Office 365 adds 96 new markets, picks up many new features in October Blogs: As October is coming to a close, head of the Office 365 client applications product team Kirk Koenigsbauer has just published a new blog post to highlight everything that’s new to Office 365 this month. First of all, the cloud productivity suite is now available in 96 new global markets, and overall we’re now talking about 246 markets worldwide in 44 languages. You can learn more about international availability on this page. Blogs: This month, the Office team added many new features to power content creation, starting with Translator in Word. The built-in translation tool available from the Review tab in Word now supports supports 60 languages, with 11 of them using neural machine translation). “You can now translate sections of text, or your entire document, and review or save the result as a regular document file,” added Koenigsbauer.

On the iPad, the popular word processor recently picked up support for Immersive Reader and Read Aloud, with more of Microsoft’s Learning Tools to be available in November. Additionally, Office 365 commercial subscribers can now use a new “Tell me what to do” box in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which can help to easily find people and documents, share current files with colleagues and more.

Earlier this month, the deprecated OneDrive placeholders feature from Windows 8.1 finally made its come back in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and it has been improved significantly. The feature is now called “Files On-Demand,” and it supports OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint Online team sites. As for those of you working with 3D, the various OneDrive apps and now fully support 3D files and easy importation into Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Other highlights include new visualisations and tips in MyAnalytics, the integration of LinkedIn’s data into and Office 365 apps, as well as the general availability of web-based diagramming tool Visio Online. Last but not least, Microsoft has revamped its website with an improved search experience, redesigned app launcher and new Gallery feature. Do you have any favourites among all these new features? Let us know below.

Windows 10 news recap: Windows 10 Mail to get improved Gmail support, Redstone 3 arriving in September and more Blogs: Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap. We are continuing the trend of our weekly “Windows 10 news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Blogs: Focused Inbox, more coming to Gmail accounts in Windows 10 Mail and Calendar

The built-in Windows 10 Mail and Calendar app is adding additional features for Gmail account holders. Gmail users, currently in the Windows Insider program, are now able to use Focused Inbox, as well as track packages and travel, as well as improved inbox search.

Windows 10 “Cloudbook” minimum specs leaked

Microsoft is working on a competitor to Google’s Chromebooks, known as Windows 10 Cloudbook’s for now. Now, the minimum specs for these new Windows 10 devices have been leaked, showing that they’ll be slower than Google’s equivalent.

Dropbox UWP app gets Project Neon redesign on Windows 10

With Project Neon design flowing through apps such as Groove Music, Dropbox has now brought the new design language to its UWP app.

Redstone 3 coming in September; Microsoft commits to Windows 10, Office releases twice a year

Microsoft has announced that Redstone 3, the next major iteration of Windows 10, is to arrive in September. In addition to this, the company has committed itself to 2 major releases of Windows 10 and Office per year, arriving in March and September of each consecutive year.

That’s all the top Windows 10 news for this week – we’ll be back next week with more!

HP introduces HP Pavilion Power notebook range in India

HP has introduced its new range of HP Pavilion Power notebooks in India. Designed to meet the needs of creative professionals, these notebooks feature powerful graphic and computing capabilities packed in a boldly designed chassis.

The range features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphic card along with the latest 7th gen Quad core processor, hybrid storage with 128GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD storage, and HP Fast Charge. There’s also Full HD IPS display with Audio by B&O Play and HP Audio Boost.

The Pavilion Power range stands out in design with a metal keyboard deck with innovative lift hinge design and a unique green backlight. It comes with fully-licensed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016 Edition pre-installed. 

Being a leader in Consumer PC segment, HP has strived to bring the best value to its customers – from design, form-factor to engineering and performance. With HP Pavilion Power, we are reaching out to the creative professionals seeking to fulfil their creative passions by turning visions into reality.

– Anurag Arora, Head- Consumer Personal systems, HP Inc. India

Available in shadow black with acid green color combination, the HP Pavilion Power will be available in three variants at the starting price of ₹77,999 ($1193) in all leading outlets across India.

Microsoft wants to improve office productivity with this Office 365 app Blogs: Workplace Analytics leverages ‘behavioural metrics’ Blogs: Microsoft has announced that its Workplace Analytics feature is now available for Office 365 enterprise customers as an add-on, aiming to boost employee productivity – but possibly giving rise to some concerns about exactly how staff members can be monitored.

The basic idea of Workplace Analytics is that it takes metadata from Office 365 email and calendars and crunches that data, turning it into what Microsoft calls behavioural metrics.

