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Intranet Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Workplaces are no longer physical spaces occupied by employees. Organizations now are advancing towards ‘Digital Workplaces’ – this allows employees to connect more easily with each other across vast geographic locations, something that allows them to work remotely. ‘Digital Workplaces’ means providing digital access to all information and converting all business process to digital. One of the key components of a Digital Workspace are Intranets. From being mere document sharing sites and bulletin boards, intranets are now becoming portals to find all critical company data, for engaging with colleagues, expressing opinions, giving feedbacks, and much more. Organizations are looking at leveraging Intranets at the core of their Digital Workspace initiative and are expecting intranets to yield a slew of employee engagement benefits. Based on our experience in building Intranets and following many surveys online, we have outlined certain Intranet trends that will pick up pace this year and will amp up the return on investments too. Anytime, Anywhere Access In the 21st century, most of our workforce is made up of the younger generation, which is really technology savvy. Always… Read More

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New feature: Office 365 Connectors

Office 365 Connectors is a new Office 365 feature that enables premium user experiences by bringing relevant interactive content from popular apps and services to Office 365 Groups in a configurable and contextual manner. End users will be able to view, discuss, and interact with this content right alongside their normal conversations and perform simple actions against the updates as they happen. First release tenants have already begun seeing this feature activated and it will be rolling out worldwide over the next few weeks. How does this affect me? End users will spend less time searching and collecting data and more time using it. Connectors for services like Twitter, Trello, Salesforce and 55 others are available today and developers can also create custom Connectors using incoming webhooks to generate rich connector cards that will show up in Outlook client, OWA and Groups mobile app experiences. The feature will be automatically available to users in your tenant once the update is deployed. What do I need to do to prepare for this change? This feature has administrative controls to enable and… Read More

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New Feature: Enhanced Automatic Replies (Out of office) capabilities

Enhanced Automatic Replies from Outlook on the web is a new Office 365 feature. You’ll begin seeing this new feature over the coming weeks as Microsoft rolls it out. How does this affect me? When users set an automatic reply (Out of office) message with an end date in Outlook on the web, Outlook can now automatically decline meetings for that period of time as well as decline any future invites that the user receives for a date in which they are away. Nilesh Mehta | CEO NGenious Solutions Inc.

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Microsoft is removing the RSS feature from the Office 365 Service Health Dashboard

Microsoft will be removing the RSS feature from the Office 365 Service Health Dashboard, in June. This feature is currently only available in the classic Office 365 Admin Center experience, and will not be added to the new Admin Center. How does this affect me? You will no longer be able to subscribe to RSS alerts for service health incidents when this change is implemented. Instead of using the RSS feeds, we recommend you use the Office 365 Admin app, which now contains push notifications. What do I need to do to prepare for this change? If you do not have the Office 365 Admin app on your mobile device, please go to your mobile app store and download. If you do have the Office 365 Admin app on your mobile device, go into settings and ensure it is configured to receive push notifications for service health incidents. Nilesh Mehta | CEO | Solutions Architect NGenious Solutions Inc.  

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Making shift from Web to Mobile Development

MOBILE APPS are the latest tool to reach customer faster and gain that extra mileage against competitors. The reason behind this change from web to mobile apps is the alarming rise in the usage of mobile users. Constant development in mobile smartphones, the plethora of mobile apps from different app stores and simultaneously rise in the speed of internet have resulted in the change in the paradigm of online shopping from desktop to mobile. Time management is a significant factor, and mobile device playing a crucial role to manage time, it was obvious of this shift from web to mobile apps development. The recent survey indicates more than 90% rise in 2014 in mobile data traffic from smartphones with a prediction often times increment by 2019. Mobile friendly business is the “future”. Mobile application development services will be a lucrative career for developers. Developers have been developing for the web for nearly two decades and to make a mental shift is crucial. Developing for mobile is a delicate and complex task. It is not just learning the new language but… Read More

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