Introducing the IT Roadmap planning tool preview

he answers to many questions in IT start with these two words. “What is the best way to deploy a new operating system?” “Which security configurations should I use in SharePoint or Exchange” “How should we set up our directory services?” Answers to all of these questions depend on what’s important to you, what’s worked in the past and what your expectations or your users’ expectations are.

Those questions also just scratch the surface of the areas covered by Microsoft 365 services. There are a ton of options when you consider Office 365 – including email, intranet, file sharing, voice, apps and more, Windows 10 – including apps, servicing, deployment, security options and more, and Enterprise Mobility + Security – including identity, MDM, PC management, information protection and more.

To help with this, we’ve been working on a new tool called the IT Roadmap for Microsoft 365 – as a way to see your options, target what you want and build long-term set of deployment and configuration plans. The IT Roadmap is a web-based tool built for IT, so it’s different from Microsoft‘s product roadmaps that communicate Microsoft‘s future product plans. The IT Roadmap is about helping you form your plans.

As part of the process, it highlights the capabilities corresponding to all the services represented by Microsoft 365 across 4 levels, each level containing multiple attributes that differentiate it from previous levels. Using the tool, you select the services you want to prioritize, select what best describes how you deliver the service now, and then identify what best describes what you want to do using the Future Level slider.

 

IT Roadmap Assess Free.jpgService assessment view for Shared services: identity, security & compliance > Access management

The red dots above then indicate things to implement, and you can mark items green that are already in-place, or opt-out of items by marking them grey. The tool will calculate the capabilities and mapped features, display links to corresponding how-to content, offer direct links (when possible) to where desired configurations are set in Office 365 or Azure portals, and provide details for getting FastTrack-supported help with your implementation.

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Action view for Shared services: identity, security & compliance > Access management

The IT Roadmap will show key options around the core capabilities that span Microsoft 365 workloads, including identity management, messaging, collaboration, intranet and search, PC deployment and management, and meeting services. As options change or capabilities are added, the underlying model will continue to receive updates to corresponding services and technologies.

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Service selection view in the IT Roadmap with 3 service groups selected

After you identify your current and set your future states, the IT Roadmap builds you a personalized action plan. This plan is a comprehensive, auto-generated document based on your inputs during the assessment phase and includes:

  • a description of how the IT Roadmap works,
  • a personalized IT Roadmap action plan for IT admins,
  • links to specific configurations and how-to guidance for each highlighted capability,
  • assessment of IT effort, user impact and whether FastTrack assistance is available, and
  • next steps to take once you’ve worked through the IT Roadmap action plan.

The IT Roadmap document is editable, so you can add or remove sections, change formatting or branding elements, assign tasks to individuals or teams, incorporate timelines and more.

 

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Example of IT Roadmap (Preview) document

Watch the IT Roadmap show from Microsoft Mechanics

See a deep-dive and demo-packed overview of the IT Roadmap filmed at Microsoft Ignite.

Try the IT Roadmap Preview

There are two ways to try the IT Roadmap preview. The screenshots above are from the light version of the IT Roadmap tool and available for anyone to try. The full version – as shown in the Microsoft Mechanics show – is available to Microsoft partners as part of the Business Value Programs. The full version requires partner authentication, saves your state so you can return to it later, offers additional controls to toggle audience-specific tone (IT admin, business manager, security manager, and end user), and has additional navigation and filtering options.

Source : techcommunity.microsoft.com

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New features of Microsoft Forms September 2017

Teams and Forms Integration 

In Microsoft Teams, you can now use the Microsoft Forms app to quickly conduct a poll in a conversation through the Microsoft Forms bot. By adding a Forms tab, you may invite others to respond to a survey, collaborate on one together, and check results as a team. Your team can also configure a connector to provide daily notifications on a survey to a channel.  Find more at Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Forms Integration.sept-1.PNG

Microsoft Forms SharePoint web part

In SharePoint, you can now use the Microsoft Forms web part to insert a form directly on your page. Others can take the survey in SharePoint and you can also share survey results with a group of people. This web part can be used in both a communication site and teams site. Find more at SharePoint web part powered by Microsoft Forms sept-2.PNG

Share Results with a Link 

You can now share survey results with others through a link. Anyone who has the link can access the summary view of the form responses.sept-3.PNG

Preview URL card

Copy a Forms web address and paste it into a Teams conversation or OWA email. The web address will transform into a user-friendly preview card that contains useful information.sept-4.PNG

All features are under rolling out and will be available for your organization soon.

