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Episode 119 on expanding Azure skills with Kirk Evans—Office 365 Developer Podcast

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 18:00

In episode 119 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Kirk Evans to discuss how Office and SharePoint developers can expand their Azure skills.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP119_KirkE.mp3

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About Kirk Evans

KirkEKirk is a Principal Program Manager for AzureCAT at Microsoft where he helps some of Microsoft’s largest customers deliver solutions in Azure. Kirk is a popular blogger and speaker at conferences and trainings around the world. Prior to his work in Auzre, Kirk was a SharePoint Premier Field Engineer and certified SharePoint Master. Kirk lives with in Dallas, Texas and is the biggest Georgia Bulldogs fan in the state. You can find more of Kirk’s publications on his blog and twitter.

About the hosts

RIchard diZeregaRichard is a software engineer in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, where he helps developers and software vendors maximize their use of Microsoft cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. Richard has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting Office-centric solutions, many that span Microsoft’s diverse technology portfolio. He is a passionate technology evangelist and a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences, trainings and events. Richard is highly active in the Office 365 community, popular blogger at aka.ms/richdizz and can be found on Twitter at @richdizz. Richard is born, raised and based in Dallas, TX, but works on a worldwide team based in Redmond. Richard is an avid builder of things (BoT), musician and lightning-fast runner.

 

ACoatesA Civil Engineer by training and a software developer by profession, Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft since early 2004, teaching, learning and sharing coding techniques. During that time, he’s focused on .NET development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web, on mobile devices and most recently for Office. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work. Andrew lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two almost-grown-up children.

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Visualize work in powerful new ways

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 17:00

We’re constantly pursuing the latest innovations to help your team create powerful diagrams. That pursuit continues with several recently released updates for Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365, including robust database reverse engineering capabilities and new third-party content that meets various industry standards. With these updates, you can visualize your work in exciting and meaningful ways, boosting efficiencies and helping your team make informed decisions with confidence.

Visualize database structures from source data

Visio’s database reverse engineering tool allows you to create a visual representation of a database from its source data. Visio can connect to a number of database solutions, including SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle, to create a real-time illustration of that database, which updates in Visio as the underlying information changes. This kind of reverse engineering helps you drill into specific database elements, like tables and views, to better understand how they relate to one another—all without showing the actual source data.

Using an intuitive wizard, you can select the source database and specific elements to include in the visual, giving you full control over the resulting diagram. In addition to tables and views, you can also incorporate stored procedures and specific table objects, like primary keys, indexes and triggers. Best of all, the database diagram updates when the source information changes, helping ensure everyone has access to the latest data.

Quickly launch a reverse engineering template from the home screen.

Users across industries can benefit from this feature. Healthcare is a perfect example—hospitals store huge amounts of patient data in secure databases. Using reverse engineering in Visio, IT and business analysts can build diagrams that explain the relationship between patient data and healthcare history, including prescriptions, insurance, appointments and more.

You can download the Visio Pro for Office 365 add-in for database reverse engineering here.

Download templates for industry-specific diagrams

You can now access authorized third-party content directly from within Visio Pro for Office 365 for your specialized diagramming needs. Fifty templates and 100 sample diagrams have been developed with trusted partners, including several that meet industry-specific standards.

Business processes

Trisotech has developed a set of templates to help you create diagrams that conform to accepted business standards, including case management models using Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN), professional process models with Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), and business decisions and rules using Decision Model and Notation (DMN). “The availability of these new CMMN, BPMN and DMN templates, along with various samples, will help promote the adoption of recognized standards by business users in Visio, and therefore help our customers standardize their process design,” says Denis Gagné, CEO of Trisotech.

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Design the process for a customer quote request using templates from Trisotech.

Software development and engineering

Programmers and engineers can benefit from templates that meet industry-wide standards, such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.5 for designing software logic flow and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) compliance for creating electrical diagrams. Of these, we recently added three new templates for UML 2.5 to help system architects, software engineers and software developers create diagrams of software-based systems and business processes. The UML diagrams help streamline software development and maintenance. They accurately represent the software’s behavior and structure in a format both technical and non-technical project team members can understand. The three new templates enable you to create:

  • Component diagrams showing components, ports and interfaces and the relationships among them.
  • Deployment diagrams illustrating the deployment architecture of software artifacts to nodes.
  • Communication diagrams highlighting the interactions between lifelines that use sequenced messages in a free-form arrangement.

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Easily create UML-verified communication diagrams.

IT

Industry-proven NetZoom capabilities from Altima Technologies enable IT professionals to leverage data center templates and sample diagrams available directly from within Visio. “NetZoom Visio Stencils is the largest single-source collection of fully detailed, and regularly updated, manufacturer-specific device stencils for IT, A/V, security, network and data centers. The Visio Content Store integration brings the stencil library to the entire Visio community, worldwide,” says Jacquie Staggs, general manager of services at Altima Technologies, Inc.

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Develop main and local branch diagrams using NetZoom stencils.

Education

Map shapes historically have been some of the most popular pieces of educational content in Visio. Teachers and students can now use maps from Visio Guy in the classroom to learn about the locations of states and territories and interact with them easily in the diagram.

Interact with maps from Visio Guy.

Transform the classroom with Visio

Visio Pro for Office 365 is bringing more than 20 templates and 20 sample diagrams that span core education, education planning, games, sports and hobbies. The core education templates for the classroom cover many subjects, including algebra, chemistry and physics. Great visual illustrations bring the subject matter to life for educators and students, enabling better comprehension and accelerated learning.

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We are also excited to introduce education templates focused on extracurricular activities like music, sports and gaming. With these templates, you can easily create fun diagrams leveraging the smart shapes in Visio Pro for Office 365 to foster learning in these subjects.

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We’ve only just begun incorporating third-party content into Visio. Subscribe to Visio Pro for Office 365 to stay up to date with the latest and greatest of Visio. Also, visit our UserVoice to submit suggestions for new products, and follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest Visio news.

For developers and partners, get in touch and submit your shapes, templates or solutions today!

—The Visio team

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Willis Towers Watson—increasing business agility with global commitment to Office 365

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 17:00

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Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

When Willis Group and Towers Watson merged in January 2016, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) became a leading advisory, broking and solutions company operating in more than 140 countries. The merger created an opportunity for WTW to streamline its IT environment, consolidate vendors and commit to a business productivity platform that empowers every one of its 40,000 employees.

