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Microsoft’s Your Phone App Gets Pen Support in Phone Screen

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Microsoft is rolling out an additional feature for its Your Phone app, which brings Windows 10 PCs and Android devices closer together. Though this one is limited to both Insiders and specific phones, it gives a hint of the service’s future.

Essentially, users can now in the phone screen section of the app. For the unfamiliar, phone screen mirrors your android display to your PC so that you can interact with apps without disruption. It currently works only with select Samsung Galaxy devices.

With the addition of Inking, users can draw on their laptop screen and have the results display on their phone. This could be useful if you want to utilize an Android painting app on PC or handwrite notes. Full pressure sensitivity is supported.

The news was shared by senior program manager Analy Diaz on Twitter, who also shared an image of it in action. She noted that Your Phone supports pressure, the app will have to support it too.

source- windbuzzer

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How Microsoft is Using Fluent Design to Redefine the Mobile User Experience

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When we think of Microsoft in the mobile space, two images come to mind. One is of a leading app developer with services available across platforms. The other is as a failure who could not get its Windows Phone idea off the ground and stumbled in the mobile hardware market.

What’s interesting about Microsoft’s misses in mobile is the company has had some good ideas. Redmond also had huge ambition. Certainly, when Windows Phone arrived a decade ago, the company promised it would transform mobile. This was the platform, Microsoft said, that would be the design backbone for the industry.

The eye-catching Metro tile-based user interface looked good and was functional. Delving deeper into the experience, Microsoft wanted apps to integrate with each other to allow content to be one across a device.

Of course, we know that those aspirations for Windows Phone mostly fell apart. Still, Microsoft’s ambition to define the mobile user experience has never gone away. Perhaps now those ambitions are more focused on individual apps for the time being, but they’re there.

Fluent Design

A hint of Microsoft’s plans to pave the way for a new mobile user experience can be seen in Fluent Design. Yes, this is the Windows 10 aesthetic that Microsoft has since rolled out to many of its services, whatever platform they may be on. For example, the company’s mobile Office apps display Fluent Design on Android and iOS.

These apps, with Fluent Design underpinning the experience, are focused on simplifying use and to make productivity more efficient. In a piece with The Verge, the company discussed how Fluent Design is spearheading a new era where Microsoft can influence mobile UI design.

“When we look at the mobile market, we feel like no one has done an amazing job of nailing productivity on phones across voice and visual systems in a sort of micro tasking kind of way,” explains Jon Friedman, corporate vice president of design and research at Microsoft. “We feel like it’s our birth right and duty to help people in the world accomplish their goals, so that’s why we’ve been super focused on this.”

According to Friedman, Microsoft has researched how people use their phones across the globe. Gathering a 40-strong design team, he says the company is “rethinking” how mobile productivity should look and feel. “Not just the apps themselves, but how they all connect together and work together; and to build a common design system to extend Fluent to be a truly mobile-first design system.”

Building Unity

Uniformity is the core of the new experience, with apps such as OneDrive, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook all carrying the same design elements. Yammer, Teams, and Planner will all be aboard the ride soon. These are all tied to the Office suite, but Microsoft is likely to expand to other apps and service.

“The thing we learned in all of our research is that people spend about 4 hours a day on their phone, but the average session time of doing something is between 20 and 30 seconds long,” explains.

source- windbuzzer

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Is A Microsoft 365 Consumer Versions Arriving in Spring 2020?

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Since its launch two years ago, Microsoft 365 has been a product focused on Microsoft’s enterprise customers. However, the company could now be preparing to launch a consumer-fronted version of the product bundle.

According to a report from ZDNet, a consumer-oriented Microsoft 365 is being prepared for a spring, 2020 launch.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time such information has emerged. Almost exactly a year ago, rumors appeared of Microsoft preparing a consumer variant of Microsoft 365. Perhaps the company has been working on the development of that product through 2019.

Certainly, Redmond is now making some official noise that this is the case. At the Credit Suisse Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference the week Microsoft’s Rajesh Jha suggested it was in the company’s list of goals to offer Microsoft 365 to consumers.

While Jha stopped short of any official confirmation, his comments are certainly interesting.

New Version

In its current business guise, Microsoft 365 bundles several commercial services into a subscription service. Included in the package are Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

A consumer version would likely include Outlook Mobile, Office 365, Skype, and other services. Windows 10 will not be included as most people buying a consumer package would already have the latest version of the platform on their PC.

ZDNet suggests Microsoft will also add a password manager and its rumored “Teams for Life” applications.

