Microsoft Whiteboard – Preview Now Available

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Whiteboard , an app for freeform drawing on Windows 10 devices. Microsoft Whiteboard Preview lets you create in whatever way feels most natural to you. Microsoft Whiteboard is available in Preview.

2017 148

Microsoft’s Intelligent Communications Strategy

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ignite 2017 in Orlando provided several good signals that Microsoft has heard this feedback, and is taking some steps towards a rationalisation of product capabilities. Clearly Microsoft needs to stay on message now and carry out its intent over the coming years. Microsoft Office 365

2017 127

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent and LinkedIn

Michael Sampson - Currents

At Ignite 2017, Michele Ballinger and Brandon Potter, both of Microsoft, gave an introduction to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Talent, including the Attract and Onboard modules. Microsoft Dynamics 365

2017 136

Update on Microsoft Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Update from Kirk on the Office 365 Team on the new (still in preview) Microsoft Teams service in Office 365: … Microsoft Teams has picked up momentum since its launch last November. In the last month alone, 30,000 organizations across 145 markets and 19 languages have actively used Microsoft Teams. – Pramit Nairi, Only Microsoft Could Make Teams. – Stuart McIntyre, My musings on Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Office 365

2017 89

The Visualness of Microsoft Planner with the Rigour of Microsoft Project #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft, while late to the game, has integrated Planner into Office 365. One of the ideas floating around is linking the rigour of Microsoft Project with the visualness and user-friendliness of Microsoft Planner. Microsoft Office 365

2017 116

Recent News on Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Some recent news on Microsoft, Office, Surface, and Lync: 1. Microsoft reported a strong fiscal year third quarter. Microsoft is expected to announce new Surface models in a couple of weeks , including a new “mini” variant. Microsoft changes its licensing definition of a Surface and Surface Pro when used against Office 365. About two thirds of that time was spent on Microsoft Outlook, checking and responding to email.

Microsoft Envision 2016 (April 4-6)

Michael Sampson - Currents

I may have missed the earlier announcements but Microsoft is running a conference for business leaders called Envision. Microsoft Envision is tailored to leaders in operations, finance, sales, marketing and IT.

2016 116

Microsoft OneNote for Mac

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Office team at Microsoft announced three updates to OneNote today : a Mac version, a freemium model (both OneNote 2013 for Windows and the new OneNote for Mac are free, with premium features available by subscription), and a new API for the cloud service. Nice work Microsoft.

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Price Increases in the Microsoft Ecosystem

Michael Sampson - Currents

On August 1 a range of prices in the Microsoft ecosystem are going up: – the User CAL for on-premises software (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync) is increasing by 13% ; and. In response to this growing trend, Microsoft is investing heavily in multi-device, cross-platform productivity scenarios that are tied to the on-premises servers licensed with CAL Suites. Collaboration Software Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint

2015 89

Microsoft Ignite is the place to be for SharePoint futures

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft gave a sneak peak at the timeframe and focus areas for SharePoint Server 2016. If you are going to Microsoft Ignite in a couple of weeks in Chicago, there will be a lot more disclosed, discussed, and debated about SharePoint Server 2016 (and many other Microsoft tools).

2015 116

OnTime Group Calendar for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

The team at OnTime announced the upcoming release of its group calendar product for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Collaboration Software Meeting Scheduling Microsoft Office 365

2015 116

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 – Some Highlights

Michael Sampson - Currents

The week of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference for 2014 has arrived, and as is usual for such events, today’s opening sessions featured a bevy of new announcements about the roadmap for SharePoint, Office 365, and more. the challenge for Microsoft will be to get the relationships right, and to not overwhelm users with redundant, duplicated, or irrelevant information. Think YouTube for the enterprise, provided by Microsoft.

2014 104

Blind Navigation – from Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Tom writes on The Verge about Microsoft’s work to help visually impaired people navigate through cities : “ Microsoft blindfolded me and led me around several streets before leaving me on the ledge of a freezing cold canal in London yesterday. Microsoft is aiming to change this with 3D Audio technology and a smart headset the software giant is trialling in the UK. Read more: Microsoft had to blindfold me so I could hear the future.

Thoughts on Microsoft Surface

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft last week took the wraps off an upcoming tablet - Microsoft Surface - running Windows 8. Microsoft has (some) time to sort these things out; we'll see how they go. The external keyboard integrated into the flip cover is a nice idea - well done Microsoft.

