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ThreeWill’s Summary of #MSInspire 2017

Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.

Danny:Awesome. Welcome to the Two Bald Brothers And A Microphone.

 

Tommy:Two Bald Brothers And A Microphone.

 

Danny:It is … let’s see, it is July 20th. Man, this summer’s going by quickly.

 

Tommy:Wow.

 

Danny:Yes, it’s amazing. Today we’re going to be talking about the conference that I went to last week, and I’m not going to say ignite , I’m going to say inspire, the Inspire Conference AKA WPC, which was the Worldwide Partner Conference. I went out there … usually, in the past, both of us would go out there, so I missed you, Tom.

 

Tommy:Well the question is, were you inspired when you left?

 

Danny:I was inspired. It was a great week. A lot of stuff going on at Microsoft. It’s keeping everybody on their toes and Microsoft, lots of changes coming in place. As part of the week, I tried to do a write-up at the end of the day, so I was just going to walk through my notes here with you and feel free to jump in if you have any questions.

 

We’re going to start doing some interviews with some outside folks, but I just thought since I went to the conference last week and just to cover with you sort of what were some of the takeaways that I had from the week.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:From the first day, the summary of the first day, one is is that next year … I guess if we go next year, it’s in our favorite place to go to, Las Vegas.

 

Tommy:Oh, yeah. Everything’s good it’s just slipping on those cards of women, on the sidewalks.

 

Danny:Yeah. I’m not going to be taking my family out there, but I think they’re wanting to do this because this week, I think Microsoft ready was in Las Vegas, so I think they’re doing it back to back with that conference. Having the partner conference and then their internal conference the week afterward. Microsoft folks will have two weeks in Vegas.

 

The big thing from the first day was the announcement, and this is sort of a bundling-type of announcement, which was Office 365 plus Windows plus enterprise mobility and security, they’re now calling this Microsoft 365. I just noted that there might need to be a new tag that we have up on our blog, which refers to that.

 

Tommy:It’s also still staying as Office 365, that doesn’t go away, right?

 

Danny:You got it, you got it. This is a bundling thing. I think making it … everybody sort of saw this coming, it’s just another way of the 101 ways of packaging Microsoft products and this is just a new way of doing that, so I think the products themselves are pretty much staying the same. It’s just a bundling move.

 

The other thing, which surprised me … I don’t know whether I just wasn’t paying attention to the news or what it was, but Ron Huddleston, I don’t think we worked with him when we were doing stuff with Salesforce, but he was the person behind the AppExchange, and with our history where we’ve created AppExchange apps, and worked with Salesforce to build a connector, it was good to see him. He’s in charge of what they call their one commercial partner program. Bundling that … or bumbling that one. He’s their Channel Chief, he’s responsible for that. He went through some of the changes with that, sort of set out with the PAM, in with the channel manager. They went through some of what this is going to look like. They’re really trying to … instead of working against what the partners are doing, trying to work more with the partners. It was good to see that focus. It would be great, just my overall experience with working with the AppExchange has been great. To see some of that come over to Microsoft’s stores would be wonderful. I don’t think he’s going to be in charge of those stores, but he did some good stuff over at Salesforce.

 

I did start seeing … I went to a couple sessions with the LinkedIn, taking a look at what was happening there. You’re starting to see some of the work that they’re doing integrating LinkedIn to Microsoft products. I think just this week they announced there’s a Windows 10 app for LinkedIn and there was a lot of discussions about starting to integrated LinkedIn with Dynamics. It was good to see what they’re doing there and I think they’re trying to use this as a means of competing with Salesforce. It’s interesting to see how that’s going to come along.

 

This was emphasized time and time again, which is their four solutions areas, which is modern workplace, yay, that’s very much in line with what we’re focusing in on, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI. That is their overall message of the four main solution areas that Microsoft focuses in on. Again, I think we’re … wonderful to hear that they’re focusing in on that.

 

Then I love this, there was a 4.5 trillion dollar opportunity. I love things like this. My favorite meme from that was this one. Dux had put this out. You heard it, 4.5 trillion dollars. I got a kick out of that. Then of course, somebody comes up and says for every one dollar we make, you make seven dollars, or something along like that.

 

Tommy:Sure, right.

 

Danny:All the partners salivate and move on to the next thing. Mobile first, cloud first, didn’t really hear that very much at this conference.

 

Tommy:Interesting.

 

Danny:It’s now Intelligent Cloud. Intelligent Edge. If you see the overall messaging, as far as how that’s changing, what the updated messaging is for that. Here’s sort of a graphic of how they’re showing that. Multi-device, multi-sense, artificial intelligence … so it’s sort of how this is changing for them.

 

I think with everybody was sort of how can it be mobile first and cloud first at the same time? Something’s got to be second. Now let’s move to this.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:It was cool seeing women leading up the demos, which was very nice. I think everybody that day, there were all women leading up the demos, which was a very cool thing to see. Feedback from the day … oh, man it was hot outside. I took a picture here of everybody waiting outside. I don’t know what had happened that morning, but for like an hour up to … it just didn’t seem like they were letting people into the Verizon Center and it was … it got hot really quick, as it gets hot in D.C.

 

So that’s the update from the first day. Then if we take a look at what happened on the second day … sorry, I always get caching issues with my computer here. Summary of day two. I took a quick snapshot of here, digital transformation … I think what they’re trying to get to, more of, is moving on, because you heard digital transformation over and over and over again. You’re trying to get … basically define what does that mean? Empower employees, optimize operations, transform products, and engage customers. This was a screenshot that I took from Chris Capossela session that he did. It was really neat because he sort of said, “Well what does this mean to our marketing department at Microsoft?” He went through real cases of what does this mean to us and how did this change what we’re doing inside of Microsoft, what’s the transformation that we’re seeing inside of Microsoft. Because he can say each one of these can apply to each department. It can apply to finance, it can apply to customer service. So it’s sort of translating this over to that specific department.

 

It was really good. You and I like to … we understand there has to be a high level message, but then how do you translate that down to your individual department and initiatives inside of that department. Wish I had a dollar each time this was covered today, four pillars of digital transformation, this came pretty clear: engaging customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products. Then I sort of was thinking … this was one of those things where I wish you were around, because afterwards I want to think out loud with it. It was part of the reasoning I wanted to take notes on this, was so you and I could have this conversation, which is how does this fit into how we categorize solutions? If you look at our website, how does this fit into the different solutions like improved bottom line, drive efficiency, satisfy end users to manage risk. Looking at these, sort of like … how do these different things map into this?

 

We can take the approach of, we sort of want to … We want to align with Microsoft, so we want to look at what they’re going out to market with and be in line with that, but we also want to have our unique take on this as well. It’s just trying to look and see well maybe for using the language as somebody who’s going and getting the message from Microsoft, we want them to … for it to be consistent what they’re hearing from us as well. Along with the consistency, they want a unique perspective as well.

 

You and I have talked about this, which is industry focus and Microsoft is wanting to … they’re taking a look at all the different industries that are out there. They are reorganizing underneath these industries, which is financial services, manufacturing, retail, education, health, and government. Everyone in Microsoft is organizing to these verticals. Was interesting, again, sort of my take on this was … We have a success portion of the site where we look at the different industries that we’ve helped out. Our list is more expansive than Microsoft’s, which tells me maybe I’m going after too broad of a list, but I think it’s interesting that they’re only … and this is probably a part of the strategy, is let’s go after the big industry and recognizing that internally we are not going to be about to go after and build expertise in every industry out there, so what are the ones we want to focus on first?

 

Tommy:Yeah, I think for us, we look at sure point as a platform and we see that from a horizontal perspective it solves problems in these different industries and not necessarily having an industry practice that we have depth of knowledge of everything that has to deal with, say, financial services, insurance. We don’t hire insurance agents and financial service consultants. We’re helping people realize the platform against problems and the spaces, and so if you look at this from an industry perspective, it’s more of trying to understand well, how do my problems map to the platform? That’s our approach, for better or for worse, we’re trying to speak to the people that we can serve. At the end of the day, we’re not coming to them with a final solution for their space, but a lot of people need to have a knowledge base across these different industries and what does that look like in the high tech, in ISV, versus financial services and insurance?

 

Danny:Yep.

 

Tommy:I love the case studies that we have that kind of put skin on that, versus it being kind of a generic marketing term.

 

Danny:Yep, absolutely. Went and had a conversation today … Microsoft had a bunch of booths set up for their partners and one of them was for the go to market campaigns. He had me fill out … go through this survey of what things you’re doing from a marketing standpoint and I was able to check off all of them. By the end of it, he was like, “Well, you just need to hire more people in your marketing department,” and I was like, “Oh that’s nice, thanks.” Thanks so much. We are trying to leverage as much as we can out of Microsoft and really try to see where … making sure we’re trying to do the right things from a marketing standpoint. It was good to meet up with him and to hear that some of … It was interesting, because some of the stuff that come out that morning as far as go to market things, they’re not up to date on their own site with. There’ll be the campaigns that they’ll be coming out with in the near future.

 

FastTrack booth. I wanted to go drop by there and give them the recent project work that we’ve done with FastTrack. It was very much in line with what they were saying is using FastTrack is a part of a migration to utilize their resources. As part of it, you own the client relationship and fill in where it needs to get filled in. The guy was interested to hear, I think, I shared more than he shared with me, but that was good to hear that they were not trying to compete with us, they’re just trying to augment our services.

