscribers create and connect more effectively. Read on for the details.
News from Inspire for businesses of all sizes
www.office.com/setup Blogs: At Microsoft Inspire in Washington D.C., we introduced a fundamental shift in how we will design, build and go to market to address our customers’ needs for a modern workplace.
Introducing Microsoft 365—Satya Nadella unveiled Microsoft 365, which brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security to deliver a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees. To address the commercial needs from the largest enterprise to the smallest business, we introduced Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business. Read our summary from Microsoft Inspire to learn more.
New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium—We also introduced the preview of three new appsin Office 365 Business Premium: Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing. These apps are designed to help you run and grow your small business, and are part of the new Office 365 Business center. MileIQ—the leading mileage tracking app—is also now included for Office 365 Business Premium subscribers. Read the announcement to learn more.
The new Office 365 Business center is now included in Office 365 Business Premium.
Availability: Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, Microsoft Invoicing and the Office 365 Business center are rolling out in preview to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, starting with those in the First Release program. MileIQ Premium is available to all Business Premium subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada effective today.
Create and present more effectively with updates to Office apps
This month’s Office 365 updates make it easier to create professional-looking presentations and to identify and correct errors while editing documents.
Turn text into timelines in PowerPoint—Now PowerPoint Designer recognizes times, dates and topics on your slides and intelligently redesigns your content into professional-looking timelines, making it easier than ever to create high impact presentations. Start with a list of dates, then simply select Design Ideas in the Design tab and choose your favorite layout from the set of suggestions.
Create a visual timeline in seconds with PowerPoint Designer.
Support for 3D in Office apps—Starting this month, you can now add and edit 3D objects in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Easily insert a 3D object from the Remix 3D catalog or your desktop, change its perspective and use transitions like Morph in PowerPoint to create cinematic animations between slides to bring 3D objects in your presentations to life.
Easily insert 3D objects in PowerPoint from the Remix 3D catalog or your desktop.
Availability: Support for 3D objects in Word, Excel and PowerPoint is available to Office Insiders on Windows desktops running the Creators Update and will reach general availability later this year.
Read Aloud in Word—We continue to improve the Learning Tools available in Word and have moved Read Aloud to the Review tab. This latest update allows your document to be read back to you with simultaneous highlighting—from right within your workflow. This makes it easier to recognize and correct errors as you write, improving reading and editing accuracy for everyone, especially users with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Read Aloud is now accessible from the Review tab.
Availability: Read Aloud is now available in Word on Windows desktops for Office Insiders and will reach general availability later this year.
Additional updates for Office 365 commercial customers
Updates to Outlook and StaffHub make it easier for our Office 365 commercial customers to connect and manage tasks across their organizations.
Outlook adds a smarter To: line and redesigned conversation view—Powered by intelligence from the Microsoft Graph, Outlook on the web and Windows desktop now offer improved contact suggestions and profile pictures when composing an email. This update makes it easier for you to find and communicate with the right people throughout your organization.
Additionally, the redesigned conversation view in Outlook for iOS shows more of your discussion at once, allowing you to quickly review your message history and pick up right where you left off.
The new conversation view in Outlook for iOS shows more of your conversation.
Availability: Improved contact suggestions are available in Outlook on the web for all Office 365 commercial customers and in Outlook on Windows desktops for Office Insiders. The redesigned conversation view is now available for Office 365 commercial accounts (previously available for Outlook.com and Gmail accounts on iOS) and will be coming soon to Android.
Enhancements to Microsoft StaffHub—Throughout July, we made several updates to Microsoft StaffHub, an Office 365 app designed to help Firstline Workers manage their workday. In industries like manufacturing, retail and healthcare, firstline workers often serve as the first point of contact between a company and its customers. Now team members can use the StaffHub app to assign, manage and complete tasks from co-workers and management, as well as access company-wide announcements—making it easier to keep everyone in sync.
The new StaffHub task view, available on Android and iOS.