Source : techcommunity.microsoft.com

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SharePoint web part powered by Microsoft Forms

In SharePoint, using pages is a great way to share ideas and collect feedback. You can now use a Microsoft Forms web part on your SharePoint pages to collect responses, or show survey results right on your site.

Note: This update will coming soon for Office 365 Commercial and Education customers.

Add a survey to a communication site

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Take a survey or show survey results on your team site

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How do you add the Microsoft Forms web part?

Choose “Microsoft Forms” in the list of web parts on the SharePoint page.

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Add a new or existing form.

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For more details, see Use the Microsoft Forms web part.

Source : techcommunity.microsoft.com

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Yammer at Microsoft Ignite Interview with Pavan Tapadia

It’s been a big few days for Yammer at this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, and we’re excited to be spending the week sharing what’s new in Yammer with customers. Watch Pavan Tapadia, Head of Product at Yammer, tell you firsthand about all the great new features we’ve announced and how they help drive growth of your outer loop.

Pavan demonstrates the new native Yammer web part for SharePoint, enabling Yammer conversations to surface on the new communications site; great new community management tools like move post and group insights, allowing for much deeper understanding of how their groups are being used; and shares our plans to have your Yammer data store in one of the many Microsoft data centers located around the world.

 

For a deeper dive into Yammer’s future, be sure to check out the vision and roadmap session from earlier in the week.

Source : techcommunity.microsoft.com

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Identify business needs and prioritize Microsoft 365 scenarios

This is the third post from our blog series on the four success factors for driving Microsoft 365 adoption.

Check out the other posts part of this series:

Part 1: Enable your business stakeholders with a successful Microsoft 365 adoption
Part 2: Recruit key stakeholders to help with your adoption

In this blog post I will focus on the second success factor – Scenarios, and how to identify and prioritize them, while measuring their impact on your organization.

The true measure of success for your Microsoft 365 adoption, like any change or new technology, will be the value realized by your organization from its investment. Your opportunity with Microsoft 365 is to enable the different Lines of Business (LoBs) and departments in your organization to realize important business outcomes. This requires identifying and prioritizing scenarios – which are the different ways people and teams in your organization can use the capabilities of Microsoft 365 to achieve their goals.

Get started with early wins and build on that success

Our most successful customers typically start their journey with more basic scenarios that have universal appeal across the organization:

Employee Engagement & Communication: Create a sustainable, consistent way for senior leaders to connect with employees, using Yammer as a community to share and engage, and Skype Meeting Broadcast for companywide meetings.
Bring Campaigns to Market Faster: Enable marketers to collaborate with people inside and outside the organization using Microsoft Teams as their shared workspace for communicating and sharing with team members.
Increase Sales Productivity and Grow Revenue: Provide sales teams with a centralized hub with Microsoft Teams for sales planning, real time collaboration on proposals and RFPs, and for managing their monthly, quarterly, and annual business reviews.
Streamline Business Reviews: Help finance move beyond gathering and cleaning data to be able to analyze data with Power BI, and collaborate together on the data in one place with Microsoft Teams.

Once you’ve delivered value with these more basic scenarios, you have more credibility to engage your business stakeholders for custom scenarios that deliver unique value. Think of this value realization motion as a flywheel – score some early wins with cross organization scenarios, and then move on to more ambitious areas of impact for each LoB or department. As you provide more and more impact to the business, more stakeholders will get engaged and the momentum of the flywheel builds and builds.

So, how can you work with your business stakeholders to identify relevant scenarios for their teams to adopt? At it’s most basic level it’s about identifying what the team wants to accomplish, how they can use the technology to accomplish their goal, and what the expected impact of the Scenario is. To help you get started, check out the Microsoft 365 productivity library, where you can discover new scenarios based on your industry and different functional departments.

The IT team leading the Microsoft 365 adoption at Standard Bank – Africa’s largest banking group, has done a great job engaging with the business to identify scenarios that are helping different stakeholders accomplish their goals. Standard Bank dedicated an adoption team within IT to engage with each business unit and functional department to realize unique value with Microsoft 365 in a consistent manner – i) conduct an “art of the possible” session with the team so they can start to envision relevant Microsoft 365 scenarios, ii) workshop scenarios by mapping Microsoft 365 capabilities to the team’s challenges and goals, iii) prototyping and implementing prioritized scenarios, and iv) enabling the business unit to be self-sustainable in their adoption of scenarios and evolving the solutions to suit their needs.