In other words, the analytics solution takes data on who is sending emails where and when, and also for the likes of scheduled meetings via calendars, subsequently offering insights on how staff are spending their time, how many meetings they are attending and so forth – with a view to using this information to increase productivity levels.

Naturally, the first thought which may pop into the heads of staff members is that this is all rather ‘Big Brother’, but Microsoft notes there are built-in privacy and compliance measures here, and that the system leverages metadata which is aggregated and ‘de-identified’.

Fortune favours the analysed

That said, Workplace Analytics clearly does offer some level of insight into individual performance, as Microsoft cites examples showing this is the case. For instance, there is mention of the sales department in a Fortune 500 firm using the system to identify the ‘collaborative patterns’ of top performers, including the amount of time they spend with customers.

Those behaviours were then adopted by the rest of the sales folk, resulting in boosted figures for the company in question.

As TechCrunch, which spotted this development, notes, there is then the theoretical possibility of being able to pinpoint less productive staff members rather than the top guns of respective departments, but Microsoft reckons that not one company in the private beta went down this route.

Although that isn’t to say that this couldn’t happen in the future, of course…

Kathleen Hogan, chief people officer at Microsoftcommented: “Our HR Business Insights group is using Workplace Analytics across a variety of initiatives – from understanding the behaviours driving increased employee engagement, to identifying the qualities of top-performing managers who are leading Microsoft’s cultural transformation from within. We believe people analytics is a competitive necessity for any HR team.”

Top 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Network a Success Blogs: Working out loud and using social collaboration tools as part of your daily workflow can take some getting used to. It’s also not always easy to persuade people to adopt new methods for working or to even try new technology. We understand taking that first step towards socializing the way you work with your team can be difficult. Luckily, with the help of our customers, we’ve compiled a list of best tips to help you and your company understand how to get the most out of social.

1. Work out loud

If you’re brand new to Yammer and want to set the example for others in your network, try working out loud. What do we mean by working out loud? Share woking drafts of your documents and ask for feedback from peers. By sharing projects as you work on them, you’ll find more opportunities for collaboration. The more feedback you receive the more polished the final product will be.

2. Invite colleagues from your team and other departments

Loop your colleagues into the conversation by inviting them to join your network. Set up a Yammer Group for your team, share notes from meetings, collect comments on documents, and provide updates on your projects. At your next team meeting, take the opportunity to do a Yammer 101 overview to help them get started. Use the group to manage team projects to get everyone involved.

3. Connect with other active members and create a community of peers

It’s said that three’s a crowd. Well, we believe you should connect with as many peers as you can find. Share ideas with one another and set a strategy to help others embrace this new way of working. By reaching out to others who are active Yammer users, you will find an untapped pool of success stories and a group of like-minded individuals who are working towards the same goal as you.

4. Recruit an Executive

An executive sponsor can help clear the path for those who are hesitant about trying new technology at work and can even champion the initiative. Find an executive who is particularly passionate about driving change in the organization or social tools in general. Provide your sponsor with regular updates on your progress, the value you’ve gained, and any challenges you are facing.

Simon Terry

Simon Terry, CEO HICAPS at National Australia Bank found that the best way to engage executives was by discussing relevant topics on Yammer and inviting them to join the conversation. Help your executives get started by coaching them to understand the following key points:

  • Get your messages out, but make it a two-way dialogue:  Yammer allows leaders to reach people at all levels of the organization and engage them in a two-way conversation. It gives executives a chance to clarify strategies, get updates on the initiatives, and become aware of customer feedback.
  • Discover the potential of your employees: Social media gives people a forum to share their knowledge and allows others to uncover unknown talents in their coworkers.
  • Stick with it: People don’t alway flock to discuss your post. Your title or reputation may be intimidating. Yammer offers a way to connect with those you may not regularly interact with, but you may have to give people time to warm up to you.

5. Highlight successes


There is power in recognizing the success of others. A great way to easily find accomplishments is to encourage your team members to hashtag valuable conversations with #yamwin. This makes it seamless to showcase successes in the future.

Jennifer Thorimbert, Enterprise Community Manager at The Walt Disney Company said that for her early adopters, quickly showing triumphs–no matter how big or small–was key to ensuring Disney’s Yammer network continued to grow and to stay relevant after the initial launch.

Whether you’re at a startup or a Fortune 500 company, it’s time to embrace social as the future of business. It can take time for newcomers to become acclimated with this new style of working, but even a simple demonstration of how collaboration tools and working out loud can show social’s potential for transforming business.

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