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.

Microsoft adds more security features to Office 365 with Advanced Data Governance release Blogs: Back in February, the Office team launched the preview of Office 365 Advanced Data Governance and Threat Intelligence, two features designed to enhance Office 365’s security and compliance capabilities. Both services are now generally available and the Office team has just published a blog post to explain how Office 365 customers can get started with them. Blogs: First of all, Office 365 Advanced Data Governance leverages machine learning to help companies better manage their data, including deleting the obsolete data that could cause a risk if compromised. Here are the main features now available to Office 365 customers:

  • Proactive policy recommendations and automatic data classifications that allow you take actions on data—such as retention and deletion—throughout its lifecycle.
  • System default alerts to identify data governance risks, such as “Unusual volume of file deletion,” as well as the ability to create custom alerts by specifying alert matching conditions and threshold.
  • The ability to apply compliance controls to on-premises data by intelligently filtering and migrating that data to Office 365.

You can learn more about how to get started with Office 365 Advanced Data Governance in the video below:

Additionally, Office 365 Threat Intelligence can now help customers identify cyber security threats by leveraging the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph. “It provides information about malware families, both inside and outside your organization, including breach information with details down to the actual lines of code that are used for certain types of malware,” explained the Office team. You can get an overview of Threat Intelligence in the video below.

Lastly, the Office team has improved the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center with two new additions:

  • A new Office 365 Advanced Threat Proection (ATP) reporting interface, which gives more capabilities (including custom reports) to IT Admins.
  • An enhanced Data Loss Prevention (DLP) management experience, with easy access to app permissions, device security policies and content protection policies.
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The new ATP reporting interface.

“These new features help broaden and enhance the scope of security and compliance capabilities within Office 365,” explained the Office team. If you want more insights about Office 365’s security and compliance capabilities, Microsoft is inviting you to check and participate to its Privacy & Compliance tech community, which is very active.

Microsoft To-Do begins General Availability rollout to all Office 365 users

Microsoft To-Do, the company’s new task manager app has started to roll out to all Office 365 users, a couple of weeks after being opened to Office 365 Education accounts. Office 365 admins should now receive an email explaining how to assign licenses for Microsoft To-Do to users in their organization.

The email also says that the Microsoft To-Do Preview is “almost over,” and that the task-manager app should be on-by-default for all Office 365 users in “no less than 30 days.” From that point, To-Do will appear in the Office 365 App launcher on the web, which makes sense as the To-Do web app, accessible on now supports both personal Microsoft accounts and Office 365 accounts.

Microsoft To-Do is set to replace Wunderlist in the near future, and it can already import all data from this other task manager app. To-Do also integrates with Outlook Tasks (assuming you use both apps with the same account, though it’s worth noting that the app doesn’t yet support all the varied features of Outlook Tasks such as the start and end dates, task status, task completion percentage and more. “We are currently working to deepen our Outlook integration,” Microsoft explains on the support website.

Loving the ‘Like’ Button Blogs: Any social network user will tell you, the more “Likes” your post gets, the better. But in practice, I’ve seen that a “Like” can mean more than simply liking what an update has to say. As an avid user of the “Like” button, I was curious to learn more about how other people use it on Yammer. So last week, I created a survey and posted it to the Yammer Customer Network (YCN). The feedback was lively, and the results indicated that Yammer users intuitively choose the “Like” button to quickly convey a variety of messages.

As it turns out, there are many different uses of a “Like,” and each has a direct benefit to you and your network. I’ve broken down the major examples as ranked below, and encourage you to try using “Like” in a new way:

1. “Like” to show your approval, appreciation, or agreement.

95% of the users surveyed hit “Like” when they genuinely like someone’s post. Clicking the “Like” button is an efficient and easy way to participate when you’re busy, as Workflow Expert Lori Koncz explains, “‘Like’ is acceptance, appreciation, and applause all in one click.” This can be particularly powerful when a leader uses “Like” to show that they are engaged with their employees and recognize contributions across their organization.

2. “Like” messages that you’ve been @mentioned or cc’d on to notify the poster that you’ve have seen the message.

This creates a quick feedback loop, without a string of emails that just say, “Got it” or “You’re welcome.”

3. “Like” new users posts for positive reinforcement.

Lisa Vanderlip, Communications Specialist for the Canadian Cancer Society, told us, “As my network’s community manager, I encourage ‘Likes’ as they let the poster know that they have had an impact. Nothing worse than posting and then all you hear is crickets [nothing].” “Likes” are one of the best ways to boost employee engagement in a new network and build momentum during a network or a group launch.

4. As a new user, “Like” posts to get your feet wet.

“Likes” are a low-stakes way for new users to get comfortable with working out loud. And, by liking coworkers’ posts, these shy users are building connections with others and supporting their network.

5. “Like” to recognize useful content outside of your immediate team or division.

Yammer encourages us to work out in the open, and the “Like” button is a simple way for colleagues to show appreciation for useful content, discussions, and collaborative effort across the organization. Being “Liked” shows that people outside your own immediate team care about what you are working on.

How to “Like” a message you dislike.

Sometimes there’s just a negative posts or bad news, and responding with “Like” may feel inappropriate, but it’s important to show you’re engaged. Speaking from personal experience, I believe most people understand that your “Like” conveys support and acknowledgment, not that you’re actually pleased that your coworker is “sick as a dog.” If you’re still concerned that clicking “Like” will send the wrong message, you can “Like” someone else’s uplifting response in the thread, or simply write a personal reply of your own conveying how you feel about this topic or issue.

Regardless of how you use “Like,” share your personal experiences with us in the comments below! If you’re interesting in starting a discussion in your network about the different and creative ways people use “Like,” please reach out to me for details on the survey I posted to the YCN.

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How to Import Word Documents to Photoshop? Blogs: How to easily Import Microsoft Word Documents to Photoshop.

  1. Run Microsoft Word 2010 and open the document that you want to export to Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Click the “File” tab, then click “Save As” to open the save file dialog window.
  3. Select “PDF (*.pdf)” from the “Save as type” drop-down list.
  4. Click “Save” to save your Word document as an Adobe PDF document.
  5. Run the Adobe Photoshop application.
  6. Click “File” in the menu bar and then click “Open” in the ensuing menu.
  7. Navigate to the folder that contains your new PDF file, then click the PDF and click the “Open” button. An “Import PDF” dialog box will appear.
  8. Hold the SHIFT key and click each page in your document that you want to import into the Photoshop application.
  9. Click “OK” to import the selection into the Photoshop application.

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