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What did we learn about Microsoft in March?

By 26th March 2019 No Comments

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

This month our learning inspiration has been Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. As someone who didn’t let her disability hold her back from learning, she said: “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”

We aspire to behave like this as we know by asking questions, we can do a better job at technology change management for our clients. Without a doubt, Microsoft are the masters of asking questions. How else does its solutions keep growing and improving?

Our time has been spent asking questions about what this software powerhouse has been up to this last month. Here’s what we learnt:

  • Microsoft took to the floor at Mobile World Congress to showcase how its augmented reality device – HoloLens 2 – can be used in industry to help businesses to be more productive. It also talked about a new service called Azure Spatial Anchors, which delivers hologram content simultaneously to multiple people not even using HoloLens devices. Thus, confirming their commitment to an increasingly open strategy when it comes to mixed-reality and operating systems.
  • There’s now a feature in Microsoft To-Do on Windows 10 where you can easily switch between different accounts without having to manually sign out and log-in to each of them individually. What a time saver!
  • In Microsoft Teams ‘To-Do’ you can now attach files and photos to help make tasks more actionable. This feature was added due to user demand for it.
  • Microsoft has launched an updated ‘My Office App’ for Windows 10 and we think it’s fantastic! Showcasing some snazzy new-look app icons, it also presents recommended and recently worked on documents. There’s some supporting tutorials and top tips available too!
  • A new Admin Center feature has been released called Microsoft Threat Experts, which is a threat hunting service to track and prioritise threats. There’s an ‘ask a threat expert’ button, where you can ask an expert about a threat concern and they will help you through your investigation challenge.
  • You can now use the Excel app to take a picture of a printed data table (if you have an Android phone) and convert the picture into an editable table in Excel. This is going to really cut down on time spent manually entering data.

At Microsoft Ignite London, we learnt some cool stuff:

  • Turning on Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) in Office365, it can stop up to 99% of security attacks. Microsoft is also doing its best to keep us secure by introducing non-password security in the future. At the event, we loved learning about the Microsoft 5 Threat Pillars and how the security features can track the full journey of the threat – who it came from, what was attacked, what happened and how it was resolved.
  • The files you add to a Teams private chat are stored in OneDrive with all people in that chat being given automatic permission to access them.
  • The Microsoft Office 365 admin portal and center is being re-designed, so it’s much easier to use.
  • You can now do conditional formatting in SharePoint lists, create simple input Forms via PowerApps…and this all integrates into Teams.
  • Looking for technical documentation on Teams? Then check out this hub: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/MicrosoftTeams/Microsoft-Teams

Want to keep learning about Microsoft Office 365? Jim Naroski covers what’s new every month in his YouTube Microsoft update.

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