 

Was a great presentation. There was a partner about co-selling with Microsoft, it was very honest and forthright conversation. Points from her were understand the account team motivations and fears. She brought up an interesting thing where she was like in a large account, she brought Microsoft in and where it helped her was she sold a departmental solution and Microsoft was able to take that departmental solution and to sell it to other departments. So basically saying you’ve built up … We’ve seen this in some large accounts where you build out a calendaring solution or a knowledge-based solution. One department uses it and sort of taking it to other departments. She said Microsoft was very helpful once they understood what type of solution that we created, or that they had created that they could replicate it across different departments. Just made the points of asking for account lists and target only a handful of companies, so don’t try to go after every company that they’re targeting, just look for a couple of wins.

 

Favorite session of the day was the Chris Capossela. Gave practical examples of using the four pillars of digital transformation. He pointed out, which was interesting, was this Microsoft Education site and he said this was a big move for him, which is the branding is now moving for them behind just Microsoft. I was sort of thinking of that and the way that we brand ThreeWill and you can see what it is now, is it’s Microsoft Education. He said this was a big change for them to move over to this and focusing in on empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. More focused in on the idea of solutions for education and less of technology for technology sake.

 

I think we’ll start to see … it was interesting to see this as well, so they have a broken out by role type, so school leaders, educators, students. We’re trying to do a bit of that when you go up to success and trying to spell out for your role, sort of what case studies make sense for your role.

 

Metalogix party was the second night. The first night I went to a Nintex party, second was Metalogix. They had branded maracas, which was fun. It was good to see the team from Metalogix. Everybody was there. Their headquarters is in D.C., so pretty much everybody from the headquarters was there.

 

Here’s some links that I had run into of resources from Microsoft. Lines were better but I think that’s because fewer people were there and then got some great socks.

 

Tommy:Nice.

 

Danny:For you and your-

 

Tommy:I got them on today.

 

Danny:I would kick my foot up in here. I’ve got them on too. I can’t get it up high enough. I’ve got mine on today. You’ve got yours on. Can you do it? I think I pulled something. Okay, there you go. Then someone else has some too, right Oliver? You didn’t wear … Oliver didn’t wear them today. He was not going to come in today because he didn’t have any socks.

 

Oliver:I did wear them yesterday

 

Danny:And you did wear them yesterday.

 

Oliver:Yeah.

 

Danny:You put them on yesterday?

 

Oliver:Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Danny:Okay, cool. We’ve all … we’ve got matching socks here. We’ve got Windows socks.

 

Let me plug back in. Okay, there we go.

 

Third day. Number three.

 

Tommy:This was a three day event?

 

Danny:Yep, and the final day was just … Thursday was a regional … just regional updates. It was a half a day regional thing.

 

Tommy:Yeah, I remember that.

 

Danny:This was a partner opportunities in the connected workplace, so there was sort of … this is one of the presentations that I attended. Some of the things that they felt like were opportunity-wise … Buzz word of the day, single pane of … sometimes you pick up on something that people keep saying and you’re like okay, if I hear this one more time … Of course I had to say … by the way, you’re reading this blog post on a single pane of glass, because I’m a smarty. Yes, it’s expected, vision keynote. They ended up shutting down the whole top section because there weren’t enough people there.

 

Keynote was covered by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer. It was a strong emphasis on the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect in May 2018. He covered just some blog post and resources on that, just saying how that’s going to impact the partner ecosystem.

 

Then there was Gavriella Schuster covered more changes to the partner program. It was a honest … shared some stories about why they changed it, some back stories on that. Really focused in on recognizing that they need … inside of Microsoft, need someone who’s in what I would classify as like a connector type of role. Someone who’s listening to all of the different things that partners are doing and looking inside of Microsoft and making the right connections up. There’s certain people who are great at doing that. I think they’ve recognized that that is a role that they need to have.

 

Then there was a discussion with Ian Bremmer about the current status of world politics, which I’m just tired of hearing … about politics. Of course I joke around, I would love to have … I needed somebody that morning, like you’ve got everybody coming in on the third day and we’re going to talk politics. But I was hoping somebody like Tony Robbins or somebody would get us up out of our seat and just getting us jump around, pop … pumped up was what I was looking for. It was fine. I think it was just a conversation. It was interesting to see this with a world group around talking politics. I’m sure it led to some interesting conversations afterward, but nothing I wanted to talk about.

 

We went over to the BindTuning booth. IT was good. Saw them, it was good to meet up with a couple of their engineer folks. Talked to Microsoft rep about the p-seller program we’ve looked into this a long time ago. I’m not sure if it’s going to be an investment of our time that we want to go into.

 

Mike Genetti had a couple of good presentations that I went to. One was this mix, which was a recording application that snaps into PowerPoint and another snip for office … for osis. It’s a nice little screen capture thing that I’ve already started using that I really like.

 

Then Skype meeting broadcasts, which I still need to investigate a little bit closer. I was actually going to see if we could use that for this, but was getting some errors so I just … you know me, I’ve got about this much leeway … tolerance for an … I need something. It’s still … it’s interesting to look at. It’s available to all Office 365 tenants.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:Yeah, take a peek at that. I set up a test meeting this morning. This is for more of the larger broadcast types of things.

 

Tommy:Yeah, GoToMeeting has been kind of problematic for me.

 

Danny:Has it?

 

Tommy:The past couple months. I’m interested in potentially going to Skype or JoinMe to … further simply our tool set.

 

Danny:Yep. I think it’s one of those things. What’s key is some of these products are enterprise grade and so it takes a little bit more setup to get them ready.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:Just the size that we are as a company, sometimes we just need a turnkey thing, which is why we do things like GoToMeeting or Dropbox or whatever.

 

Attended a session on the partnership with Adobe. This was one … I don’t know if you’ve known Microsoft Strategy with Dynamics has been … to say that sort of their marketing cloud version of what Salesforce has is to work with Adobe. They have an integration. They’re starting to integrate LinkedIn more with Dynamics. I’m just keeping an eye on this. I’m sort of interested to see how this progresses. I had some conversations with some of the Adobe folks about there is no … this is for enterprise customers, so it’s not … this is not like something we would use. Just wanted to keep my eye on this since we got some expertise in Salesforce and what not.

 

Then I went to-

 

Tommy:Yeah, it’s interesting with Dynamics, it just seems like they’re not getting over the hump there. We’re not in that space so we’re probably not getting a good pulse of it, but you would think by now they would’ve been further entrenched into the …

 

Danny:Yeah, I don’t know. We’re not … we don’t deal with customers, talk to customers day to day about Dynamics like we do with Office 365, so I don’t know what to say.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:With us, it’s … I think because we’re not experts in Dynamics, we don’t … heaven forbid I say this, we’re not using it internally. It’s one of those I just want to keep an eye on it and see how the things progress along. We’re busy enough with what we profess to be experts in that I know you can say, “Danny, just stop it. Just let it go. We’re busy enough.”

 

Great session from Dan Holme on SharePoint and what’s coming. Communication sites. It is available on our tenant, so I’ve already … the marketing site is now.

 

Tommy:Communication site.

 

Danny:Using new web parts, like the news web part. Difference between Yammer and Teams. He was pointing this out because I have a feeling everybody’s going through the same thing that we’re going through, which is what … you’ve thrown all these things against the wall and not sure which ones you’re expecting us to use for what situation. Of course, when you hear presentation, it’s like oh … people use what they need to use for their particular … that serves their particular purposes. It’s tough because I think there is a lot of just … people not sure what to use.

 

Let me just go through sort of what his message was, which is Yammer has crossed company discussions for large groups, is basically what he’s pointing out, based on interest topic and Teams are for … well, teams, smaller groups. I think for us, probably the reason why I have problems internally, is we’re a smaller company, so it’s like do you really need to have Yammer outside of Teams, is an interest topic group. We’re doing cross-department collaboration. We’re not that big. I think for larger organizations, that’s … it sort of goes across departments, it goes across … it’s more by, as he says, interest or topic, but for us, I don’t know how much more value we’re going to get. I think for us we’re making the decision internally that let’s cut down on the number of different ways we’re collaborating and if we can do it all on Teams, let’s do it all on Teams.

 

Tommy:Yeah, and we ended up creating the one team having different channels for those interest topics that go across the company, and then the rest of the Teams are kind of the smaller purpose bill team getting work done. On Teams.

 

Danny:I think I asked you about the status update and I was just thinking of … my thought was, just to explain further, was Yammer, you just put a status update, this is what I’m working on. I was just thinking in Teams, I guess I was trying to translate that over to, if we’re not using Yammer, where would I do this inside of Teams? Not really knowing like do I put this up in our café? It just seemed like that wouldn’t be appropriate thing for me to do. I could update my Skype status and put what I’m working on there, but I don’t think anybody sees that.

 

Tommy:Well I guess what’s the purpose of creating that status update?

 

Danny:What you’re up … for somebody who wants to know what you’re up to. Sort of a general Danny’s working on this or it’s sort of one of those … it’s a … what’s the word that I’m looking for? It’s just sort of … when you know what-

 

Tommy:Thinking out loud?

 

Danny:Thinking out loud and just sometimes people will like … I saw real quickly that Danny’s working on this, I’ve been thinking about that as well. How do you find out about those things if you’re not sharing it through some way. The serendipity of sharing what you’re working on.

