When Microsoft launched Teams and numerous other apps and services in the recent events, the idea was to make workspaces better in terms of productivity, convenience, coordination and ease of functioning. Numerous features which were spread over multiple apps and products all this time have been smartly integrated in MS Teams and have impacted efficiency of workspaces real time. Providing a completely different experience in content creation, MS SharePoint ans MS Teams have taken over the complete office environment. However these applications can be used in much better ways and can lead to better teamwork and optimized productivity with some tips given by the experts .
The first and foremost thing that has brought up Ms Teams as an exceptionally useful tool for work spaces is its compatibility in dealing with all kinds of files. Users can simultaneously share , sync and upload all kinds of trees. These files can be edited and showed by multiple users and shared amongst team members. The collaboration with SharePoint has made work much easier and also the features-that are mentioned below as user tips make things much easier and convenient .
The option to create new tabs as per requirement is one of the innovative features of SharePoint. Letting you add a new tab specifically for any important file , document or content, the ease of access has definitely been scaled up with this added feature.
Another feature that has been the talk of the town is of adding a complete SharePoint library to your SharePoint . Adhering to permissions SharePoint allows you to put up all files, folders and documents that exist anywhere on the intranet under a new specific tab that acts as a library with data from all channels. The best part of this feature is that as mentioned, it does not change or modify the permissions for any file shared.
The dynamics of Ms Teams have been nothing short of a revolution. The News tab that gets added automatically once three news articles are published is one such feature. Once created, all the news that is published is directly synced with this tab and can be seen by all team members in the MS Teams.
Similarly, any news page can be shared within teams as a separate tab and what’s more, a similar news tab, common to the entire organization can also be put up which is open for access to all. Also adding to the numerous other features is the conversation thread that can be started amongst team members on any published content directly. Rather than having to chat boxes and refer to any url or any documented content, users can now simply start any communication there itself on the article or content in context .
With such amazing features and user tips , MS SharePoint & MS Teams are definitely getting more users everyday as everyday a new organization turns towards these tools for better office management and an employee friendly work environment.
adding a news pageon the teams site as well as the organisation’s SiteEnable discussions on news article as a conversation thread .
With Microsoft Teams, the group chat tool by Microsoft which was at the center of Microsoft 365, the one stop solution package for all organisational needs that was launched two years back in the same week, Microsoft has by far taken over slack and they have numbers to back them up. While Slack was earlier the only go-to option available for office people to collaborate online and connect within office environments.
And though this has been the first time that Microsoft has come up with actual numbers of individuals that it manages to touch on a daily and weekly basis, they are but proud to have brought this huge shift in paradigm in a span of 700 days. Being a turn around solution that combines chat, video meetings, calls and file sharing integrated onto a single platform, Microsoft Teams has left Slack far behind with a whopping 500,000 organisations that are currently using MS Teams as apart of their work environment, with as many as 13 million users making the most of these services on a daily basis and a 19 million users every week.
Almost all the efficacies of Slack are available on Microsoft Teams, and then some more that keep on being updates, MS Teams is by far on of the most preferred apps in the global corporate scenario which not only integrates majority of team activities in a work environment but also provides the ease and flexibility to run functions in a much smoother way. Communication through MS Teams for various media is a cakewalk and has made workplaces much more user friendly when it comes to internal communication. Teams has been upgraded continually and with the latest updates, there are changes that would include priority notifications, cross- channel posting, read- receipts and channel moderation and probably some more additions to it which would be announced soon, it is evident that Microsoft Teams is here to stay and make work life much easier than it was in the days before Teams!
And with the event that Microsoft partners from around the world await with bated breath, Microsoft Inspire, trending as #MSInspire was no less than a spectacle in every sense. While partner conferences are something that only large scale organizations put up, these events talk a great deal about the insights of the importance a vendor company is giving to its clients. With the major agenda of a sales event, these partner conferences give the clients a good sneak peek into the plans of the vendors and what their aims and goals are for the coming times. Focused on driving customer and partner engagements, MSInspire is usually setting goals for partners with a humungous limelight concentrated on recognitions and morale boosting of the inseparable part of their ecosystem. Focusing on multiple aspects that have seen a paradigm change,the graph of successful ventures is on the rise and new additions ensure that the same continues. Dynamic 365, PowerApps, AppSource, Azure Marketplace & AI were some of the key highlights of the entire 3 day hullabaloo and Vegas definitely seemed much brighter with MSInspire, as it does, year after year.
