If you follow Microsoft products, then you may know about Microsoft Ignite. Held annually, it generates many exciting updates and announcements in the Microsoft apps and general world.
Microsoft held its most recent event last October 2022. Out of the conference came a lot of Microsoft 365 news that can positively impact your business productivity and may provide ideas for your next digital workflow upgrade.
Let’s go through the highlights below.
Teams Premium is a new Microsoft 365 offering that builds on the current Teams experience with additional features that help make Teams meetings even more personalised, intelligent, and secure. It also enables premium capabilities for additional meeting scenarios, including Virtual Appointments and webinars.
Try out the preview and be the first to find out when it gets rolled out via the Microsoft Teams news site.
360-Degree Intelligent Camera for Teams Meetings
The Yealink SmartVision 60 intelligent camera, available in early 2023, is the first center-of-room, 360 panoramic degree camera designed for Microsoft Teams Rooms.
Microsoft engineers, in partnership with Yealink, Intel, NVIDIA, and Ricoh, designed and built one of the most powerful AI cameras in the industry from the ground up, including the AI director, the form factor, the firmware, and the software, using the Microsoft Intelligent Camera Hardware and Software reference design kit.
Yealink SmartVision 60 also includes all the great features of Microsoft Teams intelligent speakers, including people identification in live transcription and Cortana digital assistant.
Cisco is Now a Certified Devices Partner for Teams Rooms
In the first half of 2023, Cisco and Microsoft will soon offer the ability to run Microsoft Teams natively on Cisco Room and Desk devices Certified for Microsoft Teams, with the option of Teams as the default experience. Cisco will become a partner in the Certified for Microsoft Teams program for the first time.
Microsoft is launching a new workplace app specifically designed to help with the challenges of hybrid working. The app is called Microsoft Places, and the company says it’s launching “soon” in beta.
The app will show a dashboard view that tracks what percentage of your team is due to be in the office on a given day and lets you list where you’re working in a given week. As well as tracking people’s locations, the app is also designed to help you organise your work around them by giving “insights and guidance” on travel time as well as helping people navigate to work locations within offices themselves.
Hours & Location Feature in Outlook & Teams
The email and calendar Microsoft apps now provide support for working hours and locations, which will let users share their availability and working location throughout the week to simplify meeting planning with colleagues.
This allows you to specify more details about your work schedule: from where you’re working (remotely or in office) and whether you work different hours on different days. In addition, you’ll be able to schedule meetings with others based on their work location and view work locations on people’s contact cards.
This new hours and location feature is also available in Microsoft Teams.
Loop App Private Preview
Microsoft Loop, a new app that combines a powerful and flexible canvas with portable components that stay in sync and move freely across Microsoft apps, is now in private preview. Microsoft also announced that it is expanding the availability of Loop components to more places across Microsoft 365 and is bringing more component types.
Microsoft Clipchamp Video Editor
Clipchamp is the new video editor from Microsoft 365, simplifies the task of editing video clips so you can easily create high quality videos at home. The app is available as an app for Windows PC.
You can now drag, drop and create professional videos in minutes.
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