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Office 365 Insider: January 2017

white-paper-photo-2What’s new in O365?  The short answer is a LOT! 2016 was a busy one for the Microsoft Office 365 development teams, which means more functionality and features for Office 365 customers. There was a broad range of updates, from updating/improving functionality to brand new mobile apps and features. You can review the full list of updated and new features on Microsoft’s published roadmap for Office 365, but here are a few highlights and key updates:

SharePoint apps for both Android and iOS devices

  • While SharePoint has been around since 2001, mobile apps officially made SharePoint mobile-friendly in 2016
  • Download the app from Google Play (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS)
  • With the app on the user’s mobile device, all they need at that point is their Office 365 username and password!

Microsoft Flow

  • Flow is Microsoft’s new Azure-based workflow engine that can connect online services together and pass data between them
  • Flow can connect Microsoft services, but it can also pull and push information to Facebook, Drop Box, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Wunderlist and others
  • Another great feature is that Flow doesn’t require coding – it’s designed to be used by power users

Office 365 Planner

  • Office 365 Planner is a project and task management hub, allowing team members to create and organize projects and tasks
  • Planner also provides a place to store files that are associated with projects
  • Planner and Groups are designed to work together – when a new plan is created in Planner, a new Office 365 Group is automatically created and vice versa

Microsoft Teams

  • Microsoft Teams is a messaging app for teams where all conversations, meetings, files, and notes can be accessed by everyone on the team
  • You can use Microsoft Teams to chat with someone who’s using Skype for Business
  • Want to try out Microsoft Teams but don’t know how to get started?  Check out our 4-step “get started” checklist:
    1. In the Office 365 Admin center, go to Settings->Microsoft Teams and
    2. Sign into where you can sign in and run Teams as a web app
    3. Download the Microsoft Teams app for your Windows or Mac desktop and for your mobile device
    4. Create or join a Team and then start or join a Conversation!
  • Discover more tips and tricks for Microsoft Teams here.

Email storage increase

  • For users on E3, E4, E5 or Exchange Online Plan 2, the email storage limit increased from 50GB to 100GB
  • See more details on Exchange Online limits on TechNet 

Admin Updates

If you’re an Office 365 Administrator, you’ve no doubt noticed some significant changes to the Admin center like:

  • A new OneDrive for Business Admin center
  • New settings to Microsoft Teams
  • Improvements to the new Service health dashboard
Read the full details on the Microsoft blog.

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