New to Office 365 in March—co-authoring in Excel and more

Office 365 provides the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration between individuals, teams and entire organizations. Updates this month make the experience even better with co-authoring in Excel, the general availability of Microsoft Teams and more. We’ll also be announcing the latest roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive at the SharePoint Virtual Summit on May 16th. Read on for the details.

Co-authoring is coming to Excel

We’re taking a significant step in completing the co-authoring story across Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Today, we’re enabling co-authoring in Excel on Windows desktops for Office Insiders Fast. This allows you to know who else is working with you in a spreadsheet, see where they’re working and view changes automatically within seconds. We’ll continue using feedback from Insiders to improve the experience before making it available more broadly. Co-authoring is already available in Excel Online, Excel on Android, Windows Mobile and iOS (for Office Insiders). We’re also working on co-authoring in Excel for the Mac—stay tuned for more!

Co-authoring is being shown in Excel. A dropdown in the top right explains that Alex is also working in the spreadsheet, and which cell he is in. A red box surrounds the cell Alex is in, with a red flag over it showing his name. Alex’s red indicator moves to another cell, and then a change which Alex made to the cell and a graph can be seen showing up a moment later.

Co-authoring in Excel on Windows desktops allows you to see where others are editing at the same time as you in a spreadsheet.

We’re also bringing AutoSave to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows desktops, for files stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. With AutoSave, you can stop worrying about hitting the Save button, whether you’re working alone or with others.

Availability: Co-authoring in Excel on Windows desktops is rolling out for Office 365 subscribers in Office Insider Fast. Co-authoring in Excel on iOS is currently available for Office Insiders, as well as for all customers in Excel Mobile on Windows, Excel on Android and Excel Online. AutoSave is rolling out to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows desktops, for Office 365 subscribers in Office Insider Fast.

Microsoft Teams is now generally available

Earlier this month, we announced that Microsoft Teams—the chat-based workspace in Office 365—is now generally available in 181 markets and in 19 languages. Last week, we also made Teams available in Office 365 Education, free for faculty, staff and students. We’ve introduced over 100 new features and addressed top requests from over 50,000 organizations who have started using Teams since the preview began in November. The updates span all four of the core Teams promises: chat for today’s teams, a hub for teamwork, customizable for every team and security that teams trust. Notably, over 150 integrations with other apps, services and bots are either already available or coming soon. We are thrilled by the enthusiasm for Teams and look forward to seeing how customers build Teams into the way they collaborate every day. We’ll also continue updating Teams—along with our other Office 365 apps and services. Learn more about Microsoft Teams and start using Microsoft Teams today.

Availability: Microsoft Teams is now generally available for commercial and education customers on Windows desktops, Macs, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Microsoft Bookings is rolling out worldwide

Last week, we announced the worldwide rollout of Microsoft Bookings to Office Setup 365 Business Premium subscribers. Bookings makes it easy for small businesses to schedule and manage appointments with their customers, and we’ve introduced several new capabilities based on feedback from last year’s initial release to customers in the U.S. and Canada. Now you can connect your Office 365 calendar to Bookings, add buffer time between appointments, customize your Bookings page, and stay connected on the go with iOS and Android apps. Read more about Microsoft Bookings.

A Microsoft Bookings page accessed on desktop and mobile.

Your Bookings page can be accessed on desktop or mobile.

Availability: Microsoft Bookings is rolling out to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers worldwide. It can be accessed on the web, iOS and Android.

OneNote inking and accessibility updates

We’ve made a number of improvements to OneNote this month, making inking more powerful and available in the browser, as well as helping you create more accessible notes.

  • Ink math assistant improvements—OneNote can now graph handwritten equations and even let you manipulate variables to see the visual effect of changes. It can also teach you the steps to solve systems of equations. This expanded built-in intelligence within OneNote makes it an even more powerful math coach to help you learn in context. Learn more in this blog, and give it a try today!

 The ink math assistant is being shown in OneNote. An equation is selected, the Math button is tapped and the Math pane expands. The Graph in 2D option is selected, and a graph appears. Then the variables in the equation are shown being manipulated with corresponding changes being updated in the graph.

OneNote can now graph handwritten equations, in addition to teaching you how to solve them.

