What did we learn about Microsoft in November?

We don’t talk the talk…we walk the walk!

‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn’ – Benjamin Franklin. What wise words? And, words The Inform Team live by! We believe the only way to get people to truly adopt new technology is to train and get them involved. After all, if you don’t use your knowledge you lose it…

We eat our own dog food and always learn about everything that’s going on with Microsoft, so we can help our clients’ employees to work the Microsoft way too. So, what did we learn about Microsoft in November?

  • From 29th November 2018, Microsoft Office 365 subscribers will get helpful product training and tips via email. This feature will be on by default. Microsoft’s aim is to help us to increase our productivity through better utilisation of the functionality available to us. We can’t wait to get swotting!
  • Stream just keeps getting smarter. Moving forwards, we’ll have more AI functionality, such as speaker timelines that use face detection to show where a person appears in a video; and, transcript search and timecode capability so you can quickly search for the content you’re looking for. Our favourite is the new speech-to-text and closed captions feature, which means spoken dialogue will be made readable for greater accessibility.
  • There was the Windows 10 update, which was the first major release since April this year. Watch this video to learn more. Our favourite feature is the Windows 10 Cloud Clipboard, which stores the history of the content you’ve copied.
  • At Ignite, Microsoft announced it was collaborating with Citrix, so you can buy Citrix Workspace cloud solutions using Microsoft Office 365 licences. We now know that together the software providers will be delivering a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).
  • You can use the @MeekanWorld App for Microsoft Teams to help schedule meetings and sync people’s calendars to work out when everyone is free to meet. Here’s how
  • There’s a growing demand to be able to connect and analyse disparate pieces of data for a holistic view and Microsoft has listened. Power BI is more powerful than ever with its Power BI Custom Connectors now being general available. Meaning, there’s hundreds of connectors to hook up to, making Power BI’s data analysis capability even greater.
  • Microsoft has launched a web version of its Sticky Notes app, which syncs between devices. This means we can make and manage short notes more efficiently, yay!
  • Microsoft Teams Live Events is a brilliant new way to engage employees online at a low-cost, and we’re always excited to hear about further developments with this platform. This recently launched short guide provides best-practice recommendations on how to manage your event from scheduling through to production, streaming and ensuring an excellent employee experience.
  • We’re so on the Teams bandwagon and to get everyone up to speed, Microsoft has created a hub full of guidance documents, videos and tips. We particularly like the ‘Get your team up and running…’ video, because that’s what we’re currently helping lots of our clients to do!

And, that’s a wrap for November. Get in touch if you’d like us to feature specific Microsoft news in our monthly Microsoft blog posts.