Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection helps Georgia State University stay on top of malware

www.office.com/setup – Georgia State University is combatting an increase of malware attacks with the use of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.

www.office.com/setup – The guest post written by Ren Flot on the Office 365 blog explains their the email security software protects more than 55,000 students and at least 6,000 staff.

www.office.com/setup – Ren is the chief information security officer and director of cyber security for Georgia State University. In his story, he shares that phishing attacks were similar to fighting fires almost every day. The school turned to support from Microsoft FastTrack to help them set up their defenses. Upon the implementation of the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, over 2,000 malicious emails were eliminated after only five months. The college also uses the Safe Links feature which seamlessly protects against malicious URLs.

www.office.com/setup – The Advanced Threat Protection has been around for a while and can be easily forgotten in the background of Office 365. It’s nice to see a reminder that Microsoft has and continues to be focused primarily on keeping data safe.

LinkedIn launches ‘Scheduler’ to automate interview scheduling for recruiters and candidates

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LinkedIn has a new time-saving feature for recruiters using LinkedIn Talent Solutions to find the world’s best talent. With LinkedIn Scheduler, recruiters can now automate initial interview scheduling by syncing their calendar to LinkedIn Recruiter, and then share their calendar availability with candidates directly in their InMails.

From then, candidates will be able to pick up the time that suits them best for their initial interview, and all the details will be automatically synced back to the recruiter’s calendar. “Not only are you saving a ton of time—you’re also screening candidates sooner (i.e., before the competition), creating a delightful (and mobile-friendly) candidate experience, and freeing yourself up to focus on the best part of your job: really connecting with talent,” the company explained.

LinkedIn Recruiter only works with Office 365 and Google calendars as of today, with “more coming soon.” You can get started with the new feature by checking LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions website.

Conquer time with new features in Microsoft Planner

Teams and individuals depend on Microsoft Planner to get organized quickly, work together effortlessly, and stay on the same page—no matter how large or small the project. Four new features for Planner will give you greater visibility into project schedules, let you group and filter tasks, allow you to receive notifications of upcoming deadlines, and soon you will be able to publish tasks to your Outlook calendar.

Here is an overview of the four new features.

  • Schedule view—Meet deadlines, plan ahead, and understand project status with the ability to view your task schedule. In addition, weekly and monthly task views allow drag-and-drop scheduling. Read the support article for more details.

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  • Group and Filter options—The Group and Filter options in Planner give you deeper insights into your tasks to help you meet key deadlines. For example, filter your tasks by due date to better understand approaching deadlines. Or use the Group feature to view tasks that have not been started, so you can prioritize your work.

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  • Due date notifications—Receive an email notification summarizing tasks due in the coming week—and stay on top of your approaching deliverables.

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  • iCalendar format feed (coming soon)—Make better scheduling and time-management decisions by publishing tasks to your calendar. By adding your tasks to your Outlook calendar, you’ll never lose track of current and upcoming tasks—helping you meet your deliverables.

www.office.com/setup - Screenshot displays the iCalendar format feed Publish prompt in Microsoft Planner.

These features have been among the top requests on the Planner UserVoice forum. Schedule view, Group and Filter, and Due date notifications are now available to all Office 365 subscribers. Outlook calendar integration via the iCalendar format feed is rolling out soon. We look forward to your comments and feedback. Feel free to submit feedback through the Planner UserVoice forum. Visit Planner now!

New to Planner?

There’s never been a better time to start using Planner! With these new capabilities, Planner is a complete solution for task and work management. Planner is part of the Office 365 productivity suite and is fully integrated with the other Office 365 applications. And if you’re already using Microsoft Teams, you can host a Planner Plan inside your Teams workspace, so everybody can collaborate in one place. You can also link a Planner Plan to a task in Microsoft Project Online, so your team can track tasks and work details in Planner even when that work is part of a larger Project plan being tracked in Project Online. Visit Planner to learn more.

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Microsoft updates its Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams roadmap

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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.

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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.

In an era of ‘fake news’ Microsoft’s Word Researcher tool is the perfect weapon

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As Facebook and Google ended 2016 combatting fake news, Microsoft is looking to highlight its Office 365 Word Researcher feature as a tool for the average consumer to utilize to help avoid spreading potentially misleading information.

In mid-2016 Microsoft’s Office 365’s Word application gained two new features to help teachers, students, writers, and journalists produce credible and reliable written documents in Researcher and Editor.

Now, when writing papers or producing written work, users can in-line bring up relevant and perhaps more importantly, accurate information and drop it into documents.

With Researcher, anyone can search for and incorporate reliable sources and content, including properly formatted citations, all within a few clicks and without having to leave the document.

“It’s really bringing the library to the students and enabling them to be good researchers,” says Aron Early, research technology specialist at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington. “Being able to research sites, collect and curate your information all in one program is kind of amazing.”

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For anyone donning Office 365, Word’s new Researcher and Editor features have or should be enabled via a software update that’s been rolling out to users for the past few months. To try out the new Researcher feature, head to the Office Ribbon in Word for Office 365 and search under the Review Tab. If Researcher is not there yet, users can also head to the Word apps store to install the add-in as well.

Let us know what your thoughts are on how Microsoft has incorporated the research and collaboration tool.