“You don’t need a large team and budget to get going. Dedicate some resources who are passionate about improving the business, who can get in where the work is happening and can assist business users in making the bridge between their day to day challenges and friction points, and the enabling technology that comes with Microsoft 365.

A great resource to help with this is the Microsoft 365 Productivity Library, we’ve used it to help our business discover scenarios and use cases that are relevant to them. Once they see that they can bring different components of the suite together to respond to different needs, they get it.”

To avoid overwhelming end users with too many scenarios at the same time it’s important to prioritize your scenarios based on expected impact and difficulty of implementing. This prioritized list will determine what scenarios get rolled out when.
To measure the success of your Microsoft 365 rollout, it’s critical to develop a set of criteria to evaluate the different scenarios you and your team have implemented. Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that you expect will improve based on adopting your scenarios. Evaluate where you are before implementing Microsoft 365 and measure your ongoing progress post implementation. While it’s important to measure and showcase the business value you are providing the organization with your Microsoft 365 implementation, monitoring and reporting on usage helps demonstrate overall adoption levels and areas where improvement is required. The Office 365 adoption content pack is available to gain insights on how your organization is adopting the various services within Office 365.

Success stories are often just as valuable as quantitative measures when demonstrating Microsoft 365 success. Encourage your project team members and champions to identify examples of people and teams using Microsoft 365 to accomplish their goals and everyday tasks. Make sure you share these success stories through Yammer or other internal channels.

Now that you have identified and prioritized your scenarios, it’s time to create internal excitement about the scenarios and ready end users to successfully adopt them. Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will cover the final two success factors for driving Microsoft 365 adoption – Awareness and Training.

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Microsoft Tech Support Summit Sydney Nov 16-17 2017 – Recap with Adam Fowler and friends!

Community Reporter @Adam Fowler did a fantastic job covering the Tech Summit in Sydney on Twitter! Now a week out I wanted to gather Adam’s thoughts on the event. Here is his interview:

  1. Of the sessions you attended, which were your favourites?
    I think the Office 365 sessions were my favorites, as they were focused at the IT Administrator looking after the environment. Learning about some of the logic behind Office 365 Groups I can take straight back to my place of business and implement. It’s always good to take away information you can immediately use.
  2. Who do you think was the best speaker of the event?
    I don’t like to pick favourites 🙂 It was great to see a lot of Product Managers from Redmond presenting, something we often don’t get in Australia. I did get to say ‘hi’ to @Michael Niehaus and saw a lot of other very high up people, which I think goes to show that Microsoft puts a lot of weight behind these events to make them successful and to share the knowledge.
  3. With a packed agenda, how did you determine which sessions to prioritize attending?
    I used the Microsoft Tech Summit app which gives a list of all the sessions. I added anything that sounded interesting for the entire event (some timeslots had 5 sessions I was interested in!) and then when the time came up, I re-read the sessions and decided what the best fit was. I find I make better decisions at the time just before I need to go and want to commit to the most relevant or interesting to me.
  4. Outside of sessions, what other things did you do at the event?
    I hung out at Microsoft‘s Tech Community Booth and answered a few questions from passers by which was fun, as I hadn’t done it in the context of being a Microsoft MVP before. I also went around to the vendor booths which is worthwhile finding out about other solutions out there as well as talking to existing vendors and getting an update on the latest information (and yes, getting swag is nice too!).
  5. What advice would you give someone who is attending the Tech Summit for the first time?
    Go to lots of sessions, but also don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone you come across. From my experience, the people that attend these events are very friendly and happy to have a chat. If you can’t find anyone that way, talk to people at booths or speakers after an event. Find what you’re passionate about and go for that. If you’re the social media type, that can be a good way to make new contacts too – there were a bunch of people I got to meet for the first time that I’d been tweeting to for months or years!

We also had @Dux Raymond Sy on site interviewing a few Microsoft staff at the event, check out his video interviews here

 

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Welcome to the Cortana Skills Tech Community! – Office tech Support 844-777-7886

Greetings everyone & Welcome to the Cortana Developer community!

Just over 3 months ago at Build 2017, we announced the public preview of the Cortana Skills Kit which allows developers to easily create intelligent, personalized experiences for Cortana. Since then we have been working hard to improve the developer and runtime experiences that enable a much broader and richer set of skills to be developed for Cortana. We’ve also been working very closely with select partners to bring useful, relevant and delightful skills to the growing number of Cortana users across all their devices.

