New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium help you run and grow your small business

To make Office 365 more valuable for your small business, we are announcing three new applications coming to Office 365 Business Premium:

  • Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
  • Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
  • Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.

We’re also introducing the Office 365 Business center, a central place where you can manage these business apps and get an end-to-end view of your business. In addition, we’re adding MileIQ, the leading mileage tracking app, as an Office 365 Business Premium subscription benefit. These new services—along with the recently added Microsoft Bookings and Outlook Customer Manager—help you win customers and manage your business.

Connections, Listings, Invoicing and the Business center are rolling out in preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, starting with those in the First Release program. MileIQ Premium is available to all Business Premium subscribers in the U.S, U.K. and Canada effective today.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these products.

Microsoft Connections—Drive more sales with simple email marketing tools

Email marketing can accelerate sales, but getting started can be overwhelming. With Microsoft Connections, you can easily create professional-looking email marketing campaigns with pre-designed templates for newsletters, announcements or customer referrals. You can also provide simple ways for people to join your mailing list or unsubscribe.

As your mailing list grows, you can manage your subscribers by creating segments to efficiently target specific groups of customers. Performance charts and subscriber activity updates track open rate, clicks, new sign-ups, new customers, offer redemptions and unsubscribed numbers for each email campaign, so you can see what is and is not working.

Image showing the analytics of two recent email campaigns pulled from Connections. A mobile device, with the email sent, is also shown.

Microsoft Connections is available on the web, and on mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Microsoft Listings—Get your business discovered online by new customers

Getting your business listed online is a great way to be discovered by prospective customers, but it can be time consuming to set up your online presence, keep information like business hours up-to-date and monitor performance across sites. Microsoft Listings makes it easy to publish and manage your business listing on Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp.

Image showing the Listings welcome screen with business contact information and map. The analytics for Google, Facebook, Bing and Yelp is displayed below the business information.

Microsoft Listings includes a web dashboard that lets you easily monitor ratings and reviews.

When you update your business profile in Microsoft Listings, the changes automatically populate across Facebook, Google and Bing. And what’s more, you can monitor online views and reviews of your listings across sites from a single dashboard. This makes it easier to understand feedback from your customers and strengthen your online reputation.

Microsoft Invoicing—Get paid fast with hassle-free invoices and online payments

Getting estimates and invoices out on time, tracking pending payments and processing payments quickly are critical to keep things running smoothly. But it can tedious and confusing to keep track of information in different systems of record or even on paper. Microsoft Invoicing helps you quickly create professional-looking estimates and invoices, so you get paid quickly.

Images showing the Invoicing app opened and displaying an invoice. A mobile device, showing the list of invoices and the status is also displayed.

Microsoft Invoicing is available on the web, and on mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Microsoft Invoicing works with PayPal, so you can accept credit and debit cards online. A connector to QuickBooks lets you sync customer and catalogue data, and transfer invoicing information to your accountant.

Manage from one place with the new Office 365 Business center

The Office 365 Business center brings Bookings, Connections, Listings and Invoicing together in a central location—so you have easy access to your business apps and data. It features a unified dashboard where you can view key metrics from all the business apps, including total outstanding invoices, the number of appointments scheduled, the impressions across Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp, and the number of new subscribers and sent campaigns.

Image showing the Office 365 Business Center dashboard with all the data pulled from Listings, Connections, Bookings and Invoicing.

Office 365 Business center lets you access via the web.

The Business center includes an activity feed, so you can see the details of what’s happening within each of the apps—making it easy to keep up-to-date on new customer appointments, invoices and payments being created or updated by the employees in your business. The activity feed also provides suggestions on what actions to take next, such as alerting you that a payment is overdue and it’s time to resend an invoice.

Because the new business apps are built to work together, you don’t waste valuable time setting up connectors or transferring data manually. A contact in one business app is automatically recognized in another, so you don’t have to input data multiple times. As a business owner, you also have full control over who on your team gets access to which business apps and related information.