Availability: Updates to StaffHub are available today by request and can be turned on for specific teams and customers.
www.office.com/setup – Nordstrom is synonymous with legendary customer service in its more than 350 stores and online. To help employees be more productive and to accommodate the demand for flexible workstyles, Nordstrom uses Microsoft Office 365.
www.office.com/setup – In a recent conversation, Cho Hwang, technology director at Nordstrom, told me how Office 365 helps the company adapt to changing workstyles and supports anywhere productivity:
“Office 365 supports the diverse and ever-evolving workstyles of Nordstrom employees in retail and corporate locations. It provides a comprehensive set of tools that enables employees to be more productive and always have the data that they need at their fingertips.”
www.office.com/setup – We’re eager to see how Nordstrom will use Office 365 to drive efficiencies, teamwork, and creativity across its company to stay out front in today’s new world of retail.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: The evolution of technology and cloud innovation are democratizing data and in turn fueling digital transformation. Embracing every facet of this digital transformation offers organizations an opportunity to better engage with customers, empower employees, and optimize the creation and delivery of products and services. However, with the increased use of personal data to customize user experiences, new compliance laws—such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—are a logical policy component of our technology landscape. Microsoft 365 offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance, while Compliance Manager helps you assess and manage your compliance risk.
Compliance promotes innovation by building customer trust in technology
www.office.com/setup Blogs: At its core, the GDPR strengthens personal privacy rights for individuals in the EU and requires organizations to provide individuals control over their personal data. To build and maintain the trust needed to manage customer relationships through technology, organizations need tighter controls over what personal data they hold and how they manage and protect this data. Systems and processes need to be modernized to prevent the unlawful use of data, accommodate personal data requests by individuals, and provide notifications of breaches in a timely manner.
Businesses are looking to the cloud for added value
www.office.com/setup Blogs: Our research suggests that companies not only see the long-term value of building trust by protecting customer data, but in fact believe their investments in compliance will positively impact other areas of their business—like productivity and collaboration.* When IT decision makers in Europe and the U.S. were asked to identify their top concern in achieving GDPR compliance, “protecting customer data” was the #1 response while avoiding fines ranked #8. More than half of respondents said the GDPR brings added benefits like collaboration, productivity, and security. Cloud solutions like Microsoft 365 are a big reason that businesses see opportunity in compliance. Of those surveyed, 41 percent said they are likely to move more of their company’s infrastructure to the cloud to become compliant. And among leading cloud vendors, Microsoft was identified as most trusted by a wide margin (28 percent), followed by IBM (16 percent), Google (11 percent), and Amazon (10 percent). All told, 92 percent of IT decision makers in companies that store data primarily in the cloud identified as being confident in their GDPR readiness, compared with just 65 percent of those who prefer to store data on-premises.
Microsoft 365 is a complete cloud solution for GDPR compliance
www.office.com/setup Blogs: The Microsoft Cloud is uniquely positioned to help you meet your GDPR compliance obligations, with the largest certified compliance portfolio, services architected to be secure by design, and the most extensive global datacenter footprint in the industry.
Our cloud solution is built for power, scale, and flexibility. Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security—offering a rich set of integrated solutions that leverage AI to help you assess and manage your compliance risk, protect your most important data, and streamline your processes.
Assess and manage your compliance risk with Compliance Manager Preview
Because achieving organizational compliance can be very challenging, understanding your compliance risk should be your first priority. Today, we’re making that easier with the preview of Compliance Manager.
Compliance Manager is a cross–Microsoft Cloud services solution designed to help organizations meet complex compliance obligations like the GDPR. It performs a real-time risk assessment that reflects your compliance posture against data protection regulations when using Microsoft Cloud services, along with recommended actions and step-by-step guidance. Learn more about Compliance Manager and how to access the preview.
Protect your most sensitive data
Beyond understanding your compliance risk, protecting both personal data and other sensitive content is key.
Microsoft information protection solutions provide an integrated classification, labeling, and protection experience, enabling more persistent governance and protection of sensitive data wherever it is—across devices, apps, cloud services, and on-premises.
For example, Office 365 Advanced Data Governance leverages machine assisted insights to help you automatically classify, set policies, and protect the data in Office 365 that is most important to your organization.
Azure Information Protection scanner addresses hybrid and on-premises scenarios by allowing you to configure policies to automatically label and protect documents on a Windows Server file share. Read “Azure Information Protection scanner in public preview” to learn more about the scanner.
Microsoft also provides external threat protection solutions to prevent and detect cyber-attacks across workloads—whether on devices using Windows 10, on-premises and Azure-based infrastructure, or with our cloud services like Office 365.
One of these solutions, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, is built into Windows 10 and helps spot most advanced targeted attacks by giving visibility into threats on your device, insights into the scope of the threat, and one-click response capabilities to isolate the threat immediately.