With its grandeur and exuberance soaring higher every passing year, Microsoft Inspire was a 3 days extravaganza with partners and MS geeks pouring in from all corners of the world. Hosted on the 15th, 16th and 17th July 2019, Microsoft Inspire was a huge platfom that offered immense opportunities to investors, partners and those wishing to walk the extra mile to realise the potential that technology has to offer.
With the arrivals starting on the 14th July, Microsoft had its First Time Attendee orientation sorted on the very same day and The Hub Preview by Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready. Taking off with Corenote at Microsoft Inspire, the major part of Day 1 was devoted to Networking & Sessions at Microsoft Inspire followed by Social Hours with Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready and Area Celebrations to conclude the day with.
“The magic happens when your teams meet our technology. We come together in a partnership” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP for One Commercial Partner at MS Corp.
While the Corenote at Day1 worked towards valuing and empowering Microsoft Partners, it also drove a significant focus to democratise digital. Making the economies digital and democratizing it, part of the address by Judson Althoff, Executive VP of Worldwide Commercial Business at MS Corp was what ruled the Day1 which saw numerous attendees at the arena for the CoreNote and then some more at the various halls put up for interaction of the partners with the core teams.
Putting up ‘The Hub’, an open platform at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre which was a rather convenient spot for the attendees to come together and build up the much required connect with Microsoft Partners from all over the world, The Hub was a gallery of opportunities for those willing to find one.
Specific Area Lounges, Connect Zone- a cafe set up to meet and discuss opportunities with other MS Partners from more than 130 countries and the Social Hours presented a plethora of options for all the attendees to reap out the maximum benefits from the MS Inspire and one could only wish for that the time did not end that soon!!
Day 2 Corenote:
While Day2 saw a multitude of featured speakers taking over the stage that come from different walks of life and have their own lives as an example to inspire, MS Inspire got an immeasurable impetus at The Hub, wherein the SMC Sales Centre was one of the numerous interactive enters and platform available for people to mingle with the like minded crowd and explore the richness of the event. Day 2 was still ruled by Networking & Sessions at Microsoft Inspire, followed by Social hours at Microsoft Ready and Microsoft Inspire which paved for various evening events later.
While Innovation, Partnership and Business Leadership remained at the core of all the activities planned at MS Inspire, the learning material available as well as the unmatched energy of the event pumped up the enthusiasm manifolds. The huge gathering comprised of not only Microsoft partners from more than 130 countries but also Microsoft senior leadership, Microsoft Solution Specialists, Microsoft Account Executives, Microsoft Channel Managers, Senior Industry Experts and many more.
The event also focused on core aspects such as being accessible to all, embracing sustainability and supporting wellness by undertaking various activities and minuscule steps such as providing sustainable food choices, giving healthy meal options, gym access and a host of other conveniences to the attendees.
A gesture of warmth to first time attendees, MS Inspire also put up the FTA program by pairing new attendees with seasoned partners who could serve as guides and mentors to sheath the new attendees by getting blinded from the extravaganza. Starting from the orientations to the post-event planning help, the FTA was no less than a boon for the newbies and definitely helped in making them comfortable and completely imbibe the essence of MS Inspire.
Day 3 Corenote:
While Day3 consisted of Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready Corenotes to start the day with, strong words from Satya Nadella and Brad Smith about not only reaching out to but also at the same time empowering every organisation on the planet simultaneously creating a sustainable environment on the planet for the future generations to come touched a chord.
Day3 witnessed numerous shared stories of success and innovation from the attendees. Majority of the stalls at The Hub and even the Connect Zones saw a huge footfall with people trying to grab up as much as they could from what MS Inspire had to offer. Empowering through partnerships, collaborations and reaching out to partners from farthest of places within a couple of square inches is one of the best things MS Inspire offers to its partners. The multiple atriums and theatres hosted a significant number of sessions for the attendees to take back with them as experiences and knowledge. Business development Connections and Networking Sessions at Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready still took up the major part of the day and the One Celebration was the just the perfect way to end the 3 days long exuberant affair.