According to Eoghan Doyle, global head of Infrastructure and Operations at WTW, the overall utilization of Microsoft technologies is also driven by the business value of a common platform that enables digital transformation:

“Willis Towers Watson drives business performance for our clients by helping them unlock potential. We aim to do the same for our global workforce. The Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise E5 solution provides the advanced enterprise security, collaboration and intelligence from Office 365, which our colleagues can use to drive business results. By globally adopting Secure Productive Enterprise solutions, we can increase business agility and productivity, while delivering integrated technology in support of our business objectives. We look forward in particular to cloud-based telephony, interactive self-service business analytics and advanced threat protection to empower everyone in a mobile-first, modern workplace.”

An added benefit for WTW is the $3 million in savings it will achieve from a consistent, integrated set of cloud-based technologies, compared to continuing with its third-party services.

As we continue to innovate on the security and compliance features in our cloud services—capabilities like accelerated eDiscovery analysis workflow and advanced security intelligence—customers in the professional services industry can stay ahead of today’s evolving threat landscape. It’s really gratifying to see how WTW is broadly adopting the Microsoft Cloud to help transform its global business.

We’re looking forward to watching as WTW transforms with the Microsoft Cloud to achieve its vision of doing business in a digital world.

—Ron Markezich

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What I wish I knew—learn from the founder and entrepreneur coach of TheRickMartinez.com

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:00

This week, as we celebrate entrepreneurs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to recognize the work they put into their small businesses, the challenges they have faced and the growth they’ve achieved.

Being an entrepreneur is no easy feat. It takes an extraordinary amount of time, thought and energy to overcome hurdles that get in the way while getting started. It is important for entrepreneurs not only to learn from each other but also know how to build their business and their team. They must ensure they have the right tools to bring the two together. There are technology solutions that can make an entrepreneur’s day-to-day tasks easier. From staying connected with their clients through Skype for Business, to easily sharing their work with their team through OneDrive for Business, to maintaining a professional reputation by using the Office Suite—these are just a few tools entrepreneurs can use to improve their business.

We were interested in learning from entrepreneurs so we could better understand the grit, the emotions and the resources they used to be successful. Today, Rick Martinez, founder and entrepreneur coach for TheRickMartinez.com, shares his journey of starting his small business.

Here is his experience:

“My journey as an entrepreneur has brought me full circle. Today, I’m living my dream as a coach to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. It’s a far cry from my first company, a medical staffing business that provided care in military hospitals. I grew that first business from me alone at a desk in my one-bedroom apartment to 600 employees in offices in several states. My registered nurse credential equipped me to navigate the medical space, but running a business was daunting at first. I hadn’t gone to business school; I didn’t have an MBA. But I was driven; I wanted to do things.

“I learned. My company grew. I was now a CEO of a large medical staffing business. My days were mired in issues, from employee problems to the complexities and litigiousness of the medical space. Fitness was my outlet, and it was at a competition that my entire life trajectory changed. A weight fell during a weight-lifting event, crushing my leg: 225 pounds concentrated right above my right knee cap. As a trauma nurse, I saw at once that this was a serious injury, but it paled next to the spiritual impact. Lying on the ground, looking up at the sky, suddenly it hit me: I’d lost my way. My true goal was to care for soldiers, not to administer government contracts. Those were people’s kids in those beds; America’s heroes. I’d lost touch with my original dream. I had become an administrator, not a caregiver. I wanted to touch lives, not push paper. I knew then that I would sell my company. I’d always had this vision of my “someday” ideal life: writing, working one-on-one with people, helping them to make their lives better. So why invest years working at something that wasn’t nourishing my soul, with the goal of eventually living the life I wanted to live? Why not make this shift now?

“I sold the company and became a coach with a group called Entrepreneurs Organization. Traveling all over the world giving one-day seminars to CEOs of small companies, I found that I loved working with early-stage entrepreneurs. But I didn’t like teaching tactical skills like marketing, cash flows, personnel administration. There was usually something deeper blocking these entrepreneurs. They were unable to move themselves—and thus their company—to the next level. That’s how I developed my current coaching business. Now I work with clients one on one to help them move from their current level of success to the next level. What sets me apart from other career coaches? I know my ideal client; I’ve literally walked in their shoes. They are that person who has already achieved a level of success but is trying to move forward to a new level, yet doesn’t know how. My mission is to help rising entrepreneurs clarify their goals and find the focus they need to attain them.

“As I tell them, it’s not the threads on you, it’s the threads of you; it’s the threads of your soul that make you the person you are. That’s the attraction factor; it’s never the suit or the tie. Authenticity fuels your business. I feel almost a moral obligation to get up and prove that every day, especially as I work with these young entrepreneurs and help them stay grounded. Your values are your core; they’re your roots. It’s vital to understand and act upon those values. So here I am, once again, working one on one with people who need me. I started my career in the ultimate caring profession: nursing. After bringing skilled care to people on a large scale, I’m again giving my energy to working directly with clients individually to help them realize their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Learn more

Watch the following video where leaders from Inc 5000’s list of America’s fast-growing companies discuss the power of mentorship and share insights that can help make your business more successful.

Learn from the experts by reading about their experiences and picking up on the wisdom gained while building a business. For more insights from entrepreneurs, get the free eBook, “What I wish I knew: Success secrets from America’s fastest-growing companies.”

Interested in learning more about Office 365? We offer a platform of integrated tools that will give each small business owner and their teams the ability to stay connected and organized with their day-to-day tasks. Start your 30-day free trial today!

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Get more done faster with Microsoft Teams

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 17:00

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Around the world teamwork is on the rise. Research suggests employees now work on nearly double the number of teams than they did just five years ago. This means more than ever people are reliant on their peers to help get things done. But a “one size fits all” approach does not work when it comes to group collaboration—different tools appeal to different groups and address unique needs.

This is not your typical online event

Each 90-minute session starts with an online business roundtable discussing your biggest business challenges with a trained facilitator and then transitions into a live environment in the cloud. You will receive a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges.

U.S. customers: Register here.
Outside the U.S.? Register here.

Why should I attend?

During this interactive online session, you will explore:

  • How Microsoft Teams, the newest collaboration tool:
    • Keeps everyone engaged with threaded persistent chat.
    • Creates a hub for teamwork that works together with your other Office 365 apps.
    • Builds customized options for each team with channels, connectors, tabs and bots.
    • Adds your personality to your team with emojis, GIFs and stickers.
  • How to keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • How to quickly visualize and analyze complex data—Zero in on the data and insights you need without having to involve a BI expert.
  • How to co-author and share content quickly—Access and edit documents even while others are editing and reviewing them all at the same time.
  • How to get immediate productivity gains—Most attendees leave with enough time-saving skills that time invested to attend a Customer Immersion Experience more than pays for itself in a few short days.

