Slack unveils Office 365 integrations – and makes Microsoft part of its world

Slack is Slack, and Microsoft is Microsoft, and never the twain shall meet? Perhaps not. Slack has announced the launch of integration capabilities with Office 365 in order to – theoretically at least – bring more seamless collaboration to user workflows.

“Your company relies on a unique mix of tools to get work done. Maybe it’s Zoom for calls, Box for file storage, and Outlook for email and calendaring. Or you could...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Microsoft beefs up 365 security and compliance with more advanced offerings

Microsoft is certainly not letting up just because it is the start of the year. The company is launching two new offerings for its enterprise-focused Microsoft 365 suite around increasing security and compliance.

The solutions, around identity and threat protection and information protection and compliance respectively, aim to tie up a few more of the disparate areas within the Microsoft enterprise portfolio. Identity and...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Microsoft Ignite: Satya Nadella on open data, tech intensity, and mutual success

"It's a simple concept - think of it as a very simple equation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told attendees at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. "Each of us has to do two things - we need to make sure we are adopting the latest and greatest technology, and we've got to build our own digital capability."

Nadella was talking about his latest ethos of 'tech intensity'. Regardless of which industry you are in, you are a digital business today - and as a result, you need to both...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Big Data, Collaboration, Microsoft.

Microsoft stirs AI and mixed reality into the Dynamics 365 pot with greater enterprise focus

Microsoft has redefined its focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and mixed reality (MR) for the enterprise markets, announcing new products for Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365, the suite which Microsoft aims to reimagine customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP), will get the new AI and MR treatment to ‘take another step forward on our journey to help empower every organisation on the...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, UX.

Microsoft adds Slack to list of official Office rivals in 10-K report

Microsoft and Slack are hardly going to be bosom buddies – and now the rivalry has gone up a couple of notches.

At least, that’s according to Microsoft’s annual 10-K report. This year’s offering (html, 107 pages if you have a spare hour or so) has a new name under the ‘competition’ banner. Slack is in as a competitor...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

“Microsoft 365 – that’s just Office 365, right?” Busting the myths of Microsoft’s enterprise portfolio

“As a Microsoft instructor, it’s not uncommon for me to hear: ‘Microsoft 365? That’s just Office 365, right?’” says Richard Keep, Senior Microsoft Instructor at Firebrand Training.

In reality, Microsoft 365 isn’t a rebrand of Office 365 – it’s the overarching term now used to describe Microsoft’s enterprise offering.

IT pros will find that it’s being

By Alex Bennett, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft trumpets progress at Build 2018: IoT, AI, mixed reality, and more

The Company Has Moved on from Its Windows and Office Silos

CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the event by highlighting Microsoft's vision for developers, which focused on the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge", terms he first introduced at Build 2017.

This was followed by two days of announcements. Here we focus on just a few. For a full report on the event please see Event Report: Microsoft Build 2018.

Developer vision: The world as a...

By Nicholas McQuire, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft.

Sapho announces deep Windows 10 integration to boost consistent micro app approach

Sapho, a San Bruno-based enterprise software provider, has announced a deep integration with Windows 10, enabling users to act upon tasks from various enterprise data points through the same system.

The company is best known for its micro app approach to solving the enterprise productivity puzzle. As this publication explored last year, Sapho’s main product offers a...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Collaboration revenues push $10bn in Q4 with Cisco and Microsoft fighting for first place

The enterprise collaboration market has never been as hot as it is today with Cisco and Microsoft duelling for top spot, according to Synergy Research.

The figures, based on Q4 data, show total collaboration revenues, including unified communications, telepresence, email software, enterprise social and content management and more, hit just under $10 billion, an all-time high.

Cisco places just ahead of Microsoft in the overall stakes, well ahead of IBM and Avaya in third and fourth place respectively - yet...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft adds voice interactions, transcription and translation to Teams collaboration mix

Microsoft is adding a variety of capabilities to its Teams product including Cortana voice interactions, message translations, and cloud-based recording and transcription.

The updates come as Microsoft Teams reaches its first birthday. Microsoft had previously issued features for Teams in January around shortcuts, mentions and search. These updates, however, are focused on more ambitious...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Why security, AI and Microsoft are shaping the digital workplace in 2018

Results from CCS Insight's latest annual survey of IT buyers in businesses once again revealed wide-ranging shifts in challenges, priorities and brand affinity in workplace technology.