 

Tommy:Yeah, and I look at it as, okay, what am I working on and what domain does that apply to? And finding the right channel to share information. You run across something that this is kind of cool, let me share it with the team or put it in the technology channel. Maybe there’s something that I want to share that’s kind of on the lighter side, so we’ve got a lighter side channel.

 

I mean, there could be a “what am I doing” channel. Maybe that would serve a purpose. Maybe there’s something that comes out of that. Of course, you don’t necessarily want to share “this is what I’m having for breakfast” type post.

 

Danny:No, that’s not … it’s more of what are you working on, basically.

 

Tommy:Yeah, yeah. I think if it’s a technology or marketing or whatever that domain is, you put it in that Team. I think we have quite a few teams to be landing spots for those types of ideas.

 

Danny:Yep, so if I’m working on something marketing then just to post something up as a discussion in the marketing group. That makes sense to me. Yeah, that makes sense.

 

Tommy:To be technical, it’s a conversation in a channel, so … yeah. It’s so interesting how many ways you can communicate. Blows your mind.

 

Danny:He confirmed that there was one team per company client. I think we came to that same conclusion, he just … I overheard him mentioning that. It sounded like that came up quite a bit, where people were saying-

 

Tommy:One team per what? I’m sorry.

 

Danny:Per client. Like per customer.

 

Tommy:Okay, for external teams?

 

Danny:For external … yeah, for external teams, or … actually, I don’t even know if it was external teams.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:It might’ve been sales, internal discussions, but he just said … he mentioned that, so I just took note to that because I think we were trying to figure out is it team per … we went through a couple of iterations of what we were thinking, how do we want to set this up, is it a channel, is it a team, or how do we want to do this?

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:Confirmed that they’re building many of the features that companies want in a modern internet, it just … takes some time. This puts SharePoint in a box products on a foot race to outpace Microsoft. I’m just thinking, probably one of them wants to be bought by Microsoft, I assume. I think that’s really interesting, because there are a lot of options that are out there, especially from service-based companies trying to come up with a product. I was talking to somebody this morning about this and they’re like … communication sites came out and some of these things like the news web part, which is a new thing, and there’s now overlap between that and what a lot of SharePoint in a box products are doing.

 

Now they’ve got to re-architect their stuff and it’s like … I don’t want to be in a foot race with the SharePoint team. Especially it’s a product that is constantly going to … iterating and coming out quicker, quicker. It’s interesting to see that. In fact, I’m going to, for next week I’m going to have Sam Marshall, assuming everything lines up okay. He was one of the guys from Clearbox who did that SharePoint in a box report. Because I want to talk to … I just want to dig into this a little bit further with him to see what he’s seeing and sort of seeing what … I think next week he’s doing some webinar on communication sites, so I want to just check in with him to see what’s going on.

 

Further integration with Flow, so you have the workflow piece of this that’s coming along, slowly but surely, and then building apps, PowerApps. Again, things for us that great to see them coming down the pipe. I think stuff that our customers going to be asking for and it’s just a matter of when do we start using these, when does it get to the point where it’s something feasible for us to be doing on projects? Much smarter people are working on this than me.

 

Tommy:Yes. Yeah, making sure it’s not the next input bath for our customers too.

 

Danny:That’s true. That’s true.

 

Tommy:Seeing if it has the right longevity and extensibility.

 

Danny:Yep. I have gone really long on this, but you’re up to date.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:You are now officially up to date.

 

Tommy:Thanks, Danny.

 

Danny:Absolutely and we’ll get together next week and we’ll do this with a … hopefully having a third person on here as well. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

 

Tommy:Yeah, looking forward to that.

 

Danny:Thanks for letting me go out to the Partner Conference, that was fun.

 

Tommy:Sure, absolutely.

 

Danny:Thank you to everybody for listening, have a great day. Bye-bye.

 

Tommy:Bye.

 

Additional Credits

Podcast Producer – Oliver Penegar
Intro/Outro Music – Daniel Bassett

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Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.
  1. Today’s buzzword of the day (I should have done this for Day 1/2 as well) – Single Pane of Glass.  I think I heard it five times today.  BTW, you’re reading this blog post on a single pane of glass.   😆
  2. Yes, as suspected, the attendance at the Vision Keynote was down.  They closed off many sections of the Verizon Center.
  3. Keynote was covered by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Counsel.   Strong emphasis on  European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect May 2018 and “will significantly raise the bar for data privacy protection.”  More info – blog post and partner resources.
  4. Gavriella Schuster, CVP, Worldwide Channels and Programs, covered changes to the partner program – focus will be on growing partners for one role and role a for a person acting more as a “connector.”
  5. Discussion with Ian Bremmer about the current state of the world politics.  I’m a bit tired of politics so I would have preferred someone more inspirational (core message was basically that US is no longer leading the free world).  The conference is called Inspire – maybe next year they can book someone like Tony Robbins to get us all pumped up.
  6. Enjoyed meeting some folks from a partner from Portugal called BindTuning – UX for Office 365 that will definitely be a part of upcoming projects.
  7. Talked with Microsoft rep for the p-seller program – with all the talk about how the partner model is changing it sounds like things are status quo so not sure if it’s worth the investment of time.  Time will tell.
  8. I had two awesome sessions from Mike Gannotti – he had some killer takeaways (sorry, first two are for Windows only – a benefit of moving from Mac to a PC):
  9. Attended a session on the partnership with Adobe (integration with Dynamics and LinkedIn).  It’s a solution for larger companies (for now).  Keeping my eye on this since some companies have asked us about migrations from Salesforce to Dynamics.
  10. Great session from Dan Holme on SharePoint and what’s coming – can’t wait to use Communication Sites (still not available on our tenant) and new web parts (like the news web part).  Discussed difference between Yammer and Teams.  Yammer is a cross-company discussions (large groups) based on interest/topic and Teams are for, well, teams (smaller groups).  He confirmed the model is one Team per company/client that you work with (we came to the same conclusion).  Confirmed that they are building in many of the features that companies want in a modern Intranet – it just may take some time.  This puts “SharePoint in a Box” products in a foot-race to outpace Microsoft (maybe one of them will be bought by Microsoft – just guessing).  Talk of further integration with workflow (Flow) and building apps (PowerApps).
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Summary of Day 2 of #MSInspire 2017

Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.
  1. Wish I had a dollar for each time this was covered today – four pillars of digital transformation that empower organizations to re-envision their business: engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products.  Thinking about how this fits into how we categorize solutions (improve bottom line, drive efficiency, satisfy end users, and manage risks).
  2. The final mile in solutions – Industry focus.  Microsoft focusing on these industries: Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Education, Health and Government.  Everyone in Microsoft organized into these verticals.  We actually cover more industries (from our menu, select SUCCESS -> FOR YOUR INDUSTRY lists them all).  Should we narrow ours down?  Just to Microsoft’s list to help us focus and partner better?
  3. Had a conversation with the leader of Go To Market Campaigns – they are going to need to catch up to this messaging and focus with the microsoft.com site.
  4. At FastTrack booth – we are on the same page with messaging (using FastTrack as a part of a migration, but we need to own the outcome relationship with the client).
  5. Attended a really great presentation by another partner about co-marketing/selling with Microsoft.  Key points – understand account team motivations and fears, bringing Microsoft into a large account helped them sell a solution for one department to other departments, ask for Account List and target only a handful of companies.
  6. Favorite session of the day was one that was scheduled last minute about transforming marketing by Chris Capossela (CMO of Microsoft).  Practical examples of how their marketing department is using the four pillars of digital transformation.  Was great to get the explanation behind the move to brand everything to Microsoft – example – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education  First time I saw this ad – so well done and just as good/better than Apple – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzMLA8YIgG0
  7. Fun times at night at the Metalogix party – any party with branded maracas is a party for me!  Great seeing the team from Metalogix…
  8. Lots of links to resources:
  9. Lines into Verizon Center were so much better today.  Crowd not as big (lots of folks sleeping in?).  My guess is this trend will continue tomorrow.
  10. Got some great socks for Tommy and me from FastTrack booth…I’m sure we’ll showcase this in the podcast.

Microsoft Socks

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Summary of Day 1 of #MSInspire 2017

Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.
  1. Next year’s conference will be at Las Vegas – https://twitter.com/maryjofoley/status/884394386330718208. Loved bringing the family to this year’s conference – may just be my wife to next year’s conference because Vegas is not so family friendly.
  2. Office 365 + Windows + Enterprise Mobility and Security = Microsoft 365 – https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15946450/microsoft-365-office-windows-ignite-launch We moved from SharePoint to Office 365 and now I’ll have to add a Microsoft 365 tag to our blog.
  3. Love that Ron Huddleston is the new Channel Chief – he’s the person behind the AppExchange – we’ve created apps for both the AppExchange and the Office Store and trust me when I say that he can make a huge impact.
  4. Out with PAM, in with Channel Manager.
  5. Great to see integration with LinkedIn happening – attended a couple of sessions and this will give Salesforce a run for their money…
  6. Four Solution Areas – Modern Workplace, Business Applications, Applications and Infrastructure, and Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  7. 4.5 Trillion Dollar Opportunity – favorite meme – https://twitter.com/meetdux/status/884406836287479809
  8. Mobile First, Cloud First now Intelligent Cloud, Intelligent Edge – https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/884404594943590400
  9. Loved seeing women leading the demos – https://twitter.com/mrstotten/status/884419820233666560
  10. Feedback from the day – waited over an hour to get into Verizon Center (they weren’t letting people in until 9 am for some reason) – will be showing up early tomorrow to avoid the lines.

verizon center waiting

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Microsoft Inspire 2017

Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.