Space is limited. Each is session is only open to 12 participants. Reserve your seat now.

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Episode 118 on Building Contextual Bots in the SharePoint Framework—Office 365 Developer Podcast

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 18:30

In episode 118 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega discuss delivering contextual bots using the SharePoint Framework and the Bot Framework “back channel.”

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP118_BotsSPFx.mp3

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About the hosts

RIchard diZeregaRichard is a software engineer in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, where he helps developers and software vendors maximize their use of Microsoft cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. Richard has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting Office-centric solutions, many that span Microsoft’s diverse technology portfolio. He is a passionate technology evangelist and a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences, trainings and events. Richard is highly active in the Office 365 community, popular blogger at aka.ms/richdizz and can be found on Twitter at @richdizz. Richard is born, raised and based in Dallas, TX, but works on a worldwide team based in Redmond. Richard is an avid builder of things (BoT), musician and lightning-fast runner.

 

ACoatesA Civil Engineer by training and a software developer by profession, Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft since early 2004, teaching, learning and sharing coding techniques. During that time, he’s focused on .NET development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web, on mobile devices and most recently for Office. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work. Andrew lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two almost-grown-up children.

Useful links

StackOverflow

Yammer Office 365 Technical Network

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Advice to help prevent data breaches at your company

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 17:00

A data breach can be your worst nightmare. Not only could it be disastrous for your company’s brand, it could lead to significant revenue losses and regulatory fines.

Watch the latest Modern Workplace episode, “Cyber Intelligence: Help Prevent a Breach,” to get advice on how to best approach cyber security at your company from two chief information security officers (CISO)—Vanessa Pegueros, CISO at DocuSign, and Mike Convertino, CISO at F5 Networks. Learn how these seasoned security executives make decisions on security spending and how they justify security investments to skeptical executives who may not have ever experienced a security breach.

Every company has cyber security risks and needs to be aware of them—but understanding your company’s risk profile is just the beginning. You also need to know what you are trying to protect. As Convertino explains, “The value proposition of the company needs to be the thing that you base your protections and recommendations on.” When you have a clear goal for security, it becomes easier to demonstrate the value of your security investments in tools and talent.

You’ll also see a preview of the protection available from Office 365 Threat Intelligence, which lets you monitor and protect against risks before they hit your organization. Using Microsoft’s global presence to provide insight into real-time security threats, Threat Intelligence enables you to quickly and effectively set up alerts, dynamic policies and security solutions for potential threats.

Watch the Modern Workplace episode to learn more.

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New Virtual Health Templates extend Skype for Business as platform for developers

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 14:00

Modern healthcare providers are constantly looking for innovative ways to service and connect their patients and care teams. We are excited to announce the publication of new developer templates that extend Skype for Business as a platform for virtual healthcare. Office 365 with Skype for Business Online addresses the critical communication needs of healthcare providers, and these templates enable new mediums for care coordination for patients without requiring an Office 365 subscription.

The Office 365 Virtual Health Templates allow you to accelerate building your virtual consult experiences by providing an open source solution using the Skype for Business SDKs announced earlier in 2016. These SDKs are powered by Office 365 and Skype for Business Online and support building web and mobile experiences that integrate presence, chat, audio and video with custom business experiences. Publishing these open source templates is a continuation of our investment in making Skype for Business and Office 365 a high-value platform for developers and partners. The templates use modern web development technologies and leverage existing Skype for Business video services, making it easier for developers to build their own portals and apps integrated with other healthcare applications like electronic health record (EHR) management systems and scheduling systems.

“Since introducing telemedicine, built on Office 365 and Skype for Business SDKs, we have seen a nearly 40 percent decrease in mortality rates in our Critical Care TeleHealth Program. We currently see an average of 361 patients per day via Skype across all programs, and are continuing to invest in our telehealth practice to meet the evolving needs of our providers and patients.”
—Lonnie Buchanan, director of Enterprise Architecture at Intermountain Healthcare

 

We have provided open source pages, site functions, authentication and connection to the Skype for Business APIs. As an open source project, we are actively encouraging participation in the community of other like-minded developers. To get more information about the developer assets being shared, please check out our blog over on dev.office.com.

We look forward to working with developers and partners to create new applications and scenarios with Office 365 and Skype for Business. Key customers and partners are already seeing the benefits of these templates, for example:

GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare is proud to be partnering with Microsoft to bring Office 365 and Skype for Business technology to its customers in the form of Virtual Office Visits. Access to affordable, quality healthcare is a key issue for patients today. The convenience provided through a Virtual Office Visit will help increase access to, and reduce the cost of, quality care. This initiative is another example of how GE Healthcare is leveraging Microsoft’s cloud technology to build the next generation of an ambulatory care delivery system.

RingMD
RingMD is a pre-release partner with Microsoft’s Skype for Business. With the integration of Skype’s new APIs, RingMD now can support virtual consultations through the platform. This means that every healthcare institution and practice that’s already an Office 365 customer can quickly, and easily, start facilitating virtual consultations through the RingMD platform with their patients and in their networks, doctor to doctor.

Cambio
Cambio is at the forefront of digitalizing doctor-patient visits, by integrating our EMR, Cambio COSMIC, with Skype for Business. The integrated solution is very easy to use and the time saving potential is substantial. Together with Microsoft, Cambio is launching a totally integrated platform for e-visits.

CareFlow
Integrating Skype for Business with CareFlow’s products is completely transformational in the way it bridges clinical records and communications and embeds video conferencing technology within clinical workflows. Clinicians across a care community can hold meetings and conversations with each other or with their patients in a way which is secure, patient-identified and recorded as part of the clinical record.

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Want your own integration with Office 365 and Skype for Business?

Excellent! Visit dev.office.com/skype where you’ll find documentation and code samples to help you get started. Once you jump in, tell us what you think. Give us your feedback on the API and documentation through GitHub and Stack Overflow or make new feature suggestions on UserVoice.

—Andrew Bybee, principal GPM for the Skype for Business team

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From pit stop to checkered flag—NASCAR drives productivity through cloud-based IT innovation

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 17:00
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Today’s post was written by Stephen Byrd, director of Technology Integration and Development at NASCAR.

