Office 365 update for March 2018

Office 365 update for March 2018

(Music) Welcome to the Office 365 update for March of 2018. In the next few minutes I’ll be giving you a quick rundown of the latest Office 365 updates, with the goal of helping you get the most out of the service. Yammer helps organizations drive open conversations. It enables you to collaborate, share updates, and crowdsource answers from your coworkers around the globe. I sometimes come across situations where one Yammer group can expand to involve more people and topics than originally planned. For example, a conversation that started between product marketers may branch out into topics related to product support. Another example is when someone posts a question in one group, but the question could be better addressed by experts in another community. I’ve experienced that second situation quite a bit, myself. To address these scenarios, the Yammer team recently added a feature that lets you move conversations between groups in Yammer. Here’s how it works: First, identify the post you want to move, then click on the ellipses at the top of the first message in the thread. You’ll see a Move Conversation option. Click on that, then select destination group to move the conversation to. You can add a note for context, letting everyone know why the conversation is being moved to the new group. Then simply click the Move button and the conversation will be moved to the new group. I’ve found this feature to be very handy in the communities I manage here and Microsoft, and if you’re a regular Yammer user, I’m sure you will too. Ever wonder if anyone is actually looking at your Yammer posts? Then you’ll love the new seen counts feature. This new capability helps me better understand the impact my posts are having, for better or for worse, by displaying the number of people who have seen the message. Note that, at the time of this recording, seen counts is currently visible only to the original creator of the post. However, the Yammer developers are experimenting with letting you see the counts for any conversation that you have access to, so these new seen counts may be visible more broadly in Yammer by the time you watch this video. While Yammer facilitates broad communication with people in your organization across workgroups, Microsoft Teams can be more suitable for collaboration within a specific team or workgroup. New features in Microsoft Teams make it an even more powerful hub for teamwork by enabling you to use apps in new ways, including the ability to command apps and take quick actions from the command box. You can now also include specific content from an app in a conversation. Up until now, you had to add screenshots and hyperlinks to your posts in Microsoft Teams. Now you can bring rich information from apps into a chat or channel message with a simple click. For example, you can search for a specific task in Trello, a work item in Wrike, or a weather forecast, and include an interactive card with that information right into your message. The new personal apps space in Microsoft Teams makes it easy for you to access the apps you care about and see all the items that you have been assigned to across apps. You can view tasks in Planner, issues in Jira Cloud, or requests in Bitbucket Cloud, all right within Teams. You can also easily see items you have recently accessed, such as OneNote notebooks or videos from Microsoft Stream. Search is one key way people navigate in Teams to get to the information they’re looking for, and now it’s even better. Slash commands are now integrated with search so you both search and take quick actions right from the same command box at the top of the screen. For example, you can use a slash command to set your status to “away,” or call a coworker. To get started with slash commands, just type a slash in the command box to see the list of commands currently available. These updates to Microsoft Teams mark the biggest release of new functionality since Teams launched last March. You can read all the details in the January 29th Microsoft Teams blog that I link to in the transcript and resources document. Keeping your files safe and secure is Microsoft’s top priority. Office 365 administrators are empowered to safeguard their organization’s data using capabilities such as Data Loss Prevention, eDiscovery, service level encryption, and data retention controls with consistent management across Office 365. Even with this level of sophistication, files could still be compromised due to accidental end-user deletion, file corruption, or malware infection. Until now the recovery process from such an event could take time and potentially result in data loss. I’m excited to share the news that the OneDrive team recently announced a new feature called Files Restore for all OneDrive for Business customers. Files Restore is a complete self-service recovery solution that allows administrators and end users to restore files from any point in time during the last 30 days. Now both users and administrators can rewind changes, using activity data to select the exact moment to revert to. Files Restore for OneDrive for Business can save time and stress when file loss occurs, putting end users and administrators in control. This capability started rolling out to all OneDrive for Business users in late January and should be available by the time you watch this video. For step-by-step instructions on how to use this new feature, consult the January 22nd OneDrive blog post we link to in the transcript and resources guide. In our continued effort to bring the best in class experiences on all devices, Microsoft recently released new functionality in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive on iOS that will make iPad and iPhone users more productive. Now, using real-time co-authoring, you and your colleagues can contribute to, and edit, documents simultaneously in the iOS apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can see who else is working with you in a document, see where they’re working, and view changes automatically within seconds. This means that co-authoring is available to you in Office Online, the latest versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on both PC and Mac, and now on iOS. One of the most common and powerful tasks when creating content is pulling in text, photos, graphs, and other objects from different sources. Now you can pull in content with ease on your iPad with drag and drop support in Office and OneDrive. In addition, Microsoft recently announced native support for the Files app in iOS 11. OneDrive integration with the Files app allows you to access, upload, edit, and save your content to OneDrive or SharePoint from apps that support Files app integration. You can also tag and favorite your OneDrive and SharePoint files from within the Files app for seamless integration. The February Power BI blog announced several new features, including many new capabilities requested by Power BI users. They include the ability to multi-select data points across multiple charts and, a feature I’m going to use immediately, the ability to sync slicer values across multiple pages of your report. In Power BI a slicer narrows the portion of the dataset shown in the other visualizations on the page. Up until now, Power BI slicers only applied to a single page, but with this update, you can sync slicer values across multiple pages of your report. The Power BI Team has added a new “Sync slicers” pane that enables you to select slicers to stay in sync across multiple pages. You can reach the new Sync slicers pane from the View tab. Once you’ve opened the pane, select a slicer to see the options. You can quickly make the slicer apply to every page by clicking the “Add to all’ link. You’ll find additional details on this and other features, including some great videos, in the February 5th Power BI blog. In last November’s Office 365 update, I covered Planner’s new Schedule view. The schedule view also supports drag-and-drop, enabling you to not only quickly add tasks but to move the start and due dates right on the calendar. The February 5th Office Blog post announced several Planner enhancements, including new Group and Filter options that give you deeper insights into your tasks to help you meet key deadlines. For example, you can filter your tasks by due date to better understand approaching deadlines. New due date notifications via email summarize tasks due in the coming week, helping you stay on top of your approaching deliverables. And, coming soon, a new iCalendar format feed that enables you to finally publish Planner tasks to your Outlook calendar. I’m really looking forward to that. Haven’t used Planner yet? You can get started easily by visiting That’s all we have time for. Remember, you can download the transcript and resources document from the Office 365 Guy blog at I love reading your comments so post them on the blog or send them to [email protected] I’m Jim Naroski, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you again soon!

