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Office 365 expands Delve features for organizing collaboration

techrepublic.com — One of the touted benefits of having a Microsoft Office 365 subscription is that the suite of available apps is periodically updated with new features. Many times these updates and upgrades are small incremental changes that your employees may not even notice. However, sometimes these updates are actually completely new application features.
Feb 10, 2016

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Could Minecraft be part of your child's curriculum someday?

techrepublic.com — An Official Microsoft Blog post by Anthony Salcito, published on January 19, 2016, announced that Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu and is investing in a customized version of the game Minecraft that could be used as a classroom learning tool. Like me, your first reaction to this news is probably one of skepticism and perhaps even derision.

Microsoft jettisons support for legacy software

techrepublic.com — If you weren't paying attention last week, let me bring you up to date. As of January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer will receive technical support and security updates from Microsoft. Internet Explorer 11 is the most current version, so you might want to check which version is being used in your enterprise.

Windows 10 activation accelerates past 200 million devices

techrepublic.com — According to a January 4, 2016, post to the Windows Blog by Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft Windows 10 reached the major milestone of 200 million active devices in less time than any other version of Windows-ever. It appears the company's stated goal of 100 billion active devices is achievable.

Control collaboration chaos with admin tools for Office 365 Groups

techrepublic.com — One of the more potentially useful tools offered by Microsoft Office 365 is called Office 365 Groups. It allows teams of users to set up virtual work areas under a single group identity. The Office Group also establishes a single set of permissions across Office 365 apps.

Five things Microsoft got right in 2015 (plus two things it didn't)

techrepublic.com — There is no doubt that Microsoft has made some serious strategy blunders in the past. Of course, all companies have blundered before; the key is that they learn from their mistakes and make the proper adjustments. For 2015, Microsoft seems to have learned a great deal from its past mistakes because, from a strategic standpoint, the company had a good year.

Skype for Business: New features could change how your enterprise works

techrepublic.com — According to a November 30, 2015, announcement, Microsoft is adding some noteworthy features to Skype for Business. The kind of features that could make Skype for Business the predominant way physically dispersed employees within an enterprise communicate. This is especially true if the enterprise has deployed Office 365.

Microsoft integrates Cortana and Power BI in an attempt to simplify big data analytics

techrepublic.com — On December 1, 2015, Microsoft announced that the integration of Cortana with Power BI was now available in preview. In other words, customers can try the integration out if they want to, but it has not been rolled out to everyone just yet. Presumably, Microsoft wants to get some feedback on how well the integration actually works.

Microsoft promises quicker business app development with Power Apps

techrepublic.com — No matter what the industry, the ability to develop and deploy useful and productive internal business applications can give larger enterprises an advantage over the competition. Enabling enterprise employees to efficiently gather, process, and act on data as it is generated is almost as important to success as creating products or providing services for customers.

Two ways to make Windows 10 File Explorer open specific folders

techrepublic.com — Recently, a reader sent me an email asking if it would be possible to update an old article I wrote. How do I tweak Windows Explorer to open in a directory of my choosing? explains how to change the behavior of File Explorer in Windows XP, but to get the same effect in Windows 10 requires a slightly different approach.
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