The catch ups at The Hub, the discussions, key speakers’ notes, CoreNote, all added to the 3 days Gala event, numerous discussions, meetings, brainstorming and a host of other activities on the latest technologies, updates, programs and applications pertaining to services and solutions such as Cloud Management, Artificial Intelligence, Business Applications, Teamworks, Internet of Things and much more, the event wrapped up with one of the largest celebrations, or rather, the One Celebration. The event throbbed with the high energy levels of Microsoft employees and partners alike, celebrating their shared success and at the same time paving way for the year that is to come.
On Thursday, the 18th July, the day for the final see- offs, the content was concluded with the First Time Attendee workshops, some more networking sessions and Area General Sessions which worked out like more of cool down sessions to kick start the wait for the event next year!
Customization is the need of the hour and we would do anything to get that ease of customization in anything and everything that we can lay our hands on. Be it our clothes, our mobiles and accessories, our crockery or anything that we need and use in our everyday life. The addition of that personal touch makes things so much more different and it always adds to the feel good factor. But hey, then do we like to run to other people, the so- called experts for all the customization? Wouldn’t it be a tad bit more convenient and exaggerating if we were able to do things on our own rather than to find some expert every other time. Well guess what!!! MS Flow lets you do just that, and a slight bit more.
MS Flow is a recent addition to cloud based software’s by Microsoft that help end users to not only create but also customized workflows and store them for multiple usage. These process flows can range from petty operations such as storing files with a particular extension to complex programming structures based on specific algorithms. Termed as Flows, these functions can automate and customize almost everything, and the best part is that, No, you don’t need a developer to do that for you.
Drumrolls!!! It is as easy as type and click. Yes! That’s what MS Flow does for you. Setting reminders, segregating files, deleting specific file formats, creating conditional programs, sending automated mail responses, just to mention a few. Plus, being a cloud based software and compatible with other MS applications such as PowerBI, PowerApp, Office 365 and many others, MS Flow is just what one would want to make work spaces convenient and comfortable. With no technical expertise required, MS Flow really comes in handy when it comes to setting up one’s own processes and work flows to be able to manage tasks rather efficiently, not to mention, ease is an icing on the cake.
Bitscape being one of the most prominent channel partners for Microsoft in California, US, this brand new feature from Microsoft is being promoted across all Bitscape clientele and firms that have an MS environment to provide ease of functioning and move their work processes on auto mode.
Since the inception of Cloud computing into the world of technology, recovery of data has become snappier than ever before. Recovery of data has gone one step ahead in the name of ‘Azure’.
Azure provides services that allow the users to create, organize and deploy the application on a huge network using the tools and techniques. It also renders a range of solutions like,
Increased Productivity by featuring faster networking with loads of end-to-end services.
Build and implement apps in a Hybrid
One of the most important services that Microsoft Azure provides is the Azure Site Consulting services. It lets the users enable failover for on-premises Hyper-Virtual machines. This Hyper-Virtual Machine manager allows the users to reproduce the content of the VMs from the data centers to Azure and thus coordinate and take control over the workload over a Cloud computing environment.
The Azure Recovery Services helps in recovering in two ways :
Site Recovery services : It contributes to the business’ BCDR strategy (Business continuity and disaster recovery) by ensuring business continuity as a part of disaster management. As mentioned earlier, when there is a disruption in the primary site, the data gets ‘failed over’ to a secondary location and access the data, apps from the secondary location. After the primary location is set back, it could fail back again.
Backup Service : In order to recover the data, a backup service is obviously essential. So here the Azure Backup service hands out a secondary storage to maintain the data secured and recoverable anytime.
The Recovery service can maintain the backed up data safe for,
Azure Virtual Machine between Azure regions.
On-premises Virtual Machines, Azure Stack VMs, and physical servers.
In all the supported regions for site recovery.
In all the systems that support Azure.
Features of Azure Site Recovery services :
The Azure Recovery Services carries a number of recovery – specific features that aids business running all the time.