27 thoughts on “Office 365 update for March 2018

  1. Fix the sync war between office and onedrive please! I don't want to upload through office (office 365 home user)

  2. Yeah, Files Restore link appeared in the Settings menu recently. But i have noticed it accidentally. Though i've been checking for this menu for many weeks 🙂

  3. Planner is now also able to see tasks created in Planner module added in Teams. But it still needs some sort of exporting option, so our managers could share their plans and tasks with someone who doesn't have Planner or Office 365 (xls, pdf would work).

  4. Nice update – I've not seen any real meaningful changes to Excel in a while, any news on up coming features/improvements?

  5. Hi! Great steps forward indeed. But are these functionalities available for the Family license of Office 365? Many thanks in advance for your prompt answer. Regards

  6. Any word on Private Channels in Teams? Haven't seen any updates on the Uservoice thread in over a month but they said it'd be coming early in 2018…

  7. Jim who do i speak with in regard to finding out how to setup Mail Encryption on O365 / Outlook for our multi tenancy setup.? Many thanks Craig.

  8. Great updates Jim, I've forgotten to come back here for a few months but learned so much from catching up on recent episodes just now

  9. Look at 4:29 in the video. Did anyone realize he was using GOOGLE CHROME for a MICROSOFT OFFICE video? hmm…

  10. Since the 365 update I've had issues with Outlook working with Firefox (v59.0.2)erent issues with Outlook:

    I can no longer open emails – I can see the email in the preview area, but when I double click the message it opens up a blank window.

    I'm not sure what you've changed, but please see if someone can fix it.

  11. Yeah, Outlook has ‘improved’ so much that I now no longer see the over 100 contacts that I had in my outlook forever, , i.e. 1999 or earlier. I had synced them over iTunes a few months ago, but had access to them easily on my notebook. Now, I have no access anymore from any of my devices. Thanks a million, Microsoft, for your crappy ‘ deprove’.

  12. I currently use Outlook customer manager and I am very disappointed. Great concept but the bugs and tech support suck. One of my deals duplicated 1300 times and tech support has not resolved this problem. OCM constantly freezes and I have to restart outlook. I am very dissatisfied.

  13. I have a question i find difficulty in explaining. Scenario: When a person saves a Document file under "C:Documents" it is assumed to be saved on the local machine right? My query is, is it possible to map files stored on "C:Documents" not to be saved on the local machine but automatically uploaded to OneDrive, yet visible as a shortcut link in "C:Documents"?
    Ultimately this means that if user logs out of OneDrive, none of the files can be opened or viewed unless otherwise stated in settings?

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