Microsoft has released new updates for October 2019, and it seems like it’s better than ever. From boosting productivity with features like Microsoft Teams or increasing security with Microsoft Authenticator, Microsoft has its users covered.
Let’s have a look at the October updates and features below:
Create, collaborate and present easier with the new features to help boost productivity.
Without teamwork, a company cannot run like a well-oiled machine. Microsoft brought in new features for Microsoft Teams to ensure teams can continue working together. There are new features such as Multi-Window chats, meetings, and calls, Private channels, task integration with Planner and To Do, and pinned channels available.
Users will also be able to easily send an email thread to Teams to continue with their discussion.
New Microsoft Edge
Who knew businesses could benefit from their own web browser? Have direct access to your business’s Microsoft 365 files, intranet search, and sites with the brand new Microsoft Edge browser.
Searching for information at the office is easier than ever with the new Microsoft Search in bing integration. Find any company information across your Microsoft 365 ecosystem.
Office Mobile App
Work on the go with the go-to Office app which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You no longer need to download and install each app on its own.
Break down barriers between apps with Fluid Framework announced by Microsoft at Build 2019.
The feature offers three capabilities:
- Multiple-person coauthoring on document and web content is supported.
- Authors can deconstruct content into collaborative building blocks.
- Humans and intelligent agents can work together to help translate text, retrieve content and more.
Cortana will be your personal assistant helping with your company’s productivity. Cortana will be able to read emails aloud and inform you about changes to your day.
You can further personalise your Cortana experience by using the masculine voice option available in Play My Emails.
AI in Office
Finish everything on your to-do list with the help of AI to Office. Features include adding data in Excel with a digital pen or transforming audio into a written transcription in Word.
With the general availability of Microsoft Project, you’ll be able to improve your project management.
Microsoft Teams can quickly add new members and set up daily tasks with the simple user experience Microsoft Project offers.
Because it’s part of Microsoft 365, project teams can get more done with built-in connections such as Office and Teams.
Identify, Organise, and Deliver Knowledge
Easily identify, organise, and deliver knowledge across your business.
Meet the newest service since Microsoft Teams. Using AI, Project Cortex creates a knowledge network which helps organise your organisation’s data into shared topics like customers and projects.
Project Cortex also helps create content models for your business by transforming your content into a knowledge repository.
Yammer - Redesigned
Completely redesigned, Yammer has dozens of new capabilities to help users connect and share industry knowledge across the business.
The new Yammer allows integrations with SharePoint, Outlook, and Teams.
Enhance your organisation’s productivity even more with the help of Microsoft Search. Develop search-driven applications with Microsoft Search or help empower discovery information.
Bring information together from across your business.
Make use of Microsoft’s new Graph APIs to develop a custom application on top of Microsoft Search to meet your organisations’ needs.
Video is one of the most powerful mediums for learning and sharing knowledge. With Microsoft Stream, you’ll be able to turn videos, including meeting recordings, into transcripts.
Gain even more knowledge about the way your employees work and their impact on your business.
Get insights about your organisation to improve management practices, relationships with customers and more.
Enhance Workflow & Management
Improve your organisations’ processes while easily managing all your devices.
Power Platform Integrated with Microsoft Teams
Automate routine tasks, engage with data, and create custom apps with Power Platform. Its integration with Teams ensures productivity streamlines.
Simplify over-complicated processes and automate routine tasks with Office Scripts. Record your actions in a workbook and save it to a script. Power Automate can be integrated with the saved script to allow it to run automatically.
Office Scripts will be available as a public preview by the end of 2019.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager
Manage all your endpoints securely and in one place with Microsoft Endpoint Manager. With the help of Microsoft Intune and System Centre Configuration Manager functionality, Endpoint Manager will help deliver seamless management for Windows, Apple, and Android apps, devices, and policies.
Microsoft Productivity Score
Focus on Employee experience and Technology experience to look into how your organisation works and identify where you can improve.
Managed Meeting Rooms
With the rise in remote collaboration, Managed Meeting Rooms will ensure you have meetings in the right place with the right technology.
Teams meeting rooms will be more secure, up to date, and monitored for an amazing in-room experience for all your meetings.
New admin roles in Azure Active Directory will help ensure the number of Global admins in your organisation is reduced. Only give admin permissions to those that need to get the job done.
Increase admin efficiency and improve security with the help of Onboarding Hub. The new feature will help you learn how to use features across Microsoft 365, including Security and Compliance Center and Azure AD.
Office 365 Groups
Improve teamwork across Microsoft 365 with the Office 365 Groups membership services. Integrations with more than 20 applications such as Teams and Outlook, will allow for an improved Groups admin experience.
Focus on Security
Secure your organisation’s valuable assets.
Users with an Azure AD plan, including a free plan, can make use of the Microsoft Authenticator app to passwordless, secure access to Microsoft apps.
Azure AD Cloud Provisioning
Easily move identities to the cloud without the help of an on-premises sync server by using Azure AD Cloud Provisioning.
You’ll be able to take on common directory challenges like sync complexity because Azure AD Cloud Provisioning enables provisioning from numerous disconnected on-premises AD forests.
Microsoft Defender ATP
Currently available for Mac OS devices, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for world-class endpoint protection.
Protect your entire Microsoft environment.
Application Guard for Office
Get protection from hardware-level threats from potentially malicious PowerPoint, Word, and Excel files.
Insider Risk Management
According to Microsoft, “53 percent of organisations have experienced an insider attack in the last 12 months.”
Insider Risk Management helps organisations quickly identify threats, policy violations, and risks within the organisation across Windows, Office, Azure, and other third-party apps like HR systems.
Effectively monitor risks across risk and compliance management teams with the help of Microsoft Compliance Score. The feature will help users securely assess data protection controls, receive guidance to improve the compliance score, and more.
Those are just a few of the new features launched by Microsoft this month. Enhanced security and improved workflows are just some of the great updates in Microsoft 365 for October.