New User Experiences in Office 365


Last week Microsoft released a set of new user experiences coming to Office 365 including access to notifications, help and what’s new feature introductions, contextual and immersive settings, and the integration of Skype for Business conversations. The new features will be accessed through icons in the top right of the navigation bar that will remain in place across Office 365 web applications. Be on the lookout for the new features to begin rolling out to those in the First Release program over the next few weeks, and then all Office 365 business customers over the next several months.

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Sway Coming to Office 365 Business and Education


Microsoft has started to roll out Sway for qualified Office 365 business and education customers. Sway supports six languages in addition to English (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) with support for Japanese and other languages coming soon.

Microsoft has also improved Sway’s suggested search feature. This feature anticipates what content users might want to incorporate into their Sway by showing tags for related words and phrases based on the content that has already been entered. Suggested search results previously included YouTube videos, tweets and images from Bing Image Search, and now includes Wikipedia snippets.

Additional Sway improvements include the ability to add personal and community images from Flickr and use of the Grid Card. The new Grid Card organizes any images, videos and text added to it into a uniform grid which adjusts automatically for optimal display on various screen sizes.

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Windows 10 Available on July 29


Microsoft announced that the final version of Windows 10 will be available on Wednesday, July 29th. Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s most secure platform and will run Windows Defender, a free anti-malware protection.

Windows 10 will be available as a free download to Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC owners for the first year after its release. Users who do not qualify for the free update will be able to purchase Windows 10.The Windows 10 Home package is priced at $110 and Windows 10 Pro edition is $199. There is also the option to purchase the Windows 10 Pro Pack to upgrade from Home to Pro for $99.

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Learn more about Windows 10’s innovative new features including:

  • Cortana
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Office on Windows
  • Xbox Live and the Integrated Xbox App
  • New Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail & Calendar apps
  • Windows Continuum
  • Windows Hello
  • Windows Store