Whereas the normal Microsoft Teams is focused on enterprise use, “For Life” will be for personal users. It will be for family and friends, suggesting it will be a consumer-facing communication and collaboration tool.

source- windbuzzer

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Microsoft and KPMG Announce $5bn Multi-Year Cloud Partnership

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Microsoft has announced a cloud partnership with a leading professional services company. In a blog post, Redmond revealed KPMG will leverage Microsoft technology to accelerate its digital transformation.

KPMG is a provider of Tax, Audit, and Advisory services globally and will roll out Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365 to member organizations and clients.

Both tools will be the collaboration and productivity suite of choice for KPMG’s 207,000 employees in 153 countries.

Furthermore, the company will also embrace Microsoft’s Azure and Azure AI services as a preferred cloud partner. Specifically, Azure will spearhead KPMG’s upcoming global cloud platform.

All aspects of the partnership are based on a five-year agreement.

Highlights of the Collaboration

  • “The strong portfolio of KPMG and Microsoft alliance offerings can help address these challenges more quickly by building applications on demand, automating manual processes, and continuously analyzing information to minimize the risk of errors and increase the ability to make smart decisions.
  • Through a jointly funded incubator, KPMG and Microsoft are co-developing a robust portfolio of solutions and managed services in the areas of cloud business transformation, intelligent business applications and smart workplace solutions.
  •  Based on Microsoft Azure, KPMG Clara is an automated, agile, intelligent and scalable platform that allows KPMG professionals to work smarter, bringing powerful data and analytics capabilities into one interface, while allowing clients to interact on a real-time basis with the audit process.
  • KPMG Clara will integrate with Microsoft Teams, providing a platform for audit professionals to centrally manage and securely share audit files, track audit-related activities, and communicate using chat, voice and video meetings. This helps simplify the auditors’ workflow, enabling them to stay in sync throughout the entire process and drive continuous communication with the client.
  • Through its common, global cloud platform, KPMG will create a set of cloud-based capabilities ranging from hosting infrastructure based on Microsoft Azure to more than 50 advanced solutions, such as AI, cyber and robotic process automation (RPA).”

“Together with KPMG, we’re accelerating digital transformation across industries by bringing the latest advances in cloud, AI and security to highly regulated workloads in tax, audit and advisory,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

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Exciting Announcement: The office 365 Podcast is coming!

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Microsoft wasn’t the only one making exciting announcements at Ignite this year. Our Chief Editors, MVPs Steve Goodman and Sigi Jagott, introduced our all-new ‘The Practical 365 Podcast’ which is launching on Tuesday 26th November.

What can you expect from The office 365 Podcast?

The office 365 Podcast will bring you all the latest and greatest in Microsoft 365 news and updates. Each episode, our hosts Steve and Sigi will deliberate the top tech headlines from that week and inform you of any updates that could impact your daily roles.

In true Practical spirit, both MVPs will be commenting on real-world examples gained from on-the-ground experience within different areas of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

Where can you tune in?

A new Podcast page on our website, where we will upload a new episode every Friday. You can also catch up with what happened on the weekly podcast on our blog, YouTube channel, Spotify and SoundCloud.

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What’s Behind Microsoft’s Sudden Teams Push?

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Albeit the greater part of my spaceflight preparing happens locally, there is some worldwide travel included. Last October, for instance, I went to Canada for an allegorical (zero-gravity) flight crusade. The issue with voyaging universally is that I just have cell administration in the United States. This has consistently implied that I have needed to utilize a voice-over-IP (VoIP) answer to keep in contact with my family back home.

As I was getting ready for a year ago’s allegorical flight battle, Microsoft made Teams accessible through my Office 365 membership. I chose to try Teams out and introduced it onto my workstation and onto my better half’s PC. By and large, Teams worked out truly well; it did precisely what I required it to do.

The one thing that shocked me was that subsequent to introducing Teams, there was no Start menu alternative that could be utilized to open it. Presently, I need to admit that I was feeling totally depleted at the time and it is conceivable that I simply missed something, yet I couldn’t discover a symbol anyplace. I wound up making my own alternate way for propelling Teams.

All the more as of late, be that as it may, the showcasing division at Microsoft is by all accounts occupied with a hard and fast push to attempt to get individuals to utilize Teams. I saw that in the wake of introducing a few updates as of late, a work area symbol all of a sudden showed up on one of my PCs in a clear endeavor to tempt me into introducing Teams. I likewise saw that Teams would stack naturally after signing into my essential work station. Groups were at that point introduced on that machine, however, was not designed to naturally open.

