SharePoint 2019

Microsoft has announced Office 2019, the next perpetual Office update and the follow-up to the most recent release, Office 2016. Due for release in the second half of 2018, Microsoft says that preview versions of the latest Office suite will start rolling out in mid-2018.

In the announcement, Microsoft was fairly tight lipped with what to expect. However, the company did tease certain improvements and features we can expect, including enhanced inking, new PowerPoint animations, three D, and more. From Microsoft:

Office 2019 will add new user and IT capabilities for customers who aren’t yet ready for the cloud. For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.

It’s definitely interesting to see another perpetual license version of Office on deck for release, particularly as Microsoft has put more and more emphasis on its Office 365 service in recent years. “Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises,” Microsoft says. We should learn much more about Office 2019 and what’s new in the coming months as we move towards a preview release

 

More on TEAMS — SKYPE

It’s here … the new Skype. Is it the right move? Seems a little confusing to me. I know there are a lot of confused company adoption plans now that the cat is out of the bag? I think we have another adventure in learning to understand the true fit of this marriage of “Teams” and Skype into one bold package.

Microsoft introduces Wrlke …Wrike is a powerful project and task management tool, with flexibility no other tool can offer. Wrike provides real-time visibility into work and keeps all action items, deliverable, and conversations in one place. With the new Teams integration, you can leverage Wrike’s task management features without leaving the Teams interface.

 Project visualization seems to support a crossover from Project Server as a mild form of the tools capabilities.

Only time will tell if this rabbit hole is actually something users will adopt easily or push back due to complexity.

MS Begins Pushing Out Guest Access

Microsoft has announced that they have begun rolling out Guest access for Teams and that over 125,000 organizations are now using the platform.

Microsoft appears to be on the cusp of re-branding its business communications platform once again. What was formerly called Lync and currently known as Skype for Business is set to be re-branded once again.As users were trying to login today to Office 365, some were being prompted with the image you see in this post. Considering that this is coming directly from Microsoft, it would seem that Skype for Business is going to be re-branded under the Teams umbrella.