Availability: Ink math assistant graphing and support for systems of equations are now available in OneNote for Windows 10, for all Office 365 subscribers.
  • Accessibility Checker now in OneNote—The Accessibility Checker, now available in OneNote for Windows 10, helps ensure your notes can be consumed without barriers by people with visual impairments. It analyzes your material and provides recommendations alongside your notes, which helps you understand how to fix errors and create more accessible notes over time. Simply select Check Accessibility under the View tab to get started. 

The Accessibility Checker is being shown in OneNote, specifically alerting the user to unclear hyperlink text in the notebook page.

The Accessibility Checker helps you find and fix issues that might make your content difficult for people with visual impairments to consume.

Availability: The Accessibility Checker is now available and easily discoverable for all customers in OneNote for Windows 10. It is also available in several Office applications on Windows desktops, Macs and Office Online.
  • Inking in OneNote Online—We’re bringing inking and the Draw tab to OneNote Online, so you can make your mark with ink or highlighter while taking, reviewing, or editing your notes in the browser.

  The new Draw tab with inking tools is being shown in OneNote Online, with ink annotations added to various parts of an image in a biology notebook page.

OneNote works the way you do, with new inking capabilities in the browser.

Availability: Inking is rolling out for all customers using OneNote Online in Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

Visio integrates with Excel and PowerPoint in new ways

Visio, Excel and PowerPoint work better together than ever, helping you seamlessly generate flowcharts automatically from data then share them effortlessly as presentations. Create a flowchart directly from Excel in a few clicks using the new Data Visualizer templates. Then, use the new Slide Snippets pane to select specific diagrams or snippets, title them and export as slides in a new PowerPoint presentation. The Morph transition is even applied automatically to create cinematic transitions between overlapping snippets on different slides. Get started with Visio Data Visualizer templates and creating a PowerPoint presentation from Visio.

The new Data Visualizer templates and Slide Snippets pane are being shown in Visio. A Cross Functional Flowchart is shown being created from an existing Excel workbook. Then the Slide Snippets pane is shown being used to select multiple areas of the Visio flowchart to export as snippets on individual slides in PowerPoint.

Visio, Excel and PowerPoint work better together to help you seamlessly create flowcharts from Excel data and export diagram snippets to share as PowerPoint slides.

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available from United Kingdom datacenters

Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the U.K. Built to power their digital transformation, Microsoft Azure and microsoft office setups 365 are now generally available from new datacenter regions.

Each new region adheres to our Trusted Cloud principles, including security, privacy, compliance and transparency. These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet their customers’ needs, the regulatory requirements they are held to, and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity.

A few of the customers moving to the Microsoft Cloud in the U.K. include the South London & Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust, the country’s largest mental health trust, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The MoD, which employs more than 250,000 people and will use Office 365 and Azure, citing both value for money and security as key reasons for the agreement.

Mike Stone, Chief Digital and Information Officer at the Ministry of Defence, said: “Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MOD’s digital transformation agenda. This agreement, which is based on Microsoft’s world-class reliability and performance, will allow us to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities. It will ensure we are better-placed in our ever-changing, digital-first world.”

With the availability of our new U.K. regions, Azure now offers customers 28 regions — available today — with six more coming soon for a total of 34, more than any other major cloud provider. In addition, Microsoft Cloud services have earned the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations of any public cloud provider. In the first half of 2017, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will join the currently available line up in the U.K.

Learn more about customers using the Microsoft Cloud in the United Kingdom at the UK News Centre and learn more about the benefits of our cloud services at Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

 

3 tips for how sales managers can use Office 365 to meet their goals

If you’re like Jenn Schaal, a busy sales manager for an international trade association, your day is filled with client connections, budgets to hit and leads to generate—on top of day-to-day fires to put out. Hitting the end goal—whether it’s a sales target or a client win—takes time and effort. Office 365 helps shave off time throughout the day, so sales managers can meet their goals.

Taking a note from her powerlifting hobby, Jenn wanted to carry over the sense of feeling strong and in charge into her job. She found three ways Office 365 helps her save time, work smarter and be more efficient on the go.