An intelligible solution :
The site recovery allows the business to build up, manage replication, failover, failback from the single Azure region in the portal.
A replica of the Virtual Machine
The secured recovery services let a business transfer data from primary to secondary machines.
On-premises Virtual Machines
These machines ensure less complex maintenance of secondary data centers thus paving the way towards low-cost recovery solution.
Reproduction of Workload
The workload can be reproduced to any of the supported Azure VMs, on-premises Hyper-V and VMware VMs, and Windows/Linux physical servers.
When a failover occurs, Azure machines are established based on the replicated site data. Thus the resilience that they share allows the users to replicate without affecting application data. And the stored data is also highly resilient.
RTO and RPO
The Recovery Time Objectives and the Recovery Point Objectives are limited to organizational objectives. It takes just 30-second frequency to replicate the data
Consistency over failover
There are zero chances of failovers and the consistency of the data would be great throughout.
Disaster recovery drills can be conducted irrespective of the ongoing replication.
Business customization of Recovery plans
The plans can be customized according to the needs of the business. The group machines together in a recovery plan, and optionally add scripts and manual actions.
The Azure services provide the following integration with that of site recovery,
Thus, if a business has a recovery system like the Azure, there wouldn’t be any challenges during disaster time. And if at all a challenge occurs, Azure would be of great help while facing the challenges.
Cloud computing is a big move from the old-fashioned way big business think about IT assets. Simply lay, cloud computing in the delivery of computing services— software’s, storage databases, networking, analytics, servers, intelligence and more—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster revolution, flexible resources and economies of scale.
You normally pay only for the services you use, assisting you to lower operating costs, run your framework more competently and scale as your business needs modification. Azure is a flexible open source cloud platform from Microsoft’s stable that empowers businesses to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
Microsoft Azure consulting services from partners help you size it, but augment it, position and support as when required. Businesses can develop, build and maintain application through Azure without any hurdle of programming languages and framework. It is too flexible to integrate with your existing IT environment. It’s pretty convenient, isn’t it?
Features of Azure
You can deploy Azure services to a wide area of applications:
It is one of the finest solutions for having a presence on the World Wide Web, and then scaling as the requirements increase from time to time. They can be quickly deployable and are highly scalable Windows Azure. It allows use of different programming languages and open source applications of a site administrator’s choice and positioning content with FTP, Git, and TFS.SQL Database, Caching, Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Storage can be easily integrated with Azure.
Virtual Machines is Azure’s Infrastructure as a solution. This was a long-awaited capability that can enable IT to set up infrastructure and deploy Virtual Machines. Administrators can now easily configure windows server and Linux VMs on demand.
Azure proposes a protected turnkey backend-as-a-service solution for mobile applications. This quickens mobile application development by integrating user authentication, structured storage, and push notifications and in the long run shortens the process dramatically.
Azure has a whole list of features for delivering content to a wide range of devices running on different frameworks. It also helps to ingest, encode, convert and protect content with both on-demand and live stream capabilities.
Azure can be used as a platform as a service. It provides an environment for on-demand runtime. With this environment, the application can be delivered as SaaS solutions to customers anywhere around the world.
This is one of the hot topics for enterprise IT businesses. We are now provoked with ever-increasing and unintended overflowing of data in the order of scale on a daily basis. IT needs to process more data than those of previous periods. Rising mobile devices introduce the source of this mammoth pile of data and snowballing dynamic traffic triggered by social networks. Azure is 100% Apache Hadoop compatible. It has a strategic platform to take this problem with a convergent solution.
You can find growing Microsoft Azure consulting services providers across the globe to meet the IT requirements.
Cloud technology is sprouting at fast-moving speed, as evidenced by the funds behind the industry. The worldwide spending on cloud services is expected to grow and reach $141 Billion in 2019. Microsoft Azure is yet another big player in the cloud market. It has a greater market share for its stronger offerings as compared to its competitors. Even many Microsoft Azure consulting services vendors have made their footfall in the industry noticing the ever-growing cloud industry. Many Azure site recovery services have started to emerge to help you when things go wrong. Cloud computing has many advantages, like:
With the help of Azure, one can develop new, test and build new applications and services. Data storage, backup and recovery, is efficient. Embedding intelligence is easier. Software, audio and video can be delivered on demand.
