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Microsoft 365 Enhances Meetings and the User Experience

One of the benefits of Cloud is the ability to add features and capabilities without complex, technical rollouts.  To enhance collaboration, communications, and the user experience, Microsoft is adding features to Microsoft 365.  Here are a few new features you should know about.

PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams

Enhance your ability to present and collaborate in Teams meetings.  In addition to a robust presenter view and tools, PowerPoint Live supports co-presenters with seamless transitions.

Customize how your video feed and content appear to your audience, including the ability for the audience to see you in front of your presentation. Create interactive presentations with hyperlinks and videos. Interactive presentations improve attention and allow attendees to move at their own pace.

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Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams Meetings

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Participants in your Teams meetings can collaborate on a shared digital canvas with Whiteboard. Whiteboard integration in Microsoft Teams meetings is powered by Whiteboard for the web. Participants of Teams meetings collaborate with text, graphics, notes, videos, and other content.

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Microsoft Viva Insights

Microsoft Viva Insights provides personalized recommendations to change how you work to do your best work. Get insights to build better work habits. Improve follow-through on commitments made to collaborators. Protect your focus time for uninterrupted, individual work. Insights summarize your Microsoft 365 data – data that you already have access to – about emails, meetings, calls, and chats.

Insights for individuals are completely personal and private. Personal insights are for your eyes only; neither your manager nor system administrators can see them.

Larger File Size Upload Limits

Gain more flexibility with 250 GB file size support.  Optimized file upload performance helps reduce upload times for files moving into SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive.

Insights to Improve Your User Experience

Microsoft Productivity Score can help you improve your user experience with better endpoint boot times, app reliability, networking, and Microsoft 365 Apps health.

To learn more about these new features, to arrange an immersive, hands-on, demo experience, or to discuss how Microsoft 365 might help you achieve your business goals, contact us and schedule a complimentary Cloud Advisor Session.

Google Docs & Drive: Small New Features Make a Big Difference

docsGoogle continues to enhance the Google Apps suite with updates to Google Docs and Drive.

In Google Docs:

  • A new spell checker runs in real-time.  Marking misspelled words, the checker lets you review spelling via a traditional style tool, see spelling suggestions as you type, and setup automatic correction.   You can learn more here.
  • New presets for numbered and bullet lists provide more formatting options in Documents.  You can now also change the color, size, and style of individual bullets, as well as customize your own bullet styles.  See this Google+ post for an animated demo.

google driveIn Google Drive, the current release (1.11) of Google Drive for Mac or PC includes two new features:

  • On Windows, you can now have shortcuts to Documents, Sheets, and Slides on the desktop or in the Start Menu — making it easier to use Google Docs as a primary (or strong secondary) productivity suite.
  • You may now also select where your Google Drive sync folder is located and choose your own name for the folder.

While major in scope, these updates reflect Google’s process of continuous improvement based on user feedback and requests.  These changes improve ease of use and the end user experience.