1. Take the hassle out of travel with OneDrive for Business

Travel is almost synonymous with sales, and while it’s invaluable for meeting clients or attending trade events, it can be challenging to stay in sync with reports and presentations being updated back in the office. Jenn knows this all too well. With most of her clients in different markets, she needs to have all the important info in one convenient spot while on the road. With OneDrive for Business, Jenn can pull up files or media kits to share and knows exactly where to find what she needs.

Plus, OneDrive for Business does more than let you view and edit your documents from anywhere. For example:

  • If your computer happens to die, get lost or is stolen on that important sales trip, you can use someone else’s device and sign in as yourself. Office 365 remembers your most recent documents, so you’ll always have access to client presentations or reports.
  • Stuck somewhere without internet access but want to get some work done? OneDrive for Business helps you get around your Wi-Fi troubles and work offline by syncing files and folders into your library.
  • For large ongoing projects, instead of sending specific files, it can be easier to share a whole folder with your client, so that they always have access to the latest reports on OneDrive for Business.

2. Stay on top of what matters with Outlook

Like many people, most of Jenn’s day is spent in Outlook emailing clients, setting up meetings, viewing the team calendar and sending and receiving the latest sales reports. She likes having the same functionality and rich features in the Outlook app, which is especially useful for travel and staying connected on the go.

Power-user tips for smarter emailing and calendaring with Outlook help you get even more done:

  • Sending a large presentation to a client and don’t want to overflow their inbox? Share as a OneDrive cloud attachment and not only free up space, but make last-minute tweaks without having to re-send the file.
  • Use Outlook Customer Manager to track customers and see all related info—email, meetings, calls, notes, files, tasks, deals and deadlines—in a convenient focused list view. Deals and even customers can be prioritized and then easily shared with other team members.

3. Stay in touch with your team or clients with Skype for Business

Whether you have a few remote team members, like Jenn, or multiple sales offices across the country, staying connected and aligned on business priorities is key. With Skype for Business, Jenn can easily turn a messaging chat into a call to quickly resolve a problem or close a deal.

There are other ways that Skype can help bridge the distance between teams or clients:

  • Want to have a call with a client not on Skype for Business? No problem! Meet with up to 250 people—all they need is a phone or internet connection to get started.
  • Don’t just talk, have a truly interactive meeting by sharing your screen and annotating PowerPoint for real-time collaboration. Then share it all with anyone who couldn’t make it via a recording. You can also use a whiteboard, polls, Q&A and built-in IM during your sales meetings for instant feedback.
  • Help build connections and relationships with remote clients through video calls. Enjoy industry-leading HD video for online meetings that feel top quality and trustworthy. Focus more on the people in your call, with added features like automatic cropping and head tracking.

Whether it’s storing, syncing and sharing files in OneDrive for Business; smarter emailing or calendaring with the Outlook app; or audio, HD video and web conferencing with Skype for Business; there are many reasons to become a champion for the latest productivity technology within your team or company. Learn how you can get more out of your day with Office Setup 365. Watch the full story of how Jenn simplified her job, and spread the word within your organization.

 

Organizing my band with OneNote: An inside look

Anyone who has seen my apartment, office, or rehearsal space generally picks up on one key theme– I’ve got a lot of computers and about as many musical instruments.  Computers and music have been the two most important things in my life for as long as I can remember.  Two years ago, I decided to combine these passions and started a band called Bright White Lightning that mixes guitars and drums with sounds from retro computers, video game systems, and synthesizers.  So, when I’m not at work shipping software here at Microsoft, I’m playing guitar, tracking a song on a Game Boy, booking a show, or soldering together a new piece of DIY hardware.

My bandmates and I use OneNote to keep everything organized and in sync and I’d like to give you readers an inside look on exactly how it works for us.

Keeping tabs on my gear

Here’s a screenshot of the sections in the band’s notebook as seen from the OneNote app on my Surface Pro:

As you can see, there are lots of sections dedicated to specific pieces of gear.  In each of these sections I keep things like printouts of product manuals, instructions I’ve typed, and occasionally, diagrams for hardware I’m building or repairing.  Here are a few examples:

A different kind of shopping list

I hear a lot of folks telling others to use OneNote for shopping lists and while I agree, I prefer to keep a page per item of gear I want to buy.  That way I can add details for each item, such as its average price on eBay, possible substitute items, or a collection of user reviews.  Here’s an example:

Brainstorms and scribbles

Writing songs, especially lyrics, is time consuming and requires a lot of revision.  Since OneNote syncs to my Windows Phone, I can make changes to work-in-progress lyrics on the bus to work or on the road to my next performance.  OneNote keeps an offline copy of all of my notes, so I can make edits without cell service or when roaming–then they’ll sync when I get back to home territory.

