Office 2016, Skype for Business, Delve. Some big announcements to start the week with

Seems like Microsoft likes to keep us busy this start of the week. Office 2016 for desktop, Skype for Business and Delve were basically released today. The first two are in technical preview for developers and IT pros, while the global roll out for Delve started today for all Office 365 subscribers. Let’s take a brief look into this new software and services.

Office 2016 is particularly exciting, because there is a bunch of new features that most IT folks are waiting for. Data Loss Prevention policies are already available with Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint and starting with Office 2016 there will be some DLP policies also available for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. On the other side, Outlook says good bye to the RPC based connections and will implement a more internet firendly MAPI over HTTP. In the meantime, multi-factor authentication will be available in Outlook (but also in all Office applications) through the integration with ADAL (Active Directory Authentication Library). 

There are a lot of other great improvements and you can find an extensive list in the official announcement.

And just as a clarification to end with, Windows 10 will basically run 2 different set of Office applications. There will be the global Office apps which will be available on all devices running Windows 10, but for the full Office experience we would have to install Office 2016.

Skype for Business was also rolled out today for developers and IT pros. This new version of Skype is a replacement for Lync, Microsoft’s primary communications tool for businesses. Skype for Business looks very similar to the consumer version of Skype, with the ability to integrate closely into various Office apps. A final version of Skype for Business will be available in April. In the meantime you can sign up and download Skype from Business from the Microsoft evaluation site.

Please note that both Office 2016 and Skype for Business versions made available today as part of the technical preview programme don’t have all the features and functionalities that the final version will have.

Last but not least, Microsoft announced today the global roll out of Office Delve to all Office 365 business customers. This means that the roll out has started, but it will take few days until all Office 365 subscribers will be able to experience this great feature. Delve is an experience within Office 365 that surfaces relevant content and insights tailored to each person. It is powered by the Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions that occur across Office 365. HERE you can find out more regarding Office 365 Delve.

So, it was a busy day. Hope I didn’t miss any important announcement 🙂


Of course I missed something. Satya Nadella also announced yesterday the Azure IoT suite. 

The Azure IoT Suite is an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities to connect devices and other assets (i.e. “things”), capture the diverse and voluminous data they generate, integrate and orchestrate the flow of that data, and manage, analyze and present it as usable information to the people who need it to make better decisions as well as intelligently automate operations. The offering, while customizable to fit the unique needs of organizations, will also provide finished applications to speed deployment of common scenarios we see across many industries, such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance, while providing the ability to grow and scale solutions to millions of “things.”

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