MileIQ—The smarter way to track your miles comes to Office 365 Business Premium

If you drive a personal car for work purposes such as customer sales visits, partner meetings or trade conferences, you know that tracking and reporting your miles for tax deduction or expense reimbursement can be a hassle. That’s why we’re pleased to add MileIQ—the leading mileage tracking app on iOS and Android—as a benefit of your Office 365 Business Premium subscription.

MileIQ offers a simple, smarter way to track your miles—with automatic drive detection and mileage logging, easy one-swipe classification as business or personal, and comprehensive reporting. MileIQ has already helped over four million customers save time and money—saving customers $6,900 on average per year in deductions or reimbursements, and 2 hours a week of time spent logging drives. You can log unlimited drives every month with the MileIQ Premium subscription that you get with Office 365 Business Premium. MileIQ is currently available to subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Try the new services and let us know what you think

We are excited to get your feedback as you use these new services in your Office 365 Business Premium subscription. Here’s how to get started:

  • Connections, Listings, Invoicing and the Business center—These are rolling out in preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in U.S., U.K. and Canada. Once they are activated in your account, you’ll see a Business center icon on the welcome screen after you sign in. Just click the icon to get started. If you want early access, please visit our support page to learn how to join the Office 365 First Release program. As you use the apps, let us know what you think by providing feedback in our feedback forum.

Image shows the App Launcher with the New Business icon displayed.

An icon introducing the new business apps will appear when you have signed in to Office 365.

Redesigned navigation, conversations and search in Outlook for iOS and Android

People come to Outlook every day to stay on top of what’s important—whether they need to read and reply to a crucial conversation, navigate through their folders or find a critical email. We’re humbled and driven by the stories and feedback we hear from people using the apps. These insights from across the globe, different industries and people from all walks of life drive us every day to make Outlook effortless for all these needs—so it’s even easier for you to communicate, collaborate and manage your time while on the go.

Conversations—email that’s fast and interactive

The redesigned conversation experience makes it easy to stay on top of discussions, whether you’re talking to friends and family, classmates, colleagues or with your groups.

Image showing side-by-side mobile devices with the before and after conversation experience.

Here’s a look at some of our recent updates to make catching up on what’s happening in email more effortless:

  • Outlook now shows more of your conversation at once and provides clearer separation between individual messages, making it simpler to catch up on your conversations.
  • When you tap on a conversation to read it, Outlook automatically opens to show the first unread message. You can pick up right where you left off without scrolling.
  • You can now quickly reply to everyone by simply tapping the quick reply box and starting to type. When you’re done, just tap the send button to see your message added to the conversation. This means that you are now finally able to see the rest of the conversation while you type your reply.
  • If you want to do more with a conversation than just quickly reply, simply tap the recipients list to edit, or the ellipsis to get to the additional actions, like Forward.

Image of a device illustrating how you can access additional conversation actions.

Navigation—quickly switch between accounts and folders

Outlook works with all your accounts—from Office 365 to Outlook.com and Gmail. We’ve heard from many people that they wanted a quicker way to switch between accounts or browse folders.

Image showing side-by-side mobile devices with the before and after of how users switch between accounts and folders.

As a result of your feedback, we made the following updates to make navigating in Outlook effortless:

  • The account and folder menu has been beautifully redesigned to give you super-fast access to all your accounts, as well as key folders such as Inbox, Drafts and Groups. Pro tip: Press and hold on an account avatar to pin the sidebar open!
  • Help and Settings buttons are easy to get to in the sidebar, making it even quicker to get in-app product support. While we hope you don’t ever need to contact our support team, we know we’re not perfect, and there are times you could use a helping hand. They’re always available and ready to help, all within the app!

Coming soon—a more intelligent search, front and center

All too often, finding the information you need quickly can be a painful task. The new intelligent search, coming soon to Outlook for iOS and Android, will help make it easier to find an item while on the go.