Here’s a screenshot of some lyrics I was tweaking while in Canada:

And while it hasn’t yet come to fruition, we’re working on a stage piece that’s been sketched in OneNote–engineering schematics, blueprints and all.  Here’s a sample:

Keeping the whole band on the same page

It’s great that OneNote syncs to my phone so I can use it on the go, but what’s really useful is my ability to share with the other band members.  Our bass player takes care of booking a lot of shows, so together we collect things like contact information, load-in times, and gear check lists in a section dedicated to gigging.

While our bass player uses OneNote on his Windows Phone, our drummer has an Android.  No problem-OneNote is available on Windows Phone and on iOS and Android devices.  Even when I’m occasionally recording tunes on a Mac, I can access the band’s notebook in a web browser from www.skydrive.com.  It looks something like this 🙂

That’s a bit on how I use OneNote…let us know how you use it in the comments below!

Office 365 – Added New And Improved Intelligent Services

These features are added to create an outstanding experience in saving user’s time to help produce polished as well as gorgeous content. As researched by a professional team members working at MS Office 365 Technical Support department, these features will just get better each month by delivering users a continued innovation method and tune-up users’ intelligent recommendations by allowing more people to use them.

Top improved amenities of MS Office Setup 365

1. Presentations with Quick Starter in PowerPoint

Quick Starter is now appended to MS PowerPoint which was announced in the month of September 2016. This new added feature in PowerPoint reinvents the users’ process by creating out-of-the-box presentations while helping them to conquer blank slides easily as researched by a professional MS Office 365 Customer Support Number experts. A user simply needs to type in the topic section and Quick Starter will easily get them going with a curated outline and recommendations on what categories to include, information to research further, and various associated images tagged with Creative Commons licenses.

2. All-in one place writing assistance with Editor

This newly added editor feature in MS office is considered as a users’ digital writing assistant in which comes out to be more helpful for them. The new Editor windowpane delivers users additional information from its advanced spelling, grammar as well as writing style recommendations. Further it makes it easy for users to scan their whole document at a go. The experience of using this advanced feature replaces the Spelling & Grammar pane and easily incorporates inclusive design best practices ever for users by making it accessible to visually impaired people.

3. Intuitive commands with Touch Bar support for Mac

Touch Bar support feature is now completely available in Word, Excel and PowerPoint for users who are working on Mac. The most common type of commands is astutely positioned based on what users are performing in their document, spreadsheets or even while creating presentations. Let’s say for example, one tap can just put users into a distraction-free Focus Mode feature in the Word or on an enhanced slideshow experience with thumbnails in the PowerPoint.

4. Now proactively manage all your security as well as various compliance risk with this new Office 365 feature

Our services for MS Office 365 users:

  • Support to Download 365 for Windows
  • Support to Setup and Configure MS Office 365
  • Install Microsoft MS office 365
  • MS Office 365 Key Activation Issues
  • Support for MS Office 365 Update
  • Setup Microsoft MS Office 365
  • Uninstall Microsoft MS office 365
  • Support to Upgrade MS Office 365
  • MS Office 365 Product Registration Issues
  • MS Office 365 Installation Issues
  • Microsoft Support for OneNote Issue
  • MS Office Support for Publisher Issue
  • Microsoft 365 Support to Update Drivers
  • MS Office 365 Support for Internet Explorer Browser Issue

Solve your MS Office 365 issue with our professional and highly qualified technicians

So, people seeking for MS Office 365 Support can now reach out to us at our MS Office 365 Customer Support expert professional for immediate help for any kind of related issues? Users are surely at right place where they can grab our world class solutions for all technical issues of MS Office 365. We are ever-ready to assist you with your wide range of Microsoft issues encountered on unexpected basis in your routine work with MS Office 365 product. To receive the world’s top notch remote tech support MS Office services, users are requested to get in touch with our toll-free number at 1-888-262-1663 for exclusive access to our non-stop remote online MS Office Tech Support Phone Number services.