As an organization needs to embrace a business continuity and disaster recovery strategy to keep its data safe, and its apps and workloads always up and in running state. Azure Recovery Services can subsidize your disaster recovery strategy.
Site Recovery Services
This ensures companies to keep their applications running during outages. Site Recovery redoes workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location. When an outage befalls at your main site, you fail over to subordinate location, and access applications from there. After the main location is up again, you can fail back to it.
The backup service from Windows Azure keeps your data protected and recoverable by backing it up to Azure.
Azure site recovery is the present day approach to move ahead from the age-old approach of leveraging its market supremacy to bound everyone to use other outdated tools. Microsoft has made its large thrust into the cloud market. Earlier Azure site recovery was termed as Hyper-V Recovery Manager. These new capabilities will enable customers to replicate Virtual Machines from their data hubs directly to Azure and recover workloads in a cloud computing environment.
Site Recovery provides a wide range of features:
The simplified solution for BCDR.
Effective VM replication.
Testing without any disruption.
Network Integration services for efficient network switchovers.
Production ready Azure Automation services.
Azure site recovery services can assist you in the wide category of services starting from infrastructure and cloud migration. Their dedicated experts can help you to formulate the perfect strategy for your next cloud venture targeting to provide audio, video and software services on-demand. They primarily provide the following services:
Microsoft kaizala, a simplified and secure chat app from the Microsoft’s stable is all set to revolutionize your corporate communication. It’s a phone-number based, chat app that empowers you to connect and coordinate work from corner to corner through your network – your organization, vendors, partners, suppliers, and customers.
Kaizala is now commercially available in 28 different markets as well as in 18 languages. Microsoft announced earlier that it is going to now power over 1,000 organizations in India across many governments and business institutions, to enrich workplace productivity.
It is backed by Microsoft’s Kaizala platform that would bring mobile-only workers and first line workers into a digitally integrated contemporary workplace. Microsoft will also expand the reach of kaizala to integrate itself with the old player Office 365. The Microsoft’s garage team develops this, and it aims to connect millions of people in a group and entitle hierarchy-based access to groups, facilitating subgroups.
How is Kaizala going to revolutionize Indian workforce communication?
There are many chat and collaboration apps in India as of now. Slack and Facebook’s workplace are having good opportunities, but a large part of our country’s workforce don’t even have emails, to begin with. All these hurdles have made WhatsApp the most effective collaboration too.
Microsoft aims to capitalize on these users. According to the president of Microsoft India, Kaizala is fundamentally designed for people who don’t have an email identity, to begin with. But everyone has a mobile number identity. Therefore, they can be able to use Kaizala, and start doing things very differently.
Microsoft Kaizala is now available in 18 Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Telugu. There are many unique features like Me Chat and Persistent Chat, and many other features like video and voice calling and web app. Using persistent chat, you can save messages over time and when a new user joins he/she will be able to read those saved messages.
There is also a feature to back up your data and export when needed. All messages, attachments and action cards can be saved and further exported for auditing purposes. Microsoft’s Kaizala Web is just an extension of your phone. You can make audio and video calls to other kaizala contacts. It also gives you a personal space where you can save notes, messages, photos and many more in me chat.
Microsoft & Bitscape
Microsoft Kaizala an open platform that has developers integrating their resolutions to address business needs. Bitscape is also a partner. Bitscape is enabling organizations who prioritize security on top of everything. It is empowering customers to get involved in a more secure and productive conglomerate using instant text messages.
It is a cost-effective means to cut costs on sending daily text alerts. It gives an opportunity to the users to collaborate and learn in a collective atmosphere. Many pharmaceutical companies have been benefitted with the use of this new technology. They have improved on productivity. Bitscape is using Kiazala to automate workflow.
Time to get updated Admin!! It is always ingenious to be updated of knowing what’s next. And when it comes to the role of an Admin, the pressure of being upgraded about the in-things moves up one scale ahead.
Sharepoint Admin is known for its frequent updates. Recent upgradation is loaded with lots of enhancements. Let us have a look at each one of them.