NASCAR pro pixIn the midst of the deafening noise and speed of a NASCAR race, even mundane tasks like changing a tire become heroic. It’s the same with the technology we employ; simple tasks like collaborating on documents and sharing files support the essential teamwork that is at the core of the NASCAR enterprise. When the Technology Integration and Development team at NASCAR chose Microsoft Office 365, we knew we had found a platform that would simplify how we produce the exciting sporting events that are the NASCAR legacy. Today, we are about 25 percent migrated to Office 365, including SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

To say our business is mobile is an understatement; NASCAR holds 38 events a year all over the country. This means setting up the compound infrastructure, arranging catering and coordinating travel for our employees. For 10 months of the year, we are a traveling circus. It’s a huge undertaking, and it’s crucial that all the aspects of our operation run smoothly. In the past, the logistics of coordinating these events came down to printing out huge runbooks and relying on email to make sure everyone had the correct information before race day. That has fundamentally changed with the introduction of Office 365 and, specifically, SharePoint Online collaboration team sites. Using SharePoint Online, we created a brand-new intranet called Inside Track that employees use to collaborate simultaneously on documents, update spreadsheets in real-time and securely access the information they need on the road or from the track. Productivity is at a peak level in the company, and we’re setting up new races with maximum efficiency.

The company is also piloting Microsoft Teams to take chat-based teamwork to the next level. We have lofty expectations that Microsoft Teams can handle the extremely fast-paced collaboration that must happen trackside and in the pit. For example, we are interested to see if we can use Microsoft Teams to ascertain if a penalty has been handed out, rather than hopping on a radio channel or the phone.

Our fast-paced industry is unique, but NASCAR’s security concerns are much like those of any large enterprise. After doing our due diligence, we felt confident that the Microsoft cloud-based products were among the best in their class when it came to cloud security. We are confident that with Office 365 and a custom app built in PowerApps, we can easily manage data access for all of our employees and hundreds of freelance contractors to ensure everyone gets the information they need to get their work done.

The Technology Integration and Development team at NASCAR was born out of a single question: How do we empower the business to get more done? We chose Office 365, with its mobile-first, cloud-first benefits, to give our employees the best tools for working at the office or at the track. Putting a race together requires the same coordinated teamwork you see in the pit, and with Office 365 and SharePoint Online, we’re driving productivity into a new era of time- and cost-savings. That’s great news for NASCAR.

—Stephen Byrd

For more on NASCAR’s race toward efficiency, read the full case study.

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TD banks on the security of the cloud with Office 365

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 17:00

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Today’s post was written by Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft.

When customers in highly regulated industries choose the Microsoft Cloud, it’s because they feel confident that our security capabilities will meet their needs. Microsoft has made great strides in securing approvals from global financial regulatory bodies to help them meet their compliance requirements. That’s one reason why TD Bank Group (TD)—a prominent North American financial institution with more than 90,000 employees worldwide—took a leadership role in the financial services industry with their move to Microsoft Office 365.

TD thoroughly tested the built-in security capabilities of Office 365. It also researched and confirmed that the Microsoft Cloud complies with Canadian financial regulatory requirements. And to maintain explicit control over access to their data during Microsoft service operations, they acquired Customer Lockbox for Office 365.

Jeff Henderson, executive vice-president and chief information officer at TD, can now speak to the advantages of moving to the cloud:

“As we build the bank of the future, we are providing the right tools and technology for our people, resulting in improved agility and security. We are moving forward, driving innovation with purpose, simplifying the way we work and significantly improving our colleagues’ experience. Our move to Office 365 is also helping us substantially reduce IT costs in half. We’re fully committed to the cloud as we add on all the Office 365 functionality, including the Enterprise Mobility Security Suite and Customer Lockbox.”

There is some very exciting thought leadership at TD these days, such as their global transformation initiatives, like the recent “Work Space of the Future” project. TD will be using Office 365 to make the most of its vision to empower employees with mobility, attract new talent and keep up with customers’ expectations for digital services.

As TD recognizes the incremental benefits of moving to the cloud, their investment in Microsoft is going to pay dividends. Especially now that they can realize the full capabilities of using the entire Office 365 productivity platform. It’s great that Microsoft is a part of their vision—in the workplace and in the cloud.

—Ron Markezich

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Work smarter, not harder with Office 365—free live demos with Q&A

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 17:00

With our modern-day mobile workforce, more and more employees are working from home and on the go. We’ve become accustomed to hosting online meetings and collaborating in the cloud. To help expand the digital capabilities of your team, join us for our Office 365 live demo webinar series.

These free 30-minute live webinars show how you and your remote teams can work smarter and more efficiently using Office 365 apps.

Here are a few upcoming topics we will cover:

Work smarter with Microsoft Delve

Join this live demo on Wednesday, February 15 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m PT and:

  • Discover how the Office Graph is changing the ways we interact with Office 365.
  • Learn what Microsoft Delve is and how you can use it to discover content relevant to your work.
  • Find out how MyAnalytics is enhancing the Microsoft Delve experience.
  • See how Microsoft Delve is being integrated into the tools you already know and love.
Master chat-based collaboration tools in Microsoft Teams

Join this live demo Wednesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT and learn how to:

  • Use chat for today’s teams in a threaded, persistent way that keeps everyone engaged.
  • Participate in a hub that works seamlessly with Office 365 apps.
  • Customize options for each team with channels, connectors, tabs and bots.
  • Add your personality to your team with cool emojis, GIFs and stickers.
Work efficiently with SharePoint and OneDrive for Business

Join this live demo on Wednesday, April 5 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT and:

  • Find out when and why to use a particular tool for file sharing, storage and collaboration.
  • See how OneDrive for Business can help you get the most out of personal file storage.
  • Discover how to use some of the newest features to securely store, edit and share your documents.
  • Learn how to make professional team sites in minutes.

To register for one or all of the sessions, visit Office 365 live demo webinar series. Want to attend but can’t make a scheduled live session? We’ve got you covered. All webinars are free and available both live and on demand.

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New Office 365 capabilities help you proactively manage security and compliance risk

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 18:00

Missing a key security signal could mean not catching a breach, but the number of security signals is increasing exponentially. It’s becoming impossible to manually prioritize them. That’s why Office 365 applies intelligence to help you proactively manage risk and ward off threats. Today, we’re pleased to introduce several new capabilities in Office 365 that help you manage risk and stay ahead of threats:

  • Office 365 Secure Score—A new security analytics tool that applies a score to Office 365 customers’ current Office 365 security configuration.
  • Office 365 Threat Intelligence Private Preview—Service that leverages billions of data points from the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to provide actionable insights to the global threat landscape and help customers stay ahead of cyber threats. Office 365 Threat Intelligence is now in private preview, with general availability planned for later this quarter.
  • Office 365 Advanced Data Governance Preview—Applies machine learning to help customers find and retain the most important data to them while eliminating redundant, obsolete and trivial data that could cause risk if compromised. Office 365 Advanced Data Governance is now in preview, with general availability planned for later this quarter.
Know your Office 365 Secure Score

Do you know how you’d be rated if someone were to evaluate your security configuration? To give you better visibility into your Office 365 security configuration and the security features available to you, we’re pleased to introduce Secure Score—a new security analytics tool. Secure Score helps you understand your current Office 365 security configuration and shows you how implementing additional controls can further enhance your security and reduce risk.*

Here’s how it works:

Secure Score Summary—Displays your Secure Score and provides access to view your Score Analyzer. Your Secure Score, the numerator, is the sum of the points associated with security configurations that you have partially or fully adopted. The total score, the denominator, is the sum of the points associated with all the security controls that are available to you through your Office 365 plan.

