Windows 10 Telegram app updates with new features and a fresh look – The official Telegram desktop app has updated to version 1.0. This latest version of the chat app brings with it a new design aesthetic, new animations, and custom themes. – Transitions between tasks are now much smoother and the entire app in general looks much more refined than it did before. Something that’s rather nice is the fact that any user can create their own custom themes for Telegram for free. While, the Telegram app is still a traditional desktop app and not designed in the newer Universal Windows Platform app format, it’s still rather solid. – Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. – With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 5000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs.

Do you use Telegram to communicate with contacts? Let us know your thoughts on this update in the comments below.

Microsoft Teams app gets voice calls on iOS – The iOS Microsoft Teams app has updated to Version 1.0.5 and can now support audio calls which can be activated either from within a chat or from a contact card. The update also squashed several undefined bugs and made several improvements which are also not specifically detailed in the release notes. Teams is an app that’s available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile devices and can be used for collaborating and coordinating between team members. Here are some of its features:

  • Work with your team’s documents on the go
  • Move seamlessly across different team projects and topics
  • Mention individual team members or your entire team to get attention
  • Chat privately one-on-one or have instant group conversations
  • See real-time chat history on your favorite device and continue conversations started elsewhere
  • Chat with your entire team in dedicated channels
  • Quickly search through your chats and team conversations
  • Find a contact through name or email address search

Office 365 added new intelligence services, more in February Blogs: As February is coming to a close, the Office team has just published a recap of all the new features that have been introduced in the Office apps this month. Many of these new capabilities are leveraging Microsoft’s cloud-powered intelligence services, and the company claims that they will “get better each month as we deliver continued innovation and further tune our intelligent recommendations as more people use them.” Blogs: First of all, QuickStarter is now available in PowerPoint on Windows desktops for Office Insiders on the Fast Ring. This feature makes it easier get started with your presentations by providing you curated content about the topic of your choice. “Simply type in your topic and QuickStarter gets you going with a curated outline, recommendations on what categories to include, information to research further, and associated images tagged with Creative Commons licenses,” explained the Office team. Blogs: Office Insiders can also try the new Editor pane in Word on Windows desktops: this feature replaces the Spelling & Grammar pane and works as a digital writing assistant, with many tools designed to help you improve your writing style. The new pane has also been designed to be accessible for the visually impaired, which is always worth mentioning.

Word Editor pane - Blogs: The new Editor Pane in Word for Windows desktop.

For those who use Apple’s latest MacBook Pros, Microsoft has also brought support for the Touch Bar in Word, Excel and Powerpoint this month. “The most common commands are intelligently placed at your fingertips based on what you’re doing in the document, spreadsheet or presentation,” explained the Office team. Touch Bar support is coming “soon” in Outlook for Mac, the team added.

Office Mac Touchbar - Blogs: Word, Excel and Powerpoint now support the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana can also create suggested reminders based on things you said in your emails. For now, this feature is only available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users in the US: to enable it, you’ll have to add your account or Office 365 account in your Cortana connected services. The Office team added that support for iOS, Android and other email services is coming soon.

Lastly, Microsoft made three security-related announcements this month. The first one was Office 365 Secure score, a new security analytics tool that is now available to commercial customers. Second is Office 365 Threat Intelligence, which uses the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to help customers stay ahead of cyber threats will be generally available later this quarter. Lastly, customers can also register for the limited preview of Office 365 Advanced Data Governance, a new tool that leverages machine learning to help them manage their most important data. You can learn more about these three security announcements in this dedicated blog post.

Microsoft Teams, set to reach global availability, to celebrate with online event Blogs: Microsoft Teams, the company’s new chat-based workspace in Office 365 has been available in public preview since November. Over the past few months, Microsoft introduced several new features such as bots in channels, markdown support and more, and the Redmond giant is now finally ready to make Teams generally available to Office 365 customers. Blogs: Indeed, the company announced today that it will hold an online event on Tuesday, March 14 to celebrate the global availability of Microsoft Teams. “Microsoft Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer and a special guest will share perspectives on teamwork, what’s new in Microsoft Teams, and talk about how customers are using Office 365 to collaborate and deliver great results,” said the announcement.

If you’re interested, the event will kick off at 8:30 AM PST and you can register on this page.  Microsoft is just getting started with Microsoft Teams, but we hope to learn more about use cases and upcoming features on this occasion.

Want to try out Microsoft Teams in an online session? Here is how

If you want to learn more about Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, the Office team is inviting you to join a series of free hands-on live sessions specifically targeted at business users. The 90-minutes sessions will welcome small groups of 12 participants that will get access to a remote desktop featuring the latest Office 365 tools. “You can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your challenges,” explained the company.

Here is what Microsoft will help you accomplish during these sessions:

  • Explore how Microsoft Teams helps you collaborate with your co-workers in different locations and time zones.
  • Discover how you can keep your information more secure without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Learn how to visualize and analyze complex data, quickly zeroing in on the insights you need.
  • See how multiple team members can access, edit and review documents simultaneously.
  • Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately.

If you’re interested, the next four sessions for US customers are on Wednesday, March 29 and Wednesday, April 5, and you can register on this page. For those of you who live outside of the US, you’re invited to sign up for the free sessions on this page and choose your preferred session time during the process.