Connect with Microsoft employees, industry experts and partners as we host Microsoft Inspire, formerly known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. It’s the great event our partners know and love, with a brand new name. Join us in Washington, D.C. to build connections, increase engagement with Microsoft, and transform your business with innovative sessions and experiences.

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MacBook Air vs Surface Book – One Person’s Perspective

Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.
Danny:Hello. It’s June 23, 2017, and this is your host Danny Ryan, and I have Tommy Ryan here with me. Hey Tommy.

 

Tommy:Hey Danny.

 

Danny:I know we’re getting together next week, to talk through more about the podcast. I just had something, a topic that I wanted to talk to you today about, and rather than have to write a blog post on it, I said, “Hey, why don’t you just pull into the office, and we’ll talk about it here, and record it, and do it that way.”

 

Tommy:That’s a common theme around here. No one likes to write. They just want to talk.

 

Danny:Nobody likes to write. They just talk, talk, talk. So, what the theme is, as you know, here’s the back story on it, which is many years ago, switched over from Windows to a Mac. And I’ve probably have been through three Macs, I would guess, through the years. And that probably puts me back close to seven, to eight, to maybe even nine years ago, where I made the switch over. Have always had a Windows machine around somewhere, for our meetings with Microsoft, or just one as a backup.

 

Tommy:Now you need a Mac to go to a Microsoft meeting.

 

Danny:Yes. So, I wanted to talk to you, just sort of in general, about what I went through. Because I think now you’re looking at whether to, what’s next for you, and looking at the iPad Pro.

 

Tommy:Yeah. Could be a variety of things. Yep.

 

Danny:Looking at that. So I guess, what are your options that you’re looking at right now?

 

Tommy:I would say, iPad Pro, another MacBook, or a Surface Book.

 

Danny:Okay.

 

Tommy:That’s probably the three kinda top choices.

 

Danny:And the MacBook would be a, is it Air or is it a regular MacBook.

 

Tommy:It wouldn’t be the Air. They’re kind of phasing out the Airs with the standard MacBook.

 

Danny:Okay.

 

Tommy:So they’ve got kind of their lighter version.

 

Danny:Okay.

 

Tommy:Is MacBook, and they’ve got MacBook Pro. MacBook Pros, they haven’t done anything that exciting there. They’ve upgraded some of the processors on it. And then the MacBook is more of a, do I want something even lighter, and it doesn’t need to have that much processing power. And then the iPad Pro is to say, can I use the latest OS, OS 11.

 

Danny:Yeah.

 

Tommy:For the multitasking, and something different. I think part of it is doing something different. You get bored of being in front of a laptop. And, with that being 10, 12 hours of my day, I’m really to switch it up.

 

Danny:Well, for me, I guess the sort of backstory for me is that, a long time ago, probably when we first started the company out, I used to have … I don’t remember. Do you remember that compact tablet that I had, which was basically a, it’s something I could write on.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:It was something. It had a real crappy keyboard, but it was something that I used a long time ago. So, I like the whole concept of having a single device that I can write on, and work with. And so, I’ve always wanted to have something like that. Now, the Mac Books that I’ve had, the last one was an Air. Obviously, there’s no touch support for it.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:And that was something that was like, am I going to use it, or am I going to be worried about touching the screen, or just sort of had my general doubts about whether that would be right for me or not, and I think … What ended up happening, I guess, I was sort of looking at, what is it. And I do this, I sort of try to minimize the number of apps that I’m using.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:Just sort of to simplify my life, because I feel like with Office 365, there’s a new app each week.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:And I think this often comes up, which is the issue of contact switching, where, as you’re moving from one thing to the next thing, and just sort of losing as you’re making moves to different. And over time, I was just sort of looking at, well, what am I using? No surprise. I’m using Outlook.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:Pretty often, for email and a lot of my calendaring, and for contacts, and using OneNote typically. We used to be avid Evernote users, and I’ve sort of made the switch over to using OneNote.

 

Tommy:Before that, we were big OneNote users.

 

Danny:We were. Geesh.

 

Tommy:You got to change it up. You got to switch it up.

 

Danny:We just got to switch it up. That’s the deal. But, so using OneNote. And I like … So, they definitely with the Mac, have really brought a lot of the Office apps. They’re not on par, but sort of up to a level that is really kind of nice. I mean, they’re constantly making updates.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:But I was looking at sort of my behavior, as far as, what are the key apps that I have running all the time, and for me, it was Outlook, OneNote. I also was using, I use Wonderlist quite a bit for my task management, sort of what is it. That’s the next thing that I’m going after.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:Managing my tasks, and my shared tasks, those types of things. And then obviously Chrome, for sort of everything else, was what I was looking at. And there is a lot of … One of the things I was looking at is the integration between Outlook and OneNote is much better. Like, if you have a meeting with somebody, you can easily create meeting notes.

 

Tommy:Right. Right.

 

Danny:So that sort of thing. The experience between the two is much better on Windows, than it is on a Mac. And in general, just sort of, I’m a power user of Outlook, so a lot of the add ins, and stuff like that, I sort of found that I was wanting to use more of the Windows version of Outlook, versus the Mac. And so or many years, I think, it was never that I went away from Windows, it was, usually, I was using it with parallels. And every once in a while, just like you, I would try using the Windows version of Outlook on my Mac, and like that. But then it was a little bit of a janky experience, with having two operating systems. It just finally got to the point where I was like, okay, what is my work machine going to be. And then, I think, so I was going to go back to a Dell was originally, I think, when we were talking a while back, was like, Okay, everybody here uses a Dell. And then, looking at what Microsoft had done, with the different products that they were putting out. I think, for me, I ended up getting a Surface Book. And this was probably a month or so ago, maybe. So I’ve had some time with it. And my reasoning for it was I wanted to try the whole … Typically, before, I carried around a iPad, along with my MacBook Air, and wanted to see if I could have just one experience with one device, and see how that would work out for me. I liked all the overall. So let me just sort of, brother to brother, share with you what my experience has been, moving over, and stopping, and not using the Mac primarily. One of the biggest things I net. One is I love the getting back to the Outlook, and OneNote, and that who experience has been great. Productivity wise, it’s been wonderful. The whole File Explorer, and actually connecting up the OneDrive thing, which I’m sure is already coming to, or at the Mac as well.

 

Tommy:Yeah. You can, like I’m connected to the sales account folder.

 

Danny:Yep.

 

Tommy:The contract folder, so that’s nice.

 

Danny:So that experience was wonderful, just being able to download all of our marketing files.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:And really organize things, because I try to carve off some time during the week, just grooming all the stuff there that accumulates through the years. It’s amazing how much stuff is out there. And try to organize all that stuff. So the experience is really nice, with the File Explorer view.

 

The big thing that I miss, I think, making the move over, is iMessage.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:And what I ended up doing, okay, I can use Skype for some things, but there’s not like a clear, like what Apple does with the whole, I get a text message on my laptop, along with my phone. There’s not … I think Microsoft was attempting to do it with their messaging app, but it never got there. So what I ended up doing was I got a Verizon app, because I use Verizon for my mobile phone. And there’s an app, and it’s janky. I mean, it’s not there.

 

Tommy:I would imagine.

 

Danny:It’s janky. It’s just not … Whoever created it, God bless them. They just, the user experience is not … You know, I won’t get all of my messages, and I’m just sort of not really … I can’t rely on it, like I could with iMessages.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:That was the biggest thing. I mean, overall, my Chrome is just Chrome. And it’s still-

 

Tommy:Sure.

 

Danny:It’s still a great experience with using Chrome, so that’s not really a big change for me. I like, so the move over, my overall experience with the Surface Book has been, battery life is just fine. You can take the top off of it, and that battery life is really short. But you can take it off, and they call it a clipboard, basically, and you can take it to a meeting, an hour meeting, but probably not much more than that. And then you come back, and put it back on, and it start to … The battery is primarily inside the base of the keyboard.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:I like that you can switch it over. You can flip it around, where you have it more standing up like a tent, like a tent move with that, which is nice. I have the pen. There’s some neat things with. So I’ve sort of, when I’m using it, I find that I’m using my finger more than … I mean, I’ve got a mouse.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:But over time, I’m starting to use more of my finger, for pointing at things with it. This is, the pen is nice. It’s a, I’m not using it like a … I haven’t been doing OneNote notes like a clipboard. Maybe I’ll start to do that. Right now I haven’t sort of switched over. I’m still doing a lot of keyboard based stuff. This is, it’s kinda neat, because the top, you click on it, and have it do different things, based upon what you want that to do.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:So like, if I want to take a quick … I can launch out OneNote. I can use it as an eraser, so I can write something and erase with it. And it ends up going, it fits off to the side like that.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:And I haven’t lost it yet. I will lose it, but I haven’t lost it yet, and that seems to work out real well. As you see, basically the bottom of what I’m using right now, is pretty common, which is Chrome, Outlook, Wonderlist. I’ve got OneNote pulled up. Teams is usually up and running as well. And then the two Skype programs that are there. And I still use the, I’ve got my standbys, that as making the move over. My Password Manager, is one password. And what I’ve found is, a lot of the Mac, primarily Mac programs that have on Windows, they’re starting to really build on the Windows side of things as well.