Streamline your processes
The GDPR requires organizations to be able to identify and locate personal data. Having a scalable investigation and audit-ready processes in place to meet requirements is paramount.
Content Search, a feature of Office 365 eDiscovery, makes it easy to search Office 365 for data related to individuals. Since the results of this search could result in large quantities of data or data that is confidential to the organization, machine learning in Advanced eDiscovery can be used to minimize the data so that you are only providing the relevant data in accordance with the GDPR.
Finally, Customer Lockbox provides an audit trail showing when personal data is accessed during service operations.
Get started today on your GDPR journey with Microsoft
No matter where you are in your GDPR efforts, the Microsoft Cloud and our intelligent compliance solutions in Microsoft 365 can help you on your journey to GDPR compliance.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: Last Summer, Microsoft announced Bookings, a new appointment booking tool for Office 365. While the Bookings app on Android has been in beta since December, today the app has officially been released out of preview, and for all to download on Android.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: While you will need an Office 365 Business Premium subscription to use Microsoft Bookings, you should be aware that Bookings is an app which can help you keep track of your bookings, your staff, and your customers. With the app, you never will never miss an appointment, and you’ll have fewer no-shows. Features of the app include the following:
View and manage your calendar
Create bookings or make changes to existing ones on-the-go
See real-time availability of your staff members
Respond to customers quickly and easily
Quickly get directions to where your next booking is
Manage your customer list
www.office.com/setup Blogs: If this type of app is one that you think you may need, you can download it via the link below. Once you downloaded, please do let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!
www.office.com/setup Blogs: Today, Microsoft improved the Office 365 home page, as well as adding News to SharePoint apps on Android and iOS. Here’s a quick look at all the new features available on SharePoint for Office 365:
News on SharePoint home in Office 365: personalized team news rollup from across sites you are active in, sites you are following, and other news suggested by Microsoft Graph, right on the main entry point for all your sites and portals.
News in SharePoint mobile app for Android: personalized team news rollup on your Android device. [Already on iOS, coming soon to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app]
Create news with the SharePoint mobile app for iOS: author news and publish to your team members while you’re on the go. [Coming next to Android]
Create impactful news and pages: new web parts and page capabilities to help strengthen your internal communications and add interactivity.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: The most notable of these changes are the new web parts and page capabilities that are now available online. Here’s a look at all the newly released web parts that can be used:
Power BI (preview) | include dynamic, visual data in your page or news article. Simply paste a URL to an existing Power BI report and the interactive data flows in context for your reader.
Link | share links to external and internal pages and documents. The Link web part shows a preview — with image, title and text snippet; no more blue links.
Image Gallery | share collections of pictures on a page using a tile or carousel layout.
Bing Maps | add a map to your page. Simply enter an address or a well-known location name, and your map dynamically appears.
Quick Chart | create a simple chart to present data. Enter your data points with labels, pick your chart type, and publish.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: These five web parts add to the full list that is already available here. You can even create your own web parts by using the SharePoint Framework.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: On the Office blog, Microsoft details how Willis Towers Watson (WTW) benefited by using Office 365. WTW operates worldwide in more than 140 countries with 40,000 employees. Eoghan Doyle, WTW’s global head of Infrastructure and Operations, describes how the use of Microsoft cloud technologies and services helped digitally transform WTW into a leading global risk management firm:
“Willis Towers Watson drives business performance for our clients by helping them unlock potential. We aim to do the same for our global workforce. The Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 solution provides the advanced enterprise security, collaboration and intelligence from Office 365, which our colleagues can use to drive business results. By globally adopting Secure Productive Enterprise solutions, we can increase business agility and productivity, while delivering integrated technology in support of our business objectives. We look forward in particular to cloud-based telephony, interactive self-service business analytics and advanced threat protection to empower everyone in a mobile-first, modern workplace.”
www.office.com/setup Blogs: WTW was able to save approximately $3 million in operating costs by using Office 365, as well as other Microsoft products and services, including Skype for Business. Microsoft continues to build and grow its cloud capabilities with new security and compliance features, including a faster eDiscovery analysis workflow and better security AI to help keep Microsoft customers more secure. Stay tuned for more news on how Microsoft can help companies grow and evolve by doing more in this “mobile-first, cloud-first” digital world.