In this example, the Secure Score is 130 out of 273 points possible:

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Score Summary window showing your Secure Score.

Score Analyzer—Allows you to track and report on your score over time. The graph shows your Secure Score on any date in the past, what specific actions you completed and which actions were available to you. Your score results can also be exported to a CSV file for easy planning and communication with your organizations.

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Score Analyzer graph showing the Secure Score over time.

In addition to providing insight, Secure Score provides suggestions on the possible actions you can take to improve your security position. These suggestions are prioritized based on the effectiveness of the action and level of impact to end users. Actions that are highly effective with low level of user impact are placed at the top, followed by actions that are less effective and more impactful to users. You can also filter actions in the list with criteria such as those that have low end user impact or that apply to user accounts.

Secure Score can play an important role in a holistic security strategy, which encompasses how an organization strengthens its risk controls, mitigates potential losses and offsets some of the risk. To help businesses strengthen their security position, property and casualty insurer The Hartford will consider a customer’s Office 365 Secure Score as a part of the cyber insurance underwriting process.

We believe aligning the solutions between security and insurance can make a real difference. By encouraging the use of an innovative security analytics tool like Office 365 Secure Score and making it a part of the underwriting process, businesses have more information to make risk-based decisions around privacy and security, potentially reducing their exposure to loss.”
—Tom Kang, head of Cyber Insurance at The Hartford

This builds upon the endorsement of Office 365 made by insurance industry leader AIG last year.

Watch this Microsoft Mechanics video for an in-depth look at Secure Score:

To learn more about Secure Score, check out your score and see recommendations on how you can increase your security position in Office 365, go to securescore.office.com.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence—now in private preview

According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, the average cost of a data breach has risen to $4 million. These costs can include litigation, the effects of brand or reputation damage, potential lost sales, and in some cases, complete business closure. Organizations that are prepared for a breach by spending on appropriate staffing, security training and security products can ultimately reduce their long-term costs.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence uses the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to analyze billions of data points from global datacenters, Office clients, email, user authentications and other incidents that impact the Office 365 ecosystem, as well as signals from our Windows and Azure ecosystems—to provide actionable insights to global attack trends.

It provides information about malware families inside and outside your organization, including breach information with details, like how much bitcoin the attackers typically request in ransomware attacks. Office 365 Threat Intelligence also integrates seamlessly with other Office 365 security features like Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection, so you’ll be able to see analysis, including the top targeted users, malware frequency and security recommendations related to your business.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence provides this visibility, along with rich insights and recommendations on mitigating cyber-threats, ultimately supporting a proactive defense posture, leading to long-term reduced organizational costs.

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The Office 365 Threat Intelligence Dashboard provides visibility into the global threat landscape.

To sign up for the private preview of Office 365 Threat Intelligence, please contact your Microsoft account representative.

Why data governance matters

Many organizations are exposing themselves to unnecessary risk because they don’t have a good grasp on all the data they have. Often, they retain data they no longer need, such as the personal information of former employees who have long since left the company. Should this personal data be 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 helps you find and retain the data that is most important to you while eliminating redundant, obsolete and trivial data that could cause risk if compromised. Office 365 Advanced Data Governance applies machine learning to intelligently deliver proactive policy recommendations; classify data based on automatic analysis of factors like the type of data, its age and the users who have interacted with it; and take action, such as preservation or deletion.

We’re already receiving a great response from legal professionals who expect Office 365 Advanced Data Governance to enhance their data management practices.

“The machine learning designed into Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Data Governance’s suite has the potential to tame the ever-increasing growth and complexity of data types we deal with. Office 365 Advanced Data Governance can apply unified policies to data in place across all Office 365 applications, regardless of when the data was ingested, to intelligently retain high-value data while deposing of what isn’t needed or is obsolete. As organizations grasp its potential to reduce compliance and security risks, this will be a game changer in information governance.”
—Paul Meyer, eDiscovery and Data Management managing counsel at Willis Towers Watson

Watch this Microsoft Mechanics for an in-depth look at Office 365 Advanced Data Governance:

Visit Office 365 Advanced Data Governance to register for the limited public preview.

Availability

Office 365 Secure Score is now generally available to organizations with an Office 365 commercial subscription and who are in the multi-tenant and Office 365 U.S. Government Community clouds.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance are expected to be generally available by the end of March 2017, and will be included in the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan, as well as in the Secure Productive Enterprise E5 offering.

—Alym Rayani, director for Office Security and Compliance team

*The Secure Score is a numerical summary of your security posture within Office 365 based on system configurations, user behavior and other security related measurements; it is not an absolute measurement of how likely your system or data will be breached; rather, it represents the extent to which you have adopted security controls available in Office 365, which can help offset the risk of being breached. No online service is completely immune from security breaches; the Secure Score should not be interpreted as a guarantee against security breach in any manner.

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Episode 117 with Jeremy Thake on Microsoft Teams and extensibility—Office 365 Developer Podcast

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 19:00

In episode 117 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Jeremy Thake to discuss Microsoft Teams and extensibility.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP117_Thake.mp3

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About Jeremy Thake

JThakeJeremy Thake is the VP of Product Technology at Hyperfish. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, focused on Microsoft technology. His experience has ranges from consulting, development, marketing and product management. Jeremy worked at Microsoft for three years on Office 365 extensibility and Azure application platform space. He has spoken across the globe to business and developer audiences. He was recognized by Microsoft for five years as a SharePoint MVP before joining Microsoft for his expertise and contributions to the community.

About the hosts

RIchard diZeregaRichard is a software engineer in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, where he helps developers and software vendors maximize their use of Microsoft cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. Richard has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting Office-centric solutions, many that span Microsoft’s diverse technology portfolio. He is a passionate technology evangelist and a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences, trainings and events. Richard is highly active in the Office 365 community, popular blogger at aka.ms/richdizz and can be found on Twitter at @richdizz. Richard is born, raised and based in Dallas, TX, but works on a worldwide team based in Redmond. Richard is an avid builder of things (BoT), musician and lightning-fast runner.

