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Learn About Office 365 Groups Update Announced at Ignite 2016

Among the avalanche of non-stopable keynotes sessions and announcements coming out of Redmond, another joining the list is the “Office 365 Groups” announced at the Ignite 2016 in Atlanta.

The Office team had a plethora of sessions, which are now available online to all. The sessions ranging from collaboration product strategy, use cases, administration and governance, extensibility and key innovations on product roadmap.

Below you can see the video of the key Ignite session titled “Discover Office 365 Groups” that presented a comprehensive overview and update on Office 365 Groups. The video discusses how group collaboration in the enterprise has evolved to be multi-faceted and how Office 365 addresses the unique needs and workstyle of different groups.

For those new, “Office 365 Groups is a group membership service that provides a single identity for teams in Office 365 and equips them with a set of group collaboration assets such as a calendar, a OneNote notebook, a Plan to manage tasks and conversations powered by Outlook or Yammer.”

In the video session, the team presented three common use cases, (a project group, an organization group and an interest group), as well as upcoming update such as “administrative management of groups, data classification, usage guidelines, dynamic membership, audit logs, usage reports and upgrading distribution groups (DL) through the Exchange admin center” were discussed too.

Recent innovations highlighted such as the ability to add external team members, a modern SharePoint team site for every group and new Outlook Groups iPad app and more.

Last but not least, also showed was the Office 365 Groups collaboration updates of how to integrate the service with existing SharePoint Team Sites, Yammer or OneDrive for Business accounts or real-world uses cases of Groups within schools and universities.

Below you can see the Office 365 Groups features graphics and session video:

Office 365 complete group collaboration solution

Office 365 Groups Innovations Released and Upcoming features

In addition, the following session video targeted at administrators—you will find an in-depth look at key governance investments available today and in the future:

Additionally, a dozen others Ignite video related to Office 365 Groups are available as well as listed below—just click on the link to watch the video (verbatim):

Overview and use cases

Administration and governance

Partner teams: SharePoint, Planner and Yammer

In other Office news, Visio for Office Insider today added a new productivity features referred to as “Smart Diagrams.”

With the Visio’s data-driven smart diagrams feature, you can now automatically create a Basic Flowchart or Cross-Functional Flowchart from your process map in Excel, in no time. No fussing around, no individually making shapes, just a simple import to make your chart in Visio.

The process meta data or metric data that you capture in Excel columns gets stored in Visio shapes as shape data.

You can get access to Smart Diagrams quickly as long as you’re already an Office Insider, by signing up here.


Microsoft introduced “Project Rome” a platform for creating experiences across devices. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update’s Remote Systems API, Microsoft said, “developers can extend their app experiences across Windows devices connected proximally or through the cloud.”

“Project Rome is a platform for creating experiences that transcend a single device so they can harmonize across devices – empowering a developer to create human-centric scenarios that move with the user and blur the lines between their devices regardless of form factor or platform,” explains Cam Scott.

For a detailed information of the functionality of Remote Systems API as well as a walk through example app experience built on Project Rome, head over to this post.

Microsoft Project Rome Cross-device developments

Skype in the Classroom‘s virtual field trips take teachers and students to exciting places like a bee farm, 60 feet under the sea and a dinosaur paleontology lab.

“From expeditions to Iceland and Antarctica, to trips to museums, historical sites and aquariums, Skype in the Classroom provides truly unique live learning experiences,” writes the Skype Team.

The list is always changing so check back frequently to see what’s new or seasonal.

Skype in the Classroom.

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