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Microsoft Office 365 Updates for December 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas:

Skype for Business (SfB) Updates

  • New Mac Client
    • Allow meeting actions
    • Presence indicators
    • Full Screen, high definition video
    • Group video calling

PowerApps and Flow

  • General Availability
    • Joins PowerBI in the power trio
  • PowerApps allows building of business apps without the need for code
  • Flow automates business processes
  • PowerBI allows you to analyse and visualise data

New Usage Reports

  • Four new user reports in admin centre
    • Active users report shows which users are using the different services
    • Skype for Business clients used report shows which clients people are using to access SfB and what they are using it for
    • Email clients used report shows what clients are being used to connect to Exchange
    • Office 365 Groups activity report shows which groups are being active and how they are being used
  • Combine the intelligence of the usage reports with the interactive capability of PowerBI

eDiscovery Updates

  • eDiscovery allows you to find analyse and review relevant information related to investigations, legal matters and regulatory requests
  • Advanced eDiscovery on Office 365
    • Express Analysis
    • Export with Analytics

Microsoft Teams Announced

  • Integration with Office 365 tools
  • Builds extra features

Scalable Vector Graphic Icons

  • Looks great at any size
    • No longer have any issues with pixelated images
  • Change features such as line and fill colour
  • 3D support coming soon

Access Updates

  • Now included in Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium plans
  • New enterprise data connectors rolling out in 2017
    • OData
    • Dynamics CRM
    • Salesforce
    • Amazon Redshift

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

  • New hardware feature to allow editing functions without taking up real estate on the screen
  • Functions change according to the app that you are using

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