Microsoft and Office 365 Updates (March 2017)


microsoft-office-365-icon-3.pngThe biggest updates in March were all about better communication and collaboration with your team. The most notable update was the wide release of Microsoft Teams as part of Office 365.

Microsoft Teams rolls out worldwide

Teams, Microsoft's answer to Slack, is now available in 181 markets and in 19 languages. Teams is a chat based work space designed to make it easier for teams to work together by centralizing communications (chats can be organized by team or project) and integrating with other Office 365 programs.

The foundation of Microsoft Teams is established on four cornerstones: a hub for teamwork, enable today’s teams to chat, make it customizable and contain the level of security that teams trust.

For companies with compliance needs, Microsoft recently added support for audit log search, eDiscovery and legal hold for channels, chats and files as well as mobile application management with Microsoft Intune. Microsoft Teams also supports global compliance standards such as; SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, ISO27001 and HIPAA.

Learn more about Teams at

Please note, Microsoft Teams is enabled by default. If you don't want your employees using it, your admin will need to disable it. 

Other Notable Updates:

Co-authoring on the desktop for Excel has been released to Office 365 users who are part of the Office Insiders Fast program. Wide release to all users shouldn't be too far behind! Read more. 

Office Insider Fast users are also getting AutoSave on the desktop Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for files stored to SharePoint Online, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Read more. 

Microsoft Bookings, the appointment scheduling app, is now available to all Office 365 Business Premium users. This one is super useful, so we're hoping it gets added to other licenses soon! Read more.


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