News Roundup – Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

I know the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas was over a month ago, but here’s the news I saw coming out from the show (or a bit after). “ Today at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014, Metalogix is the first vendor to announce a complete solution to move email, files and SharePoint content to Microsoft Office 365. Collaboration Software Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft SharePoint

2014 98

Free webinar on Twitter for Australian Teachers – PIL Microsoft Teachers

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

I’m teaching a free webinar on Twitter for Australian Teachers – it’s on the PIL network for teachers and sponsored by Microsoft. **.

2013 168

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Michael Sampson - Currents

When Microsoft released the first generation of its Surface RT / Surface Pro tablet / laptop hybrid, New Zealand customers had to wait for some months before they arrived down under. More reading on the Surface Pro 2: - ZDNet, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: Better, but too heavy and too expensive. TechCrunch, Microsoft Surface Unit Volume Doubled in Most Recent Quarter.

Microsoft Surface Hub – Reinventing Meeting Dynamics

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the Windows 10 event today, Microsoft announced Surface Hub. It is weird to me that Microsoft chose the name they did, since there is also a Surface Hub app for the Surface Pro. It is intended to be used for collaborative meetings, brainstorming, and other group activities.

2015 127

Microsoft Releases a New Outlook for Mac

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have been wondering over the past month whatever happened to the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac. Friday saw a surprise release from Microsoft of the next version of part of the next release: a new Outlook. Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office 365

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Business Reimagined by Dave Coplin, Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over the past few days I have been reading Dave Coplin’s book, Business Reimagined: Why work isn’t working and what you can do about it (2013).

2014 169

The Art of the Possible in London – with Automated Intelligence, Microsoft UK, and Others

Michael Sampson - Currents

On the Tuesday in London I attended and participated in The Art of the Possible , a one-day conference hosted by Automated Intelligence and Microsoft UK, at the new Microsoft premises at Paddington. Conference Notes Microsoft Office 365

2016 116

Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings. million people last month, while Microsoft’s Outlook app — praised by many reviewers — sported just 6.3

2016 127

Google vs. Microsoft on Mobile Productivity Apps (US Data Only)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Gregg recently wrote on ComputerWorld about the comparative monthly active user base for Google’s mobile productivity apps versus the Microsoft offerings. million people last month, while Microsoft’s Outlook app — praised by many reviewers — sported just 6.3

2016 127

Dear Microsoft

Collaborative Thinking

So - beside being a little upset at myself for forgetting to change the auto-update setting - I have a question for those Microsoft folks that read my blog. I was having a very productive day yesterday when a Windows Update pop-up informed me that important updates had been installed on my computer and that a reboot was necessary. This was a pretty normal event - I have Windows Update set to automatically install updates.

Microsoft + Yahoo!

Nancy White

My view, for what it’s worth, is that while the deal may make sense from the defensive perspectives of Microsoft and Yahoo!, Although Google is experiencing some wobbles at the moment, I am not convinced that a Microsoft/Yahoo! Meshing the different cultures of Microsoft and Yahoo! For detailed and incisive comments on this story read Danny Sullivan’s Searchengineland post.

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Moxie Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Portals and KM

  They now have announced a partnership with Microsoft Corp. to pursue a joint, go-to-market strategy offering  Spaces by Moxie™  within  Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  The Moxie Microsoft CRM is a perfect example of this.

2013 130

Developing a Strategic Approach to Microsoft Office 365 (my slides)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I presented at the Christchurch SharePoint User Group meeting on Developing a Strategic Approach to Microsoft Office 365. Collaboration Microsoft Office 365 Reports My slides from that session are above. Presentation flow (slides): 1. Title slide. About Michael and what I do for clients. Agenda. Office 365 offers many features. Tactical approaches emphasise short term gains. A strategic approach is different. 12-13. Examples of tactical vs. strategic questions.

2015 89

Microsoft Surface RT - The Surface Movement

Michael Sampson - Currents

A fun ad for the Microsoft Surface RT. And given the productivity message from Microsoft with the Surface, this does seem like an awful lot of entertainment and non-business fun.

Microsoft Surface RT - Marco Arment

Michael Sampson - Currents

Marco writes about his experiences visiting a Microsoft store to look at the Surface RT. The Surface is partially for Microsoft’s world of denial: the world in which this store contains no elephants and Microsoft invented the silver store with the glass front and the glowing logo and blue shirts and white lanyards and these table layouts and the modern tablet and its magnetic power cable. He concludes with: " It’s very clear who the Surface is for, and it’s not us.

