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Connect, create and stay secure - Microsoft's April updates

In a time where the way we work is changing day by day, it was unforeseeable that businesses and employees were going to be forced to master to complexities of remote working. Microsoft are keeping up with these rapid changes in trends and staggering demand for their technology by releasing essential product updates designed to improve productivity, collaboration and security.

Connect and create with app updates in Yammer, Excel and Outlook

Bringing Yammer into Teams & the new Yammer mobile app

The new Yammer includes a fully interactive Yammer app called “Communities” that brings your communities and conversations directly into Microsoft Teams. No more toggling between apps or confusion about where to chat—just pin the Yammer app in the navigation rail and start discovering communities, knowledge, and conversations alongside your projects, chats, and meetings. Mobile users can experience the new Yammer layouts and styling that make it easier to discover content and post replies, like comments, and include better previews for images, videos, links, and files. Microsoft have also improved the performance of uploading attachments and large videos. The Yammer app is available from the App store and Play store.

Quickly turn data into insights with natural language queries in Excel

Data analysis in Excel just got incredibly intuitive. At Ignite last year, Microsoft announced they were bringing natural language queries to Excel, enabling you to ask plain language questions of your data to get answers. The natural language queries feature is now generally available to Microsoft 365 subscribers in Excel for Windows, Mac, and Excel for the web.

Easily schedule shorter meetings

Data has shown that teams tend to prefer shorter meetings while working apart to help break up the day, therefore microsoft announced a new Outlook feature that lets you end appointments and meetings early so you can get 5, 10, or 15 minutes back after every meeting. You’ll be able to set this up in the Calendar settings soon.

Microsoft Edge Updates

Copy and paste between tabs and app

Smart copy will make it easier to select, copy, and paste the exact content you want from the web while preserving the rich web format. This allows you to save valuable time since you don’t need to re-format tables, fonts, and more.

Manage many tabs at once

For those who like to have dozens of tabs open at a time, microsoft introduced vertical tabs to make it easier to manage many open tabs at once. Vertical tabs will be released soon to preview builds of Microsoft Edge.

Search more securely

Each year, millions of online personal credentials are exposed in data breaches and end up being sold on the dark web. Password Monitor helps keep your online accounts safe from hackers by notifying you if the credentials you’ve saved to autofill have been detected on the dark web, and providing a way to update them. Password Monitor will be released soon to preview builds of Microsoft Edge.

InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Search

Microsoft Bing keeps your web browsing and Bing search history private by automatically deleting history, cookies, and site data when you finish a browsing session. InPrivate searches are never saved to Bing or Microsoft browsing history, and Bing prevents you from signing into your Microsoft account, so searches are not attributed back to you. InPrivate Mode with seamless integration of InPrivate Search is now generally available.

Organize your research

When researching online, it can be difficult to organize your results, resources, and content you find across the web. Collections helps you easily collect information from different websites and organize it so you can pick up right where you left off between sessions. Furthermore with Microsoft 365 integrations, you can export your collections to Word or Excel. Send to Word allows you to get a head start on research with automatically generated citations, and Send to Excel creates an automatically formatted table with key information, perfect for side-by-side comparisons. Collections is now generally available.

Making the transition to remote working easy

Ease the move to remote work with new capabilities in Microsoft 365 Business Premium

With so many employees working from home, small and medium-sized businesses need to stay productive without compromising security. Microsoft are adding the full Azure AD Premium P1 License to Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly called Microsoft 365 Business). With this addition, customers will now get features like Cloud App Discovery, application proxy, dynamic groups, and more, which help employees maintain secure access to work apps from home. This change is rolling out to new customers now, and existing customers will see it added automatically in the coming months.

Get insights into how your organization is working

To help businesses understand how remote work is impacting their organization’s usage behaviors, new data has been added to the Microsoft 365 usage reports. The updates include helping you measure calendar activity in the email report, understanding the total activity across Microsoft 365, and a new report to help you see Microsoft 365 app (formerly Office 365 ProPlus) usage. Microsoft have also added a new card to the usage report homepage to help you understand how solutions that contribute to remote work are being used. You can learn more about usage reports and see your specific data in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

New tools to help IT empower employees securely in a remote work world​

Enabling your users to work from anywhere, regardless of the industry you’re in, requires a level of confidence and control over how users access information across different device endpoints and networks. To make this easier Microsoft have announce several improvements including:

  • A new management experience for Windows Virtual Desktop to quickly provision and manage remote desktops and apps and upcoming support for Microsoft Teams.
  • A unified control plane for device and access management, with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), to ensure all endpoints connecting to corporate resources are secure.
  • And the ability to get the insights you need to understand how your organization is working, and make proactive improvements with Microsoft Productivity Score.

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