Microsoft are excited to announce that Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021.

A free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for users to easily buy. As PCs play a more central role in our day to day lives, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love by empowering your productivity and creativity.

Adepteq have the rundown on this exciting new release:

  1. With Windows 11, users will experience new designs and sounds that are modern and fresh.
  2. 'Start' utilises the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
  3. Want an even more powerful way to multitask and optimise your screen? Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide just that.
  4. With conversations through Microsoft Teams, Windows 11 provides a faster way to connect with others, as Microsoft Teams will be integrated into the taskbar.
  5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you are interested in.
  6. This latest version of Windows, is inclusively designed with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
  7.  Microsoft are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store which unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators.
  8. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
  9. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work and learning, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage.

The free upgrade starts on October 5 and will be phased and measured. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. Microsoft expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade by mid-2022.

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To read the full Microsoft article, click here.

Microsoft Inspire: Modern Working

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.

Windows 365 Cloud PC:

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.

Microsoft Teams:

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:

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.

Benefits for partners building Microsoft Teams or Microsoft Viva apps

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.

Visit the Modern Work and Microsoft Viva ISV app development pages to learn more.

New Partner Tools:

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.

Project 'Orland'

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.

In an increasingly volatile world, organisational resilience depends upon the agility and responsiveness of your people. It's more critical than ever to connect, inspire, and activate people. But it is also more difficult than ever. While many people may have adapted to working remotely, we hear from customers that it's challenging to connect people, particularly outside of their core working groups, to drive culture and communication, and foster knowledge sharing and new innovations.

At Microsoft's recent Ignite event, they announced innovations that transform workplace communications, and empower communicators with integrated storytelling tools to inform, engage and inspire people across the organisation. Top announcements include:

The intelligent intranet and Teams: better together

For many of you, the intranet is a canvas for communications, and for nearly two decades, SharePoint has been the leading platform for intranets, enabling organisations to connect the workplace, share information, and deliver rich employee experiences. Recent innovations in SharePoint like home sites, multilingual support, and audience targeting allow customers to create award-winning intranets in Microsoft 365, with no code.

As more people use Teams as a hub for teamwork, users have asked to integrate the superpowers of SharePoint with Teams, to reach people effectively where they work.

Microsoft have announced the new home site app for Teams, which brings your home site and the best of your intelligent intranet to Teams. the app gives users a gateway to your organisation, starting with the app's name and icon, which you can customise to reflect the identity of your organisation or your intranet. The app's multi-level navigation lets people find sites across the organisation, including portals, teams, communities and applications.

Sites built on modern SharePoint will render inside Teams itself. And the app makes it easy to share and discuss content from intranet sites in Teams channels and chat.

Teams SharePoint Landing

With the home site app, people can tap into news and resources across the intelligent intranet without leaving the hub for teamwork. And communicators can build and deliver rich communications experiences in Teams.

Global navigation and news, on any site

Users have also requested a global navigation experience that connects the workplace. The new SharePoint app bar brings a consistent navigation experience to every site on your intelligent intranet, featuring quick access to important sites across the organisation, personally relevant sites, and the news feed. The customisable, global navigation in the app bar is shared with the home site app, giving employees that consistent navigation experience across Teams and the browser.

Global Navigation

Improvements to news feeds and digests

Communicators told us that it's harder than ever to get the right information to the right people, at the right time, across applications and devices. Today we announced improvements to news feeds and news digests.

The news feed delivers an intelligent view of news, targeted to you based on factors like your role or location, and further personalised based on signals in Microsoft Graph about where, how, and with whom you work. But communicators have told us that not all announcements and news are equal. Sometimes you need to boost the visibility of important news articles in the feed, rather then relying solely on AI. Soon, you can boost a news post until it has been read, for a set number of impressions, or until a given date. When the criteria is satisfied, the post returns to its normal position in the feed.

News Boost Configuration

We're delivering an enhanced news feed that supports boosting news in Edge, in news web parts, and in the SharePoint start page. In the future, we'll be bringing this improved news feed to other experiences, and we'll be adding new superpowers to the feed.

News Boost

And employees have told us that keeping up with so much news and information can be challenging. To help you keep up-to-date with workplace communications, the automatically generated news digest will send an email summary, curated by AI, of news articles you may have missed or not read that week. The digest will help ensure people stay on top of news that you have boosted. And you can customise the news digest with your organisation's branding.