Changes will include:

  • Search will be front and center in the app’s simplified tab bar. No matter where you are, the new search will be a tap away. Our goal is to bring more proactive and contextual information to your fingertips without even needing to type in a search box.
  • People and Files will be seamlessly integrated as part of the search experience. There’s a section for People and Files—both with proactive suggestions.
  • When typing a name in the search box, it will instantly display suggestions from your most frequent contacts. Tapping on a person provides one-tap access to the new People card announced a few weeks ago.

Image showing mobile device an example of how the new search capabilities will be integrated into the user interface.

The new intelligent search is powered by the Microsoft Graph and lights up immediately with the content from your top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries and recent attachments—with many more exciting things to come!

Transform your organization with Microsoft Workplace Analytics

New insights from Office 365

Workplace Analytics taps into Office 365 email and calendar metadata, including to/from data, subject lines and timestamps, to shine a light on how the organization collaborates and spends time. It turns this digital exhaust—the data that comes naturally from our everyday work—into a set of behavioral metrics that can be used to understand what’s going on in an organization.

Organization level collaboration insights in Workplace Analytics.

Microsoft has enabled Workplace Analytics with built-in privacy and compliance capabilities. Customers own their Office 365 data and decide how to apply insights generated by Workplace Analytics to solve tough business challenges. Workplace Analytics only leverages metadata that is aggregated and de-identified.

Workplace Analytics was designed with the flexibility to address a broad range of strategic and organizational culture-based initiatives. Let’s take a look at a few ways customers are using Workplace Analytics:

Sales productivity

A sales organization in a Fortune 500 company used Workplace Analytics to identify the collaborative patterns of top performers and then scaled those behaviors to the broader sales organization—resulting in a significant increase in sales. Some of these insights were expected, like the amount of time spent with customers. But others were new, like the size of the person’s internal network, which may be an indicator of the salesperson’s ability to get answers and solve customer questions.

Exploring internal network size metrics for the sales organization in Workplace Analytics.

Manager effectiveness

Freddie Mac used Workplace Analytics to drive a cultural change with managers. In looking at how time-usage metrics are related to engagement and retention, they found that the behaviors of managers were pivotal in determining employee engagement and retention. Behaviors, such as 1:1 manager time, level of leadership exposure given to employees and the degree to which work can be distributed evenly across an organization, are measurable through Workplace Analytics.

Space planning

The collaboration insights from Workplace Analytics were used by an organization to partner with its commercial real estate company, CBRE, to do space planning. They analyzed the metadata attached to employee calendar items to calculate the travel time associated with meetings. They found that as a result of the relocation, each employee reduced their travel time to meetings by 46 percent—resulting in a combined total of 100 hours saved per week across all 1,200 employees involved in the move.

Customized queries

Every organization has unique business questions, which is why we’ve included the ability to create custom queries directly within Workplace Analytics. Data analysts can choose from a unique set of collaboration metrics to explore activities and trends within the business, including time spent in email, time in meetings, after-hours time and network size. Analysts can also create custom queries and filter to aggregated population subsets including regions, roles and functions.

“Workplace Analytics is becoming an essential part of our toolkit,” said Tom Springer, partner at Bain. “It shows us where and how our clients are deploying their scarcest resources: the time, talent and energy of their people. Workplace Analytics consistently yields unique insights into resource allocation, collaboration behaviors and organizational networks. We integrate these insights with broader perspectives on strategy, operating model and results delivery to help our clients organize for maximum productivity.”

Building a digital, data-driven enterprise

At Microsoft, Workplace Analytics has yielded significant insights. “We believe building a true digital, data-driven enterprise requires organizations to empower and connect their people across everything—people, processes, data and systems,” said Kathleen Hogan, chief people officer at Microsoft. “Our HR Business Insights group is using Workplace Analytics across a variety of initiatives—from understanding the behaviors driving increased employee engagement, to identifying the qualities of top-performing managers who are leading Microsoft’s cultural transformation from within. We believe people analytics is a competitive necessity for any HR team.”

