Microsoft’s new E5 bundle has a ton of functionality, but is it right for your business?
With several Office 365 plans to choose from, figuring out which Office 365 plan is right for your business can be confusing.
In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors will help you understand all of your options around Office 365 – including renewal. Through a series of demos and a Q&A session, Interlink will show you everything you need to know about the new Office 365 and how (and if) your business can benefit from it.
What You'll Learn About:
Voice in the Cloud: Roadmap and Overview
Reduce Legal Expenses: Advanced eDiscovery
Enhanced Knowledge: Business Intelligence
Reduce Risk: Better control your cloud data
Improved Protection: Reduce Ransomware and malware
Data Security: Control access to your data
New E5 Licensing: Your options and new bundles
Live Demos Include:
Skype Voice Console, Advanced eDiscovery, Delve Analytics, and Power BI!
Both existing Office 365 and new 365 clients will benefit from this recorded event.
Video is one of the most powerful forms of media. It gives you the opportunity to convey meaningful messages, tell a story, and connect with others in ways that cannot be done otherwise. Video is a media outlet that is heavily engrained in our personal lives, and as it continues to grow, we should use it to make an impact in the workplace. This is the goal of the new Microsoft Stream business video service - to bring the power of video into the workplace and give organizations access to its many benefits.
With the preview launch of Microsoft Stream, we wanted to share some of the features that make it an easy, collaborative, and social experience for users:
Ease of upload and organization: With easy drag and drop capabilities you can quickly upload your videos and organize them how you see fit
Discover relevant content: With content discovery powered by machine learning you can find content through “trending” videos and searches by hashtag, most liked videos and other terms
Watch anywhere on any device: With Stream being optimized for mobile usage you can take this content on the go with you, whenever and wherever you are.
Secure video management: Backed by the powerful Azure Active Directory, manage who can view your content within your organization
Engage with content: Make video social with the ability to share via email, like your favorites, and more.
Those who are using Microsoft Office 365 may already be utilizing the existing Office 365 Video platform. As Stream builds upon the feedback and success of Office 365 Video, these two platforms will converge making Stream the de facto video experience within Office 365. While Stream is still being developed, there will be no changes made to the current Office 365 Video experience.
As Microsoft continues to build upon the Stream platform, they are looking to develop something that makes video an extraordinary experieince within the workplace. As the platform continues to evolve, it will include some of the following ideas:
Deliver corporate broadcast seamlessly: This will allow organizations a better way to communicate and connect through live video with Stream becoming the hub for both live and video on demand.
Intelligent video search: No longer do you have to skip around the video looking for content, with intelligent video search you can search within the video. Leveraging capabilities such as audio transcription and face detection, Stream allows for a deep searching making relevant content easier to find and faster.
Make video part of your business apps and workflows: Building on the Office 365 platform Stream is able to integrate with other apps such as Microsoft Flow, SharePoint, and many others.
IT management capabilities: Being able to manage the content your organization shares is a big deal so Stream allows for IT to manage permissions throughout Stream. From removing and monitoring content to granting access to channels, IT has the tools to ensure the best experience for its organization.
Microsoft Stream App Ecosystem: Instead of locking down the API Microsoft will be opening it up to allow partners to create custom applications and make them available in AppSource, Microsoft’s marketplace for business applications that was announced earlier this month.
We're looking forward to the exciting new features coming to video with Microsoft Stream and hope you are too. For more information about Microsoft Stream and how to get started managing videos within your organization, please visit the Microsoft Stream webpage.
Office 365 Planner is now being rolled out to all eligible users in Office 365! Planner makes working together a lot more organized and fun. It helps users organize and structure their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status in just a few easy clicks. With Planner, users can attach files and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative.
Get started quickly
Work together without chaos
Always stay informed
Pain Point #1 – Coordinating Tasks:
Today, the majority of information workers coordinate their team activities and team tasks using sub-optimal tools and methods such as email, post-it notes, Office Apps like Excel and PowerPoint, or by memory!
Microsoft Planner is simple and easy to use.
Engaging User Interface helps users create a plan, build a team, and assign tasks and set due dates in just a few simple clicks
Users can find benefit the very first time using it
Pain Point #2 - Communicating:
To get work done, team members share files, communicate back and forth via emails, engage in IM conversations, etc. As the number of tasks continue to grow, teamwork becomes harder to organize. Key insights and conversations related to tasks get locked away in disjointed apps, email attachments, etc.