Today, we are excited to launch the Cortana Developer Community, as a place for all us to come together, connect, share and work together to help people get more done through Cortana. This community is intended to foster collaboration and innovation by bringing together users, enthusiasts, developers, partners, MVPs, and the Cortana product and engineering teams into one place.

To begin with – we’ll use this blog to post how-tos, best practices, platform updates, and feature any cool new skills that our users love. We also created some spaces for you to ask questions, answer others questions, and participate in the discussion. We’ll monitor these spaces regularly and help resolve queries. If you have any inputs on what you would like on the Cortana Dev Community, please let us know by commenting below.

Haven’t started building a skill yet? Here are some resources to get you started:

  • Overview of the Cortana Skills Kit – a suite of tools that help you build extensions (or skills) for Cortana
  • Read more about the Bot Framework which you need to leverage to build a Cortana Skill
  • Add natural language understanding to your skills by leveraging LUIS.AI, a Microsoft Cognitive Service
  • Check out some samples on GitHub that can help you get started
  • Sign in using your free Microsoft Account and register your Cortana Skill on the developer portal
  • You can join the discussion and let us know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions

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Microsoft 365 helps businesses increase trust and innovation through compliance with Compliance Manager Preview

The evolution of technology and cloud innovation are democratizing data and in turn fueling digital transformation. Embracing every facet of this digital transformation offers organizations an opportunity to better engage with customers, empower employees, and optimize the creation and delivery of products and services. However, with the increased use of personal data to customize user experiences, new compliance laws—such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—are a logical policy component of our technology landscape. Microsoft 365 offers a complete cloud solution to help you with GDPR compliance, while Compliance Manager helps you assess and manage your compliance risk.

Compliance promotes innovation by building customer trust in technology

At its core, the GDPR strengthens personal privacy rights for individuals in the EU and requires organizations to provide individuals control over their personal data. To build and maintain the trust needed to manage customer relationships through technology, organizations need tighter controls over what personal data they hold and how they manage and protect this data. Systems and processes need to be modernized to prevent the unlawful use of data, accommodate personal data requests by individuals, and provide notifications of breaches in a timely manner.

Businesses are looking to the cloud for added value

Our research suggests that companies not only see the long-term value of building trust by protecting customer data, but in fact believe their investments in compliance will positively impact other areas of their business—like productivity and collaboration.* When IT decision makers in Europe and the U.S. were asked to identify their top concern in achieving GDPR compliance, “protecting customer data” was the #1 response while avoiding fines ranked #8. More than half of respondents said the GDPR brings added benefits like collaboration, productivity, and security. Cloud solutions like Microsoft 365 are a big reason that businesses see opportunity in compliance. Of those surveyed, 41 percent said they are likely to move more of their company’s infrastructure to the cloud to become compliant. And among leading cloud vendors, Microsoft was identified as most trusted by a wide margin (28 percent), followed by IBM (16 percent), Google (11 percent), and Amazon (10 percent). All told, 92 percent of IT decision makers in companies that store data primarily in the cloud identified as being confident in their GDPR readiness, compared with just 65 percent of those who prefer to store data on-premises.

Microsoft 365 is a complete cloud solution for GDPR compliance

The Microsoft Cloud is uniquely positioned to help you meet your GDPR compliance obligations, with the largest certified compliance portfolio, services architected to be secure by design, and the most extensive global datacenter footprint in the industry.

Our cloud solution is built for power, scale, and flexibility. Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security—offering a rich set of integrated solutions that leverage AI to help you assess and manage your compliance risk, protect your most important data, and streamline your processes.

Assess and manage your compliance risk with Compliance Manager Preview

Because achieving organizational compliance can be very challenging, understanding your compliance risk should be your first priority. Today, we’re making that easier with the preview of Compliance Manager.

Compliance Manager is a cross–Microsoft Cloud services solution designed to help organizations meet complex compliance obligations like the GDPR. It performs a real-time risk assessment that reflects your compliance posture against data protection regulations when using Microsoft Cloud services, along with recommended actions and step-by-step guidance. Learn more about Compliance Manager and how to access the preview.

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Protect your most sensitive data

Past understanding your consistence hazard, securing both individual information and other delicate substance is critical.

Microsoft data security arrangements give a coordinated grouping, naming, and assurance encounter, empowering more persevering administration and insurance of delicate information wherever it is—crosswise over gadgets, applications, cloud administrations, and on-premises.

