O365 and SharePoint Updates | May 2017

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Whilst we didn’t see anything as game changing as ‘Teams’ being released this month, it hasn’t been disappointing!SharePoint

The first release (Preview) of ‘Microsoft To do’ has happened:

“To-Do helps you create a list for anything — for work, home projects or just your groceries. You can keep track of deadlines by adding reminders, due dates and notes, and personalize each list with colourful themes. You can access your lists from anywhere with the To-Do apps for iPhone, Android phone, Windows 10 devices and the web.To-Do is built on Office 365, which in coming months will enable the product to be even more useful in more places. Our first integration with Outlook makes it easy to stay on top of your Outlook Tasks from anywhere. It will automatically sync your Tasks with To-Do, and allow you to access and manage them across devices.”

Credit: Microsoft Blog.

Microsoft Threat Intelligence

Office 365 Threat Intelligence, now available.

This tool covers the following:

  • Interactive tools to analyze prevalence and severity of threats in near real-time.
  • Real-time and customizable threat alert notifications.
  • Remediation capabilities for suspicious content.
  • Expansion of Management API to include threat details — enabling integration with SIEM solutions.

Credit: Microsoft Blog

With the massive hacking of some of NHS, affecting UK’s largest hospitals ANYTHING security related is RELEVANT. Definitely protect yourself using any of the existing offering that Microsoft have to offer.

Outlook Customer Manager

This is now available worldwide. It is super easy and worth a try.

Automated Process Flowcharts with Excel and Visio

Do you use Visio? Are you always creating ‘process flowcharts’? You can now take advantage of this feature and now save time!.

Diagrams don’t always start in Visio. They often begin as hand-drawn sketches or — in today’s data-driven age — in Excel. Using Data Visualizer, business analysts can represent process steps and associated metadata in a structured Excel table and quickly convert that information into a visualized Visio diagram.

You can do this by either using a premade Excel template or an existing spreadsheet of your own design. The premade templates — there’s one for basic and one for cross-functional flowcharts — provide a sample mapping table to populate with diagram metadata.

The table includes predefined columns for process step number, description, dependencies, owner, function, phase and more. You can also customize the table with your own columns to meet specific business requirements.

Once the table is populated, Visio’s wizard helps you complete the remaining steps to transform your Excel data into a Visio process diagram. If you customize the premade template or create one of your own, the wizard helps you map certain flowchart parts, like swim lanes and connectors. The resulting diagram is linked to the Excel table, so if the underlying process data is modified, the diagram updates accordingly. Likewise, shape modifications in Visio are preserved if the Excel data changes.

Credit and Read More HERE

Files on Demand

This update is one that many people have been hoping for. It is the ability to view all files across all devices and to choose which ones you want to download onto the device. There is also a ‘status’ column so you can easily tell which ones are stored where and whether or not they’re downloaded onto the device.

This update also includes being able to access files on your device, whilst offline AND to send them via iMessage.

For more information on this feature check out the full Microsoft Blog!

General Updates

There have been some small, but handy, updates across some of the other areas of SharePoint, OneDrive and Yammer:

Sharing Files

There is an announced roll out of improved user interface for easier collaboration, better usability and improved security!.

This has started now and should be done by September. It essentially replaces the existing ‘Get a link’ option with a ‘Copy link’ option, from here you simply select what other options you’d like to include. You can also ‘Share’ files directly into outlook OR with people (the same options with apply around security when you choose ‘Share’).

For more specific details on this update, read more here!


You can now EDIT posts in yammer! It’s the little things that make all the difference!


We’ve been asked to Join a Webinar with the awesome team of Grassroots IT. If you want to register or you know of someone looking to learn more about why they might use SharePoint, send them along!.


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