Microsoft continues to improve support for SMBs through the introduction of apps as announced at the July Microsoft partner event, Inspire, in Washington DC.
Available for Business Premium:
- Microsoft Connections gives businesses the ability to launch and track e-mail marketing campaigns
- Microsoft Listings enables businesses to manage information listings with Bing, Facebook Google and Yelp, for example
- Microsoft Invoicing is a billing invoice (PDF) creation app.
Our blog, Give business the edge with new Office 365 Business Premium apps gives more detailed information about these apps.
We also posted a blog, Boost Productivity with Workplace Analytics for Office 365, outlining details of the Workplace Analytics add-on for Office 365, to enable companies evaluate employee working practices.
Otherwise, July has seen various other Office 365 updates.
Available on a preview program basis in the US only, at the moment:
PowerPoint – turn text into timelines. PowerPoint Designer will recognise times, dates and topics on slides and intelligently to create professional-looking timelines.
Word, Excel, PowerPoint 3D — 3D objects can be added to and edited in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with objects inserted via the Remix 3D catalog or desktop, with applications such as PowerPoint’s Morph used to create animations.
Read Aloud in Word— Read Aloud has been moved to the Review tab to enable documents to be read back with simultaneous highlighting, directly from within a workflow. Scheduled to be available generally later in 2017, this update will make it easier for users to spot and correct errors while writing, and help improve reading and editing accuracy for all users, and particularly those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Updates for Office 365 commercial customers include:
Outlook – a smarter To: line and a redesigned conversation view are included, and intelligence from Microsoft Graph, Outlook on the web and Windows desktop gives enhanced contact suggestions with profile pictures during email creation, making it easier for users to select the most relevant and appropriate contacts for that email.
Available for current users on request, to be utilised for specified teams and customers,
StaffHub - the update to the application developed to support frontline workers in the management of their working day, means that team members can assign, manage and complete tasks from co-workers and management, and will have access to company-wide announcements.