Announcing the release of Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance, plus significant updates to Advanced Threat Protection

With the launch of Office 365 Threat Intelligence, we are enriching security in Office 365 to help customers stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape. Today, we’re also introducing a new reporting interface to improve the customer experience for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and extending the ATP Safe Links feature to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients.

Office 365 Advanced Data Governance also launches today, providing our customers with robust compliance capabilities. A new policy management interface for Data Loss Protection (DLP), helps Office 365 customers remain compliant and in control of their data.

Let’s take a closer look at these enhancements.

Enhancing threat protection—a path to proactive cyber-defense with Office 365 Threat Intelligence

According to a recent Ponemon Institute study,* the average cost of a data breach has risen to $4 million, with costs incurred for litigation, brand or reputation damage, lost sales—and in some cases—complete business closure. Staying ahead of threats has never been more important.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence, now generally available, provides:

  • Interactive tools to analyze prevalence and severity of threats in near real-time.
  • Real-time and customizable threat alert notifications.
  • Remediation capabilities for suspicious content.
  • Expansion of Management API to include threat details—enabling integration with SIEM solutions.

To provide actionable insights on global attack trends, Threat Intelligence leverages the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, which analyzes billions of data points from Microsoft global data centers, Office clients, email, user authentications, signals from our Windows and Azure ecosystems and other incidents that impact the Office 365 ecosystem.

It provides information about malware families, both inside and outside your organization, including breach information with details down to the actual lines of code that are used for certain types of malware. Threat Intelligence also integrates seamlessly with other Office Setup 365 security features, like Exchange Online Protection and ATP—providing you an analysis that includes the top targeted users, malware frequency and security recommendations related to your business.

For an overview of Threat Intelligence, watch the following video:

Threat Intelligence is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan or as a standalone service. Visit Threat Intelligence—Actionable insights for global threats to learn more.

New Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) reporting interface

The new reporting interface for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) reports is now available in the Setup Microsoft Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. These security reports provide insights and trends on the health of your organization, including information about malware and spam sent or received in your organization and advanced threat detections that Office 365 ATP helped discover and stop.

Using the new report interface, admins can schedule reports to be sent directly to their inbox, request custom reports and download or manage these reports through dashboards in the Security & Compliance Center. In our continued journey to provide our customers with the most powerful and robust advanced security solution, this new reporting interface helps you understand how ATP mitigates today’s most sophisticated threats from impacting your organization.

The new ATP reporting interface.

Extending ATP Safe Links to Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients

Later this month, we will enable ATP for Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients, a unique demonstration of the power of collaboration across the Microsoft ecosystem. As cyber criminals broaden the scope of attacks beyond email workloads, it’s necessary to extend security capabilities beyond email. The Safe Links feature in ATP protects customers from malicious links in email.

Safe Links is integrated across Outlook desktop, web and mobile to help protect a user’s inbox across devices. When a user clicks a link in an Office 365 client application (Word, Excel or PowerPoint), ATP will inspect the link to see if it is malicious. If the link is malicious, the user will be redirected to a warning page instead of the original target URL, protecting the user from compromise. This new capability will further integrate and expand security across Office Setup 365. Our intent has always been to provide our customers with an end-to-end, unified and secure experience across all of Office 365, and this extended capability of Safe Links is an example of our continued step toward this goal.

Ensuring compliance—why Office 365 Advanced Data Governance matters

As the amount of electronic data grows exponentially, many organizations are exposing themselves to risk by retaining unnecessary data. For example, many organizations continue to retain the personal information of former employees who left the company long ago. If this data were compromised in a breach, the company could be liable for costly remediation, such as lifetime credit monitoring for these former employees.

Office 365 Advanced Data Governance applies machine learning to help customers find and retain important data while eliminating trivial, redundant and obsolete data that could cause risk if compromised.

Advanced Data Governance, also now generally available, delivers the following capabilities:

  • Proactive policy recommendations and automatic data classifications that allow you take actions on data—such as retention and deletion—throughout its lifecycle.
  • System default alerts to identify data governance risks, such as “Unusual volume of file deletion,” as well as the ability to create custom alerts by specifying alert matching conditions and threshold.
  • The ability to apply compliance controls to on-premises data by intelligently filtering and migrating that data to Office 365.