Big News for Office 365 Subscribers: Microsoft Planning to Upgrade Office 365| Support for www.office.com/setup on 1-888-262-1663 Toll Free

The corporate subscribers to Office 365, Office 365 ProPlus will now have an upgraded Office 365 every six months, just like Windows 10- according to the sources. This can be seen as an alignment with Windows 10. Microsoft outlined how it plans to deliver and support ProPlus, starting in September.

In this post we’ve listed Microsoft’s description to the most important questions and there answers.

Question:What’s the new schedule for Office updates? It is March and September, annually, like Windows 10?

Answer:Rather than issue Office feature updates three times a year — in February, June and October — the cadence since Office 2016’s launch in the fall of 2015 — Microsoft is slowing the tempo to twice yearly.

With this announcement, Microsoft seeks to have the customer feedback.

As per Ron Markezich, a Microsoft marketing executive, Customers also asked them to simplify the update process — and to improve the coordination between Office and Windows and this announcement will truly be a matter of delight for them.

Microsoft, with this announcement aims at promoting “Secure Productive Enterprise” (SPE), a subscription program that combines Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.Because SPE bundled both Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, subscribers had to deal with two different upgrade tempos.

“This change will make planning and managing updates for both Office and Windows easier for customers using the Secure Productive Enterprise,” Markezich, the Microsoft marketing exec, said.

Customers told Microsoft it needed to synchronize the Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus release schedules if it wanted to sell SPE.

Question:What else changed besides the schedule?

Microsoft extended support from 12 months per update to 18 months, an increase of 50%. The additional six months means IT professionals can choose to update once or twice a year.

The support extension matched that of Windows 10, which has also settled on 18 months, more proof of a link, at least in Microsoft’s mind, between Windows 10 and Office 365.

As Windows 10 and the latest version of Office 365 Pro Plus, based on Office www.office.com/setup 2016, were lurching toward launch, Microsoft laid out a three-times-a-year release schedule and pledged 12 months of support for both revenue pillars. Because Windows 10 was first in the queue, its release calendar and support lifecycle was revealed first, followed by Pro Plus.

Question:What are the other changes in Office 365?

Answer:Microsoft also changed the terminology it uses, and expects customers to understand, for the multiple Office 365 ProPlus release “tracks.”

The twice-a-year feature updates will be named Semi-annual Channel (Pilot) and Semi-annual Channel (Broad), each describing how Microsoft envisions them being deployed in the enterprise. Most people will probably refer to them as simply “Pilot” and “Broad,” the latter representing deployment throughout an organization.

This is the third round of names Microsoft’s hung on the faster release schedule. The original labeling used Windows 10’s “Current Branch” and “Current Branch for Business” starting in the fall of 2015; Microsoft ditched that for the “Channel” terminology in 2016.

Question: When will Microsoft release the first Office 365 ProPlus upgrade under the new schedule?

Answer:The company said the Pilot channel will ship Sept. 12, Four months later -on Jan. 9, 2018. The second release will bring a new Pilot to customers March 13, 2018, a new Broad on July 10, 2018.

Question: Can Microsoft skip aProPlus features upgrade?

Answer:Yes they do, but you will have to hustle to get onto a supported version before the one you’re on falls off the list.

If your firm deployed the Broad channel in January 2018, then decided to skip the July 2018 upgrade, you would have to deploy the next ProPlus in the two-month span between Jan. 8, 2019 and March 12, 2019. In other words, after the January 2019 Broad releases and before the January 2018 Broad drops off the support list at the end of its 18 months.)

Question:According to the previous Office 365 ProPlus schedule, an upgrade is due in June. What happens to that under the new scheme?

Answer:“Office still plans to release a new Deferred Channel and First Release for Deferred Channel on June 13, 2017,” Microsoft said in an extended support document.

That means current Office 365 subscribers will have just three months, rather than the usual four, to conduct enterprise pilots and validate applications with June’s “First Release for Deferred Channel” release before the final “Deferred Channel” release appears Sept. 12.

Note: The first Semi-annual Channel (Broad) doesn’t release until January 2018.

That last Deferred Channel will be supported until July 10, 2018, Microsoft said.

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What’ll be the expiry date of Microsoft Office 2007 support?