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Microsoft Makes It Easier To Brand Office 365

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Even though I have worked for myself for a really long time, I spent the first several years of my IT career working in large, enterprise-class organizations. One of the things I vividly remember about those companies is that they plastered their corporate logos all over the place. Logos appeared on everything from coffee mugs to Windows desktop wallpapers.

Being a large company itself, Microsoft no doubt understands this obsession with branding. The company has historically provided various options for customers who want to express their identity. Office 365, for example, has long included an option for adding a corporate logo.

Despite the fact that this option has existed for quite some time, not every company brands the Office 365 portal. This is likely attributed, at least in part, to the fact that Office 365 has always been super picky about its logo requirements.

In the past, logos had to be exactly 200×30 pixels and smaller than 10KB in size. Granted, it’s pretty easy to make an image be smaller than 10KB if the entire image consists of only 6,000 pixels. However, the 200×30 dimensions are awkward, to say the least. For example, one of the places where I used to work had around the logo. Fitting that logo into 200×30 pixels would mean either stretching the circle into an ellipse or shrinking the logo into a 30×30 format and having 85 empty horizontal pixels on either side of the logo.

You can access Office 365’s branding options by logging in as an administrator and then opening the Office 365 Admin Center. The top of the Admin Center screen should display the name of your company. If you look at Figure 1, for example, you can see the words “Posey Enterprises” prominently displayed at the top of the Admin Center.

[Click on image for larger view.]Figure 1: Click on your company name to access your organization’s profile.

As you can see in Figure 2, there are several options for the organization profile. You can create custom themes, add custom tiles and even provide customized help desk contact information. There are also some additional contact information options that aren’t shown in the screen capture.

[Click on image for larger view.]Figure 2: The organization profile screen provides lots of helpful options.

Click the Edit button found in the Custom Themes section, and you will be taken to a screen that allows you to provide your organization’s logo and create a custom theme. You can see what this looks like in Figure 3, although it is worth noting that the screen capture shows the old interface because the logo limits have not yet been removed from my account.

[Click on image for larger view.]Figure 3: This is where you go to upload your logo to Office 365.

The options shown in the figure are pretty straightforward. You can either upload a logo or you can provide a URL for a logo image that is already online. If you want to make the logo clickable, you can specify a URL that should be associated with the logo.

If you scroll down just bit further, you can see that Office 365 provides some options for controlling the colors used within the portal. You can set the navigation bar color, the text and icon color, and even the accent color. There is also an option to force your users to use the theme that you have defined, rather than allowing them to create their own custom themes. I’m not personally a big fan of forcing users to adopt a specific color scheme, but the option exists if your organization has tight controls in place. You can see what these options look like in Figure 4.

[Click on image for larger view.]Figure 4: You can specify the colors to be used within the Office 365 portal.

I think that Microsoft’s more flexible branding options will be well-received by most organizations. In the future, I would not be surprised to see Microsoft provide additional options for customizing the layout of the Office 365 portal.

Detail shortly…redmondmag

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Office 365 now generally available through new data centers in South Africa

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Office 365 administrations are currently commonly accessible through generally new server farms in South Africa. Microsoft has extended its essence in Africa consistently, including bringing Microsoft Azure to the mainland prior this year.

Opening server farms in South Africa is significant in light of the fact that numerous nations have guidelines with respect to the area of cloud server farms. Paul Lorimer, Distinguished Engineer for Microsoft 365, developed the significance of the server farm in a Microsoft blog entry:

In-nation information residency for center client information helps Office 365 clients meet administrative necessities, which is especially significant and pertinent in enterprises, for example, medicinal services, money related administrations, and government—where associations need to keep explicit information in-nation to agree to nearby prerequisites.”

Microsoft claims that they are the main worldwide supplier to bring cloud administrations to the African landmass. The organization presently gives both Office 365 administrations and Azure administrations to Africa through neighborhood server farms. Microsoft’s development in Africa expands its span considerably further as indicated by Lorimer:

The option of South Africa as another geology for Office 365 builds the alternatives for secure, cloud profitability administrations joined with client information residency in 16 geologies over the globe alongside three extra topographies likewise declared.”

Lorimer included that Dynamics 365 and Power Platform ought to likewise be accessible in the territory in the final quarter of this current year.

Detail shortly…windowscentral

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How to Increase Revenue with Carbonite Office 365 Backup

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Here are a couple of friendly exchanges you can use to teach your clients and possibly create extra MRR by balancing their Office 365 security system.

Numerous IT specialist organizations have moved, or are moving, their clients to Microsoft Office 365. This opens the entryway to extra chances, for example, connecting the holes assurance that exists due to Microsoft SLAs. Be that as it may, you may need to teach your clients around this issue.

