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What do workers in small, medium-size and enterprise organizations have in common? They all want productivity tools that can help them work smarter and collaborate more effectively, from almost any location and on almost any device. That’s exactly what Office 365 is designed to deliver.

During the past few weeks, we have introduced several new features to enhance the capabilities of Office 365. Last month at Ignite 2016, we updated attendees on Office 365 Groups, our complete group collaboration solution. And just this week we made another announcement tied to the integration of Yammer and Office 365 Groups. Now, you can create and co-author Office documents from within a Yammer group, and browse your SharePoint and OneDrive libraries to share files and start discussions with their teams on Yammer.

We recently announced a limited preview of the new Office 365 adoption content pack, which combines the intelligence of usage reports from the new Office 365 admin center with the interactive reporting capabilities of Power BI to help you get the most out of Office 365. The Office 365 adoption content pack enables you to visualize and analyze Office 365 usage data, create custom reports, share the insights within your organization and pivot by attributes such as location and department. We also announced the rollout of new auditing and reporting capabilities for Yammer, to give organizations more visibility and control over their data within the cloud services they use. These new capabilities are powered by the Office 365 Management Activity API and the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center.

We also provide resources to help you use Office 365 more effectively. Two of our most recent additions are the Office 365 Live Demo webinar series and the Office 365 Enterprise test lab guides. The webinar series is designed to help organizations use Office 365 to boost the productivity of their remote teams. The test lab guides help organizations configure Office 365 features specifically tailored for the needs of enterprises, and create a working dev/test environment they can use for further experimentation.

Below is a roundup of some key news items from the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Microsoft Office 365 for business: What you need to know—Discover how Office 365 offers businesses of every size exceptional value and performance.

City of Kansas City empowers employees, provides better services with Office 365—Learn how Office 365 benefits both city employees and citizens in Kansas City.

The Hershey Company: where collaboration and productivity are a recipe for goodness—Find out how Office 365 is providing the legendary candy company with a sweet solution for digital transformation.

Businesses can now use Power BI to gauge Microsoft Office usage—Discover how your organization can determine whether employees are using the full potential of Office 365 and assess its return on investment.

Microsoft adds intelligent cloud collaboration features to Office 365—Learn how you and your organization can benefit from the intelligent cloud collaboration features in Office 365.

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6 comments
  1. I need to know when I will be able to add guest accounts (in my tenancy) who have gmail or yahoo email addressess. This is a critical success factor for my client.

    • Hi Sadeeh,

      What do you mean by guest account?
      Because you are already able to apply a forwarding email address for an Office 365 account.

      Regards,
      Christophe BACH

      • Guest accounts are unpaid accounts. You can give access to people who are outside your company or Office 365 tenancy.

  2. is there any option to sync with company mail(outlook) to onedrive ?

    im using MS office 2016

    • Yes Ameer there is. Just go to your onedrive settings and set up Office 365 to back up your MS Outlook data unless your companies MS Security Center Consle (managed usually by your IT Manager or Cloud Partner) has permissions in place that don’t allow the back up due to company privacy etc. This back up option is also available is Outlook 2016.

      Usually, your Outlook data is backed up by your organisation anyway…so ASK FIRST

      I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Sam

  3. Bit surprised that these two features still haven’t made it to release::
    1) Ability to sync SharePoint folders on a Mac. Half of our company uses a Mac and is still unable to sync SharePoint folders. This negatively impacts the Office 365 experience and is a showstopper for company-wide Office 365 adoption at our firm.
    2) Ability to share Office 365 Groups with external people?
    3) Streamlining (or merging) the OneDrive vs. SharePoint experience

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