Microsoft 365 received a number of tools and capabilities to achieve more in the modern workplace as part of the August feature release.
These new updates are tailored to help teams streamline management of tasks, makes it easier for IT admins to manage Windows 10 devices, as well empowering small to medium-sized businesses to grow.
New capabilities introduced to small and medium businesses for improving teamwork in Microsoft 365, include:
Microsoft Stream is now available to customers of the Microsoft 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium, and Office 365 Business Essentials. Users can now enjoy easy discovery and secure sharing videos across the organization with searchable speech-to-text and AI-powered speaker detection.
If you are new, Stream is an intelligent video service from Microsoft, that let users discover and securely share videos from across the organization. Features, like “auto-generated and searchable transcripts, and AI-powered speaker detection” are offered.
When a customer books an appointment via Microsoft Bookings, a business can now collect pre-payment. Also, invoices that are generated by Microsoft Invoicing can include a direct link to Microsoft Pay as a convenient and secure online payment option to customers.
Thanks to MileIQ mileage tracking app integration with Xero and AutoReimbursement.com, logging mileage and managing vehicle reimbursements become quicker.
These capabilities rolling out to customers in the U.S. in the coming weeks.
A screenshot below shows Microsoft Bookings:
Hire with LinkedIn Jobs
Eligible business customers will now receive $50 off their first LinkedIn Jobs post. Customers with a subscription to Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium, Business, and Business Essentials who use LinkedIn Jobs pay-per-click pricing model can take benefit of this offer.
Information about this offer, including terms will be emailed directly to all eligible customers in the coming weeks.
Other feature updates released to customers of Microsoft 365 in August, include:
@Mentions is now available in the Office suite of apps, such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Starting in September, it will become available to Word Online and PowerPoint Online, as well as to Word and PowerPoint for Windows and Mac for Insiders. iOS, Android, and Excel would be getting it in the next few months.
An animated screenshot below demonstrated @Mentions in Word:
” @Mentions makes it easier to collaborate on shared documents, presentations, and worksheets by tagging coworkers directly within the comments. If you’re @Mentioned in a document, you’ll receive an email notification, so you know exactly where your input is needed. ”
Remote Actions on Windows 10 Devices
Microsoft 365 subscriptions can now take advantage of FastTrack for Microsoft 365 deployment support for co-management on Windows 10 devices.
For new users, “With co-management, a Windows 10 device can be managed by Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune at the same time as IT admins can enable remote actions on devices, including “factory reset” and “selective wipe” for lost or stolen devices.”
Access live events in Microsoft 365 connects leaders and employees across the organization and let them engage with communities, content, and communications. Ink and text annotations are now available for the Office Lens mobile app.
Office 365 Home or Personal Subscription!
In addition to new capabilities, Microsoft is setting new limits for Office 365 Personal and Home subscribers to install Office on an “unlimited number of devices.” The feature will be available starting on October 2, 2018.
Office subscribers can also now sign into their accounts on up to five of those devices at the same time.
“Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscriptions currently include device install limits. Home limits subscribers to 10 devices in total (across five users) and Personal limits subscribers to one PC or Mac and one tablet. ”
Microsoft has also now consolidated managing all Microsoft subscriptions through Microsoft Account portal. With this launch, Office 365 consumer subscriptions using Office.com/MyAccount will now be able to manage directly on the Microsoft Account portal.
From Microsoft post:
Six licenses rather than five
The Office 365 Home subscription is already an incredible deal. For just $99.99 a year, five people can get their own licenses to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote— plus 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage and other valuable apps and services.
Starting October 2, we’re increasing the number of licenses in a Home subscription from 5 to 6. That’s right: we’re adding an additional person to the subscription with no change in price.
To be clear, that’s 6 people with their own license and 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage each— for a total of 6 TB. We’re also integrating the Home subscription more deeply into the Microsoft family service, so your subscription will automatically be shared with the people you’ve set up as members of your family.