News Boost Email

For communities in Yammer, Microsoft recently empowered community managers to pin conversations to the top of the feed, and now you can feature a conversation, which showcases the conversation in the community feed and raises its visibility in Yammer's home feed. You can also post priority announcements, which raises the visibility of notifications in community members' inboxes. Additionally, leaders can delegate the ability to post to Yammer to their communications leads, allowing communicators to post news and announcements on behalf of leaders.

Read and engage people in the apps they use every day

Communicators have also told us that to engage an audience that represents diverse generations and work styles, you need to reach people where they are. You can share news and announcements to people and engage them across your SharePoint intranet, and now, Teams and Yammer.

You can share a news article to a Teams channel or a Yammer community, to reach your audience and encourage conversation about the item. You can spark richer engagement with the superpowers of these apps. For example, when sharing a news article to Yammer, you can add a poll to measure sentiment, or share it as a question to crowd source ideas.

Yammer Share To Teams

Create captivating communications experiences

Users do not want to spend precious resources and brain cycles designing intranet sites. Last year Microsoft introduced the lookbook to help you build beautiful employee experiences.

Now you can use built-in templates to give any existing site an extreme makeover. Templates, like the leadership connection template, have been purpose built to support specific scenarios. They integrate the superpowers of SharePoint and other Microsoft 365 experiences, and deliver a beautiful, out-of-box design that you can customise with no code to reflect your branding and your needs. Of course, templates are responsive and accessible, so your experiences can be inclusive of all users, across devices.

Yammer Built In Templates

Microsoft also recently announced that SharePoint spaces reaches general availability this fall. SharePoint spaces enable anyone to create immersive and engaging mixed reality experiences that showcase 3D content, models and 360° imagery, and bring 2D content to life in stunning new ways. Spaces transform scenarios from hosting virtual events to on-boarding employees, and can be experienced across devices, with a browser or a headset.

SharePoint spaces distance learning

Foster a tighter workplace community

Because customers emphasise the need to connect and engage everyone, across the organisation, Microsoft continue to invest in communities that foster a culture of inclusion, where everyone feels empowered to contribute to the conversation.

Innovations for Yammer's All Company community turn it into a powerful tool for informing and engaging the entire organisation, from the top-floor to the shop floor. Posts to the All Company community are discoverable by everyone, and anyone can engage. Now, you can customise the All Company community with your organisation's branding, and you can restrict who can post announcements or start new conversations in the community.

Yammer All Company Community

And when you share an announcement in Yammer's All Company community, notifications are generated for everyone in the organisation across Yammer, Outlook, and now Teams; across web, desktop and mobile. People can engage from the apps they use every day and express themselves with nuance using new reactions.

Reactions on mobile

Better measure the impact of your communications

Finally, communicators have emphasised the importance of measuring the reach and effectiveness of communications. New insights include a heat map of interaction or dwell time on content. An analytics digest, powered by AI, will automatically be sent to the author of a news post one week after content is posted, and provides suggestions to increase visibility of their post. And in Yammer, updated Community Insights empower communicators and community manages with detailed analytics for Conversations, Live Events, and Question and Answers.

Community Insights

It has never been more critical for organisations to connect, inspire, and activate their employees. Microsoft 365 bring you innovations that transform workplace communications. Whether you're a leader, an HR or communications professional, or a communicator anywhere in the organisation, we will continue to invest in integrated storytelling capabilities that empower you to inform, engage and inspire people, and to measure and improve your impact.

Contact us today if you would like us to discuss in more detail.

Due to the wealth of information being recently released around Microsoft 365 from the recent Ignite event, we will be sharing more with you very soon.

Adepteq are experts in SharePointMicrosoft 365, and Microsoft Teams. Call us on 0800 644 365,  email info@adepteq.com or complete our Contact Form.

Microsoft Lists Icon

Microsoft Lists icon

At Build 2020, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Lists, a smart information tracking app in Microsoft 365. It has now been announced that Microsoft Lists begins roll out to Microsoft 365 business customers worldwide, starting this month with the Lists app in Microsoft 365 and next month with the Lists app in Microsoft Teams.

Create and use Microsoft Lists within Microsoft Teams

Starting a list is easy. Create and manage lists from any browser by clicking Lists in the Microsoft 365 app launcher. Get going quickly with one of our ready-made templates for issue tracking, asset management, employee onboarding, and more. Review the Microsoft Lists "Look Book" to learn more about the ready-made templates.

Microsoft Lists in Teams

Create a new list inside Teams with conversations side-by-side. The above shows using the Asset manager template.