As indicated by a recent report by Enterprise Strategy Group, 68% of associations erroneously think SaaS conditions needn’t bother with reinforcement or are sponsored up by the supplier. Carbonite Backup for Office 365 is intended to fill holes in the assurance that most clients utilizing Office 365 don’t think about.

Here are a couple of friendly exchanges you can use to instruct your clients and conceivably create extra month to month repeating income (MRR) by adjusting their Office 365 assurance system.

SaaS information requires reinforcement simply like nearby information. Many accept that since Office 365 information is in the cloud, it is consequently ensured. This is just half evident. Microsoft has worked in repetition to avoid client information misfortune on its end. Nonetheless, Microsoft doesn’t make any certifications about reestablishing Office 365 information that was inadvertently erased or defiled. Indeed, Microsoft prescribes outsider reinforcement for everyday operational recuperations.

OneDrive isn’t reinforcement. Depending on record match up and offer apparatuses like Microsoft OneDrive as a type of reinforcement can bring about information misfortune. Here’s the reason: If a record is erased or defiled, FSS naturally adjusts that change with the optional duplicate.

The reuse container isn’t sufficient. Erased things stay in the reuse container briefly. Be that as it may, when they’re cleansed from the reuse container, they’re gone until the end of time. Moreover, the reuse canister offers no security from ransomware. At long last, Microsoft can’t keep a client from for all time erasing organizers from the reuse container.

Personal time rises to income misfortune. At the point when representatives can’t play out their everyday undertakings, income misfortune is inescapable. Be sure to make this obvious in discussions with clients.

Decommissioning previous representative records set aside cash. Keeping up previous workers’ Office 365 licenses can be costly. Carbonite Backup for Office 365 enables you to hold their records and email at a small amount of Microsoft authorizing costs.

Prepared to go to advertise?

Carbonite has a few go-to-showcase alternatives for offering Backup for Office 365 or packaging it with a far-reaching endpoint assurance answer for physical gadgets just as Office 365 information. The two methodologies are bolstered by adaptable evaluating and bundling that enable you to tailor your methodology for the area you serve.

Prepared to discuss ensuring Office 365 information in your client surroundings? Don’t hesitate to contact us: partners@carbonite.com.

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Microsoft removes Office 2019 from its Home Use Program benefits

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Microsoft unobtrusively has rolled out an improvement to its Home Use Program (HUP) for its Software Assurance business clients. As some had expected when the organization started patching up the HUP advantage prior this year, Microsoft is dropping the capacity to purchase the non-membership variant of Office at a steeply limited cost. Microsoft rather is offering HUP clients the capacity to purchase Office 365 Home or Personal at a rebate for home use.

In a refreshed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) archive about the program, Microsoft now notes:

“Microsoft is refreshing the Home Use Program to offer limits on the most recent and most modern items, for example, Office 365, which is consistently fully informed regarding premium variants of Office applications over the entirety of your gadgets. Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are never again accessible as Home Use Program offers.”

Up until this change was made as a major aspect of the July item terms, HUP Office advantage permitted Software Assurance clients to purchase Office 365 ProPlus (which is the center arrangement of Office applications for Windows, made accessible by means of an Office 365 membership) or Office Professional Plus 2019/Office Home and Business 2019 (the non-membership variants of Office for Windows/Mac for independent venture clients) for a rebate. The limited cost for U.S. clients was $14.99 for both of these choices.

The refreshed HUP for Office choice empowers business clients to buy Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal memberships at a 30 percent markdown. To qualify, clients need to either have Software Assurance or a specific number of Office 365/Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licenses (2,000 for business associations and instructive and charitable clients).

Further down in the FAQ, nonetheless, Microsoft takes note of that the individuals who may as of now have pressed in a limited buy of Office Pro Plus 2019 or Office 2019 can’t get a greater amount of those. The FAQ says: “On the off chance that you have just bought Office Professional Plus 2019 or Office Home and Business 2019 at a markdown through the Home Use Program you will at present be qualified for the Office 365 Home Use Program offer.”

As the Licensing School UK noted in an ongoing post, “You can at present purchase HUP licenses for Project and Visio, however, licenses for the Office items to use at home are currently secured by Office 365 Home or Personal memberships.”

I’m not too astonished Microsoft rolled out this improvement, given it is attempting to urge clients to go with membership plans, not “unending” renditions of Office. In any case, I’ve effectively gotten notification from a few people they are none too cheerful about the new course.

Detail shortly…zdnet

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