Microsoft Cloud: New Features for Better Collaboration

Posted by The Finchloom Team on Dec 22, 2016 10:04:11 AM in Microsoft Products

Office-365Microsoft Office has long been a catalyst for improving productivity at work.  Recent upgrades and new and innovative applications have helped Office 365 become the most well-rounded workplace performance platforms on the market.

With the newest release of Office 365, Microsoft has indeed thought of everything necessary for the modern work environment, by providing users with new ways to collaborate as teams, incorporate database management and analysis with easy integration through a familiar, secure, and trusted environment.

“At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to the mission of helping people and organizations achieve more —and reinventing productivity for the cloud and mobile world is core to our ambition.” Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President for the Microsoft Office team.

New Office 365 Employee Communication Feature - Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Office 365 is built for collaboration and Microsoft has long recognized that different groups have different needs. It has applications for email, file sharing, social, and employee communications. Now available only with an Office 365 subscription is Microsoft Teams which brings all those tools together and shifts the focus to the way people work together and collaborate as a team.

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace inside Microsoft Office 365. Chat is an efficient and natural way for teams to communicate. It is fast, friendly, and informal. Threaded conversations keep everyone on the same page and encourage engagement and productivity and provide a historical and context-based view.

Microsoft has laid out four core promises on which Microsoft Teams will deliver.

1. Chat for Better Collaboration

  • Modern and familiar conversation experience.
  • Threaded chats with a persistent interface.
  • Private messaging feature.
  • Integrates with all Office 365 apps, share calendars, files, contacts and easily make Skype voice or video calls.

2. A Hub for Teamwork

  • Since all Microsoft Office 365 apps are fully integrated, each team member has all of the tools they need in a single interface.
  • Relevant and intelligent information for discovery and sharing.
  • Quickly move from one project to another.

3. Team Customization

  • Open APIs -providing developers with programmatic availability.
  • Support for the Microsoft BOT Framework.
  • Third party integration capabilities.
  • Over 150 partners, with full Open API for better integration with Microsoft Teams

4. Security You Trust

  • Provides the same advanced safety and compliance standards you expect from a Microsoft Office 365 application.
  • Transparent model of operations
  • Encrypted data 24/7.
  • Managed centrally from a secure global data center network

New Data Analytics & Database Solutions for Office 365

Employee communication was not the only focus of the newest Microsoft Office 365 update. Whether you're a small business or a growing enterprise, you will benefit from a robust database and data analytics solution like Microsoft Access, which is now included in Office 365 subscriptions.

With Microsoft Access, database management solutions help collect and share organized data, as well as compile reports that give you the insight you need into your company's business data. Microsoft Access makes it easy to create business applications that allow you to control how you look at your data, track your data, share and analyze your data, giving you a complete 360 view of your business at any time.

New Enterprise Data Connectors for Microsoft Access in 2017

For 2017 Microsoft Access is releasing new enterprise data connectors so you will never need to worry about data migration issues. Microsoft Access as a part of Office 365, ProPlus, E3, and E5 plans offers easy integration with popular data connectors, software, and other data sources including:
  • OData Feed
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Salesforce
  • Amazon Redshift Section

Office 365 Is The Complete Solution For Your Business

The way we communicate at work is changing. Because more employees have flexible schedules and mobile workplaces, easily accessible communication has become vital to every company’s success.

No matter how big or small your business is, being able to streamline projects and improve employee communication and collaboration is a key factor to ensure everyone is on the same page and no time is wasted. Through the Microsoft Teams app, your company will boost productivity and save valuable time. Furthermore, the addition of Access into the Office 365 suite of applications helps round out the product because it integrates powerful data management and report creation tools within a single secure interface, utilizing multiple data sources and connections.

Microsoft Office 365 offers a complete cloud solution that could be the key differentiator for businesses seeking to improve productivity, streamline operations, and promote opportunities for real-time collaboration. With Finchloom support of your Office 365 integration, you will find that your team more quickly adapts to the new technology and features offered which will swiftly enhance your teams communication and overall productivity as a whole. Learn more about Microsoft Cloud Solutions with our free download Streamline Communications for Better Collaboration & Transparency.

This is Part 1 in a 2-part series. See the next post New Office 365 Features for Even Better Employee Communications and Collaboration (Part 2).

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Finchloom is an Authorized Microsoft Cloud Service Provider focused on End User Productivity and Security to modernize Small and Medium Businesses.

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