The convergence conference in Atlanta was kicked off with a preview of Office 2016 for IT Developers and Pros. Also included was a general preview of the new Skype for Business. So what should you and your company be taking note of when it comes to these new announcements?

Office 2016

Some brand new features offered with Office 2016, the first major upgrade of Office desktop suit since 2013, include improved data loss prevention and click-to-run-deployment. Outlook’s ability to handle content linked with OneDrive for Business will make file-sharing a whole lot easier – when a user attaches a file, the most recently accessed documents appear and will be added as a link to the sender’s OneDrive for Business account. Without sending a physical attachment and having to worry about versioning, you’re sending a link that acts as an attachment but without the hassle. Users can collaborate on the same document in the cloud and still have the option of attaching actual files in Outlook.

Other notable features and improvements:

  • Multi-factor authentication is offered, making your devices, files, emails and data more secure than ever.
  • E-mail delivery performance has been vastly improved, including a reduction in the amount of time it takes to download messages and attachments.
  • Improved reliability, usability and performance of Outlook’s search capabilities.
  • Improved user settings to better manage mail and reduce your storage footprint.

Keep in mind that these features that are part of the preview and don’t include everything that Microsoft has planned for the full release.

Likewise, a preview was given of the new Skype for Business, which Microsoft has said will work as a rebranding of the company’s Lync platform. Skype for Business users will have the ultimate communication tool at their fingertips – connecting through IM, voice or video with any of their contacts. The possibilities are endless, from carrying out meetings and interviews, to doctors more easily connecting with patients, and even simply allowing co-workers to collaborate without any hassle.

To learn more about the newest technology available to help your business thrive, contact Fuelled Networks at or by phone at (613) 828-1280.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 19th March 2015 by Ernie Sherman.