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The clocks have gone forward, springtime is here, and it’s time to look at changes to Office 365, SharePoint and Kira with this month’s plain-English round-up.
Microsoft continuously update their Office 365 roadmap with new and changed features. But there’s often so much going on that it’s hard to tell what’s important, or how you use the information.
Each month, we hand-pick key updates to Office 365, ‘modern’ SharePoint, and our own Kira intranet platform. This is part of the ‘evergreen’ Office 365 service we provide to our customers, but if you’re not a customer yet you can still subscribe to the newsletter yourself and follow us on Twitter.
CompanyNet are experts in Office 365 – if you’d like to explore what we can do for your organisation, drop us a line and find out how we can help.
Here are your key updates for April. If you already use our Kira intranet platform, don’t miss the last point for two great new features available now.
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.
Stay up-to-date with the biggest changes in Office 365, SharePoint and Kira with our monthly plain-English round-up.
Microsoft continuously update their Office 365 roadmap with new and changed features. But there’s often so much going on that it’s hard to tell what’s important, or how you use the information. That’s why we’re launching this, our regular monthly round-up of key updates.
Each month, we’ll hand-pick the most relevant updates to Office 365 – and particularly ‘modern’ SharePoint – and provide useful, actionable insights. We’ll also occasionally include news about updates to Kira, our SharePoint-based intranet platform. This represents just part of the ‘evergreen’ Office 365 service we provide to our customers.
If you’re a CompanyNet customer, we’ll email you personally each time we publish a round-up. If you’re not (yet!), then you can subscribe to the newsletter yourself, follow us on Twitter – or get in touch to see how we can work together.
So, without further ado, here are this month’s key updates:
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