Microsoft Planner is transparent and allows team members to work together without switching apps
Everyone has a clear sight into who is working on what
Users can attach files to tasks in a couple of clicks and start editing them together
Team members can initiate a group conversation thread right from the task
Pain Point #3– Big Picture View:
As the number of tasks and size of the team starts to grow, team members lose track of the big picture.
Microsoft Planner is mobile and provides insights
With Planner ‘Charts’, everyone knows where things are at all times
Email notifications alert team members when things change, new tasks are assigned to them, or they get pulled into conversation
Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Planner?
A. Planner is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5 subscription plans (including corresponding Government and Non-Profit), Office 365 Business Essentials and Premium plans, and Office 365 Education.
Q. Is Planner available for customers on premise?
A. Microsoft Planner is an Office 365 cloud only solution and not available for customers on premises.
Q. Can Planner be purchased stand-alone?
A. Microsoft Planner is only be available through Office 365 Subscriptions, and cannot be purchased stand-alone.
Beginning in May 2016, Office 365 users with fewer than 250 Office 365 licenses will be required to use the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client to sync OneDrive for Business files. This automatic upgrade requirement has already started rolling out and will continue until July 31, 2016.
NOTE - It will NOT apply to those clients with more than 250 Office 365 licenses!
What does this mean for you?
If you are currently using less than 250 Office 365 licenses, you will be automatically upgraded sometime in the next month and a half and the following things will occur during the sync takeover:
The old OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe) will begin to stop syncing OneDrive sites.
The new OneDrive for Business sync client (OneDrive.exe) will begin to sync the same OneDrive sites, but it will not re-download the content already there.
The old OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe) will stop running and will remove itself from automatically running upon system startup. The only exception to this is if the client is still syncing other such as SharePoint site libraries or on-premises OneDrive for Business.
How to delay updating OneDrive.exe until the second release wave
The OneDrive.exe update is planned to roll out in two waves. The first wave will begin when the update becomes available and will take one to two weeks to completely roll out. The second wave will begin rollout shortly after the first wave comes to a closure. There is a policy that will prevent OneDrive sync clients from being updated until the second way which is the “Delay updating OneDrive.exe until the second release wave” setting.
By default, these updates are installed right after the first wave begins rolling out.
By enabling this setting you will force the update to occur for you during the second wave only.
What to expect after you begin to the use new OneDrive for Business sync client
The old OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe) will still be the client you use to sync any site libraries or on-premises SharePoint content. You will be able to use both sync clients on the same computer without any issues.
Links in the “Recent list” Office desktop have the chance of no longer working. This means you may have to re-pin the files you want to appear since they might lose functionality.
Interlink included in Redmond Channel Partner Magazine RCP 200 List
CINNCINNATI, OHIO | Redmond Channel Partner magazine announced today the inclusion of Interlink Cloud Advisors, a leading System Integrator for Microsoft's cloud solutions, in their RCP 200 - a list of the top 200 Microsoft partners in the United States.
The list of Microsoft partners selected in the RCP 200 are the strongest in the U.S. and can help those companies looking for a Microsoft partner figure out who the best are. The companies included range from partners who produce massive revenues in Microsoft practices that reach across Microsoft's technology stack to much smaller companies that possess a deep expertise in Microsoft technology. Interlink’s listed technology focus is the Cloud.
"Based on our 11 years of experience covering the Microsoft ecosystem, we've named companies to the RCP 200 that have demonstrated a laser focus on Microsoft technology and a strong commitment to providing great value for their customers," said Scott Bekker, Editor-in-Chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine, the leading channel publication for the Microsoft partner community.
“Interlink Cloud Advisors is extremely honored and excited to be a part of this high quality group of companies featured in the RCP 200 this year!” stated Matt Scherocman, President of Interlink Cloud Advisors. “This listing is a validation of our deep commitment and dedication to helping businesses take advantage of the economics, flexibility and extensibility of the Microsoft platform.”
About Interlink Cloud Advisors Interlink Cloud Advisors partners with their clients to understand how technology can be utilized to reach business goals and leverage the cloud’s extraordinary economics. They help their clients evaluate which workloads make sense to migrate to the cloud and ensure that the timing is right. Keeping current on new technical, business and licensing offerings as well as Microsoft funding programs, Interlink is able to create return on investment models that work in the real world. Interlink then helps deliver the ROI by executing on the actual migration or upgrade including project planning, tenant creation, identity management, data migration, training, and support. Learn more at http://www.interlink.com.
About Redmond Channel Partner Redmond Channel Partner (RCP) is an independent advocate for Microsoft partners, including solution providers, managed services providers (MSPs), hosters, cloud partners and independent software vendors (ISVs). https://rcpmag.com
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