Office 2007This week’s news headlines has given some good information to the users who are still using the Office 2007. The news is that Microsoft is moving into the “Extended” support period, allowing the users a time-period of three more months to switch from their current Office 2007’s apps to the latest suite like Office 2016 or others.

Microsoft stated that Office 2007’s users will no longer get company assisted technical support such as phone consultations or troubleshooting nor the packages for security issues, after its support expiry date that is October 10.

Earlier, Microsoft decided to end the Office 2007 support in April. However, directions on Microsoft’s managing vice president, Rob Helm estimated that Office 2007 has already provided with an extension of six months from the Microsoft’s side in 2012.Hence, now the Office 2007 moves to Extended on 9th October, 2012, from the originally set “Extended” support period on April 9 instead. The reason for extending this time is the condition in the company’s support policy that guarantees minimum two years of “mainstream” support even after the release of product’s new version (version 2010 here. Hence, now the extended support for Office 2007 will end on 10th October 2017.

Microsoft on its official website has provided a complete list of all the components of Office 2007 that will expire on October 10.

There are two types of support provided by the Microsoft:

  1. “Mainstream” – This is the period in which users are provided with the updates whether for the product’s security purpose or any other purpose completely free of cost and on regular basis.
  2. “Extended” – After exiting the ‘mainstream’ support period the device will enter this support period, which also provides the product’s security updates for free, but for most of the other updates it asks for the payment from the users.

How “Office 2007” will work after the support ends?

There are different cases, answering the above questions, in some of them Office 2007’s applications continue to work even after the support expires, but with the risk of being getting harmed by the malicious software that enters or attacks the devices. Whereas in some other, the apps are not able to work at all after the support’s expiry date that is Oct 10. Hence, the users must upgrade to Office 2010 or other future versions to receive the updates after October 10.

Microsoft said that Outlook 2007 will not be able to connect to Office 365 mailboxes after 31st October 2017 resulting in blocking the transmission and reception of the mail for the Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365.

Here, the Office 365 rent-not-own subscription program and the Office 2016 applications that come with most enterprise- and business-grade plans are recommended by the Microsoft. Moreover, a sub-site especially for Office 2007 to deliver information on upgrade paths, links to the detailed switching instructions and more is also designs by the firm.

That’s all for the Office 2007 users. Hope, you’ll get all the required information regarding Office 2007, switching to Office 2016, etc. from this article. But, if you still faces the issue related to the updates, installation, and activation of the successor versions, etc. You may contact us on our toll-free number 1-888-262-1663; our technicians are available 24×7 at your service.

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SharePoint communication sites begin rollout to Office 365 customers

During last month’s SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled SharePoint communication sites—beautiful, dynamic sites that let you reach a broad internal audience, and that look great on the web, in the SharePoint mobile app, on PC and on Mac. Today, we’re excited to announce that communication sites are now rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers, followed by full worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers in the coming months.

Image scrolls through a SharePoint communication site in desktop view.

Create a beautiful communication site in seconds

Communication sites are perfect for internal cross-company campaigns, weekly and monthly reports or status updates, product launches, events and more. To help you jumpstart getting your message out fast, communication sites provide configurable templates for the sites and pages within. When you click Create site from the SharePoint home in Office 365, you have a choice of three initial site designs:

  • Topic—Select the Topic design when you have a lot of information to share, such as news, events and other content.
  • Showcase—Use the Showcase design to feature a product, team or event using photos or images.
  • Blank—Start with a blank site and make your design come to life quickly and easily.

Images showing how each of the different three site design options look on a desktop and mobile device.

Communication site designs (from left to right): Topic, Showcase and Blank.

And it is easy to tell your story. Once your new site is created, simply drag-and-drop to reorganize web parts on the page to bring your use cases and scenarios to life. News and pages allow for multi-column layouts to represent your message in a meaningful, intuitive fashion.

Learn how to create a communication site in Office 365, add a page and work with column layouts.