For Microsoft Teams users, simply add a list to a channel or create a new list directly in Teams. The Teams mobile app also gets a Lists update so you can view any list you added a tab to in Teams - even on the go. Available later this year on iOS, the new Lists mobile app enables customers to create, view, and manage all their Lists from their mobile devices.

Make lists smarter to get more done in Microsoft 365

Keeping track of information is part of everyday life. Writing things down or using spreadsheets works for simple things. But when you're dealing with hundreds or thousands of items and need to coordinate with other on your team and mapped to recurring business processes, it can quickly get overwhelming. And as the global pandemic has made remote work the new normal for many of us, we're also facing the added challenge of staying in sync while staying at home.

Easily create a new list from the Lists home using one of many ready-made templates. The above shows using the Event itinerary template.

We built Lists to help you save time and reduce hassle. As simple to use as a spreadsheet, Lists helps you easily track any information, invite other to collaborate, and use rules to keep everyone in sync - in addition to being able to customise forms and flows with the Power Platform. It's a simple, smart, flexible way to track information and get more done.

Lists for every team and every situation

Millions of people use SharePoint lists and libraries every month in Microsoft 365 to track issues, manage inventory, report status, onboard new hires, build out event agendas, manage FAQs, and more. With flexible columns, forms, and views, you can build your own solution to meet your specific needs without knowing how to code.

For example, Lauren Taylor, the vice principal or Manitou Park Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, created a custom list to track students' reading abilities. Now teachers can quickly determine what each student needs without going through spreadsheets or reams of paper.

Microsoft Lists Manitou Elementary

Assistant school principal, Lauren Taylor, works with students (Maniou Park Elementary School in Tacoma, WA).

The Jim Henson Company created a list to track celebrity and production visitors at their Los Angeles studio. What used to be a manual process done on a clipboard, this new approach using lists has saved time, giving security guards a simple, mobile-friendly way to track current visitors, flag unexpected guests and make decisions more quickly.

Avanade, a global professional services firm with 29,000 employees, now can rapidly prototype, iterate, and publish solutions that better connect employees with critical information, without expensive planning, development, and IT maintenance costs.
Avanade

With corporate data available on their mobile devices, Avanade sellers are now more productive and better able to serve and attract clients.

Fully integrated with Microsoft 365, Lists works seamlessly with other apps, such as Excel, SharePoint, Power Apps (custom forms), Power Automate (customer flows) and Power BI, enabling out customers to build powerful information tracking solutions at a fraction of the time and effort it typically takes to create custom apps from scratch.
Microsoft Lists with Teams and PowerApps

Example productivity app utilizing a list-item view form customised using Power Apps to bring in additional data from Power BI - all as a tab in Microsoft Teams.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When can i expect to see Lists app and the Lists app in Teams for my Microsoft 365 tenant?
A: The new Microsoft Lists home page and associated eight ready-made templates will begin roll out by end of July 2020, first to Targeted Release customers and then to the broader production environment - inclusive of enterprise, education, and government plans. The Lists app in Microsoft Teams will begin roll out by the end of August 2020. All are expected to be complete in production worldwide by the end of October 2020.

Q: What will happen to SharePoint lists moving forward?
A: Your investments to date in SharePoint lists carry forward. Microsoft are building off the 20+ years of innovation within SharePoint and taking steps to make them even more accessible within other apps. The tens of millions of people using lists today will see new list capabilities like updated user experiences, creation in Teams, improved Quick Edit and more. Learn more about how Microsoft Lists evolve from SharePoint lists.

Q: What subscriptions do I need to use Microsoft Lists?
A: Lists is available through Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription plans where SharePoint is included. Learn more about Microsoft 365 business plans.

Q: How does Lists differ from Microsoft To Do and Planner?
A: Microsoft Lists is an information tracking app that enables teams and organisations to manage a process or workflow. While To Do and Planner are purpose-built apps, specifically designed to help individuals and teams manage their work using tasks. Commonly, when a task is completed, it becomes hidden from view. Microsoft Lists, on the other hand, enables users to collect, view, filter, sort, collaborate, and share structured information across status, life cycle, ownership, and more. Lists integrate with the Power Platform to design, build, and extend productivity apps alongside Power Apps (custom forms) and Power Automate (custom flows). 

Contact us today if you would like us to discuss in more detail.

Due to the wealth of information being released around Microsoft Lists, we will be sharing more with you very soon.

Adepteq are experts in SharePointMicrosoft 365, and Microsoft Teams. Call us on 0800 644 365,  email info@adepteq.com or complete our Contact Form.

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