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Scheduling Assistant for Outlook on iOS, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow on SharePoint, Office 365 App Permissions

Check your coworkers’ meeting availability using the new scheduling assistant in Outlook on iOS. The feature ported from the Outlook on the desktop, helps to when coworkers are free for meetings and find a time that works for everyone.

The feature is currently available on Outlook for iOS when connected to Office 365 or the latest versions of Exchange. And, it’s coming soon for Android and Windows 10 Mobile.

To schedule a meeting, firt create an calenar event and add coworkers to People field, then tap the date picker. Next, tap a time picker, drag and drop until it turns green—indicating everyone is available at that time. Finally, fill in all other fields, tap the checkmark and save/ send your event.

“The day displays in “white”, when everyone is available for selected time, or in “yellow”, when other time is available, or shows in “red”, when no-time is available to meeting.”

setting scheduling in Outlook in iOS app scheduling assistant in Outlook on iOS

Workplace security: IT gains enhanced control over third-party apps for Office 365

If you’re an IT administrator, you might have faced situations when an organization let you enable users to connect third-party apps on Office 365 (without an IT intervention), with an intention to help users be more productive, [although knowing this reduces IT control over what apps are doing with the data involved] —On Oct. 31st, Microsoft has announced “App Permissions as part of Office 365 Advanced Security Management” that help IT departments deal with that problem.

This new capability, along with the alerting and Productivity App Discovery features, gives IT a great solution to help get the visibility and control they are looking for in Office 365.

With the App Permissions, IT staff can now see, apps accessing Office 365 data, their permissions, and users who are using these apps. Based on this information, admins can either revoke or approve permissions to the app(s).

IT admins can also notify users about the application that is getting banned.

App Permissons in Office 365

App Permissions in Office 365: app banned

Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow, generally available starting on Nov. 1st. in 42 languages around the world, enabling customers to connect to data in SharePoint Online and on-premises, as well as SQL, Exchange, OneDrive and a broad range of enterprise services such as Yammer, Twitter and Box.

Microsoft PowerApps enables you to rapidly build web and mobile business applications without coding, and Microsoft Flow enables you to automate business processes through simple configuration.

The services, along with Microsoft Power BI, are designed to work together and make it simple to get started and quickly achieve results.

Office 365 commercial plans customers will automatically get PowerApps and Microsoft Flow in November 2016.

Microsoft further notes, even more deeper integration of these business tools as part of SharePoint is coming that include:

PowerApps will be fully integrated into the SharePoint web experience, and they’ll soon make it the default in-browser experience for any SharePoint modern list. This means:\

  • PowerApps can be launch directly from SharePoint mobile app.
  • Modern document libraries as a data source for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
  • Ability to run any flow on demand, as well as automated trigger for a specific Microsoft Flow document or list item.
  • PowerApps and Microsoft Flow leveraging data gateway will work with on-premises data in SQL and SharePoint as simply as cloud-based data.
  • soon users will be able to embed visualizations and charts from Power BI directly into a SharePoint team site, microsoft writes.

PowerApps amd Microsoft Flow embedded in a SharePoint list.

In October, the Office 365 Admin Center was improved with enhancements to management capabilities as well as Power BI interactive reporting and Power BI admin role making it far more easier to visualize Office 365 data usage with reports as of today, available across Active Users, Email Clients, Skype for Business, and Office 365 Groups.

  • Active Users report gives you an insight that identifies which users have activated what products or services and when the last time they used them are.
  • Skype for Business clients report shows which users are utilizing Skype for Business and for what type of services. I.e. meetings, messaging, calls, etc.
  • Email clients report reveals which apps are used with Exchange and shows the Outlook version that users prefer.
  • Office 365 Groups report assesses the use of collaborative assets such as calendar, notebook, and other tools.

Furthermore, you can share the insights with your contacts and assign roles for users you’d like to have control over the Power BI Admin Portal.

The team in addition also plans to enhance Office 365 Groups report with SharePoint Group Sites and Yammer Groups in the future.

Finally, new service health dashboard will be available for First Release in mid-November.

Over the last month, Office 365 introduced new security features and capabilities, here is a quick roundup of some key features:

Applying intelligence to security and compliance in Office 365, read about.

Security engineering evolution in Office 2016 for Mac from a development and testing perspective, including the latest updates, read here.

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