 

ACoatesA Civil Engineer by training and a software developer by profession, Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft since early 2004, teaching, learning and sharing coding techniques. During that time, he’s focused on .NET development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web, on mobile devices and most recently for Office. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work. Andrew lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two almost-grown-up children.

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Track your Office knowledge and skills with Office Training Roadmaps

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 17:00

Today, we are releasing Office Training Roadmaps to help your company set training expectations and track progress for six Office apps. The training roadmaps help you quickly find what you need to learn and are available both online and as printable posters for Office 365, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Access 2016.

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Also, if you or your company needs help getting started with Office apps, we have expanded our Quick Start Guides to include Excel, Outlook and Sway. All of these free resources can be found at the Office Training Center.

—Lesley Alexander-McVie, program manager for the Office Learning team

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January 2017 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:00

Excel 2016 includes a powerful set of features based on the Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce six new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers.

These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of these updates by downloading the latest Power Query for Excel add-in.

These updates include the following new or improved data connectivity and transformation features:

  • New OLE DB connector.
  • Enhanced “Combine Binaries” experience when importing from any folder.
  • Maximize/Restore buttons in the Navigator and Query Dependencies dialogs.
  • Support for percentage data type.
  • Improved “Function Authoring” experience.
  • Improved performance for OData connector.
New OLE DB connector

In this update, we enabled connectivity to OLE DB drivers via the new OLE DB connector. In addition to the wide range of out-of-the-box sources supported, OLE DB greatly increases the number of sources that users can now import from by using Get & Transform capabilities in Excel.

The new OLE DB connector can be found under Data > New Query > From Other Sources > From OLE DB.

The connector dialog allows users to specify a Connection String and, optionally, an SQL statement to execute. If no SQL statement was specified, users will be taken into the Navigator dialog, where they can browse and select one or multiple tables available via the selected OLE DB driver.

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Enhanced “Combine Binaries” experience when importing from any folder

One of the most popular scenarios in Excel consists of leveraging one of the folder-like connectors (such as Folder, SharePoint folder, etc.) to combine multiple files with the same schema into a single logical table.

Before this release, users could combine Text or CSV files only. The combine would not work for any other supported file formats (such as Excel Workbooks, JSON files, etc.), and it would not account for transformations required on each file before combining them into a single table (such as removing the first row with header values).

With this release, we enhanced the “Combine Binaries” experience when importing from any folder so that:

  • Excel analyzes the input files from the Folder query and detects the right file format to use (i.e., Text or Excel Workbook).
  • Users can select a specific object from the list (such as a spreadsheet name) to use for data combine.
  • Excel automatically creates the following entities:
    • An example query that performs all required transformation steps in a single file.
    • A function query that parameterizes the file input to the exemplar query created in the previous step.
    • Excel then applies the created function query on each file from the original Folder query and expands the resulting data extraction as top-level columns.

With this new approach, users can easily combine all binaries within a folder if they have a homogeneous file type and column structure. Users can also easily apply additional transformations by modifying the “exemplar query” without having to worry about any additional function invocation steps, as they’re automatically generated for them.

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Maximize/Restore buttons in the Navigator and Query Dependencies dialogs

The Navigator and Query Dependencies dialog (activated from Query Editor) support window resizing by dragging the bottom-right edges of the dialog. In this release, we made it possible to maximize/restore these dialogs by exposing Maximize and Restore icons in the top-right corner of the dialogs.

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Support for percentage data type

With this update, we added support for percentage data types, so they can easily be used in arithmetical operations for Get & Transform scenarios. An input value such as “5%” will be automatically recognized as a percentage value and converted to a two-digit precision decimal number (i.e., 0.05), which can then be used in arithmetical operations within a spreadsheet, the Query Editor or the Data Model.

Besides automatic type recognition from non-structured sources (such as Text, CSV or HTML), users can also convert any value to percentage using the Change Type options in the Query Editor. You can do this on the Query Editor Home tab, on the Transform tab, by clicking Data Type > Percentage, or right-clicking a column and then selecting Change Type > Percentage.

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Improved “Function Authoring” experience

We also made it easier to update function definitions without the need to maintain the underlying M code.

Here’s how it works: Create a function based upon another query using the “Create Function” command. You do this by right-clicking the Queries pane inside Query Editor. When you do that, a link will be created between the original query and the newly generated function. This way, when the user modifies the original query steps, the linked function will be automatically updated as well.

When using Query Parameters, creating a function out of a query will allow users to use Function Inputs to replace parameter values in the generalized function query.

Improved performance for OData connector

With this update, we added support for pushing Expand Record operations to be performed in the underlying OData service. This will result in improved performance when expanding records from an OData feed.

Learn more

—The Excel team

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Mediterranean Shipping Company builds a global productivity network with Office 365

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 16:00

Today’s post was written by Fabio Catassi, chief technology officer at the Mediterranean Shipping Company.

Mediterranean Shipping Company pro pixThe Mediterranean Shipping Company has been under the same family leadership since its inception 43 years ago, and while the company now manages its fleet of 480 vessels from offices in 150 countries, it’s fair to say that its caring, corporate culture is as strong today as it ever was. But while we all feel connected to a large corporate family, unfortunately, our IT systems did not support that connectivity, or the global communications that we needed to compete in today’s digital economy.

Container shipping has evolved over the years to become a commodity-based business. Today, we are facing an era of shrinking profit margins and a growing pressure on the revenue side. Yet we were able to ensure that IT played its part in minimizing operational expenses, while improving our business services to employees. That’s because Office 365 delivers a cost-effective, cloud-based solution to bring everybody up to the same level of mobility and productivity across our global operations.

When I became CTO in 2005, we wanted to replace the disparate business productivity solutions we had running in 480 offices around the world with a single digital workplace for everyone. After evaluating other web-based solutions, including Google Apps for Business (now G Suite) and Amazon Web Services, we chose Office 365 cloud-based communication and collaboration services to empower all employees with the same leading-edge, yet familiar business tools. Security also played into this decision: we had various security solutions in place across our global offices, and it took a tremendous effort to ensure that everyone achieved an acceptable standard of security practices. The beauty of Office 365 is that we are deploying Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection as a single security control for all our offices. This service addresses the latest attacks that can invade a network through email attachments or embedded links. In the end, we benefit from the Office 365 constant update model and uniformity of service, plus the added bonus that Microsoft takes care of running the service in the cloud on dedicated hardware.

