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Power BI March Feature Update – Connectors and Bookmarking

Power BI March updates

March brings some exciting updates to Power BI, including several of the most popular connectors becoming generally available and the release of bookmarking which allows you to create bookmarks from scratch in the Power BI Service. They are also previewing report page tooltips, which lets you use visuals in your own customer designed tooltips.

Power BI March Update Tooltip Report
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Power BI Desktop February Update: Providing a deeper analysis and performance improvements

Power BI Desktop updates

It’s an exciting time for Power BI as this month’s updates focus on modifications which have been in high demand Cloud and subscription- based products allow suppliers to respond to requests and issues – a concept that Microsoft is championing with the latest release. These updates include multi-selecting data points across multiple charts and syncing slicer values across multiple pages of a report.

Power BI updates in February 2018
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Office 365 January 2018 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for January 2018

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

 

  • Whiteboard App Preview
    • Freeform canvas
    • People, ideas and content come together
    • Built for creative freeform thinking
    • Limitless surface
    • Freeform drawings turned to standard shapes
    • Free on Microsoft Appstore
  • PowerPoint
    • Export to video
    • Export to 4k Ultra HD
    • Record and time with voice and laser pointer
  • Sway
    • Refreshed user interface
    • Storyline and Design tabs
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Office 365 Monthly update – November 2017

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for November 2017

It is an exciting time for Office 365, with continual monthly updates allowing for the latest tools to bring new offerings as part of the Office 365 package. Here are this month’s highlights.

 

  • Ignite 2017
    • Empowering employees
    • Modernizing business processes
    • Advancing the enterprise cloud
  • A new vision of intelligent communications
    • Replacing Skype for Business client
    • Before meetings Teams will surface relevant information to help you prepare
    • During meeting, conversations can be captured, transcribed and time coded with closed captioning
    • Conversations, documents, notes and action items can be reviewed, indexed and searched by the entire team
  • Office.com app launcher
    • Makes it quicker to get to apps
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Microsoft Power BI Desktop August Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Update - August 2017

Microsoft’s use of subscription based applications means that they can provide us with exciting new updates, including improvements based on suggestions from the user community. Power BI provides interactive reporting for true business insights.

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Office 365 August 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for August 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Excel Co-Authoring

  • Excel for Windows desktop
  • Works for Documents on SharePoint and OneDrive or OneDrive for Business
  • See who is working with you and see their changes in seconds

AutoSave for Desktop

  • PowerPoint, Word and Excel options for
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Office 365 July 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for July 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft Planner

  • Simple visual way to organise teamwork
  • Mobile apps for Android and iOS
  • Coming soon will be:
    • Push notifications
    • New plans creation
    • Intune integration
  • Feature requests can be made at https://planner.uservoice.com
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New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium

New to Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium has been the go-to solution for the SMB market; now with the new release of business apps, they have cemented this as the product of choice for growing businesses. The apps now included with Business Premium are:

  • Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
  • Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
  • Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.
  • Office 365 Business Center – Manage everything from one place.
  • MileIQ – The smarter way to track mileage
SMB software solutions with Office 365 Business Premium
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Microsoft Power BI Desktop July Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Update - July 2017

Microsoft’s use of subscription based applications means that they can provide us with exciting new updates, including improvements based on suggestions from the user community. Check out this month's updates in their July update video. 

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Microsoft Teams Announced for General Availability

General Availability for Microsoft Teams

In November 2016 we released a blog announcing Microsoft Teams. Satya Nadella announced the next big step in the Office 365 story for collaboration. This tool brings together a number of existing functionality, such as Skype for Business, Groups and SharePoint Online, to help people work together. Now, with a number of updates, including suggestions from users, the product has been released globally to 181 markets in 19 languages.

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Office 365 April 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for April 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Client Update Cadence

  • Updates are often mentioned that are in first release only
  • Consumer plans need to be on the Insider Program to get updates immediately
  • Business and Enterprise users need to meet a
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Office 365 March 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for March 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

My Analytics

  • Set goals for time spent on tasks
  • Accessed via delve

Power BI

  • Removed 100 row limit for tables in the mobile app
  • New Table Features
  • Power BI Admin Role
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Office 365 February 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for February 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

OneDrive Updates

  • OneDrive Sync Clients now syncs with SharePoint Online
  • SharePoint on premises will need to continue to use the second sync app

LinkedIn Learning Courses

  • 60 New training courses
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Office 365 January 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for January 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft PowerPoint QuickStarter

  • Enter topic and choose slide and design as a start for PowerPoint
  • Focus on the presentation content

Excel Updates – Power Query updates

  • 10 new data transformation connectivity features
  • Get and Transform
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Office 365 December 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for December 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft Teams Announced

  • Integration with Office 365 tools
  • Builds extra features

Scalable Vector Graphic Icons

  • Looks great at any size
    • No longer have any issues with pixelated images
  • Change features such as line and fill colour
  • 3D support coming soon
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Office 365 November 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for November 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas:

Power BI to PowerPoint

  • Send Power BI reports
    • Individual reports to individual slides
    • Each visual is a high-resolution image
    • Report textboxes are editable
    • Links back to the live report in Power BI
    • Currently in
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Microsoft Announce New Teams App in Office 365

Meet Microsoft Teams for Collaboration

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO, has just announced the latest feature for Office 365, Microsoft Teams. This new set of tools is a chat-based workspace and in line with the Office 365 ethos, is all aimed at collaboration and “reinventing productivity”.

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PowerApps and Flow for Microsoft Office 365

PowerApps and Flow for Microsoft Office 365

This morning at Directions EMEA, Brian Meier gave an interesting presentation on PowerApps and Flow, which we have touched on before. These are being pushed both as great tools and the way in which Extensions can be fully utilised. Here we will discuss some of the features that he covered.

PowerApps and Flow offer more than just Office 365 functionality

 

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Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI

Office 365 Content Pack in Power BI

Understand how your users adopt and use Office 365 with this new tool that allows you to plan targeted user training and communication so that your business gets the most out of the platform. 

Combining the intelligence of usage reports, with the interactive reporting capabilities of Power BI, the new Office 365 adoption content pack enables you to visualise and analyse the usage data. Create custom reports and share insights within your business using the in-built pivot tools to slice your data by location and department etc.

Office 365 adoption content pack preview

 

Get Better Insights for Your Office 365 with the New Reports

The dashboard is split up into four areas: Adoption, Communication, Collaboration and Activation. Admins can access detailed dashboards for each area by clicking any of the

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Office 365 October 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for October 2016

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video, which covers the following areas:

SharePoint Online

  • Included in Office 365 Groups
  • Team site Homepage updates
    • Site collection storage limit increased to 25TB
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