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.

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 updates its Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams roadmap

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.

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.

Several Microsoft Android apps get Office Lens support in new update has updated their Powerpoint, Word, and Excel Office apps for Android devices today. Word and Powerpoint now both support Office Lens functionality which means users can use the device’s camera to directly take photos and import that media within the Office files being edited. has also had its sharing improved and no longer requires users to send an entire slideshow when sharing. A single slide can now be selected. Excel can now open files that contain form controls. That may not be a feature that the average user would need but it does have its uses and is good to see added to the Android mobile app.

Microsoft makes managing online classrooms easier with School Data Sync for Office 365 today has announced that it is making the managing of online classrooms easier thanks to the power of School Data Sync for Office 365. The announcement was made in a post to the Office Blog by Tim Richardson, lead program manager for School Data Sync. – In the post, Tim Richardson addresses that  School Data Sync (SDS), the online classroom automation solution, moved out of preview and is now generally available. To access the feature, and receive help from Microsoft in deployment, educators and IT admins are urged to fill out a request form. The feature can be used in nearly every country where Office 365 Education is available. It is described:

SDS helps schools automatically create online classrooms in Office 365 from their Student Information System (SIS or MIS). SDS supports virtually every SIS on the market, and hundreds of customers in over 20 countries have already used it to sync over 100,000 teachers and 2 million students.
SDS imports user profiles and rosters from a SIS into Office 365 and automatically keeps them up to date. Schools often find it can be costly and time-consuming to maintain the online classrooms because rosters naturally change throughout the year. With SDS, IT admins can save time creating online classrooms, and teachers can enjoy online classrooms that are up and running with students on the first day of the term. notes that SDS was designed to make life easier for the entire Office 365 ecosystem since SDS saves time for IT admins and teachers, who get more time back for classroom instruction. According to a case study, SDS also keeps students safe since Students with Office 365 Education can use Microsoft Classroom Preview and email to communicate with each other. – IT admins can sign up for SDS here, install the SDS toolkit, watch an SDS demo, or download SDS sample data scripts. Teachers, meanwhile, can visit the Microsoft Classroom Preview website to learn more about SDS, and watch deep dive videos to learn how the Microsoft Classroom works.

Need some help setting up Office 365 for your business? Check out these videos – Changing over to Office 365 isn’t always the easiest transition. Even with the documentations page, sometimes users will need to see things to get an idea of what they want to do. Tech Community has published a short list of videos to help you make your change over to Office 365 admin center just a little bit easier. As it says in the description, you’ll learn how to set up and manage Office 365. Including:

  • Setting up domains
  • Choosing domain names
  • Using the admin mobile app
  • Setting up team sites
  • Email setup and management
  • Adding/Removing people
  • Document storage
  • Download software

More videos are expected to be added as time goes on, but you can check out the first fifteen today.