In September 2017, we surveyed more than 400 information technology decision-makers in four European countries as well as the US about their purchasing preferences for enterprise mobility and digital workplace products.

Here I give an overview of the survey findings, key results and what they mean for the market. 

By Nicholas McQuire, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Three tech trends we saw in 2017 that will redefine the way we work in 2018

Between data security breaches, huge valuations, and IPOs, 2017 was an eventful year in tech. While the Equifax breach and MuleSoft IPO made mainstream headlines, I have been most excited to see the steady stream of news from tech players that continue to push the boundaries with technology that will transform the way we work. Here’s a look at three things that happened last year and what they signify for the future of work.

Slack reached a $5.1 billion valuation

We’ve seen money flowing...

By Natalie Lambert, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

New research shows how companies are struggling with keeping Office up to date

Windows 10 may be getting solid adoption in the enterprise – but the same cannot be said of Microsoft Office’s latest iteration.

According to a new study from Spiceworks, more than two thirds (68%) of the more than 1,150 IT professionals across the US, UK and Canada surveyed said they were still operating Microsoft Office 2007 in some capacity, even after the product officially reached its end of life.

Just under half (46%) of respondents - who of course may have more than one product in their...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Productivity, Security.

Fear of change holds organisations back in digital transformation push

What does the term digital transformation mean exactly? As a recent report points out, it can mean ‘both everything and nothing.’

“To some companies, [it is] the difference between competing and collapsing, the lynchpin in surviving the rapidly changing commercial landscape…to others, it’s a task that sits on a never-ending to-do list, regarded as little more than another business buzzword,” Microsoft’s UK enterprise team explains.

The report, from Microsoft, YouGov,...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft, UX.

Jamf and Microsoft partnership latest to focus on Macs in enterprise

More evidence that Macs in the enterprise are gaining prominence: Jamf, an Apple-centric mobility provider, is partnering with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) for Mac security after an announcement at Microsoft’s Ignite event.

The move means authorised users are prevented from using Macs which are either personal, unmanaged, or otherwise not compliant with security policies.

The process sounds complicated but is relatively straightforward; users register their devices they want to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite: LinkedIn integration, Teams getting top marks, mixed reality, and more

Microsoft laid out more of its vision around artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and the importance of collaboration over individualism at its Ignite event in Orlando today.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, outlined to the audience the four methods of enabling digital transformation (below); modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI, to empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products.

“When you think about the...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft adds guest access to Teams collaboration tool

Microsoft has announced that it is expanding its Teams collaboration product to include employees from other companies, alongside unveiling new developer tools.

“Guest access has been one of the top requested features for Teams among our customers, and we’ve been working hard to get it right,” wrote Lori Wright, general manager for Microsoft Teams in a blog post announcing the news. “Today, Teams is getting even better with the rollout of guest access to all Office 365 commercial and...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Microsoft, Security.

Is a lack of creativity stifling workplace productivity?

Plenty of reports have hit the headlines regarding the UK’s seemingly low levels of productivity – but is stifling creativity a further problem?

According to new research issued by Microsoft, uninspiring workplaces, stress, and a lack of room for individual concentration are all contributing to the risk of a ‘creativity crisis’.

The study, put together by Microsoft Surface representing the views of more than 1,100 employees, also found existing workloads and organisational processes...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Three in five global organisations have adopted Windows 10, says Spiceworks

Gartner said back in April that 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by the end of 2017 – and now according to new data from Spiceworks, 60% of global organisations have adopted the operating system today.

Windows 10, which was officially launched two years ago – give or take five days – was seen by many analysts as the long-term successor to Windows Vista, whose...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Microsoft moving EMS to Azure Portal helps company ‘blow past’ customer usage metrics

Microsoft is baking more of its enterprise mobility roles into the Azure Portal – and it means they have ‘blown past’ their usage metrics for the year.

The move, which has been made gradually over the past quarter, enables admins to operate Intune, Azure Information Protection, and Active Directory, all from one place. As an example video showed, admins can reset or remove data from devices that have fallen out of compliance, protect files, and more through a custom dashboard...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.