 

Like One Password just did a release, and it was like, it’s full. It’s everything that I would get on the Mac. It feel like that way.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:Maybe there’s some missing pieces. But the same thing for me was text expander. For the longest time, text expander was just on the Mac.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:And then they released a Windows client.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:And then that Windows client is just as … I don’t know if it’s just as good, but it’s coming. It seems like they’re investing in it.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:It’s something that they’re doing. So, from my experience, making the move over, that was … I have what I need with a password manager. I have, for my blowing up my short codes are there so that’s been nice. And what I ended up doing was, you’ll get a kick out of this, was I, every once in a while, I want to use iMessage, so I ended up getting Go To My PC, and I have my Mac up and running at home, so that if I need to send an iMessage, I just crank that up, send an iMessage, and Okay. That’s my way of dealing with the fact that I don’t have iMessage anymore.

 

Tommy:Right. Right.

 

Danny:Is I just remote into my old one. And especially if I’m sending a bunch of texts, I really like being able to do that. So, my last one over there is, it’ll Go To PC, and I’ll just connect and send, work with that. Or there’s also some of the apps that I have on my Mac, I don’t have here. And they’re such … Dropbox, and OneDrive are so, sort of like, your hard drive is anywhere and everywhere. I can work on the Mac if I want to. I can go in full screen, and just sort of switch back over. It’s sort of like what I did with parallels, is every once in a while, I wanted to switch over to the Windows applications, and work from there.

 

So there is more, you know, the move, the overall experience has been really good, with making the move. So the real question is, am I going to get my next machine right now. What would I get if I had to do it again today, and I’m pretty happy with this.

 

Tommy:Yeah.

 

Danny:I am overall. I had an issue with Microsoft where, to get the warranty, I needed to go to the store, and they messed up. They messed that up, but I’m working with somebody online to get it fixed. They gave me the wrong type of warranty, and so they’re having to fix that. And so I’m working with somebody to get that. That wasn’t the best experience. It seems like they’re working that out.

 

It’s interesting, by going through this, I’m thinking about my next set of things, because I’ve got my iPhone’s coming up for renewal, and I’m half thinking of doing the Google Pixel, as my next device. Sort of tying a little bit of everything. Because I’ve gone all Apple for so long. And it goes in waves. I might come back and do all Apple again in the future, and say, “Forget all that. I just want to have everything work together like this.” But I also, it’s been kind of interesting, being able to sort of be heterogeneous, and have different. There’s benefits of each of the different platforms, and sort of what you’re using with each of the different platforms.

 

I did get a dock at home, that connects up two monitors. So what basically the dock is set to work with two monitors, and I just drop this into it, and it connects both monitors up, which is nice. It’s a real, it’s a great setup. And ended up, you can see right now I’m connected where it’s just got this bigger, this guy. This is a proprietary thing for Microsoft, but I just connect that up at home, and it’s all set.

 

Tommy:Is that power and-

 

Danny:Power and.

 

Tommy:And monitor.

 

Danny:And monitor.

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:I’m going to do a little neat thing with the … Hang on. With the power supply they actually have a little USB. They did some pretty cool stuff. So this is the power supply, and you actually have a thing for my iPhone, so I plug in my-

 

Tommy:Okay.

 

Danny:So there’s a nice little USB port that’s hanging off of that as well. So that’s … I’m trying to think of, any questions that you have? Sort of, what would be your, as you look at a Microsoft book. Maybe since I’ve been focusing on that’s what I made the move to. What’s your overarching concern about moving to that?

 

Tommy:Well, when I look at it, it’s funny. I used to like to tinker quite a bit.

 

Danny:Yeah.

 

Tommy:And get into the guts of things, and configure things. And as time has passed, I feel like I don’t have the time to do that anymore.

 

Danny:Yep.

 

Tommy:And so my trump card for things, is simplicity.

 

Danny:Yeah.

 

Tommy:And actually, trying to challenge myself to have less things open, and try to kind of hone in, and just stay focused at one thing at a time, versus too much multitasking. I tend to get sloppy and go too many things at one time. And so, what could be a drawback, but I can see an advantage in going down the iPad path, is it’s a very simple multitasking environment. And also, the features of the applications, having less to tinker with.

 

Danny:Yep.

 

Tommy:And only have kind of key features. And you know, that’s something that I think has made me more productive, without having to go search for things, but just use a few things very well, and stay focused on that.

 

Danny:Yep.

 

Tommy:Versus, I used to look up everything you could do, with a pivot chart, and really try to hone in a lot of fancy formatting, and things like that. So that’s what’s attracting me in that direction of can I go even more simplistic. Because if you look at, what I’ve done over time is, I haven’t used parallels in probably two years.

 

Danny:Yeah.

 

Tommy:And so I broken that dependency. Just because the things I do, I don’t need it. The only thing that’s been a drawback for me is probably Skype. That’s been my biggest challenge, is some organizations, the way their Skype is configured, when they invite you to a meeting, it’s trying to redirect to link 2010, and then it never logs in appropriately. And I have ways of working around it, but I never seem to get a really clean connection. So that’s a thing that I know I could get rid of if I go back to a Windows machine.

 

The Outlook, and OneNote, taking notes, that’s intriguing to me, but I think, for me, is trying to stay focused, and try not to have too much multitasking to go around.

 

The other thing that concerns me with the, say the iPad, is the keyboard, and having a more robust keyboard, which I could do a Bluetooth keyboard as a workaround for that. Because I think the Surface Book looks like it has a more substantial keyboard, because it’s on that laptop chassis, versus being in a cover that you would put on the iPad.

 

Danny:I definitely use it primarily in laptop mode. Yeah. And what’s interesting is, as I go through with setting it up, is a lot of these applications have like a … Like let’s take Outlook. Outlook has Outlook 2016. And then you have a mail app, that’s sort of like a scaled back version of Outlook.

 

Tommy:Right. Right.

 

Danny:And same thing with OneNote. OneNote has OneNote 2016, and then it has a OneNote app. And for a while I was going like, I almost, I like the OneNote app, because it was cleaner, just for simplicity’s sake.

 

Tommy:Right. Right. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Danny:But then there’s some things I use from OneNote 2016 that I like as well, so it’s like this conundrum. Which one do I use for it.

 

Tommy:Right.

 

Danny:But what I end up, what I’ve found is that there are some things that I do use every once in a while, and there’s … It’s that enough to justify maybe some of this overhead that we have. Yeah. I think for right now, it seems to work out. And a lot of the apps, you have like a Windows store version of the app, or you have the full fledge download the MSI or EXE off the website versions of things.

 

So you can sort of say, do I want to have that full version? Some of them, like GoToMeeting, the Windows client is much further along than the Mac client is, so you have more options for what you do with it.

 

Tommy:Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Danny:Yeah. It’s interesting, because I think we’re both trying to go in the same direction of having fewer, like how do I stay focused? Fewer apps I’m dealing with. Just the thrashing between different things that you’re trying to get done. It’s sort of like the browser catches everything. The browser catches most everything, and then there’s a couple of key apps that you need to have going.

 

Tommy:Yeah. Even the Outlook, I’ve spent a lot of time using Outlook through the browser.

 

Danny:Yeah.

 

Tommy:And there’s some things I like about it better than the full fledge desktop app.

 

Danny:So you’re not going Chromebook like Dad?

 

Tommy:No. That’s probably the last direction I would go, is a Chromebook. Not that I wouldn’t have a Chromebook, but it just doesn’t intrigue me.

 

Danny:Yeah. Shout out to Frank.

 

Tommy:Yeah.

 

Danny:If you want to talk about doing a podcast Dad, we’ll have to have you on to talk about your Chromebook experiences. Well, Clark Howard recommended it, so Dad will do it.

 

Tommy:That’s right. That’s right.

 

Danny:But, anything else? Any other questions that you might have?

 

Tommy:No. I mean, knowing about the life of the detachable pad, that’s something to keep in mind. That’s a short lived if you want to be in tablet mode more often, then that could be a challenge.

 

Danny:And I really see that as if I need to run off to a meeting, I just grab, it, run off, and then go into clipboard mode.

 

Tommy:Right. Right.

 

Danny:Yeah. It’s overall, the … Windows 10 has been pretty solid.

 

Tommy:Yeah. It’s a good operating system.

 

Danny:It’s been good. And I haven’t run into any real jinky problems that I remember having to deal with. I haven’t gone and needed to edit the registry, or anything crazy like that, recently. So that’s good.

 

All these things from your past, you’re like, whoa, what did I do to do that?

 

Tommy:Yeah. You know, part of me says I just like doing different things, so part of the attraction is it’s a new frontier.

 

Danny:Part of the reason why we started this business.

 

Tommy:That’s right. I don’t like following the status quo all the time.

 

Danny:Yeah. It’s funny how we’re getting to the point where we’re talking about, oh that … We’re trying something different, so we’re trying a Microsoft PC. But, yeah. It’s interesting how things come around.

 

Tommy:Well, thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.

 

Danny:Absolutely. Hopefully some folks who are looking at this as well, hopefully there were a couple of pointers that you got out of that. Definitely leave a comment. I’m sure people who they’re staunch Apple fans, and staunch Microsoft fans. I think for us, Tommy and I are a bit of a whatever works for us fans. And for a while there, I was pretty much solidly Apple, and now I’m trying, branching out in some new things.

 

If you do the iPad Pro, I’d be interested.

