Microsoft Planner


Microsoft Planner, originally launched in September 2015, is now available for free for all Office 365 users. This team collaboration software allows users to visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, and chat by using Boards, Cards, Buckets and Due Dates. Users access the Hub to track overall progress of plans and see who’s on time and who’s behind. Users are able to filter down to see personal tasks and assignments.

According to Microsoft, the roll out will happen over the next several weeks. Current Office 365 users do not need to take any additional steps to get the app. The tile will appear in your Office 365 launcher as soon as it becomes available to you! For more information, visit the Microsoft Planner site or check out this TechCrunch article.


Office 365 Updates for June 2016


In Microsoft’s Office 365 Updates for June 2016 video, Jim Naroski runs through the latest changes to Office 365. June 2016 updates include the availability of PPM Dashboard Apps, new capabilities in the OneDrive App on Windows 10, Power BI enhancements, Yammer external groups, Outlook 2016 for Mac formatting support, additional security capabilities, eDiscovery updates, and a new Office 365 datacenter in Canada.

Pickit Add-in for Microsoft Office

Pickit integrates with Microsoft to help users replace clipart

Goodbye ClipArt. Hello Pickit.

Pickit is integrating with Microsoft Office to give users access to a collection of thousands of of free, high-quality photos, icons, and moving images. Pickit is available as an add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Sway, and also as an app on any Windows 10 device. Once downloaded, it will appear as a button in the PowerPoint and Word ribbons.

Pickit gathers images from professional image banks and its community of photographers,  making the images available in a centralized location. It is estimated that 85% of all pictures used in presentations are stolen from the internet! Pickit solves this problem by ensuring that all images have legal clearance for publishing by only aggregating images from leading stock image providers and providing a safe platform photographers worldwide to showcase their work to the biggest photo market in the world: the 1.2 billion Microsoft Office users!

Download Pickit from the Microsoft Office store for free.

Office 365 Updates for May 2016


Jim Naroski is back with his monthly video highlighting what’s new in Office 365, keeping you up to date so you can get the most out of Office 365. May 2016 updates include enhancements for Excel Online, Office 365 Video, Delve Analytics with dashboards that provide insights on time and relationships, OneDrive for Business collaboration tools, Skype for Business, and Power BI with new usage reporting.

Office 365 Updates for April 2016

Jim Naroski’s latest video highlights what’s new in Office 365 for April 2016. Updates include Excel updates including the Get & Transform feature, free Office 365 training videos, SharePoint 2016, Project Server 2016, Skype for Business updates, Security Updates preview, new Office 365 Admin Center with Admin Center Reports, and FastTrack customer services to help organizations transition to the cloud.

For more information, visit Microsoft’s Office Blog.

OneDrive for Business Spring Updates


OneDrive for Business has made significant progress over the past 6 months, but Microsoft knows there’s always room for improvement. Check out this video to learn about the OneDrive for Business Spring Updates and read the Office blog post for additional details.

Interested in learning about the future of OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint? Register for The Future of SharePoint online event on May 4, 2016. Jeff Teper, CVP of OneDrive and SharePoint, will unveil the new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

Bing Image Search Feature in Microsoft Office and Edge


Microsoft recently announced a new image search feature that will be incorporated into Office products and the Edge browser via its Bing engine.The new Bing Image Search feature creates a simpler, more robust image-search experience for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher and Visio as well as Microsoft Edge.

“To try it out, just open any of those Office applications, such as Word, and click the ‘Insert’ tab at the top of the application, then select ‘Online Pictures.’ From there you’ll have the option to search for an image, and in return receive a grid of thumbnail images along with filters to narrow your search. To see the source and size of the image, just hover over it. You can view images that have been tagged as subject to certain license restrictions, or view all web images, depending on your needs and circumstances. You can then select an image that works for your particular situation by clicking on it and selecting the ‘Insert ‘button.”

For instructions on this new feature in Edge and to learn more, visit Bing blogs.

New Office 365 Admin Center and Reporting Portal


Microsoft has rolled out a new Office 365 admin center that makes it faster, easier and more efficient to manage Office 365 accounts using the dashboard. It also has searching and reporting features.

The new Reporting Portal within the Office 365 admin center provides insight into how your users are using Office 365 . Use the Reporting Portal to monitor your service, identify issues, plan support, and identify training opportunities. Learn more about the Office 365 admin center and the Reporting Portal.

Office 365 Webcasts

Tune in to one of Microsoft’s Office 365 Webcasts to learn about deploying Office 365 at your school.

• Office 365 Education introduction webcasts: Tuesdays at 1 pm CST
• Office 365 ProPlus overview webcasts: Tuesdays 3-4 pm CST
• Office 365 Education deployment and technical webcasts: weekly, visit for more information
• Deployment overview webcasts: Thursdays at 1 pm CST
• Technical overview webcasts: Wednesdays at 1 pm CST