Last week tens of thousands of people from all over the world came together to gain experiences and insights from Microsoft subject matter experts and partner communities as they advance their businesses, with a more thorough understanding of Microsoft's cloud to edge, secure, and trusted business platforms.
The following is a summary of the announcements and news related to modern working for you to keep in mind as you start implementing plans for a very successful year ahead.
If you're looking for a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 as a cloud service, then Windows 365 Cloud is your way to go. You will be able to stream the full Window's experience including Apps, settings and data to any device from the Microsoft Cloud.
With Windows 365, partners can:
Read Microsoft 365 General Manager Wangui McKelvey’s blog post to learn more.
New collaborative apps from partnerships with independent software vendors (ISVs). These include Atlassian Confluence, SAP Cloud for Customer, Workday and Salesforce- are coming to Microsoft Teams. These integrations allow structured business processes and data to come together increasing collaborative work. Developers and ISVs can build the next generation of apps with collaboration at the core, allowing asynchronous and real-time collaboration for chats, meetings, content creation and business processes.
Read Microsoft 365 CVP Jared Spataro’s blog post to learn more.
Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform that brings together tools for employee engagement, wellbeing, learning and knowledge. Adding integrations with more than 20 partners from the likes of ServiceNow, Workday and Qualtrics comes into play during Autumn. With these new integrations customers can seamlessly surface tools, insights and experiences personalised for employees during their workflow.
Read the Microsoft 365 Blog post from Microsoft CVP Jared Spataro and Microsoft Business Applications CVP Alysa Taylor to learn more.
Microsoft have announced new benefits for ISVs who want to build and market Modern Workplace apps for Microsoft Viva and MS Teams. Those ISVs that are eligible, will receive access to Microsoft technology, one-on-one consultations, curated training, and marketing resources that will help them reach the 145 million people using and collaborating on MS Teams daily.
Two new tools are now in preview that are intended to make it easier to deliver managed security services and identify opportunities to grow.
Microsoft 365 Lighthouse
Microsoft 365 Lighthouse is a unified portal that assists managed service providers (MSP) partners to easily secure devices, data and users, at no extra costs, for their Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers.
Available in private preview, Project "Orland" is a fresh, new experience in the Partner Centre to help Microsoft Partners grow their cloud business by sharing Microsoft-powered insights about their own customers which will improve account management.
To find out more about the Microsoft Inspire event, head over to the main article.
If you need additional Office 365, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams or Power Platform support, feel free to contact us and one of our expert advisors will be able to assist you.
On the 2nd of February we partnered up with Datto to deliver a webinar about Adepteq Microsoft 365 data Protection. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is an intelligent way to deliver applications over the internet. These SaaS apps have revolutionised the way we do businesses. It allows companies to limit installation and maintenance of software by accessing applications with a click of a button. The most popular SaaS application suite in the commercial marketplace is Microsoft 365 (Office 365), which also means it is the most heavily targeted by bad actors.
Bring the new Yammer styling and capabilities to your modern intranet. At Microsoft Ignite, it was announced that the Yammer Conversations web part for SharePoint Online would be updated with the new Yammer experience. Now, we are excited to announce that it is generally available, meaning that you get all the new Yammer experiences on your SharePoint pages, news articles, and SharePoint sites.
The updated yammer Conversations web parts integrates conversations from any Yammer community, topic, user, or home feed, so you can stay connected to the discussions happening across your organisation and add social conversations while still in SharePoint. Starting today, it automatically replaces the previous Yammer conversations web part without any action needed from site admins.
Sites that are already using the Yammer Conversations web part will be updated with then new experience. To add Yammer Conversations to new sites, just visit the web part gallery and select Yammer Conversations and Get Started. Then, you can filter your Community, User, Topic, or Home, and search for your source. Customise the number of conversations to display and select Republish to see and engage with your new Yammer Conversations web part.
Whether you are looking to bring engaging conversations between employees and leaders to your Leadership sites, or allow employees to ask and resolve questions with key services on Employee Service Sites like IT, HR, Travel, or other Community Sites, the updated web part experience enables you to bring rich, social conversations to all of your SharePoint intranet.