 

Tommy:Yeah. We could do something.

 

Danny:I’d definitely want to talk with you about, sort of what it, what was your experience.

 

Tommy:Yeah. I’m intrigued to see … There’s a part of me that like simplicity and a challenge at the same time. So, the whole iPad.

 

Danny:You are a sick, sick man. You’re …

 

Tommy:I want to continue to learn, but learn ways to make life simpler.

 

Danny:Yeah.

 

Tommy:And ways to cut back and stay focused on things.

 

Danny:Yep. All right. Well cool. Thank you for taking the time to do this, and thanks everybody for listening, and have a wonderful day.

 

Tommy:Thank you. Bye.

 

Danny:Bye.

 

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Microsoft Build 2017

Danny serves as Vice President of Business Development at ThreeWill. His primary responsibilities are to make sure that we are building partnerships with the right clients and getting out the message about how we can help clients.

Software continues to transform the world in remarkable ways and developers are at the center of it. At Microsoft Build 2017, join Microsoft in downtown Seattle to learn about latest new technologies and exciting plans on the horizon.

As always, Build is filled with strong technical sessions as well as opportunities to meet and learn from others in the industry. The schedule is filled with solid content and some fun surprises along the way.

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March 2017 Office 365 Updates


March 2017 Office 365 Updates

Jim Naroski:Welcome to the Office 365 update for March of 2017. First an announcement, that we’re streamlining our communications channels to make it easier for you to let us know what you’re thinking. Send your feedback or success stories to [email protected], and I or someone from my team will be happy to respond. Now onto the updates.

 

Some people like to try the latest diet trend. Call me crazy, but I like to try the latest workplace productivity improvement fad. Let’s just say that ever since I got my first paper based time planner, making the best use of my time has been an aspirational goal. Whatever tool, framework, or methodology I tried, required me to change in a way that I just couldn’t work into my normal routine. After awhile, I just revert back to my old ways. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience. What I like about MyAnalytics, is that it works for me in the background. I set some goals for how much time I want to spend in activities like meetings, or email, and MyAnalytics tells me how I’m doing.

 

Among other things, it can advise me if I’m working after hours too much, and multitasking during meetings. I first mentioned MyAnalytics back in May 2016 when it was called, “Delve Analytics.” Which isn’t to be confused with Delve. Delve helps you discover information that’s likely to be most interesting to you right now, and it is included in pretty much every Office 365 plan, where as MyAnalytics requires the Office 365 E5 plan. To add to what some might see as a bit of confusion around naming, MyAnalytics, at least right now, is actually accessed via Delve. A great place to learn more is to watch the Microsoft Mechanics episode embedded in the Office blog post we link to in the additional resources.

 

We publish this update series internally for our Microsoft employees, and to YouTube to reach Microsoft customers and partners. The additional resources are posted internally, and also publicly on Docs.com. Plus, posting the video on Microsoft’s Channel 9 gives us the podcast functionality we added in January. That’s a lot of different places, producing a lot of different metrics. Power BI helps me gather the data from these disparate sources and create a powerful story about the value of the program in a visual way, that my leadership can understand.

 

The thing about Power BI, is if you blink, you’ll miss a slew of great new features constantly being introduced. It sometimes seems like one month new features on my wishlist, and then the next month it’s delivered to my desktop. As examples, the Power BI team recently removed the 100 row limit for tables in the Power BI mobile app. They added a slew of new formatting features to charts and tables in the February release of the Power BI desktop. And a new admin role was created for those tasks with administering Power BI for the organization, giving them control over tenant wide use of Power BI features. It’s free to get started with Power BI, and the Office 365 E5 plan unlocks it’s full potential. Be sure to check the links provided, and subscribe to the Power BI blog post so you don’t miss a beat.

 

On February second, the Office team announced it was bringing new add-ins to Outlook on IOS, and soon to Outlook on Android. Add-ins can help you get more done on the go, and save you valuable time spent switching between apps. The add-ins now available in Outlook on IOS include Nimble, a social CRM application that provides business intelligence about your email contacts, and their organizations. Trello, a collaboration tool that enables you to organize and prioritize your projects. SmartSheet, a collaboration solution to help you manage and automate work. And to add a little fun, Giphy, the worlds largest Gif search engine.

 

Not to be outdone, Microsoft also created add-ins for solutions including a Dynamics 365 add-in for Outlook that delivers real time insights about your business contacts, and their organization. And Microsoft Translator, which enables you to quickly and easily translate and read messages in your chosen language. Here’s a scenario where some of these new add-ins might come into play. Imagine you’re at the airport and receive an email from a new customer contact from Italy. You can translate the email from Italian to your preferred language, unless Italian is your preferred language. Review, and update the customers CRM history, and update your notes or project board. All without leaving Outlook. For additional details and instructions on how to install and use these add-ins, checkout the Office blog.

 

I don’t have time to give you all the details in the January 31st recap for Office 365 Admins, but here’s a quick summary. First, setup settings for admins have been consolidated into three pages. A products page that allows admins to quickly understand how many licenses are available, and which software products are included in each of their subscriptions. A domains page that lets admins quickly update or modify their domain settings, and access domain related tasks. And a data migration page that provides admins with automation tools, and step by step guidance to help migrate data from on premises, or other Cloud services to Office 365.

 

Second is a report update showing a breakdown of Yammer usage that delivers insights into the device types commonly used by people in the organization. Third, a new one drive for business admin center allows IT admins to better manage, sync, and sharing capabilities. Finally, the Office team has added a new filter to the active users page, so admins can easily view and manage guest users.

 

Microsoft built Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, or ATP to provide world class email security with minimal impact on productivity. Two new capabilities are URL detonation, and dynamic delivery. URL detonation now generally available, helps prevent users from being compromised by files linked to malicious URL’s. This new capability is in addition to the URL reputation checks that advanced threat protection already does. With URL detonation, when a user receives an email, advanced threat protection scans any included URL’s for malicious behavior. If the user clicks a possibly malicious URL during the scan, a message is displayed informing the user a scan is underway. A user clicking on a malicious URL after the scan is complete receives a message informing them of the situation.

 

With dynamic delivery now in preview, recipients can read and respond to the email while attachments within the email are scanned. If a user clicks on the placeholder attachment in the email, they’ll see a message showing the progress of the scan. If the attachment is harmless, it seamlessly reattaches to the email so the user can access it. If it is malicious, Office 365 advanced threat protection will filter out the attachment to help keep your organization safe and secure. Additional details and instructions on how to enable both URL detonation, and dynamic delivery in Office 365 advanced threat protection are in the January 25th Office blog post.

 

Back in September I discussed a new service, and preview at the time called, “Secure score.” It’s a security analytics tool that applies a score to Office 365 customers, current Office 365 security configuration, and provides suggestions on actions you can take to improve your security position. On February 10th Microsoft announced additional new capabilities in Office 365 that help you manage risk, and stay ahead of threats. The first currently in private preview is Office 365 Threat Intelligence. It uses the Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph to analyze billions of data points from global data centers, office clients, email, user authentications, and other incidents that impact the Office 365 ecosystem, as well as signals from our Windows and Azure ecosystems to provide actionable insights to global attack trends.

 

Office 365 threat intelligence also provides information about malware families inside and outside your organization. It integrates seamlessly with other Office 365 security features like Exchange Online Protection, and Advanced Threat Protection, so you’ll be able to see analysis, including the top targeted users, Malware frequency and security recommendations, related to your business.

 

The second new capability currently in preview is Office 365 Advanced Data Governance. It applies machine learning to help your organization identify and retain high value data, while eliminating redundant, obsolete, and trivial data that could cause a risk if compromised. The machine learning in Office 365 Advanced Data Governance classifies data based on factors such as type of data, it’s age, and the users who have interacted with it.

 

Before signing off, in addition to being publicly available on YouTube and in the iTunes podcast library, based on your feedback we’re now on the Overcast and Pocket Cast apps. We’re still working on Stitcher, and Google Play Music, and I’m hoping they’re working by the time this videos airs. If you’re using a different podcast player, please let me know at [email protected], and we’ll work to get that setup if there’s enough demand. That’s it for now. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you again next month.

 

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February 2017 Office 365 Updates


February 2017 Office 365 Updates

Jim Naroski:           Welcome to the Office 365 update for February of 2017. As we started working on this update video, we paused to take a look back at our humble origins. This series started three years ago, back when I still thought it was style and to wear a pink shirt. Come to think of it, I might be overdue for a wardrobe refresh now. I’m going to have to noodle on that one a bit more.

The original update series was available only to Microsoft internal employees. At their request, we began publishing the Office 365 update series on YouTube in October of 2015 to make that content available to our customers and partners. The response has been phenomenal. According to the Power BI dashboard I whipped up, the Office 365 update series now has over 300,000 views on YouTube.

I’m pleased that we’ve also been able to fulfill another user requests. We added an RSS feed so you can subscribe to this video via your favorite podcast player or RSS reader. We’re already in the iTunes Podcast Library and, of course, there’s the Windows Phone podcast player but please let me know what podcast player you use and we’ll work to set that up if there’s enough demand. As always, everything you need to subscribe to the podcast or get more detail on anything we address in this video is in the additional resources.

Microsoft is always making improvements to Office 365 and the goal of these videos is to demonstrate how you can leverage those improvements to help you or your organization do more. The best part of my job is hearing how this series is positively impacting your life, like this email I recently received from the IT manager of a popular restaurant chain here in the US. In this age of digital transformation, Microsoft’s goal is to make life a bit easier, not only for IT managers like Sean but for all Office users.