Today, we use Office 365 to boost mobility and productivity to differentiate our personal service from that of our competitors. The faster we share information and collaborate on behalf of our customers, the more responsive our service. This was a significant challenge before, with so many different solutions in place around the world. Now our employees access their files anywhere from online storage, IM colleagues for quick answers to questions, or spontaneously invite their team members to a video conference. When we have the same easy connectivity across the hall, or around the world, we can make good on our promise to provide global service with local knowledge. And now that regional managers are benefitting from easy-to-use data analytics and dashboard tools to decide what’s best for their customers, we can provide more informed local service.

Mobility is especially important to enable the flexible service our customers have come to expect. Today, our employees are no longer bound to a specific device. Now that people can be more productive on their own terms, we expect efficient turnaround of information among colleagues and with our customers.

Microsoft Consulting Services was invaluable in the deployment of Office 365—it complemented our small, yet nimble IT team and helped us transform how the company works on a daily basis. Despite the variety of legacy environments in place across our offices, we achieved the migration in just nine months. And with our recent subscription to add 17,000 seats of Office 365 E5, we expect a similar rapid adoption of the latest advances in cloud telephony and Office Delve, which delivers personalized content from all your Office 365 apps. At the end of the day, providing a rewarding workplace with a state-of-the-art business productivity platform reaffirms our corporate culture of encouraging long-term employees in a supportive environment—and also gives us a competitive edge where we can work leaner and more efficiently to preserve our profit margins. That’s great business value!

—Fabio Catassi

To understand how Mediterranean Shipping Company has reduced costs by 45 percent, read the full case study.

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Episode 116 on Sage and Office 365 bundling with Richard Custance—Office 365 Developer Podcast

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 18:15

In episode 116 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk to Microsoft Developer Evangelist Richard Custance about Sage and their work building a solution that is highly integrated and bundled with Office 365.

https://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP116_Custance.mp3

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About Richard Custance

RichardCustanceRichard is a software engineer in the Microsoft Developer Experience (DX) group in TED where he works with Global Independent Service Providers (GISV) to help accelerate their growth and adoption of Microsoft Technologies and Platforms. Richard’s passion is Office 365 and regularly contributes at partner events and Hackfests. Whilst Richard works for Microsoft Corp. he is based in the UK, Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his wife and three football (soccer) mad boys.

About the hosts

RIchard diZeregaRichard is a software engineer in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, where he helps developers and software vendors maximize their use of Microsoft cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. Richard has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting Office-centric solutions, many that span Microsoft’s diverse technology portfolio. He is a passionate technology evangelist and a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences, trainings and events. Richard is highly active in the Office 365 community, popular blogger at aka.ms/richdizz and can be found on Twitter at @richdizz. Richard is born, raised and based in Dallas, TX, but works on a worldwide team based in Redmond. Richard is an avid builder of things (BoT), musician and lightning-fast runner.

 

ACoatesA Civil Engineer by training and a software developer by profession, Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft since early 2004, teaching, learning and sharing coding techniques. During that time, he’s focused on .NET development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web, on mobile devices and most recently for Office. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work. Andrew lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two almost-grown-up children.

Useful links

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Outlook mobile turns 2 and now comes with your favorite apps

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 17:00

Two years ago, we launched Outlook mobile with the goal of helping you accomplish more while on the go. More means an inbox that helps you focus on the emails that matter most. More means a calendar that can manage your entire day, not just show you your schedule. And today, we are excited to continue that mission by bringing apps to your inbox with add-ins for Outlook on iOS.

We’re thrilled to collaborate with Evernote, GIPHY, Nimble, Trello and Smartsheet and bring their add-ins to Outlook on iOS. We’re also making a few of our own add-ins available today with Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Translator, with many more to follow.

With these add-ins, Outlook will help you accomplish awesome things you simply couldn’t do before from email. There has never been a better time to make your move to Outlook, called “the best mobile email app, no matter what phone you’re using” by Wired.

Transform your inbox into a do-box with add-ins for Outlook

Today, we use email to communicate and to triage and prioritize information. Completing tasks often requires us to leave our inbox and access other apps and services. Add-ins for Outlook help you transform your inbox into a “do-box” and accomplish tasks quickly—right from your email.

For example, imagine you are at the airport and receive an email from a new customer contact from Italy. With add-ins for Outlook, you can translate the email from Italian to your preferred language, review and update the customer’s CRM history and update your notes or project board—without leaving Outlook.

Add-ins can help you get more done on the go, and save you valuable time spent switching between apps. This is why we introduced add-ins for Outlook on Windows, Mac (in Insiders) and on the web—and are now bringing them to iOS. Support for Android is coming soon.

Getting started with add-ins for Outlook on iOS

The add-ins launching today bring the power of CRM, social intelligence, project management and more—right to your inbox. Starting today, add-ins for Dynamics 365, Nimble, Evernote, Smartsheet and GIPHY are available for Outlook on iOS, complementing their existing add-ins already available to Outlook users on Windows, Mac (in Insiders) and on the web. Additionally, we are launching new add-ins for Trello and Microsoft Translator across Outlook on iOS, Windows, Mac (in Insiders) and on the web today.

Add-ins for Outlook on iOS are available today to Office 365 customers and are rolling out gradually to Outlook.com users. We will soon be bringing them to Outlook on Android.

To start using add-ins for Outlook on iOS, go to Settings > Add-ins and then tap the + sign next to the add-ins you want to enable.

Add-ins available in Outlook on iOS.

When you go back to your inbox and open an email to read, you will see the icon add-in icon in the email header. Tapping this icon will let you launch the add-ins you enabled.

(Left) Add-in icon displayed in email header. (Right) List of enabled add-ins.

Once enabled, you can access add-ins from Outlook on iOS as well as from Outlook 2016 or 2013 for Windows, Outlook on the web and Outlook 2016 for Mac (currently in Insiders) for the same email account.

Add-ins for Outlook on iOS are currently only available when reading email. We’ll be adding more add-in actions when composing or replying to an email in the future.

Here is a closer look at the add-ins launching today:

Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 brings together business applications with the best of Microsoft—in productivity, collaboration, intelligence and platform—to give businesses the right set of tools to grow, evolve and transform.

The Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook delivers real-time insights about your business contacts and their organization, right in your inbox, so you can focus on the selling and have more meaningful interactions. With the Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook, you can quickly look up the Dynamics 365 record of your customer contacts, associate an email or appointment with an existing opportunity or create new records with just a few taps—right inside email—without having to copy/paste and switch back and forth between your email and Dynamics 365.

Quickly look up records and track emails with the new Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook.

Starting today, the Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook is available for Outlook on iOS users with a Dynamics 365 subscription. For detailed steps on how to install the Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook, please refer to the deployment guidance.

