What’s New with Microsoft 365 | October 2019


(upbeat music)
– Hi I’m Vivian.
– And I’m Arthur.
– And along with Candace,
we’re your hosts for
What’s New with Microsoft 365 this month.
Right now Microsoft’s Ignite conference
is happening down in Orlando, Florida.
– Yay Ignite woo!
– Yay
But today is actually the
first day of the conference
and it goes on throughout the entire week.
So we thought we would kind of
change things up a little bit
here this month and instead
of doing our usual updates
we would cover all the major announcements
that are coming out of Ignite.
– Right and one of the major announcements
has to do with Microsoft Teams.
So new capabilities to
enhance collaboration
and business processes for all workers
are in Microsoft Teams now.
Things like private
channels, multi-windows,
and new messaging extensions lets users
customize their Teams
conversations and experiences.
To help people easily manage tasks,
conversations and files from
other Microsoft 365 apps,
we’ve also deepened Teams integrations
with Outlook, To-Do and Yammer.
These new features make it quick and easy
for first-line workers
to securely access Teams
from their mobile device.
– Next step, big news for Microsoft Edge
and Microsoft Search.
The new Microsoft Edge streamlines access
to both your work and personal files.
With the enterprise new tab page,
you have direct access
to Office 365 files,
sites and internet search,
making you instantly productive
with every tab you open.
Which sounds way more
productive than the usual
random 37 tabs I have open in my browser.
And with the new Microsoft Bing,
searching for information
at work is now as easy
as searching for your favorite
chili recipe on the web.
You can now access personally
relevant files, people
and company info from across
your Microsoft 365 eco-system
without leaving your Edge browser.
The new Edge is now available
on all your devices and PCs.
Candace had a chance to talk to Bill Doll,
who worked on the new Office mobile app
before he left for Ignite.
Let’s see what she found out.
– Hi, so I’m here with Senior
Product Marketing Manager
Bill Doll, and he’s here
to talk a little bit about
the new Office app.
So what can customers expect from this?
– The Office app is a
whole new mobile experience
for the phone from Microsoft.
We kinda think about the
existing apps that are out there
with Word, Excel and PowerPoint
and they were really originally
designed for computers
and PC-based experiences
and then, you know, altered
in order to make it worthwhile on a phone.
This really re-imagines
that whole experience
and comes with a forefront of like
what would a productivity experience
that was designed for mobile
in the first place look like?
– So you mentioned tasks,
what are some common tasks
that customers will now be
able to do with this new app?
– Anything that somebody would do today
with Word, Excel or PowerPoint
they can do on their phone.
So there’s no need to relearn experiences,
no concern about which
features are missing
in this app that are in those other apps.
So immediately people should
have a pretty good idea
of what they can get done.
But as you said, we’ve
integrated some really
cool actions as well.
So whether that’s moving
files between devices
using scanning QR codes,
creating PDFs and signing PDFs,
you can all do that from
this one experience and so
it really helps tie everything together
so that you don’t have to
jump around between apps.
– When it comes to
Office and productivity,
what are some advantages
that customers can see
from this app?
– Now with the integration
with the camera,
you’re able to take a
picture of a document
whether that’s a standard
document full of text
or even a table,
and the app will
automatically convert that
into an editable Word
document or Excel document.
It’s an amazing experience
actually once you see it
and do that, it really
is a big time saver.
Even people like my wife,
who, you know doesn’t really
use apps like this too much,
she’s like “Wow I can
totally see how I’m gonna
use something like that.”
And so it’s really a big time
saver and one of the things
we’ve found with some of our early users
is that’s one of the difference makers
that really stands out to people.
– Awesome, so we’ve talked a
little bit about what it is,
what it does, but I’m
kinda curious to know
what your favorite new feature is.
– Yeah, so, there’s a
sticky notes integration
where, you know, sometimes
you have a quick idea
and when you’re on the go,
you’re moving between things,
you can’t really think about,
“Alright if I’m gonna
open OneNote which file
or which tab do I wanna put this on?”
I can just go in, I can
just do a quick note,
it’s just kinda like
sticky notes on your phone
and you can come back to it later
and take care of it when you need to,
you don’t have to think
about where you have to go.
– Ignite’s coming up, you’re going,
you’re gonna be in the sunshine.
I wanna know what the thing is
that you’re most looking forward to.
– Well I’ll be honest,
I’m really excited about
going to Universal Studios.
I actually was the first
time I got to do that,
and see Harry Potter World and all that.
My kids are super jealous of me right now
– I bet!
– for doing that.
They think that’s all I’m doing down here.
But to be honest one of
the things that also really
stands out to me is the
opportunity to meet and talk
with customers, sometimes it’s
even just sitting around at
lunchtime and just striking
up a conversation, but I find
those experiences to be
super-valuable and thinking
about what I do at work and
how I do it and so I can’t
wait to have more conversations like that.
– Yeah, and you get to be
in the sunshine, so I’m
a little jealous of that.
But thanks so much for taking
the time out of the day to
come talk to us.
– Thank you for having me.
– Yeah.
So we’re back to you.
– If you want to check out
the Office mobile app, it is
now available in public preview today.
– In Excel we’re introducing
scripting with Office Scripts,
a new feature that allows
you to record your actions
inside a workbook and save it to a script.
A saved script can then be
integrated with Microsoft Flow,
enabling you to schedule
it to run automatically or
integrate it with the
larger Flow to accomplish
process animation.
Office Scripting will be
available as a public preview
by the end of this year.
– Candace had a chance to
sit down with Pete Daderko
and talk about the new
Power Platform integration
within Teams.
– Hi, I’m here with
Pete Daderko and he is a
Senior Product Marketing
Manager here, and I want to
talk a little bit about Power Platforms.
