Each year at Microsoft Inspire we have the opportunity to connect with our partner community and share the latest product innovations across Microsoft. It’s also a chance to recognize their extraordinary achievements. This year, as we mark the third anniversaries of both Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, we celebrate the many ways our partners have stepped up to help customers through the pandemic and beyond. (To learn more about some of their outstanding achievements, check out the winners of our Microsoft 2020 Partner of the Year awards.)
Together with our partners, we are also so inspired by the resilience our customers around the world have shown throughout these challenging times. It reinforces our belief that humans have unlimited potential, and that it is our job to enable that potential with technology that supports their creativity and innovation. Today we are announcing features and experiences designed to streamline workflow and automate process right within Teams, ensure great meetings experiences in a hybrid work environment, enable Firstline Workers, protect data and mitigate threats, and more. And this is just the beginning. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing so many more innovations across the product to help our customers thrive in a more fluid world of work, school, and life.
Read on for all the Microsoft 365 news from Inspire.
Making Teams a more powerful hub for teamwork and business process transformation
Teams as a platform
Teams is a platform for work, school, and life. Earlier this month, we unveiled new Teams features that reimagine virtual meetings to make them more engaging, more productive, and ultimately more human. Today, we’re introducing new ways to build low-code solutions, for partners to extend the Teams meeting experience with their apps and services, and for IT to manage Teams meetings.
Build apps and chatbots and visualize data without leaving Teams—
In addition, the new Power BI app for Teams will provide a more streamlined experience for accessing Power BI reports in Teams, making it easier to collaborate with data. The app also provides new ways to connect insight into action with sample reports, automation, and easy sharing experiences.
Enrich Teams meeting experiences with 3rd party apps and services—
Teams Meeting Rooms management
Today, we’re announcing new device management and monitoring options for Microsoft Teams Rooms Standard and Premium to deliver high-quality calling and meeting experiences.
Manage Teams Room devices directly from the admin center—
Or leave Teams Rooms management to our experts—
You can read more about these new Teams Meeting Rooms management options in our Microsoft 365 blog today.
Track information and organize your work—
Firstline Worker experiences
Now more than ever, organizations need tools for Firstline Workers to connect with the broader team and access digitized processes to keep the business moving forward. This month, we’re releasing updates to help Firstline Workers refocus their efforts through improved virtual engagement, digital tools to augment physical interactions and improve operations.
Customers like Alcoa Corporation are using Teams to connect their Firstline Workers at its facility in Iceland. Using Shifts in Teams, this company’s Icelandic employees were able to rapidly respond to changes needed to maintain business continuity.
Easily manage schedules and start your shift from anywhere—
Make vital messages and live events more discoverable—
Enable Firstline Workers to communicate safely and efficiently—
Also now in public preview, Microsoft Teams on RealWear provides Firstline Workers with hands-free access to calls, chats, and live remote collaboration all through integration with HMT-1 and intrinsically safe HMT-1Z1.
Manage your Firstline Workforce more easily—
Protecting data and mitigating insider threats
The shift to hybrid work models has increased the need for organizations to re-evaluate their security and risk management practices. With employees accessing corporate data on home computers or sharing and collaborating in new ways, organizations could be at greater risk for data leaks or other risks. This month we’re releasing new solutions and features to better protect your devices and users, mitigate insider threats, and help ensure seamless and secure deployments. Alym Rayani shares more details in today’s Security blog, but here’s a quick overview of what’s new:
Extend data loss prevention to the endpoint—
Quickly identify, detect, and act on insider threats—
Bring more security signals to Azure Sentinel—
Discovering people and information more easily
New updates to Microsoft 365 make it easier than ever to find the information and people you’re looking for.
Connect and engage your workforce with the new Yammer—
Make finding people easier with enriched profile cards—
Simplify your print infrastructure with a cloud-based print solution—
As we all navigate a new hybrid mode of work, school, and life, Microsoft is committed to investing in technologies to help organizations unleash the unlimited potential of their people. From new Teams platform tools to risk management improvements, all of the features we announced today are aimed at enabling people to collaborate securely and be productive from anywhere—