Share your plans and updates in engaging, interactive ways

Communication sites allow people to create and share recurring updates beyond email. When you create a page on a communication site, you can embed documents and video, and dynamically pull in real-time data from across Office 365, including documents from SharePoint, Power BI reports, Microsoft Stream videos and Yammer discussions. The resulting page is a rich and dynamic communication. And the page persists on the site, so people can refer to it easily, even as the membership of your team changes, so new members can more easily get up to speed.

Image showing how a communication site displays all the data pulled in from Office 365, including news, events, key documents, resources and contacts.

The new capabilities for the rich section layouts and new web parts can be utilized on SharePoint team sites as well.

Consume, create and connect from your mobile device via the SharePoint apps

It’s easy to access, engage with and create content for communication sites from any device. The full site, pages, news, navigation, search and more are natively viewable, functional and engaging. Read a page, create a news article, engage in a Yammer conversation—all in the context of the site—from within the SharePoint mobile app experience.

Image runs through a SharePoint communication site in mobile.

You can download the SharePoint mobiles apps for iOS and Android today, and the new features will be available in the coming weeks. Learn more about the SharePoint mobile app for iOS, SharePoint mobile app for Android and SharePoint app for Windows 10 Mobile.

Communication sites help further refine and enhance your message

Beyond what we shared during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, communication sites have additional capabilities to further refine and enhance your message.

Make your home page and sub-pages look great

  • Full-width layouts—The Hero and Image web parts can be placed in a section layout that spans the page from left to right, giving you ways to emphasize your most essential information.
  • Enhanced title region with custom header image—Visually represent your home page, news and subpages with a compelling header graphic and title. You control what portion of the image is the most important, so it looks great, and as intended, across web and mobile experiences.

New to Office 365 in June classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams and more

The new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now broadly available

We’re excited to announce that the new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers. For students, Teams helps create safe and engaging classroom environments with rich conversations including text, video and voice, as well as custom class themes, stickers and emojis. Educators can save time with student class rosters automatically populated from the school’s information system. They can also move effortlessly between planning lessons, creating content and providing feedback with the help of integrated OneNote Class Notebooks, Assignments and Office apps. Lastly, Teams provides a hub for educators and staff to connect with each other outside the classroom (for example, in professional learning communities), all from a single experience within Office 365 for Education.

The classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are being shown on a Windows desktop and iPhone. Specifically, the same World History project-based group conversations around an embedded Word document and Planner plan are being shown on both devices, in context with the rest of the class resources and student-led discussion.

With classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, everything students need is right at their fingertips with OneNote Class Notebook, Assignments and Office apps built into every class.

Availability: The classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers in 181 markets and 25 languages on Windows desktops, Macs, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Office 365 security, protection and compliance updates

Several Office 365 updates this month help enterprise subscribers better protect sensitive information, manage risk and stay ahead of threats within their organization.

Windows Information Protection expands to Office on Windows desktops—Windows Information Protection (WIP) support is expanding beyond Office mobile apps to Office on Windows desktops. WIP helps prevent accidental data leaks while letting your employees maintain control over their personal data. They can simply designate content created in these apps as “work” or “personal,” so your IT department can protect or remove only business data. Learn more about Windows Information Protection.

Availability: Windows Information Protection support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on Windows desktops is now available for Office 365 commercial customers with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5. It was already supported in Office mobile apps for Windows tablets and phones.

Additional Office 365 security and compliance updates—This month we also announced additional updates to help you manage threats and protect sensitive information. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) now offers enhanced reporting on malicious emails detected and blocked in your organization. New ATP Safe Links policy configurations let you block specific URLs, customize policies for specific people and more. Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery now provides a more streamlined user interface for managing the entire case lifecycle. It also now extracts text from images using optical character recognition and helps you supervise employee communications to comply with internal policies and regulatory bodies. Lastly, a new security information and event management (SIEM) connector for Office 365 Advanced Security Management (ASM) enables your organization to centralize the monitoring of ASM alerts with your existing SIEM software.

The threat protection status report is being shown in the Office 365 security and compliance center, including reporting on malicious emails detected and blocked in your organization.

