Cool things happening with Microsoft

One of the most important lessons I learned when downloading an app to my computer or phone if nothing has been updated or changed in 3 months, you probably don’t want it.

This is excellent advice and shows just how quickly technology is changing and advancing. So look for apps or programs that are continually improving. Yes, this means some of the features you may love may not always make the cutting block, but know that there are improvements on the way!

Here are some of the latest announcements from Microsoft on the changes they are making to their projects.

You will find enhancements to Threat Explorer and real-time detections. Threat Explorer is a powerful, near real-time tool to help Security Operations teams investigate and respond to threats in the Security & Compliance Center. It will display information about suspected malware and phishing attempts in email and files in Office 365, as well as other security threats and risks to your organization.

The next phase of the new Yammer experience will begin mid-July. The preview release was worldwide and was available in all languages. This chat application that was acquired by Microsoft a few years ago has finished with the additional add-ins. It allows users to pin their favourites, add photos and moderate content. Users also have the option to announce “questions, polls and praise.” Conversations can be closed, and files can be shared more easily through a “recently used files” feature, and it’s also possible to watch videos and produce Live Events via a Webcam.

The Teams app has several exciting ideas in development ready to roll in for July of 2020.

  • Android On-Demand Chat Translation that with a simple click, people who speak different languages can fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.
  • Team members will be able to both create new lists and add existing ones as tabs in Teams’ channels. The new Lists app in Microsoft Teams can be accessed by clicking “+” to add a new tab, and then select “Lists” to get started.
  • Streamline the process of assigning policies to multiple users. The Microsoft Teams PowerShell module now supports the ability to assign a policy to a batch of users or a group, such as a security group or an organizational unit.
  • Users who click on a Teams meeting join link will now see an optimized and improved join experience. Prompted with an option to participate on the web, download the Teams client, or join with the native Teams client user will experience a faster & more confident meeting join.
  • The number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage is increasing from 4 to 9. The layout logic will consider user bandwidth and alter the number of videos shown to provide the best meeting experience.
  • Meet Now buttons in Teams channels will have a new home. You will soon find them in the Channel header where you can easily find and launch the meeting.
  • A new lobby setting is coming to Teams Meeting Options. Microsoft is adding “Only me” as an option to the “Who can bypass lobby?” setting. Once enabled, only the organizer will be able to join the meeting directly. Everyone else, including people from within the same organization, will be sent to the lobby.


Microsoft also has a cool video out that lists all the above (and more!) best-in-class productivity apps and intelligent cloud services that you can watch. Click here to view this 4-minute video on the latest updates.

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