Microsoft Adds Collaboration Features to Teams and Excel


Microsoft adds guest access to Teams and machine learning to Excel. Below is everything you and your nonprofit needs to know to take advantage of these new smart, collaboration features.  

Microsoft Teams — Stay connected with chat, calls, and meetings within your team and in private or small group conversations. Schedule and join online Skype meetings with HD video, VoIP, and dial-in audio conferencing options. Share your files, apps or desktop in online meetings and review the important moments later with transcriptions of recorded content. Have a dedicated phone number for placing and receiving domestic and international phone calls, with advances features including voicemail, transfer, delegation and emergency calling (e911).

Now Office 365 users can add people from outside their company to a team, so guests can participate in chats, join meetings, collaborate on documents, and more. Microsoft also announced new developer tools for Teams, which you can read more about over on the Office Dev blog.

Excel Machine Learning — You will soon be able to tag a list of organizations and companies. Once you’ve tagged the organization, Excel can pull in more information about the company from Microsoft’s Bing API. Excel can even automatically detect that a list of names is indeed a list of company names or a list of cities, for example, which then allows you to pull in population data, among other things.

In addition, the Office team is also launching a new built-in tool for Excel that will automatically try to pull the most interesting data from a spreadsheet and visualize it. “Insights,” as the company is currently calling it, is modeled on a very similar feature in the Power BI data visualization and analysis tool. “It is meant to take any list of data and then start to generate insights,” said Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s general manager for Office.

“It will look at combinations, charts, pivot tables and it will recognize those that are most interesting by looking at outliers, looking at trends in the data, looking at things that represent changes.” If you like one of the graphs the service generates, you can easily import those into your Excel sheets and manipulate them. 

Nonprofit organizations can receive free or highly discounted licenses of Office 365, a part of the Microsoft Cloud, thanks to Microsoft Philanthropies.

It is the smartest nonprofit technology decision you could make. Work with our team of experts to make the most of Office 365. Tech Impact provides the following Office 365 services:

  • Planning for Licensing and Features
  • Email and File Migration
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Support and Security 

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