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Microsoft Office 365 Groups – Making Your Job Easier

Microsoft Office 365 Groups – Making Your Job Easier

In our blog Introducing Groups in Office 365, we discussed how Office 365 Groups facilitates the storage of information so it’s accessible across different applications but remains secure and easily to manage. Office 365 Groups helps teams collaborate in their desired application, including: Outlook, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams.

But, it’s not just your administrative staff that will benefit from the use of Office 365 Groups. Your IT staff will also thank you for making end user access and management much easier to setup and administer. With a much less complex and time-consuming process, Office 365 Groups makes assigning permissions easy by automatically assigning users access to the tools they require. Groups can also make it easier to manage both security groups and distribution groups at the same time.

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Office 365 PowerPoint Designer and Morph

Office 365 PowerPoint Designer and Morph

Getting the design right on a presentation is important. Not only can a good design make you feel better about the presentation you’re giving, but it can also make those that are listening more interested and engaged. With PowerPoint’s new built-in Designer, it’s easier than ever to create clean, beautiful, and professional presentations. With a click of the button, you can transform any image or text into beautiful designs and graphics – it’s that easy.

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The Next Generation of Skype for Business for Mac Clients Has Arrived

The Next Generation of Skype for Business for Mac Clients Has Arrived

The next generation of Skype for Business for Mac has arrived. Here’s everything you need to know to get up and running and realize instant gains in productivity, security, and communication efficiency.

Skype for Business on Mac gives users the same powerful features Windows users are currently experiencing. Mac users can utilize HD audio and video conferencing with up to 250 people, conduct polls, schedule meetings, and use online versions of Office 365 applications.

Skype for Business Mac

Lync Server Users Are Welcome

The new client will work with both Skype for Business Online, Skype for Business 2015 and Lync 2013. 

Anonymous Joining Through the Skype for Business Web App

As a meeting organizer, you can invite anyone who can connect to the Skype for Business web application. Attendees can join anonymously regardless of operating system.

System Requirements

Skype for Business on Mac clients requires OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)  or OS X 10.12 (Sierra). In order to take advantage of Outlook integration, Mac build 15.27 is required. Skype for Business supports the new Skype for Business Server 2015 or existing Lync Server 2013. Schedules, contacts, and meetings in Lync 2013 will all carry over to Skype for Business.

Download Skype for Business today. If you are ready to move to Skype for Business Online or looking to upgrade on premises, Interlink can help. Contact us.  

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ALERT! Office 365 OneDrive Forced Update

ALERT! Office 365 OneDrive Forced Update

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.

Contact Interlink Cloud Advisors if you have any questions on this or need help with your cloud update strategy.

For more information please check out the support article from Microsoft - Transition From the Previous OneDrive for Business Sync Client.

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The New Office - Office 2016

The New Office - Office 2016

Office 2016 is the latest addition to Office 365. It’s made for teamwork, perfect for Windows 10, and full of new features that work for you. Updates in Office 2016 include:

  • Co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote – Real-time typing lets you see what others are typing and view their edits as they make them
  • Simplified Sharing – Share button located on the Ribbon in Word, Excel and PowerPoint lets you see who has access to a given document, allows you to invite others, and change access permissions to your document
  • Improved Version History- view or go back to earlier drafts of your document from within your document by clicking on the File tab and selecting history
  • Shared Notebooks – OneNote shared notebooks provide a centralized place to share all project information- videos, photos, drawings, hand written notes, screen clippings, etc
  • Modern Meetings – Use Skype for Business to send an instant message to ask a quick question and easily add voice, video, or screen sharing. Use Skype for Business HD video conferencing with co-authoring, and desktop sharing for collaboration
  • Office for all of your devices – Full viewing and editing of Office documents across Windows, Android, and Apple devices

Office 2016 and Windows 10

  • Windows Hello – Your Windows 10 device lights up in your presence and greets you by name. You can log in to your PC and Office 365 with a simple look or a touch – no need for password anymore
  • Cortana and Office 365- by learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes useful every day, bringing together all of your relevant business information so you can stay on top of your day. For example: if you are preparing for a team meeting, Cortana will pull the meeting time, location from the mail & calendar app, get the recent PowerPoint presentation you collaborated on from OneDrive for Business, and connect you to the Skype meeting
  • Office Mobile Apps on Windows 10 – Every new phone and small tablet running Windows 10 comes pre-installed with Office mobile apps, so you can be productive right away
  • Continuum – On Select Windows 10 premium phones you can use a Continuum-compatible accessory to project, even wirelessly, to any monitor. You can even connect to a mouse and keyboard to use your phone like a PC for getting things done
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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.