Microsoft OneDrive sync technology allows you to work with shared files with your team in Office 365 or SharePoint as easy as files stored on your computer, simplifying collaboration even if you’re offline. Many of you like me have been using two OneDrive sync clients. The first, sometimes called the Next Generation Sync Client, sync files stored in OneDrive for business and one drive personal. A second sync client kept SharePoint Online and SharePoint On-Premises files in sync.

In January 24th, we announced that the day has finally arrived with the Next Generation Sync Client also works with SharePoint Online. This makes things easier for admins and brings more flexibility and performance to end-users. Please note that those of you running SharePoint On-Premises will still need to use that second sync client I spoke of. The same article where this news was posted contains information and lengths on this and related OneDrive development, so be sure to check it out.

Good news. On January 12, Microsoft announced it was adding over 60 new Linkedin learning courses to Microsoft’s Office Training Center. The LinkedIn learning videos can be found alongside the hundreds of courses already there. These videos help you quickly get up to speed on Office, whether you need to learn about tracking changes in Word or designing PowerPoint presentations. You can easily find training based on a specific Office solution or general topic, such as how to become more productive with Office 365.

While my goal with these update videos is to keep you informed on what’s new, the Office Training Center will provide step-by-step instructions on how to get the most out of each Office solution. If you’re not using this training already, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

Microsoft recently announced the worldwide launch of Microsoft StaffHub. It’s designed to help deskless workers manage their workday with schedule management, information sharing, and the ability to connect to other work-related apps and resources. StaffHub makes it easy for managers to create update and manage shift schedules for their team, streamlining what has traditionally been a very labor-intensive process. Employees simply view their upcoming schedules on their mobile device. The StaffHub app home screen provides a summary of upcoming shifts as well as any important notes. When schedule conflicts inevitably come up, StaffHub makes it easy to either swap a shift or offer the shift to somebody else.

Requests are always routed to the manager for approval and updates and notifications are automatically sent to the team. StaffHub also enables managers to quickly distribute information to their team such as policy documents, news bulletins, or training videos. It’s also easy for managers to send quick messages to their team members. Employees can also send messages directly with each other or to the entire work group.

Microsoft StaffHub also supports the ability for admins to define custom links for workers to view in the mobile app. These links can point to important resources or sites such as HR systems for reporting time off or to custom applications built with tools such as Microsoft power apps. Microsoft StaffHub is available on the web and there are apps for iOS and Android. For all the details and to see a preview of Microsoft StaffHub in action, read the January 12th Office blog post.

Research has proven that people learn and retain information that is presented to them visually, so I’m always looking for ways to add images and graphics to the content I create. Last September, I told you about picket presentation images and Office add-in that lets you download unlimited royalty-free photos and icons from Pickit’s curated collections.

There’s another stock photo app I like called Pexels that expands your stock photo options. Simply install the Pexels app and you can browse through standard definition images from Pexels’ vast free library. Photos available through Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. This means the pictures are completely free for personal and commercial use, and attribution is not required. You can even modify the photos to suit your needs without breaking any rules.

This is a good time to remind you that PowerPoint has a robust set of tools that enable you to modify and adjust images. One of my favorite is the Remove Background feature. For example, if you drop in a photo from Pexels and the background in the photo doesn’t quite go with your slide design, you can easily remove it. Simply double-click on the photo to bring up the picture tools. Click on Remove Background. Make a few minor adjustments and you’re all set. Pexels is a great add-in for people working in PowerPoint and Word. Be sure to check out the Office store for other useful apps that work seamlessly with Office to enhance your productivity.

Back in April 2016, Microsoft started rolling out a new Office 365 homepage experience that provided a redesigned environment for users to collaborate and work across any device. To ring in the New Year, the Office team began rolling out changes that make it even easier to navigate apps and find the documents you’ve worked on most recently. They started rolling out in late December and will continue through early 2017. When you access your Office 365 homepage, you’ll see additional controls within the recent documents list then enable you to filter by document type across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

If you have documents that you go back to frequently, you can pin them to the list and they’re always just a click away. The Office.com homepage also has a new calendar section so you can see upcoming events at a glance. There’s also an in-depth view of the day’s meetings and you can join Skype for Business calls with just one click. Again, these changes started rolling out in late December and will continue through early 2017. Keep your eye out for them on Office.com.

Data loss prevention is an important capability that ensures that the organization sensitive data doesn’t get into the wrong hands. The Office team has announced the new unified management experience for data loss prevention, policy creation, and reporting that spans Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. Up to now, IT admins have managed data loss prevention for Exchange Online via the Exchange Admin Center while managing SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business data loss prevention from the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center.

With the new unified approach, admins can create a single data loss prevention policy in the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center that covers all three, reducing the time and effort required to set up and maintain security and compliance. Along with unified policy creation, we also now provide a single location to view reports for your data loss prevention policies across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. This makes it easier to understand the business impact of your data loss prevention policies and uncover actions that violate policies across multiple workloads.

There are additional details in the January 9th Office blog post along with additional information on data loss prevention events in the activity management API. That’s it for now. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you again next month.

 

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FAQ: What is Office 365?


What is Office 365?

Good morning, and welcome everyone to today’s webinar for the BC public sector. My name is Adrianna Pieraccini. I am a productivity solutions specialist with Microsoft and am based in beautiful British Columbia. In today’s session, I aim to provide you with an understanding of exactly what Office 365 is. The good news is if you’re already an Office user then virtually nothing changes. Only your user experience is enhanced.

What we will cover off, we will leave you with an understanding of what Office 365 is, the services and apps included with it, and we will review some of the benefits that you will experience and gain. The agenda is structured to start with how Microsoft Office has evolved from where it was 10 years ago to where it is today. We’ll cover off Office in the cloud to provide you with an understanding of what that means exactly and then move on to some user scenarios, leaving you with an idea of how it benefits you.

As I go through the content, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to type them into the Q&A box. However, I will be addressing questions at the end of the webinar. Let’s get started.

The evolution of Office. To simplify for an understanding we will cover off the basics of how Microsoft Office has evolved over the last 10 years. The nice thing you’ll notice is that the apps that you’re familiar with are the same ones that you have been using, only they’ve grown up, one might say, a little more mature with some awesome intuitive functionality, enabling not only businesses but users for more efficiencies.

You can see from the right of the slide how functionality is much more inclusive with each other to provide the solutions that are actually mobile solutions, anytime access on any device and highly secure. Many of us know Office as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook email, software that runs on a PC, comes out of the box, and the only way to update it is to upgrade it by buying new software out of a box.

The question one might ask themselves is, “Why can I not have access to the current version of the app at any time on any device?” This is really where the world has moved to and being able to provide the most current version of an app on any device at any time, which is exactly what Office 365 offers a user. This is the great news, so what’s included with Office 365 are all the familiar apps you have come to use and love over the years, so what really changes here isn’t much. You still have access to your familiar apps. You just access them in a more dynamic way to help you communicate and collaborate, get more done easily and faster.

In order to really experience this Microsoft has added some additions to the suite to enable users to do this. The additions to the family are listed here. Although OneNote is not necessarily new, I did want to touch on this great app. OneDrive for business is where we’re going to start. It’s where you store your business documents to save, view, edit, share, even co-author, create content, co-create content with colleagues. Skype for Business enables instant messaging, video and voice calling, also indicates your presence, like whether or not you’re at your desk, whether you’re available, if you’re in a call or if you’re in a meeting, if you’re away from your desk.

Yammer is social for the enterprise. You can follow groups, teams, comment, share ideas, provide feedback. You can even store content. OneNote is new within the last 10 years. If you haven’t experienced it yet, it is a place for note taking. It’s one of my favorite tools. I use it every single day. In OneNote, you can paste images, links, lots of different kinds of content directly into it. I would say think of this as your digital notebook instead of your old paper notebook.

Office 365 delivered services are what Microsoft delivers to organizations to enable the use of the technologies that we just reviewed. The four core services included cover Office for your core app use for Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, OneNote, Skype for communications, SharePoint for document storing, which OneDrive falls under, and Exchange, which provides email functionality.

What the delivered services offers is Office on any device, so this is the cool part. You can access all of your applications across any computer platform, whether it’s an Apple device, being a Mac computer, or an iOS mobile device, a Google Android device, and of course all Windows devices.

The proliferation of devices today has really changed the way that organizations provide software to their end users because even if I took a poll right now many of you would likely have at least up to three devices. What the cloud has enabled Microsoft to do is provide a user with a user based license which essentially follows you everywhere on all of your devices, so a user now has the ability to have Office 365 to download Office on up to 15 devices, so five mobile phones, five tablet style devices, and five PCs or Macs.

Now we’ll take a look at Office in the cloud. In this section, we’re going to help give you an understanding of what the cloud means for Office and yourself. I’m going to start with the basics to help you get a high level understanding of the difference between traditional computer environments and cloud. Typically organizations run all of their apps in a central data center owned and managed by that organization. This would be considered traditional. Cloud is where someone like Microsoft can provide computer power storage like a hard drive to other organizations so that they don’t have to worry about managing it themselves.

A good example to hopefully help you understand both traditional versus cloud is let’s say you’re a photographer. After taking photos you will want to download them to your home personal computer. This would be the traditional way to use an app and store the data. Maybe after you’ve edited those photos on your home computer you want to share them with your friends and family, so you decide to use a website online to do this, which enables you to access them also from a different computer. This would be using the cloud to help you do this.