So, tell me a little bit
about how PowerApps has
been integrated into Teams.
– Sure.
So, PowerApps is actually
already a really powerful
integration with Teams.
PowerApps creators can go
ahead and put the apps right
in Teams where their users
are already working and
using them today.
We’re making a couple of
updates to PowerApps to make
it even easier and more
discoverable for users.
So, for example, PowerApps
creators can now publish
those PowerApps directly
as Teams to make it even
easier for their users to find
and then access those apps.
Additionally, users can
take those apps and pin them
to their left rail of Teams.
So they can go ahead and
use them wherever they are,
wherever they’re working,
kind of agnostic of the
channel that they are working on.
– Awesome!
And tell me a little bit
more about how Power BI
is being used.
– Yeah, so, Power BI is a
really great and powerful
tool for making sense of data.
And when you can actually
match that with conversations,
it becomes even more powerful.
So, we’re taking Power BI
and putting them directly
into conversations that
users are having today.
Coming soon, Power BI
will be able to put an
adaptive card directly in
Teams, so that you and I
will know exactly what
report we’re talking about,
having conversations about,
and it’ll be very clear
what actions we’re supposed to take.
Whether that’s opening in
Power BI or subscribing to
the particular report.
– So it sounds like it’s
really helping productivity.
– Yeah, absolutely helping
productivity and helping
users make better data-driven decisions.
– Awesome!
And what about Power
Automate, how is that helping
with productivity?
– Power Automate is helping
users really streamline their
productivity scenarios and workflows.
Putting that into Teams
really takes advantage of the
conversational nature of Teams.
So, we’re working to really
expedite and streamline the
conversational and team-based
processes that everyone
has to face.
And so there’s a couple
of new features that
are being added.
Now, users can actually trigger
a flow that is based off of
a new member being added to a team.
So I can use that to create a
really welcoming environment,
add you to the team, introduce
you to everyone, and also
share some very important
information to help you
ramp up even more quickly.
– Yeah, it sounds like it’s
a new way to communicate
more effectively with your co-worker.
– Yeah, it’s great.
It’s streamlining processes
and it’s really helping
with the cultural transformation as well.
– So, Ignite is coming up
and we’re all a little bit
jealous you get to be in
the sunshine, so…(laughs)
But I want to know what you’re
looking forward to most.
– Aside from some vitamin D,
my favorite part of my job
personally is working with
customers and chatting with
them, and so I’ll have a
great opportunity to talk with
a number of customers, both
that I’ve met before and
haven’t met at Ignite,
just to see what they’re
working on today.
What they’re using Teams
and Power Platform for and
you know, potentially what
we can work together on
in the future.
– Awesome!
Well, I’m really jealous
that you’re gonna be there.
But thanks for taking the
time out of the day to talk
to us, and it’s really
great to know what’s been
going on with Teams and Power Platform.
– Of course, thank you for having me.
– In security news,
Microsoft Compliance Score is
now in public preview.
This measures your progress
in completing recommended
actions to reduce risk
around data protection and
regulatory standards.
We’ve introduced new assessments for the
California Consumer Privacy Act and other
GDPR-style regulations.
So, I heard that 53% of
companies have experienced
an insider attack in the last 12 months.
– Oh really?
– Yeah.
It’s kind of crazy, actually.
But with the Insider Risk
Management solution, which
is now in private preview,
this is really gonna help
organizations identify and
remediate insider risk.
How it works is that it
leverages the Microsoft Graph
and third-party signals,
like HR-sytems, to identify
hidden patterns and
risks that traditional or
manual methods might miss.
– More new stuff with
Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
It converges into a configuration
manager functionality
and data, plus new intelligent actions.
It offers a seamless
end-to-end management solution
without the complexity of
a migration or disruption
to your productivity.
Look for Microsoft Endpoint
Manager features and
experiences to appear in the
product over the coming months.
Our customers tell us
they want to improve their
security posture by scoping
what admins do, to only what
they need to do their jobs.
Global Reader gives admins
the ability to view,
look up information, and
report on their environment
without requiring global
admin permissions.
– Our customers have also
been telling us they want
best-practice guidance from
Microsoft, but what they
should be doing next in
their environments to improve
security and administrative efficiency.
In the Microsoft 365 Admin
Center, we’re delivering
AI-powered recommendations
that unifiy Signals and
deliver recommendations
across Microsoft 365,
including AAD, Security
Center and Compliance Center.
– Office 365 Groups is the
membership service that
drives teamwork across Microsoft 365.
It’s a core underpinning of
Teams, SharePoint, Outlook,
Power BI, Dynamic CRM,
and other applications.
We continue to improve
Groups with new Group
lifecycle-management and
compliance capabilities,
including teamifying a group,
restore deleted groups,
edit group email alias, and
sensitivity label support.
IT admins can enable
self-service group creation,
which lets users do things
like create Teams- and
Yammer-channels with guardrails
and policies set by IT.
At Ignite, we’re announcing
other major innovations
in Microsoft 365 for knowledge-management.
For example, new innovations
in Microsoft Search to
help people understand
acronyms, automate QA,
see their building’s floor
plan, and extend search through
third-party apps.
– And lastly, new
self-service experiences in
Workplace analytics help
us identify ways to improve
employee experience,
organizational agility, and
customer focus.
If you’re at Ignite, let us
know in the comments and share
what’s the coolest thing
you’re learning or seeing
at the conference.
– Yeah, and as always, just
hit us up with your feedback
and if you’re not a subscriber,
what are you waiting for?
Just hit that subscribe button.
– And we’ll see you next time.
– Bye!
(upbeat music)
– So now that you’ve watched
this video, don’t forget
to check out the Microsoft
365 blog that has a little
more detail about what we went over today.

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