Active Sites Page :
Creation : Types of sites added
The active sites page will now be loaded with a list of the new types of sites to make it easier for the creation of those sites.
Details Pane: Properties of the Site
The details pane lists the properties of the site such as,
The Domain, the link, the description and the template of the site
Hub site association
The details of the primary admin (if applicable)
External sharing status
Sort and Filter:
The page is featured up to sort and filter the site lists that is similar to Sorting and Filtering other lists on Sharepoint.
Searching for a Site :
Using the keywords of search, a quick search for a site can be optimized by using the name, URL, primary admin or template.
Hub Site Association :
Sharepoint Admin center offers an option to modify the existing hub site associated with the site. It also allows to view and filter by the Hub site association. The hub site menu lets you register a site as a hub site, associate it with a hub site, change its hub site association, and unregister it as a hub site.
Switch between built-in views and customize views:
In the newer version of SAC, it would also be possible to view and switch between various built-in views: Office 365 group sites, Sites without a group, Largest sites, Least active sites, and Most popular shared sites. The customization of views is also available wherein views can be created and saved.
Site level sharing :
The latest version allows the admins to mend the site level sharing status based on the purpose.
CSV Exporting :
Exporting of the file is now enhanced to other formats too. Microsoft has amended the CSV format for exporting purpose. Files, data can now be exported to CSV format.
Lock up sites:
The today’s version of SAC would grant the admins to set up a lock for the sites to a read-only mode, Content amendment prevention, and fully inaccessible status.
It is even possible to click on multiple sites simultaneously and choose multiple email site admins
The Sharepoint Admins can now delete the sites that are no longer necessary from the Office 365 group. This means all the resources associated with the site will also be erased including the Mailbox, calendar. This can be undone in 93 days. Those deleted sites can be recovered in 93 days using the View and Restore deleted sites option. But the deleted groups must be restored in 30 days.
Amending Owners :
For a group connected site, adding or removing of owners is possible. The other sites facilitate to change the primary admin or add or remove admins.
The Site details :
When a site is clicked on, the details page gets opened which shows,
the number of pages visited in the last 1 month,
the number of files edited in the last 30 days, the used amount of storage,
the number of files and the date of last activity in the last 30 days,
Links on the Homepage :
The homepage, now, includes links the Homepage to the Microsoft 365 that facilitates the admins to view the detailed reports of the information, the post updates.
The left pane of the Homepage is infused with direct links to the One Drive Admin center and the Migration tool.
The left pane also holds links to the Classic Sharepoint Admin center that aids the admins who wish to switch to the Classic version.
The Homepage also shares its space for the Geo-Location selector for organizations that have set up Multi-Geo option.
Access control and Settings page :
The newer update is capable of signing out inactive sessions for the purpose of security.
The access to the SAC is restricted to particular IP address and Apps.
API Management Page:
The page allows the admins to view and approve pending API permissions on the web and similarly to accept or reject the requests incoming.
Thus,The Sharepoint Admin center has enhanced its quality to one level up and is still working on further upgrades like better design for Mobile, added batch operations, URL change, batch restore, permanent deletion of sites.
Adhering to the legacy of creating a wow with every update, Microsoft’s October 2018 updates were no less. A breakthrough in creativity and user experience, Microsoft announced at the end of October the new features of Microsoft 365 which would not only enhance the overall look and feel of the created content but also tools and solutions that help users make smooth transition to cloud.
Features that enhance the overall impact of the document or the presentation have been set out already and a wave of excitement precedes the same. Available from the start of November, the latest feature enables users to add embedded 3D animations and pictures to create outstanding presentations and aid more content retention for the end viewers.
Additions available with a mandate Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription and a touch/ink enabled device enable enhanced natural ways to add ink to your presentation. Easy conversion from digital pen ink to text on a slide. Also, this feature helps you to transform an entire selection of complex drawings and handwritten words to text and shapes at the same time. This feature is also available now, starting November 2018.
With many more updates still aligned to leave the public gaping for more, Microsoft 365 and Office 365 are takin user experience to a completely different level with the ease of visuals and cloud computing at fingertips