Microsoft and Adobe announce expanded partnership Blogs: Today, Microsoft and Adobe announced new joint offerings to increase workforce productivity and drive more efficient business processes. Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365, is now the preferred collaboration service for Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Experience Cloud. Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for Adobe Sign. And Adobe Sign, the e-signature service in Adobe Document Cloud, is now Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution. Said Abhay Parasnis, chief technology officer at Adobe:

“Together, we will develop integrated cloud services with best-in-class solutions like Adobe Sign and Office 365 that help businesses digitally transform while delivering great experiences to their customers.” Blogs: This partnership builds on Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. Learn more about the Microsoft and Adobe partnership here.

Risk management firm Willis Towers Watson to save $3 million in move to Office 365 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.” 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.

Microsoft to focus on people in new Office 365 profile experience Blogs: Microsoft is rolling out today a new profile experience in Office 365 which will improve collaboration with colleagues and external contacts. The new contact cards have been redesigned to “put people at the center of the connected suite experience,” explained the Office team. Blogs: First of all, you’ll see that the new profile experience is organized around four tabs: Contact information, About, Ortanization and Recent files. According to Microsoft, the profile cards now leverage machine learning and the Office 365 graph to surface information that is most relevant to you. More specifically, The Organization view has been designed to “surface other people relevant to the person you are looking up based on their working habits and communication.”

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The new profile experience in Office 365.

The Office team also made sure that the new profile experience remains unobtrusive: you can check concacts details and more by just hovering over a name, but you’ll have to click on the card to display the full contact card. “We’ve made it easy for users to achieve these tasks with as little interruption to their workflow as possible,” explained the Office team.

The new profile card experience will roll out first to Office 365 customers enrolled in first release, starting with OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. All Office 365 customers will receive the new features over the next few months.