Review Category : Office

Microsoft today announced updates to Excel Power Map with two big features, Power Map Filtering and Custom Maps, to make your experience using Power Map easier and more exciting. Power Map is an nteractive data visualization features within Excel, which are enhanced with Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based solution for analyzing, visualizing and sharing data insights. Power Map includes the ability to filter data using three different options: List filter. Let’s you select or exclude individual categories. The data is listed in alphanumeric order, and only the first 50 in the list are shown. You can use the search box to narrow down your results and get to the rest of your data. Simply select the All check box to remove any filters. Range filter. The slider helps you filter a numerical field between the minimum and maximum values. Both the minimum and maximum are inclusive—in other words, “between” ...

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Microsoft today announced the updates to the Office Mix portal and PowerPoint add-in that should make it even easier to use Office Mix. Find the list of new features and improvements below, Easy Contest Integration: Now, when you view your Mix Details or the list of mixes in the My Mixes tab, you’ll see a new button Submit to Contest. This button makes it easy to submit your mix to the Lessons to Life contest, where you can win up to 15 Surface Pro 3’s to donate to your favorite K-12 school. When you click the Submit to Contest button, you’ll automatically be taken to the Contest site with your name, address and address of your mix prepopulated for entry. This contest is open to most adults in the US (See here for full eligibility). Residents outside the US should stay tuned for more offers in the future! Export Analytics ...

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At SharePoint conference which was held earlier this year, Microsoft spoke about the future of Enterprise Social and revealed no.of new features that will be part of Office 365 in the coming months. In that, Microsoft revealed something called Office Graph, which leverages insights from Office 365 and maps the relationships between people, groups, files and conversations through machine learning, and Microsoft intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to users. They demoed a product which uses Office Graph Codenamed Oslo. Today they announced that the official name of codename Oslo is Delve. Today, they announced that they have started roll-out of Office Delve to Office 365 business customers from today. Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are ...

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Microsoft today announced three new updates related to Office apps. First, they are revamping Office Store with a major refresh. Second, they are expanding to multiple new international markets and third on the increased visibility of third-party Store apps to both customers and Office sales and deployment partners. Office Store: This week marks the formal go-live date for the new, beautiful storefront at its new web page, Store.Office.com, which you can see here: To help customers find relevant apps faster, the new Store home page features a sleek, modern interface with bold, wide-format app icons and a user-friendly Category browse experience down the left side. The free-text search tool has been improved, too. Repeat visitors will see the best and latest apps near the top of the home page, thanks to a new robust ranking service that can showcase a unique set of apps every day. The developer experience is better, too, with faster ...

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Microsoft today announced the new ‘Propose New Time’ feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365 that will help customers in resolving scheduling conflicts. For most Office 365 users, Propose New Time in Outlook Web App is available today in Outlook Web App and all Office 365 users will have it by the end of September. If you are a Outlook Desktop user, you might already be familiar with this feature. Propose a new time as an attendee: Let’s take a look at how Propose New Time works when you’re invited to attend a meeting. A meeting organizer sends a request to you and other meeting attendees. When you receive the meeting request, you see that in addition to the usual Accept, Tentative, and Decline buttons, there is now a Propose New Time button on your meeting invitation. If you use Outlook Web App, you’re already familiar with the notices ...

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Lots of customers move to Office 365 from a traditional on-premises solution and Microsoft is now focused on making that transition to the cloud as fast and seamless as possible. They are announcing the new Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center that delivers a quick and predictable way to get started and deployed in your organization. The Onboarding Center is available to customers and their preferred partners and offers the following benefits. Key features of the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center: Direct remote assistance provided by an Office 365 onboarding expert who will assist with critical onboarding activities working with customers and partners. Robust suite of automated checks and configuration tools to enable tasks such as current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration. Onboarding support will be available in the following languages: English Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Available worldwide starting September 1, 2014. Apart from this, Microsoft has ...

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As individuals, consumers wanted to show their personalities and preferences when using software and services. To serve that purpose, Microsoft today updated Office 365 with the support to both customize and personalize your Office 365 experience by using themes. Also, as an Office 365 admin will have the ability to create custom themes for your organization and, at the same time, users will have the ability to personalize their experience by selecting an Office 365 theme. Microsoft has also rolled out improvements to your navigation and notification experience. The Office 365 top nav bar has been improved to provide quick access to more of your Office 365 services and to show more notifications cross-suite to help you stay connected to your email, reminders, and more. Read more at Office blogs. ...

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As you all know, Chinese government has started an anti-trust investigation against Microsoft’s business practices in China. Hundreds of Chinese government officials conducted raids to Microsoft offices in China to investigate this issue. Today, Chinese government agency SAIC (State Administration for Industry and Commerce) has announced that they have given 20 days for Microsoft to respond to their allegations. They believe that Microsoft didn’t provide enough information regarding Microsoft Windows and Office that lead to compatibility issues for consumers. Microsoft responded to this development that they are serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns. Source: SAIC via: Reuters, TNW ...

