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FastTrack for Windows 10, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams in Preview

FastTrack for Dynamics 365, Office 365, Teams and Windws 1o

On Monday, Microsoft introduces the previews of FastTrack for Windows 10, FastTrack for Dynamics 365, and FastTrack for Microsoft Teams, as well as several enhancements to FastTrack for Office 365.

Just as it does for Office 365 and EMS, FastTrack for Windows 10 and Dynamics 365 provides customers with resources and tools to support onboarding and user adoption. During the preview, “eligible customers can request onboarding assistance through their certified Microsoft partner or their Microsoft account team.”

In addition to SharePoint 2013 migration offer, here’s what’s new in Office 365:

Microsoft Teams, which is in preview since the November, today, receives new FastTrack resources including “a new scenario, awareness kit and Productivity Library cards—plus remote onboarding and user adoption guidance.”

The feature is rolled out today to allow users to begin planning and piloting Teams ahead of their organizational rollout in advance of the Microsoft Teams general availability.

Also, a new FastTrack Office 365 ProPlus deployment best practices guide for IT pros features “actionable guidance and real-world scenarios” is made available today.

The guide will remain updated as the company releases new features and deployment capabilities. It’ll also refined with feedback from customers, partners and deployment experts.

While, the new Office 365 Adoption Guide provides an end-to-end methodology for driving user adoption, including best practices and prescriptive guidance on how to execute.

Also, a new Productivity Library, that allows you to discover Office 365 scenarios by roles, industries or products is launched. You can also find short how-to videos and end-user training to help bring these scenarios to life.

FastTrack for Office 365 tools and processes are now compliant with the international technology security standard ISO 27001, and are Microsoft HIPAA Business Associate Agreement covered.

Finally, FastTrack is now localized in a total of 27 languages.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online Customer Driven Update (CDU) progress page introduced today to help better track and manage updates.

“At the date and time of your update, the status for your instance will show Updating instance.”

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Admin Center Updates tab

The stages of an update involve following four steps to help you keep track of how your update is progressing and when it has completed:

  • Queued (Not Started) The update is queued and will start at the scheduled time.
  • Backup The Dynamics 365 (online) instance is being backed up. A copy of the instance is backed up before the update for recovery purposes.
  • Restore The Dynamics 365 (online) instance is being restored.
  • Database Upgrade The Dynamics 365 (online) instance is being updated.

FastTrack for Windows 10 helps customers plan and address each phase of the adoption lifecycle:

FastTrack offer resources and tools to help customers define their vision and identify and prioritize resources for deployment.

Customers can request engagement from a qualified partner. Microsoft recommend organizations to consider including Office 365 ProPlus alongside their Windows 10 rollout. FastTrack success plans included both technical implementation and user adoption strategies. Customers will also see eligible offers to support Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus deployment.

Onboarding guidance and deployment services for FastTrack for Windows 10 will be delivered through qualified partners and will have streamlined access to offers, including Windows Accelerate engagements to help drive large scale deployments.

The following resources helping customers address common app compatbility concerns:

Ready for Windows directory leverages Microsofts’ application insight data from commercial devices running Windows 10 that share data to provide a complete picture of the app ecosystem and to help plan Windows 10 upgrades. It’s available in 23 languages and can be used to find rich data on solutions compatible with Windows 10 including which branch of Windows as a Service is supported, and if the app has achieved the Windows 10 Compatible Logo.

Windows Upgrade Analytics Service allows customers to get powerful upgrade readiness insights and recommendations about computers, applications and drivers in the organization to balance cost and risk in upgrade projects. It can be used as a guide through upgrade projects using a workflow based on Microsoft recommended practices:

  • A visual workflow that guides customers from pilot to production
  • Detailed computer and application inventory
  • Powerful computer level search and drill-downs
  • Guidance and insights into app and driver compatibility issues, with suggested fixes
  • Data driven application rationalization tools
  • Application usage information, allowing targeted validation; workflow to track validation progress and decisions
  • Data export to commonly used software deployment tools, including System Center Configuration Manager
Windows Upgrade Analytics Service Showing up-to-date inventory data
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