For instance, Office 365 Advanced Data Governance use machine helped bits of knowledge to help you consequently order, set strategies, and ensure the information in Office 365 that is most essential to your association.

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Azure Information Protection scanner addresses hybrid and on-premises scenarios by allowing you to configure policies to automatically label and protect documents on a Windows Server file share. Read “Azure Information Protection scanner in public preview” to learn more about the scanner.

Microsoft also provides external threat protection solutions to prevent and detect cyber-attacks across workloads—whether on devices using Windows 10, on-premises and Azure-based infrastructure, or with our cloud services like Office 365.

One of these solutions, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, is built into Windows 10 and helps spot most advanced targeted attacks by giving visibility into threats on your device, insights into the scope of the threat, and one-click response capabilities to isolate the threat immediately.

Image of the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection dashboard showing security alerts on a machine.

Streamline your processes

The GDPR requires organizations to be able to identify and locate personal data. Having a scalable investigation and audit-ready processes in place to meet requirements is paramount.

Content Search, a feature of Office 365 eDiscovery, makes it easy to search Office 365 for data related to individuals. Since the results of this search could result in large quantities of data or data that is confidential to the organization, machine learning in Advanced eDiscovery can be used to minimize the data so that you are only providing the relevant data in accordance with the GDPR.

Finally, Customer Lockbox provides an audit trail showing when personal data is accessed during service operations.

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How to Uninstall MS-Office 2013? – Office.com/Setup

Microsoft Office is one of the most common suites of application, every computer user is using for home and business PC. The package includes MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, Publisher and other applications. With time, Microsoft has launched various versions of MS Office. Every new version came up with some of the exciting features that enabled the users to do a number of tasks without any hassle and at the same platform. Today, you can install the MS Office on Windows OS, Mac OS or mobile phone.

Already using MS-Office 2013 but want to upgrade it to the latest version?  For this, you need to uninstall the previously installed Office from your device (laptop, desktop or 2-in-1). You would also want to uninstall MS Office if there is some error in its working. However, to do so you don’t need to be a pro. This article will provide you the complete procedure for the same. Have a look:

  • The first step is to select your operating system
  • Download the Office uninstall tool, i.e. Microsoft Fix It
  • Run the Fix It and follow the on-screen instructions
  • Click “Apply this fix” and run the uninstaller for two minutes
  • Once it’s done, you will receive a message “The troubleshooter has successfully uninstalled MS Office”

The other method is to remove using MS Office 2013 from the Control Panel. Visit Control Panel, then select Add or Remove Program (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows Vista and above). Find Microsoft Office 2013 from the list and click uninstall the program. Wait till the un-installation finishes and then reboot your system.

At any point of time, if you face an error in Office.com/Setup, then contact Microsoft customer support professionals. The certified technicians will offer you a quick and reliable support and help you to uninstall the Microsoft Office Setup 2013.

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How to Activate Microsoft Office 365 on a Brand New PC?

Purchased a new PC and downloading all the essential software in it? How can you forget installing Microsoft Office? MS Office or Microsoft Office is the most used suite of applications, servers and services for both home and business PCs. Ranging from creating the documents, presentations, spreadsheets to sending emails; you can perform both simple and complex operations in it. When it comes to getting this software to your PC, three processes require to be followed. These are:

  • Downloading
  • Installation
  • Activation

You can download the Microsoft Office 365 from office.com/setup and then install it by following the on-screen instructions. Any software after downloading or installing is of no use, unless you activate it using the Microsoft Office product key. In most of the cases, Microsoft Office 365 activates automatically after you finish the installation. If you are not prompted for the same, you have to do this manually. Don’t get panic, this article will provide the complete information on how to do this.

This can be done through Office activation wizard or you might be asked to log in to activate Office 365. For activating the Office 365 over the internet visit Activation Wizard at Microsoft website, follow the below mentioned instructions:

  • Choose “I want to activate the software over the internet and click Next
  • Follow the further instructions to complete the activation process

You might have purchased the Office that comes with a product key. A product key is a combination of 25 characters that needs to be entered after you install the MS Office. Explaining it further, run the Office setup and click next. It will then ask you for the 25 character product key. Enter the key and proceed further to activate the Microsoft Office. Remember, not all the MS Office versions ask you for the product key.

If you are still not able to activate the Office, you can contact Microsoft Support team. A certified technician will surely assist you in no time. You can also ask for help in the following cases:

  • If you are not able to find the product key
  • If the key gets damaged
  • If you want to change the product key
  • If the product key is not working

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