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Welcome to our June round-up, keeping you up-to-date with changes and new features coming up in Office 365, SharePoint and Kira.
The end of May saw this year’s SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. Microsoft used this platform to make some big announcements about the SharePoint and Office 365 roadmaps. This update covers a couple of the immediate changes; we’ll share more as more details are made available over the coming months.
Here’s what to expect in the near future:
Thanks to CompanyNet team members Maria Botha-Lopez, Stuart McLaughlin and James Mackerness for their contributions to this round-up.
If you would like to find out more about these changes, or would be interested in help getting more out of Office 365, get in touch with the CompanyNet team – we’d love to hear from you.
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Huddle and CompanyNet will work to help clients get the most out of their technology investments – building better, and more integrated experiences between the two platforms.
Today, Huddle and CompanyNet are excited to announce a new partnership, designed to help clients of both businesses extend their use of Microsoft Office 365 and Huddle services.
Huddle is a leading cloud-based document collaboration solution that allows teams to build unique workspaces where they can collaborate on documents, manage approval workflows, and oversee team activity and tasks. They already offer deep integrations with Microsoft Office (including Office Online), allowing users to open and co-edit documents directly from Huddle into their Microsoft apps, before natively saving them back and syncing the latest updates to other Huddle users.
Meanwhile, at CompanyNet we’re experts in helping businesses get more out of Office 365. Using principles drawn from change management practice, we introduce employees to new ways of working, leading to measurable improvements in staff productivity and satisfaction. Our services help customers including Tesco Bank, learning disability charity Mencap and the UK Government unlock far greater value from the Office 365 platform, creating higher levels of user adoption, and ultimately driving wider digital transformation.
Together, we will work to help clients get the most out of their technology investments – building better, and more integrated experiences between the Huddle and Office 365 platforms.
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Personalised Office 365 results are now fully integrated in the standard Bing search, as Microsoft rolls out the brand new Microsoft Search experience.
Microsoft Search will soon be the new search engine integrated across Office 365. It draws together data from SharePoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams and even Yammer into one intuitive interface. We believe this is the first time Yammer conversations have been integrated into the wider Office 365 search.
And we’re pleased to say that Kira, our Office 365 intranet platform which enables a well-adopted digital workplace, is the first to integrate the new search experience.
Private, personalised results
If you’re logged into Office 365, then private, personalised results from across your organisation will appear pinned at the top of Bing’s search results. That means you can quickly find information about any aspect of your work, directly from a Bing search. For example, searching for a client’s name will bring up all documents and conversations relating to that organisation:
Likewise, searching for a person brings up their Outlook calendar, your conversations with them, files you’ve both worked, on and more. It’s a fantastic development which means all the information from across Office 365 will finally be in one place. Remember, the results are personalised to you – so don’t worry, your private Teams conversations won’t appear in public search results!
Where does this leave existing search and surfacing tools like Delve? Although there has not been any official word yet, we expect Delve to be retired in the near future. Microsoft will instead focus on the new Microsoft Search experience and Office 365 People Cards, which essentially replace Delve’s functionality (and then some).
Finally, we couldn’t resist sharing the fact that Kira is the first Office 365 intranet product to directly integrate the new Microsoft Search functionality, ahead of the official integration. We’re not going to pretend most people’s first choice of search engine is Bing – so we wanted to provide a way to make it more intuitive to access. Now, Kira users will be able to insert a Microsoft Search box directly into their intranet, enabling content to be surfaced without having to go to Bing. We will make this feature available to our customers shortly.
Because our team is fanatical about keeping Kira aligned with Microsoft’s roadmap for Office 365, we are able to introduce features almost as soon as Microsoft announces them, with no adverse impact on our customers’ intranets – just the good stuff.
Find out more about Kira intranet for Office 365. If you’re interested in getting more out of your organistaion’s investment in Office 365, get in touch with us now. We’ve created highly-adopted digital workplaces for world-class organisations like Mencap, Tesco Bank, Scottish Water and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
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