Customers are already seeing value from Advanced Data Governance. Tom Stauffer, vice president of Records and Information Management for the Walt Disney Company, says:

“Effective governance of unstructured information across communication, content and social platforms has long been a goal of organizations. Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Data Governance appears to provide a well-thought-out solution that is integrated into their entire Office 365 suite. This functionality and integration provides the powerful potential of delivering on this long-sought-after goal, and doing so without a major burden to end users.”

In the coming months, we will be delivering additional Advanced Data Governance enhancements, such as event based retention, manual disposition and supervision.

Learn more about Advanced Data Governance in this episode of Microsoft Mechanics:

Office 365 Advanced Data Governance is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan. It is also available as part of the Office 365 Advanced Compliance plan—which also includes Office Setup 365 Advanced eDiscovery and Customer Lockbox to provide a comprehensive set of expanded compliance value.

For a deeper demo of Office 365 Advanced Data Governance, watch this presentation.

For additional information about Advanced Data Governance, please see these TechNet articles:

  • Overview of retention policies
  • Overview of label management
  • Filter data when importing PST files to Office 365

Enhanced Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) management experience

Customers all over the world use Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies in Office 365 to help prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands. Because of your feedback, we put DLP management front and center, providing quick access to content protection policies, app permissions and device security policies—all in one place.

It’s now easier than ever to configure and enforce sensitive data policies across your organization using the new DLP management experience in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. The new Policy page shows you important information about your current DLP policies at a glance, with detailed audit reports just a click away. It’s also easier to turn on and configure DLP—simply choose what you want to protect, then specify any special conditions to look for and the automatic actions you want to enforce to protect your important data. You can also go into the advanced settings to access additional customization and configuration options to help meet your specific compliance requirements. Learn more in this article.

The enhanced DLP management experience makes it easier to create and manage policies.

How Power Map for Excel helps Opower visualize and present energy-saving messages

Opower’s mission is to motivate everyone on earth to save energy. Ari Schorr worked with Opower’s Josh Lich to create a Power Map Preview for Excel video “tour” that Opower could use to launch their new Behavioral Demand Response solution.

Ari is a Product Marketing Manager on the Office Technical Product Marketing team, and he has worked closely with the Power Map engineering team as they launched public preview and will continue to do so as they work towards general availability release.

Ever wonder how you as a homeowner or renter can reduce your utility bills despite rising energy costs? How can utility companies capitalize on this customer motivation while smoothing demand away from peak usage times?

Opower confronts both of these questions with their exciting new Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) solution, launched today, and some help from Microsoft’s newest visualization technology: Power Map for Excel.

Companies like Opower, who have tons of customer and campaign data based on location, need a way to make sense of it and gain insights. That’s where Power Map (formerly known as Project codename “GeoFlow”) comes in.  Power Map is a 3D data visualization tool for Excel that provides an immersive experience for making discoveries in data that might never be seen using traditional 2D tables and charts.  Power Map lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create cinematic tours to share with others.

Opower, a global leader in customer engagement solutions for the utility industry, today introduced a new customer engagement product to incentivize energy utility customers to save energy at peak times, such as hot days when air conditioner use is high. Thus, this is a win-win for both utility companies who want to reduce costs and customers who want to save on their energy bills.

Josh Lich, Solutions Marketer at Opower, spoke to the value of Power Map around their new product launch:

“The impact and scale of big data projects can be difficult to convey using traditional presentation materials. We used Power Map, as part of the launch of our new Behavioral Demand Response solution, to visualize the capability of our system to deliver millions of personalized messages in short time frames and the energy savings impact that these messages have. This visualization has been an extremely useful tool to show partners and clients the power of our platform, and how the data we collect can be used to optimize our communications over time for maximum energy savings impact.”

Power Map has been used in the past to show customer energy usage for local utilities companies, like those in the Dallas area, and this case of Opower is yet another innovative example of a company leveraging the Power Map capabilities of geospatial and time-based visualization to gain and share insights about a variety of data types, from energy usage to communications to scale across a geographical area.

