Microsoft Office 365 | March 2018 Updates

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This month, Microsoft Office 365 is offering up some great new tools to help improve the standard and professionalism of your work, create great resumes, and allow for greater communication and teamwork with external partners. Administrators for the platform may also benefit from novel ways to communicate and protect employee and customer data, tools that will prove very useful as GDPR approaches (don’t forget, GDPR will be enforced from 25 May 2018).

Read on for more details about the latest updates that you can enjoy this month, or check out this short video:

Tools to Unlock your Creativity

Take your writing to the next level

The new Editor tool in Microsoft Word is a great platform with which to optimise your editing process. It allows users to see a summary of correction opportunities in an overview pan while editing is taking place, and provides useful stylistic suggestions. The tool uses AI to make sure the suggestions are in keeping with the overall tone of the document.

Improve your 3D animations in PowerPoint

Users of PowerPoint now have the opportunity to add animation effects to 3D images on one slide. Indeed, the programme now has animation effects specific to 3D objects, which can be easily applied using the intuitive Animation Ribbon.

Vector graphics update

Vector graphics have become an even simpler and effective tool for Office 365 users. Indeed, the 'Convert to Shape' tool enables users to turn SVG pictures into Office shapes, meaning that individual elements can be changed within the graphics. This tool can be used in PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook.

Guests can now join Microsoft Teams

While Microsoft Teams was previously limited to those with an Azure Active Directory account, now anyone with a business or consumer email address can participate on the platform as a guest. This means they will have access to meeting, files and colleagues' chats, meaning working can be done in a professional and timely manner.

StaffHub updates

New StaffHub updates mean that Firstline Workers can better manage their days. Indeed, a StaffHub Now tab has been introduced to the platform, which includes a preview of workdays, notes, activities, and breaks in an intuitive display.

Enhancements for administrators

New tool to enforce naming conventions

Now administrators can set naming policies across Office 365 Groups to ensure consistent naming policies. It also means certain words can be prohibited. Naming policies will be automatically applied to a new group, making it easier for administrators to manage large quantities of groups.

Make GDPR much simpler

New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set up by the EU will go into effect on 25 May 2018, bringing with it stricter rules and sanctions surrounding data protection. Microsoft Office 365 has introduced new capabilities to make compliance as easily as possible. Compliance Manager, for example, is able to help administrators manage and assess risks and prioritise tasks in order to ensure their organisation does not breach the rules.

There is also a new feature in the Azure Information Protection tool, which enables users to automatically find, label and protect sensitive data across cloud services, platforms, and on the premises.

Our GDPR hub takes you through the steps you can take, from free eBooks to support packages, to help your customers on their journey to GDPR compliance.

Better servicing and support from Windows

Servicing and support options have been enhanced to help enterprise customers maintain their corporate environments. Updates include changes to Office 365 ProPlus and servicing extensions for users of WIndows 10.

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