Microsoft on Emergency Response

Michael Sampson - Currents

I am at a Microsoft event in Christchurch (New Zealand), co-presented by Intergen New Zealand. The event is focused on how to use various Microsoft technologies for emergency response. You can learn more about the initiative at Microsoft Citizen Safety Architecture, at www.microsoft.com/csa. The architecture describes how to use various Microsoft technologies to support agencies and organizations focused on citizen safety. Microsoft Innovation Centre.

Microsoft: Our Phone is Faster Than Yours

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft is trying to win the hearts and minds of people who are on non-Microsoft mobile devices. In the above, they demonstrate speed benefits. It's a fun video. Enterprise Mobility

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Microsoft Surface RT - Nat Burgess

Michael Sampson - Currents

Nat shares the experiences of people at his Seattle area firm with the Microsoft Surface: " Now Microsoft is the visionary. Read more: Commentary: Microsoft Surface breaks out of the walled garden. With the Surface they are leading the industry out of a world of limited and limiting devices, and into a new world where the device becomes a useful, integrated component of our lives. snip). I run a boutique investment bank that sells software companies.

Using Machine Learning to Help Process Email – Microsoft Adds Clutter to Declutter the Inbox

Michael Sampson - Currents

Clutter is powered by Microsoft Office Graph, which is also the power behind the recently released Delve capability for Office 365. When Microsoft announced the Office Graph earlier this year, it said that Delve (codenamed Oslo) was the first application of that idea.

2014 116

Open Letter – Take a Strategic Approach to the Use of Microsoft Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft Office 365 offers a collection of software applications for various user devices plus an array of cloud-delivered online services to both power and complement any installed software. Microsoft’s sales people are focused on selling Office 365 and Microsoft’s other cloud services, and this is leading to a strong uplift in the subscriber base around the world. Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Connections, Office 365) as well as a mix of key themes (e.g.,

2016 89

Microsoft's Unified Communications Predictions

Collaborative Thinking

I thought I would offer some comments on some UC predictions offered by Gurdeep Singh Pall, who heads Microsoft's UC group: No Jitter | Microsoft: Gurdeep's UC Predictions. A single identity with presence at the core is spot on - but it makes you wonder why Microsoft does not openly share its rich presence information? If identity and presence are at the core of UC - then Microsoft needs to open up how it federates presence to other systems beyond "basic presence".

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 3 – iWant

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft announced the specifications and availability dates for its upcoming Surface Pro 3. Coverage around the web: - ZDNet, Can Microsoft Create a New Market with Surface Pro 3? - ZDNet, Five Reasons to Upgrade from a Microsoft Surface Pro to a Surface Pro 3. ZDNet, Microsoft’s Surface Strategy: As Long As It Takes. ComputerWorld, No Surface Mini from Microsoft on Tuesday.

2014 89

Microsoft Social Computing Overview

Collaborative Thinking

Microsoft design point is to co-mingle structured collaboration tools alongside social computing tools - it's unrealistic to think of social computing disconnected from collaborations strategies. Microsoft also thinks of the IT Pro. SharePointM social journey began with MySite 2003 (disagree that Microsoft had any clue of social computing in 2003 though - some recasting history here). Notes from Christian Finn, Director, Social Computing. 13 sessions in "social track".

Microsoft Blues: Some Thoughts on Windows 8

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Economist weighs in on the problems with Microsoft and Windows 8 , taking the view that its short-term problems are much less than its long-run prospects: " It is always fun to watch the mighty fall. This week Microsoft said it was rethinking “key aspects” of its new operating system, Windows 8. A Microsoft executive insisted that “customer satisfaction” with the new offering “is strong” while also conceding that “the learning curve is definitely real”.

2013 98

Moxie Software and Microsoft Partner to Enhance Customer Service Capabilities

Portals and KM

In November, Moxie and Microsoft   announced  a partnership to pursue a joint go-to-market strategy to offer Spaces by Moxie within MSFT Dynamics CRM. See –  Moxie Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM ). Microsoft Lync is their unified communications offering.

2013 130

Ed on Living Microsoft Free

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ed Brill, an IBM executive, writes about living Microsoft free for two years : " Two years ago, I switched to a MacBook Pro as my business desktop. I don't even have one of the at-one-time ubiquitous Microsoft mice. In short, I live a Microsoft-free life. I haven't given up Microsoft Office though, unlike Ed - at least not yet. He uses Microsoft Office (2011) on it, and is having some struggles with it.