Enhanced threat protection reporting provides better visibility into malicious emails.

Availability: Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced Data Governance, Advanced eDiscovery and Advanced Security Management updates are available and included in Office 365 E5 and Secure Productive Enterprise E5 customers.

Additional updates for Office 365 commercial customers

This month, we have additional updates for our commercial customers, providing your employees with new ways to collect feedback in surveys, as well as manage and share videos internally.

Microsoft Forms is available for commercial public preview—Previously available for education customers, Microsoft Forms is rolling out for commercial customers, providing a lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls. It helps anybody in your organization easily collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction, organize team events and more.

A customer satisfaction survey is being shown being created and shared with Microsoft Forms. First, questions are added with response options. Then a theme is chosen before she Share pane is selected, showing all the options for sharing the survey.

Microsoft Forms is a lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls.

Availability: Microsoft Forms is rolling out in public preview for Office 365 commercial customers in First Release.

Microsoft Stream is generally available—Microsoft Stream is an intelligent video service for commercial customers to easily and securely upload, share, manage and view videos in a single experience. Speech-to-text transcription, face detection, intelligent search and more make video consumption more efficient. IT can also tailor Microsoft Stream to fit their organization’s needs with management and security capabilities. Get started with Microsoft Stream.

Intelligence features in Microsoft Stream are being shown. A video is shown playing, and the faces detected in the video are shown below the video. Text is showing alongside the video representing what is being said on the video.

Microsoft Stream leverages face detection, speech-to-text and more to enhance productivity.

Availability: Microsoft Stream is generally available for Office 365 commercial customers with Enterprise and Education plans in 181 markets and 44 languages.

Improvements to intelligent services in Office 365

This month’s updates to cloud-powered intelligent services in Office 365 apps and services help save you time, produce better results and share insights on your work habits with your coworkers.

Find credible sources and content from within more apps—We’re extending Researcher beyond Word on Windows desktops to Word on Macs, as well as to OneNote for Windows 10. Researcher helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your outline notes or papers in fewer steps. Powered by the Bing Knowledge Graph, Researcher helps you explore material related to your topic and add it in one click, without leaving the app. Learn more about Researcher.

Researcher is being shown in OneNote for Windows 10 alongside an outline being crafted on economic trade theory. The Researcher pane is opened, the term “global economy” is typed into the search box, and results for related material are sifted through. A specific article is selected, a piece of text is highlighted and copied with a single click into the OneNote outline.

Researcher helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content without leaving the app.

Availability: Researcher is now available in OneNote for Windows 10, for all Office 365 subscribers. Researcher is now available in Word on Macs for Office Insider Fast. Researcher was already available in Word on Windows desktops.

Share your work habits with MyAnalytics—Now you can share MyAnalytics insights about your personal working style with others. This can help spur conversations around productivity habits among the people you work with, driving new norms around meetings, emails and after-hours work. MyAnalytics insights are private by default until you share them. Learn more in this MyAnalytics blog.

Sharing in MyAnalytics is being shown. The desired statistics are being selected, and then a recipient is chosen for sharing and a message is written to go along with the insights sent.

Now you can share MyAnalytics insights about your personal working style with others.

Availability: Sharing in MyAnalytics is now available for all Office 365 commercial customers with MyAnalytics.

Microsoft Forms Public Preview for Office 365 commercial customers

Following the launch of Microsoft Forms in Education last summer, we heard from businesses that they need an easy-to-use tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls. Today, we’re rolling out the public preview of Microsoft Forms to our Office 365 commercial subscribers, so you can collect information from customers, employees and partners. The preview is currently rolling out to tenants whose entire organizations are signed up for First Release, and will gradually be available to other tenants in a few months.

A customer satisfaction survey is being shown being created and shared with Microsoft Forms. First, questions are added with response options. Then a theme is chosen before she Share pane is selected, showing all the options for sharing the survey.