Add Yammer community discussions to your leadership page.
Share news and announcements directly from the web part
Leverage Yammer communities to share knowledge and best practices alongside helpful resources.
Microsoft are continuing to build solutions that integrate Yammer communities and conversations into the apps that you use every day. If you would like to learn more about Yammer or anything related to Microsoft 365 then talk to us today on 0800 644 365 or via email at email@example.com
Working from home (WFH) or remote work presents its challenges and opportunities. Here are five proven tips to help you successfully work from home. These tips are useful whether your remote work is because of challenging times or because you're a distributed worker.
You cannot do your job effectively without the right tools. This applies if you go into an office or if you work from your house. Make sure you have the proper tools you need to do your job, including your home office setup and the technology you choose.
Invest in a proper home office setup if you can. The right work environment should include a suitable desk, chairs, monitors, Wi-Fi and any other hardware you need to get your job done. The perfect home office isn't always achievable. But, investing in a few small items can make a big difference.
For example, consider purchasing some lighting, microphones and headphones if you're routinely on video conference calls. You should also consider purchasing ergonomic accessories like wrist protectors that make the physical act of working at home more comfortable.
Additionally, establish you have the right software tools for the job if you can. Tools like Microsoft Teams were built with remote working in mind by combining chat, meeting, calls and collaboration all in one place.
Remote workers should take particular care that they're remaining secure, both physically and digitally.
From a physical perspective, be aware of your surroundings when you're dealing with sensitive company information. Some best practices include locking your computer when it's not in use and not discussing sensitive company details on calls in public.
Additionally, you must make sure the tools you use have security in mind. These safeguards should apply to your secure email, a VPN, productivity tools, cloud storage and any digital tool you use for work.
It sounds basic to say, but one of the biggest challenges of working from home is that you're not in the office. That means you may not hear the hallway conversations, the chatter before and after meetings and you can't just pop by a colleagues desk for a clarifying question. Your business communication skills are always essential, but especially so when you work remotely.
It's vital to communicate with your coworkers or employees in a clear manner. Try not to leave room for ambiguity about your requests, and don't be afraid to ask clarifying questions. You can do this via email, chat or through a phone call.
You may have to "over-communicate", and that can feel awkward for some. But, it's better to over-communicate at the front-end to ensure there's alignment.
Working remotely typically means you have the flexibility to handle personal tasks like childcare or doctor's appointment during the day. Just be sure you're communicating that to coworkers and employees who rely on you.
You don't have to divulge every personal detail. Just remember to update your Out of Office messages, as well as your status on any chat system. Your availability and status are especially helpful if others rely on your decisions or approvals to move forward with projects and tasks.
Your company culture is a decisive factor in attracting and retaining employees. This involves a lot of things like compensation, working conditions industry and the day-to-day interactions with employees. That last part can be different for a remote worker.
If you're working from home, you'll likely have to make more effort to connect with coworkers and employees. Simple things such as asking how things are going before a meeting starts and being genuinely interested goes a long way. These "small talk" moments can create deeper connections between workers.
Find other opportunities to engage in "water cooler talk" or to appropriately "goof off". Stay within proper boundaries, of course. But, nobody minds when you talk about the latest football game in the office for a few minutes. Likewise, you can sometimes engage with employees or coworkers through chat rooms about things that aren't strictly related to work.
There are many great things to working from home: flexibility, no-commute, and in some cases, increased productivity. But, one of the downsides is that some find it hard to disconnect from work.
It's tempting to work around the clock when your home is your office. But, this can be counterproductive. Studies suggest overwork can lead to less productivity, worse project outcomes and even adverse health.
Finding a proper work-life balance is key when you're working from home. Some tips for maintaining this balance:
Microsoft Teams has vastly improved the way we, at Adepteq operate and collaborate while working from home. A seamless user friendly experience is a must for all business and organisations, and Microsoft Teams delivers. If you would like to learn more about Teams or Office 365 and how they would benefit your organisation please contact Adepteq today!