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5 Office 365 Updates from December You Can’t Miss

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New Office 365 E5 Plan Makes Its Debut

At WPC this summer, Microsoft released the news that a new top-tier enterprise plan was being released: E5 would replace E4. In the first week of December, Office 365 Enterprise E5 finally made its debut, bringing a wealth of new capabilities and features. The new updates in E5 bring additional security and analytics to all Office applications. Popular features include the ability to broadcast a Skype teleconference to thousands of participants. And with the new Power BI accessibility, Office 365 subscribers have access to the insightful data analytics platform.

Outlook Guesses Your Next Step with New Smart Suggestions

Beginning early next year, Outlook will make sure you never misspell your co-worker’s name again. Based off your email activity and the people you group together on certain emails, Outlook will suggest people you may want to include on an email. The suggestions will even be able to catch a misspelling of a co-worker’s name that just doesn’t seem to stick.

Skype for Business Now Available for the Green Android Giant

Android users can now Skype from their mobile devices. With a variety of features built based on user feedback, users can quickly hop on a Skype call with the tap of a button, reference previous conversations, and easily add on new participants to an on-going Skype call. IT admins will be delighted to learn that modern authentication is also enabled on the Skype for Business on the Android app (as well as other Office applications). IT admins can choose to enforce multi-factor authentication and make sure that a user’s credentials are not stored on the user’s device.

Office Mobile on Your Windows 10 Device

There is no shortage of new features on Windows 10 mobile devices. In fact, Office Mobile comes pre-installed on the Lumia 950.  Included on Office Mobile is Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Skype for Business, Continuum, and new Cortana and Office 365 integrations. In Word, you can pick up where you left off on your desktop on your phone with the “Most Recently Used documents” feature. In PowerPoint, you can view your presentations in presentation mode on your way to a client pitch. And with Cortana built-in, you can direct Cortana to make note of reminders in your OneNote to-do list.

Taking Off for a Flight? Outlook Calendar Now Has Automated Reminders

Outlook calendar is continuing to add to its list of personal assistant attributes. In an upcoming broad rollout in March, Outlook calendar will automatically add calendar invites to your calendar based off your email activity with participating airlines. Participating organizations include Expedia, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. This feature becomes available in January for Office 365 First Release customers.

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