Collect information with surveys, quizzes and polls

Microsoft Forms is a simple, lightweight tool that lets you collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction and organize team events. You can create a survey in minutes with no training needed, and respondents can fill it out on any browser without having to install a separate app.

Microsoft Forms comes with question branching, so surveys flow the way you want them to. You can also add themes or your company logo, so they look great without a lot of work. Just send out a link and your survey dynamically adapts to every screen, so it’s easy for respondents to fill it out on the go.

Simple, powerful analysis and Microsoft Excel integration

Survey, quiz and poll results are all available in real-time—just navigate to the Responses tab, where you’ll also find auto-generated charts that help you visualize response data in an instant. You can also open all results in Microsoft Excel with one click if you need to conduct more custom, in-depth analysis.

Image displays a Microsoft Forms Responses tab showing responses for a company's annual retreat.

Microsoft Forms Responses tab.

Management and compliance via Office 365

Microsoft Forms is part of the Office 365 suite and adheres to the compliance, security and privacy levels you’ve come to expect from the Office 365 apps. Companies can collect information without users having to go to non-secure solutions, or IT needing to build and maintain custom surveying tools. IT admins can also manage user licenses and enable or disable co-authoring of Microsoft Forms outside their organization.

Microsoft Forms, PowerApps and SharePoint lists

Microsoft Forms offers an easy solution for basic data collection via surveys, quizzes and polls. For more heavy-duty needs, we have announced new tools to create custom forms with PowerApps and SharePoint lists. PowerApps lets you connect to your existing cloud services and data sources to quickly build custom apps that your organization can view, edit and share. When you use it to build an app from a SharePoint list, you can create custom forms ranging from contact lists and travel approvals to purchase requests and customer service tickets. We now have your forms needs covered from basic data collection to custom apps for your organization.

Announcing OneDrive support for the Files app in iOS 11

OneDrive makes it easier for you to access your files, and we are continually working to ensure you have the best OneDrive experience on every platform and every device. OneDrive already supports many iOS capabilities, including OneDrive for iMessage, the Share extension, and Apple Pencil and split-screen support on iPad. Today, Apple announced the new Files app at WWDC for iOS 11, and we are excited to announce support for the new app and its file management capabilities. OneDrive integration with the Files app will make it easier for you to access your content from any Apple device and will provide a better file management experience on iOS for your personal and work OneDrive and SharePoint sites. We will share more details when iOS 11 releases.

Allergan embraces growth pharma model, accelerates business with the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise

With 22 acquisitions in the past five years, it’s easy to see how Allergan is a leading exponent of the new “Growth Pharma” business model. Expanding its diversified portfolio of branded and generic pharmaceuticals by acquiring companies like Botox and Zeltiq Aesthetics, Allergan is pursuing a rigorous growth strategy, rather than investing heavily in R&D. This approach, known in the industry as “open science,” sees the company enriching its intellectual property by acquiring new talent, promising new products and partnering closely with many external stakeholders. It requires an agile, IT-enabled workplace to pull off the rapid employee onboarding and a rich culture of teamwork and creativity to make this strategy work. At the same time, it’s critically important for Allergan to ensure the security of its IP and to remain compliant in this highly regulated industry. So, it’s great news that Allergan chose the Secure Productive Enterprise solution to enable this disruptive way of doing business in the pharmaceutical industry.

Here’s what CIO Sean Lennon has to say about the organization’s decision to facilitate a new culture of work at Allergan that securely enables teamwork and creativity for all workers with the help of the Secure Productive Enterprise solution:

“As Allergan continues to build its global portfolio of products and services, it’s our role in IT to enable the company’s scalability. That’s why we chose the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise, because it allows me to deliver a secure technology experience that drives creativity, collaboration and teamwork for the business. So, while employees are working more collaboratively and are empowered to innovate with immediate access to all the tools they need—Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Windows 10 Enterprise—I’m also saving money by consolidating our IT landscape and reducing the burden of on-premises maintenance. It’s always a challenge to maintain a lean IT organization and provide the best tools for enabling the business to achieve its goals, but we’ve achieved the right balance with Microsoft.”