March was a great month for Microsoft 365 updates. New features really focus on saving time, streamlining IT management and enhancing collaboration, communication and teamwork.

Teams:

Microsoft’s fastest growing business app in history has had several great new updates!

Live and on-demand events have become generally available! This is a highly-anticipated feature that allows you to broadcast events to up to 10,000 customers, partners and employees.

Live captions and subtitles have also arrived in Teams. This feature offers great inclusivity during meetings. Captured dialogue will also be included if the meeting is recorded and exported.

Teams can now replace your background during video chats. Often what’s happening in the background can be a distraction during remote meetings. We can now minimise those distractions by either blurring or changing the background entirely.

Microsoft have also introduced new compliance capabilities. For example, DLP (Data Loss Prevention) will now be active in chats and conversations. This protects your information, and helps you meet compliance obligations.

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Whiteboard:

Finally, Microsoft Whiteboard Windows 10 is available for integration with Teams!

The app has also received two new features to boost collaborative ideation. Use ink grab to capture a picture of a physical whiteboard and digitalize it in the app.

Do you struggle with the eligibility of your notes sometimes? Not anymore! With the new ink beautification feature, machine analysis automatically replaces your note with more legible strokes. Simply click on the ‘wand’ icon in the editing toolbar.

Combined, these intelligent features can reduce the time you spend managing content. Granting you more time to focus on great input!

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Intelligent Scheduling on Outlook:

Rolling out over the next few weeks, Microsoft’s AI can help you prepare for meetings by displaying related information. You’ll be prompted to create a meeting directly within the email conversation. Here, the availability in your own and your invitee’s schedule, will also be displayed.

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LinkedIn Connections:

Reach your broader network by securely connecting your Office 365 and your LinkedIn accounts! This enables you to view others LinkedIn profiles not only in Outlook on the web, but SharePoint and OneDrive too. You’ll also see related insights for those you’re working with, regardless of whether they’re internal to your company, or not. Whether it’s a customer or partner, this information can help you begin a conversation more meaningfully. If you’re not already connected, you can send a connection invite directly within Office 365.

Microsoft are also rolling out expanded features to Target Release customers. The new capabilities will allow you to send emails, share and collaborate on documents with your LinkedIn connections within Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Online. Just use the same process you do when sharing documents in Outlook to get started. This will send an email to your Connection’s primary email address. (Please note, this can only be used if your company allows external sharing within Office 365).

3D objects arriving to Mac:

Rolling out to Insiders this month, Mac users will be able to embed 3D animations in PowerPoint, Word and Excel. This is a great feature that empowers you to create engaging, striking content that can increase retention, and enhance your message. Microsoft also have a vast library of high quality, free content available.

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Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP):

Formally known as Windows Defender ATP platform, Microsoft Defender ATP will now extend endpoint protection to support additional operating systems. Currently in limited preview, the updates will provide protection for a wider audience, including Mac users.

Microsoft have also announced that Microsoft Defender ATP will soon host new capabilities in Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM). This will enable threats and vulnerabilities to be discovered, prioritised and remedied.

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New Microsoft 365 Security Center:

The Microsoft 365 Security Center offers security professionals a dedicated workspace to manage security. Intelligent capabilities and features such as Secure Score, and Advanced Hunting will help protect you against threats.

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New Microsoft 365 Admin Center:

Rolling out to all Microsoft 365 and Office 365 admins, the new Microsoft 365 Admin Center is a platform for managing services across Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

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Need to know!

We’d just like to take the time to remind you that the end of support for Windows 7 is only a few months away. It’s important that all companies move their IT estate to Windows 10 before security and compliance measures become vulnerable.