Heat map visualizations in Power Map show how real-time communications drive energy savings at peak usage times. 

Their new solution, behavioral demand response (BDR), will enable utilities to engage all residential customers in cost-effective demand response programs.  For the first time, utilities can now put into action a demand response capability that scales across their entire residential service territory. This maximizes peak reduction results by delivering dynamic, personalized content to customers in a timely fashion.

For customers, Opower deploys over 100 unique combinations of content and channels that will be automatically delivered to them based on past behavior. All communications will be delivered to customers in near real-time in order to maximize awareness and motivation. These real-time communications can be visualized and presented in Power Map.

Different colored 3D column visualizations in Power Map represent post-peak event communications personalized by customer segment.

There is lot of “Power” talk here so go grab some for yourself! We encourage you to check out both Opower for your energy management needs and Power Map Preview for your data visualization needs.

To learn more about and try out all of the new Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities to help you analyze and visualize your data to make informed decisions, register for the Power BI Preview for Office 365 that is currently being rolled out to customers.

What are the top 3 updates we should make in Access web apps?

What are the top 3 updates you’d like to see in Access web apps? We have our own list, but we’d love to see yours–we rely on your feedback to continually improve Access. Complete our short survey or tell us your top 3 wish list items for Access web apps in the comments below.

We have grand plans for the next full release of Access, but in the meantime, we are constantly building and shipping improvements to Access 2013 web apps. Have you tried Cascading Controls yet?

Webinar: How big business gets Office 365 up and running

We’ve put together the information medium to large companies need to roll out Office 365 to their employees. In this webinar, we’ll show you these free resources, including the debut of our new Office 365 Business Learning Center and for IT staff, new Adoption and Change Management downloads.

Can’t view this video? It’s also at Microsoft Showcase. Need a sneak peek? Here’s a 30-second trailer.

Note SkyDrive is now OneDrive, and SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business. Read more about this change at From SkyDrive to OneDrive.

What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar

  • What is Office 365 for Business?
  • Preparing your employees to move to Office 365
  • Step through the resources in our Learning Center
  • Popular features of Office 365

References for this webinar

  • Office 365 for Business Learning Center: http://Office.com/LearnOffice365
  • Office 365 Change Management downloads for IT staff
  • Try or buy Office 365 Small Business Premium (1-10 employees)
  • Try or buy Office 365 for Midsize Business (10-300 employees)
  • Try or buy Office 365 for bigger business
  • Compare Office plans for different sizes of business
  • Get started with Office 365 for business (article + video)
  • Use email and more in Office 365 (video)
  • Communicate with Lync in Office 365  (video)
  • Share Documents in Office 365  (video)
  • All Office 365 training videos
  • More questions answered on Office 365

OneNote for iPhone and iPad update, new notebooks and sections on iPad, and additional improvements on iPhone

New SkyDrive notebooks

Notebooks are an essential part of OneNote and play a significant role in helping you organize all of your content. Many of our customers submitted feedback requesting the ability to create new notebooks.  We’re happy to announce that OneNote for iPad now has full support for creating new SkyDrive notebooks.

On the Notebooks list, tap Create Notebook. 

Enter a name for your new notebook, then tap Create. You’re all set!

Add, rename, and delete sections

Sections are a great way to help you group your notes within a notebook. With this update, you can add, rename and delete sections.

It’s really easy to add a section on OneNote for iPad: On the sections bar, tap the plus button, enter a name for your new section, and you’re on your way.

Tap the desired section title to bring up the two options, Delete and Rename.

If you’d like to rename a section, select that option, and the section title will be automatically highlighted. Just start typing and tap Done on your keyboard to save the new name.

Japanese typing improvements

Some of our Japanese-language customers reported slow typing responsiveness. Our engineering team did some remarkable work, and we think you’ll be really pleased with the results.

Download size reduction

We received feedback from some of our customers that the download size of OneNote for iPhone was too big, and now the download size is less than half the size of our previous release.

Automatic list detection

OneNote for iPhone and iPad offers a variety of text formatting options, so you can craft and style notes the way you want to. Many of our customers frequently utilize lists as part of formatting their notes. This update offers support for automatic list detection, so you can spend less time formatting your content and more time creating it.