Hybrid is simply a combination of using both traditional and cloud together, like Office on your device or Office Online. There are some benefits of cloud versus traditional, and what it really means for an end user. It means you can work in a flexible manner that really works for you. You can access your apps and content virtually any time. It’s manageable because it is current, always up to date. There’s no need for an upgrade because you’re simply updating. It’s reliable 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, hence Office 365, and most importantly it’s very secure.

When you’re using a computer that doesn’t have the full desktop version of Office installed, Office Online is your Office in the cloud. View your documents, even PDFs, in your browser, or make quick changes in the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. When Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents are stored in OneDrive for business or other Office 365 libraries, you can work on them using Office Online, which opens the documents in a web browser.

What we are achieving with Office Online is a modern Office experience. You can use a multitude of devices, devices that you prefer, devices that you’re comfortable with. We provide Office Online or you can access it as an install on your device. You can have the full suite of Office products that enable you to get your job done better and faster and efficiently and the way that you feel comfortable working.

This slide represents the pace of innovation and the pace of change. Everyone expects to have the most up-to-date, current version of an app that they’re using. That is exactly what Office 365 is offering. There is no more upgrades, like I mentioned. Instead, there is now updates which are much more easy and quick to install. You can continue working in your apps and on your systems at all times.

Now we’ll run through some of the scenarios to help paint a picture of how Office 365 can enable you for work. We’re going to cover off get it done from anywhere, store, sync, and share your files, make meetings matter, email and calendar on the go, and work like a network.

Whether it’s a PC, a Mac, a tablet, or a phone, getting it done from anywhere means how Office 365 gives you access to everything that you need to get the job done from anywhere, on almost any device. You can work across a variety of devices from different locations and have a consistent, clean, and fast experience.

Office 365 gives you access to everything you need to get the job done from anywhere, because you can work on your device or you can work online. The picture to the right shows what it looks like when you log into your account from online. All your online apps are shown to the right. Then, when clicked, they open up in a browser. Files and settings are synced from one device to the next, giving you freedom and reliability. You can create, save, edit, and share documents easily, access documents on a mobile device, and take notes on OneNote at any time.

Productivity is how Microsoft categorizes the Office suite of products, because that is exactly the intent, making a user productive. With how Office is now delivered on your device or online, you get the latest tools for productivity and collaboration delivered fast with smooth upgrades. Included, you have a user based model for multiple device downloads on phones, tablets, PCs, or Macs. Settings are synchronized across devices. You have automated updates, no more upgrades, mobile and cross-platform additions, meaning it is compatible on whatever device or operating system you are using.

Store, sync, and share your files with OneDrive for Business in SharePoint. OneDrive for Business in SharePoint enable you to store your documents, share your documents, and co-create and co-author documents with your colleagues.  OneDrive for Business lets your team collaborate on documents, share reports with partners, and connect with customers, colleagues, and partners from virtually any device.

Instead of multiple versions on thumb drives and in email communications, you could enable everyone to work on the same file simultaneously and keep track of everyone’s changes in real time. It’s actually incredibly cool to experience this happening because you can literally see all of your colleagues collaborating in the same document. You don’t even need to be at your desk to get the work done together. You can keep reviewing and refining all your files online and offline.

If you’re saving your work files, save them to OneDrive and they’ll follow you everywhere. There are many functions you can take advantage of, like easily saving files to OneDrive. This is one of the best functions of OneDrive in the browser. You can drag files from your computer directly into your OneDrive browser for saving. You can see your files from other devices after you upload files to OneDrive. You can see them from other devices by just signing into your Office 365 site in your browser and then clicking OneDrive.

Save and open your files. You can work with your files you store in OneDrive right from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office desktop apps. There’s no need to go to your Office 365 site in a browser. You can sync your files with your computer, sync OneDrive for Business to your computer, and then get your files in File Explorer instead of your web browser. All your changes sync to OneDrive whenever you’re online and connected to the Internet.

Manage your files in OneDrive. After you sync your OneDrive files with your computer, you can manage your files like other files on your computer. You can move, rename, and delete your files the same way you’re used to, except the changes you make to OneDrive files sync to all your other devices, so if you delete a file it’s deleted everywhere. If you modify a file and you open and you modify it on one device and you open it up on another device, you’re going to see that modification already have taken place.

You can share files with others. When you store your files in OneDrive, you can share with others from any device by going to your Office 365 site, or you can share right from Office without even going to Office 365 in a separate window. Whichever way you share Office files, you can work with others at the same time they work and see changes people make. You can work together at the same time.

When you store and share your files in OneDrive, you can work with others at the same time and avoid reconciling multiple versions of the file. I think we’ve probably all actually been there. Working together from either the online or desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are accessible.

SharePoint is used by organizations to create websites. You can use SharePoint as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information on almost any device. All you need is a web browser. SharePoint provides you with the functionality of content management, enterprise search capabilities across an organization, collaboration with colleagues, social for the enterprise. You can use it as an application platform, company intranet or extranet to communicate with partners, their retention policies for compliance, and for those project lovers out there, Project Online integrates with it as well.

You need to get the right people working together to get the work done, which is not always simple in today’s business world. Skype for Business makes it easy for people to meet and connect online from wherever they are on multiple devices. You can join or start a meeting with just one click, whether across the hall or across the country. HD video is available. Screen sharing and real-time note taking help make meetings matter, producing actionable results and decisions for you and the team that you work with.

Skype has really changed the way that I work. This is one of my favorite tools in the kit, and you might feel the same after you start using it as well. The features in Skype enable you to check presence and send an instant message, which is less formal than email and faster than a phone call. What’s great though is you have the ability to actually take that instant message and easily turn it into a phone and/or video call.

You have the ability to do desktop sharing where you can even whiteboard and draw with the individuals that are on your Skype bridge, and you can all collaborate together, share ideas, share content in real time. If you’re a presenter, you can show your entire desktop or just selected programs to everyone in the meetings. You can upload and share a PowerPoint presentation. During a meeting you can open your presentation on your computer and share your screen, but if you upload your presentation into Skype you can annotate slides, see the presenter notes, switch presenters, let others view the slides privately, or have someone else take over as a presenter to help you during the meeting.

You can even make the slides available for downloading to all attendees so they can review them after the meeting. Skype for Business recording captures audio, video, instant messaging, application sharing, PowerPoint, and whiteboard activities. Another great feature of Skype is actually letting your audience see you. If you’re on the go, use the Skype for Business app to join a meeting from your phone or tablet, whether that’s an Android phone or an Apple iPad.

Email and calendar on the go. With Office 365, you have easy access to your email and calendar wherever you are. To view your email or calendar on your computer, you can use your Outlook or Outlook web app. To view email or calendar on a phone or tablet, you can use Outlook web app or a compatible app that’s on your device such as an email and calendar app. Outlook is an application that you install on your computer. Outlook web app is the browser-based version of Outlook that you can access over the Internet through Office Online.

Outlook with Office 365 really is a one destination for email, calendars, files, contacts, and tasks. A good example is during your morning train commute, you can coordinate meetings on the go, access synchronized contacts, check your task list, and use intelligent tools to manage your inbox so you can quickly deal with what matters the most. Your work is now connected and accessible.

You can view your email on your computer, tablet, or phone. On your computer you use Outlook. On your phone or tablet you can use an app, and just about any device you can access your email in a browser window using Outlook web app. Outlook provides a calendar so that you can use this to schedule your meetings and appointments. Your calendar will remain consistent and up-to-date across all of your devices when you’re using Office 365.

One thing that I personally take advantage of is personalizing the theme within Outlook to a color and look that I prefer. This is something that you will have the capability to do as well. You can set up an automatic signature for your email. You can set up automatic replies when you’re unavailable, find and easily save a contact through the address book, schedule a meeting through the calendar and see everyone else’s availability, but for those team members that you work really closely with, you have the ability to share your calendar with them as well so that you all have ability to know what time works best for everyone. The search functionality in Outlook is now quite powerful as well, so when you’re looking for that old email, typing anything into the search quickly helps you find it. Assigning and tracking tasks is also an easy way to stay on top of things.

Change is the new constant, and it can be hard to keep up. What if you were connected to everything that’s important that’s work related? Say you’re working on a project. You’d be plugged into every document, person, and activity that was taking place within a particular project. How beneficial would that be? With Yammer, you and the team can exchange ideas, get the latest information, and spot opportunities to adapt quickly and make change happen.

Yammer helps the organization listen, adapt, and grow in new ways by working like a network. More than a content repository, it’s a place where teams can discuss various aspects of a project. You can share ideas, give feedback, take notes together, review the same documents, and more. Yammer makes connecting a distributed workforce easy as well. It helps employees get answers to questions faster and in an open community feed style. Most importantly, it inspires unity and innovation by allowing people to learn, share, and be heard and engaged.

If you’d like more information on the content we reviewed today, I would suggest by starting at the top link there, Office Help and Training. It’s got a lot of great content right on those websites. The Work Wonders Portal is also a fantastic place to start, with lots of Office 365 specific content. This does conclude today’s webinar. Thank you very much for attending. I hope you got value out of today’s session, and we really look forward to seeing you for the next topic. Now we will move on to Q&A, so if you have not already submitted your question, please do so now.

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