Nimble

Nimble is a social CRM application that provides business intelligence about your email contacts and their organizations—right in email. With the Nimble add-in for Outlook, you can get insights on any contact included in Outlook, including broad social profiles, industry, shared relationships, mutual interests, company profile, revenue and more, to help you get prepared for meetings and engage effectively.

Get real-time insights about your contacts with the Nimble add-in for Outlook.

Trello

Trello is a collaborative tool that enables you to organize and prioritize your projects. With the Trello add-in for Outlook, you can turn your email into actionable items, keep track of your projects and make sure important emails never fall through the cracks.

Once enabled, simply click the Add card to Trello action to associate any incoming email with an existing board. You can create cards and edit associated descriptions and due dates directly from Outlook.

Stay on top of your projects by quickly associating any email with a Trello board.

Evernote

Evernote helps you capture what’s on your mind and stay organized. With the new Evernote add-in for Outlook, you can clip emails from Outlook to a project notebook in Evernote, where they will appear alongside other project-related assets such as meeting notes, saved web pages or Office documents.

Stay organized by saving emails directly to your notebook via the Evernote add-in for Outlook.

Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator provides you with a simple and effective way to translate and read messages in your chosen language. With the Translator add-in for Outlook, you can now translate email messages on the fly, with support for 60 languages powered by Microsoft Translator.

Quickly translate any email from 60 languages with the Translator add-in for Outlook.

Smartsheet

Smartsheet is a collaborative solution to help you manage and automate work. With Smartsheet’s add-in for Outlook, users can get work assigned, updated and completed more quickly, without ever having to leave their email. Once the add-in is enabled, you can create new tasks and add relevant information, including attachments from email into Smartsheet, and stay on top of your work.

Manage your work by assigning, updating and creating tasks in Smartsheet—right from Outlook.

GIPHY

GIPHY is the world’s first and largest GIF search engine, where thousands of artists, brands and pop culture moments make today’s expression, entertainment and info a little more moving. With the new GIPHY add-in for Outlook, you can now use GIFs to congratulate a friend or co-worker, wish them a happy birthday or simply add a touch of your personality, without leaving your inbox. Once enabled, simply click the GIPHY icon while replying to an email and then search for the GIF you are looking for, such as “congratulations” or “well done.” The selected GIF will be included in your reply.

Make your replies fun and expressive by adding GIFs with the new GIPHY add-in for Outlook.

Developers—make your apps a part of Outlook mobile

We’re committed to making Outlook an open platform for developers, so you can bring apps and services people love, right in email. Interested in building for Outlook? Check out our developer blog, “Add-ins are now available for Outlook on iOS.”

We want to hear from you!

Add-ins for Outlook help you stay productive on the go and accomplish tasks faster. If you have feedback or suggestions on adding your favorite app in Outlook, visit the add-ins section of Outlook for iOS uservoice and sign in with your Microsoft account to leave your comments—we’re eager to hear from you!

—Javier Soltero, corporate vice president for the Office team

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Learn the power of referral marketing with Office Small Business Academy

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 17:00

Tapping into your existing customer base could be the key to new business growth. Register now for the next episode of Office Small Business Academy, “The Power of Referral Marketing: How to Get Your Customers Talking,” airing February 22, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET, and learn how to design a program that works for your business. Plus, learn a few new tricks in Microsoft Excel that will help you organize, visualize and measure the results of your marketing efforts.

Watch the preview:

This month’s featured guests include:

  • Founder of Duct Tape Marketing, John Jantsch, gives his proven advice for implementing a referral program that helps you gain new customers and stand apart from the competition.
  • Chief style officer of Erin Condren Design, Erin Condren, shares her secrets to generating buzz, including how she grew her brand into a $40-million empire with the help of successful referral and loyalty programs.

Sign up for free!

For more information, visit the Office Small Business Academy home page.

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Liberty Mutual launches an IT transformation

Tue, 31/01/2017 - 17:00

Today’s post was written by James McGlennon, executive vice president and CIO at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

Liberty Mutual pro pixThe insurance business is all about protecting the assets that people value most. We continuously seek out the latest tools and technology to help better serve our customers through innovative products and services.

With more than 50,000 employees and 900 global locations, Liberty Mutual experiences the unique industry challenges of the insurance business on a large scale. Internet startups are well placed to take advantage of mobile, cloud-based technologies. Competitors are looking for ways to disrupt our value chain and commandeer aspects of our customer relationships. This is why it’s key that we stay one step ahead of the threats and opportunities all around us. We are currently transforming our own IT organization to better position us for future success and meet the evolving expectations of our customers and employees.

Today, we are harnessing the scale and expertise of our global workforce. Innovation and breakthrough ideas can come from anywhere in our company, and as we transform, it’s essential that we enable our employees to improve and collaborate, regardless of location. Teams sharing insights across India, Turkey, Portugal or Spain, and the United States, for example, can power the development of product breakthroughs that we import and export around the world.

Everything we do as part of the IT organization is based on our ability to analyze data in all its forms. As our organization continues to evolve, several products and platforms position us well to transform our business. Office 365, for example, helps us respond faster to market changes. We are moving to a more agile development process, where smaller, multi-disciplinary employee groups will collaborate on new products more efficiently, bridging the gap between IT and the business. With chat-based, real-time collaboration, we’ll increase the proportion of people across the company who work together to build innovative new products in a continuous development model so we can grow our business in the digital age.

To do this, we are partnering with companies like Microsoft to help us put important business analytics tools in the hands of everyone, not just analysts and power users, striking the right balance between being easy to use and producing sophisticated insights to drive product innovation. Business users in Claims, Legal, Reinsurance and HR can quickly glean information from dashboards and KPIs using products such as Microsoft Power BI, which enables us to open millions of rows of data for analysis by a much larger number of people. The tools provide visual interpretations and immediate insights valuable to our daily operations and formulation of new strategies.

Millennials entering the business through our internship programs expect a mobile, connected workplace, which is why we are focused on online document storage to access and share documents without the pitfalls and versioning issues of email, all while keeping security a top priority. The security of sharing documents within the Office 365 platform means we can move collaboration and productivity to the forefront of our employees’ experience, without worrying about inappropriate access to files. Azure Active Directory simplifies how we manage user identity and access policies while we enjoy the benefits of having all our documents available on a smartphone, mobile device or laptop.

As we continue to transform our IT organization, we are focused on attracting top technology talent and leveraging emerging technologies to develop innovative solutions. These products and solutions are critical to our future success and will enable us to meet the changing expectations of our customers.

—James McGlennon

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