We’re always excited to check out the latest updates to Microsoft 365. This month Microsoft has a few great updates for its customers including a new Yammer experience for both web and mobile, how to integrate the Yammer Communities app for Teams and so much more.
Let’s see what’s new with Microsoft 365 for July 2020.
The latest Yammer experience is finally here. With its complete user experience rebuilt user experience for both web and mobile, the new Yammer app helps enhance communication and community experience across Microsoft 365.
A few exciting new features contribute to the new experience in Yammer including Groups now renamed to Communities. Admins are also able to customise the “All Company” community by renaming it, and are able to add a custom cover photo and avatar to suit their community needs.
Within Communities, users are able to share relevant questions, give praise and share polls as announcements to notify the members part of the community. For important information, admins have the option to pin an announcement to the top of the page.
Users are also able to discover past, current, and new live streaming events within the All Company community.
Microsoft 365 Global Admins and verified Yammer Network Admins who’d like to integrate the new Yammer to their organisation, can configure access via the Yammer Admin Portal.
Yammer Communities Mobile
The new Yammer Communities app from Microsoft helps put a focus on first-line workers.
The new interactive app brings Yammer communities and conversations into the Teams app. With Microsoft’s Communities app, users can access critical messages, safety alerts, and live events in one place without the need to switch back and forth.
This is especially helpful for firstline workers who mostly work and communicate via their smartphones.
To install the Communities app on Teams, navigate to Apps on Teams, and search for Communities.
Policy Packages for Firstline Workers
Policy packages to manage and organise firstline workers in Microsoft Teams is now available.
The policy package is a collection of predefined policies and settings. It includes messaging, meetings, or live events which admins can customise and apply to a group of users that share similar roles in your company.
These policy packages can help simplify and centralise managing policies and groups. The new policy packages are available by default in the Teams admin centre.
In addition to support firstline workers, audit logs are available in the Teams app.
What are audit logs?
Audit logs help IT admins by providing a combined view of shift activities including clocking in and out. They can also edit shifts to ensure smooth compliance.
The time clock feature is also now available in the Teams app – on the web and desktop. Time clock allows firstline workers to clock in and out with all the geo-fencing (Geofencing is a service that triggers an action when a device enters a set location.) capabilities, no matter if they’re working remotely or on location.
Microsoft 365 Self-guided Wizards
If you’re a business or enterprise customer, you’re in luck with the new Microsoft 365 self-guided wizards.
These self-guided wizards assist with:
These guides are based on scenarios and product selections.
The guides also include a new remote and learning path for business use, as well as education in government entities.
In the Microsoft 365 admin centre, you can now configure tenant settings through the Microsoft Graph to enrich a user’s profile card by adding attributes like their alias, employee ID or custom portal right from Azure Active Directory.
Within the Microsoft 365 admin centre, users can configure tenant settings via the Microsoft Graph to add more info about users with profile cards. To enrich a user’s profile, admins can add attributes such as:
- Their alias
- Their employee ID
- Their custom portal from Azure Active Directory
This feature is really helpful to ensure you find the right people in a timely manner and also supplies additional useful information beyond just their name and a photo.
The profile card feature is helpful to ensure you find the right people in a timely manner and provides you with additional information beyond a name and a photo like their job title or office location.
Collections for Edge
The new Collections feature on Microsoft Edge for mobile devices is now available for users.
With Collections, users can build and pull elements like images, web pages, text, etc. across the web into collections which they can organise or curate.
Collections are available for users on both Android and iOS devices.
Visio for the Web
Visio users can now manage multi-page drawings in Visio for the web.
The multi-page functionality allows users to:
- Reorder pages
- Insert a page
- Duplicate a page
- Create a page navigation list
- Create scroll arrows
Only users subscribed to the Vision Plan 1 or Plan 2 are able to use these features.