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Organizations today use a variety of controls and policies to keep their data such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or customer information to proprietary information such as patents or confidential documents safe and secure. With Office 365, Microsoft provides these necessary capabilities for email with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Exchange, Outlook, and OWA, along with a series of built-in sensitive information types that you can use for your searches. Today, Microsoft announced that they are expanding thus features to SharePoint and OneDrive, thereby allowing organizations to use the same sensitive information types to search documents and sites across your organization. With this new capability you’ll be able to: Search for sensitive content across SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Leverage 51 built-in sensitive information types (credit cards, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, and more). Identify offending documents, export a report, and adjust accordingly. Microsoft also announced that they ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad four months back and since then over 35 million users have downloaded it from App Store. Microsoft recently announced the next wave of updates to Office for iPad. It included some of the popular features like Presenter View, Pivot Table interaction, Export to PDF and more. Today, Google announced their updates for Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides apps on iOS. One of the key feature added in this release is the ability to edit native Office files directly. Here’s the new features on what you can now do with Docs, Sheets, and Slides: You can truly get stuff done from any device—your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Any change you make on any of these devices is saved automatically, so you can pick up right where you left off any time, anywhere that you can sign in. The Docs, Sheets and Slides ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference this year, Microsoft claimed that 785 customers have switched from Google Apps to Office 365 in the past 18 months. Microsoft highlighted this stat to show that they are winning back customers from Google. Google recently responded to these claims that 5,000+ companies sign up for Google Apps every day and that “thousands of those customers switch from Microsoft”. In fact, they responded to Microsoft’s slide with the following detailed statement, Google’s claims regarding the above slide from Microsoft, Smithfield: Smithfield is definitely still using Google Apps – they just renewed in March 2014. City of Edmonton: The City of Edmonton is definitely still using Google Apps. In fact, the CIO recently declared that they are staying with Google Apps after an exhaustive analysis by IBM and Deloitte University of Colorado Health: The University of Colorado Health — the teaching hospital for the University of Colorado ...

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Microsoft today released a major redesign and content overhaul for Office Dev Center, which is a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. Microsoft’s focus is to make this site speak to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. Also, both upcoming Microsoft and third party events as well as the previous events are now listed on the Events page. Developers also wanted easier access to key sample code and apps that would make the development process easier. Training resources are key components of ramping and engaging developers, which were scattered across various properties—but are now centralized on the Office Dev Center. Finally, nothing brings developers together and drives engagement and involvement than community resources, forums and discussions. The Office 365 developer community is a thriving and growing one—holding discussions on StackOverflow and the ...

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At the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. Matter Center, Microsoft today announced a preview version of Matter Center for Office 365. Matter Center of Office 365 is an intuitive document management and collaboration solution catered toward law firms and law departments, works seamlessly with Office 365 and offers legal professionals a way to easily find, organize and collaborate on files without leaving the familiar Microsoft productivity tools they use the most.  Microsoft’s legal team built this tool for internal use and now Microsoft has decided to make it available for other legal entities. Matter Center gives legal professionals security-enhanced access to the information they need — virtually anywhere, anytime, and from virtually any device. Features: Your briefcase in the cloud. Matter Center works with OneDrive for Business, providing 1 TB of individual storage and a personal briefcase, which automatically synchronizes your documents so you can ...

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Microsoft today posted a SMB customer video montage for its Office 365 product. The video shows why why businesses of all sizes rely on Microsoft Office 365. It features companies that is involved in manufacturing jet packs to making bubble tea in Los Angeles. These businesses everywhere are choosing Office 365 to deliver results and connect with customers in new ways. One of the customer even mentioned that they were using Google Apps and Dropbox before Office 365. For as low as $12.50 per/user/month, SMB customers can have full Office suite on different devices, email and calendars, online conferencing, instant messaging and Skype connectivity, public website, simple file sharing, and team sites. You are and your business are on the move. That means you need to be able to work from anywhere, across your devices, and have a consistent and fast experience. That freedom is what you get with Office 365. Whether you’re at your ...

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Gartner recently released their report on Unified Communications market. In the magic quadrant they released, Microsoft was positioned as a leader in the marker along with Cisco. Cisco used to be the only major player in this marker, Microsoft came up with Lync years later and now it continues to make significant gains in the market. In many cases, Lync is initially deployed for its IM, presence and Web conferencing functionalities, with gradual incremental deployments of telephony and video added as follow-on phased deployments for specifically targeted groups or regions. Microsoft Lync offers a full suite of UC functionality that Microsoft continues to improve with each release. It integrates with Office applications, Active Directory and Skype. Microsoft has a broad set of additional business applications that will increasingly be leveraged, including Office Graph (which uses machine learning to define the context and connect users with relevant documents, conversations and people) ...

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Autohosted Apps was a preview program to determine how best to provide a seamless deployment experience for creating apps for SharePoint. Back in May, Microsoft notified that this program would end on June 16, 2014 and developers would not be able to create new autohosted apps in SharePoint. Since developers can no longer install autohosted apps in SharePoint Online, the capability to create autohosted apps and deploy them into the production SharePoint Online site has been removed from the Office Developer Tools in the Visual Studio 2013 update 3, released August 4,2014. If you have already hosted some apps, it will work as it as until Microsoft notifies about it again. If you are currently using autohosted preview apps in a production environment, we recommend that you follow this step-by-step MSDN article on how to transition autohosted preview apps to provider-hosted apps, the new model we’re improving. If you want to just pull ...

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