Microsoft has introduced a handful of recent collaboration instruments for Groups forward of Microsoft Encourage, its partner-focused occasion happening this week. Along with new Groups options, Microsoft additionally launched Home windows 365 Authorities, bringing cloud PCs to authorities clients in the US.
The majority of the bulletins is targeted on Groups, although, and that begins with the brand new Excel Reside function, which is constructed on prime of Reside Share, a function launched earlier this yr at Construct. Reside Share permits you to collaborate on sure content material throughout the Groups assembly window, and Excel Reside leverages that so you possibly can edit Excel workbooks concurrently with different folks on a name. The Groups SDK has additionally been up to date so builders can construct collaborative experiences for Reside Share.
In the same vein, Microsoft is including collaborative annotations to Groups, so customers can draw or kind on prime of content material shared in a gathering utilizing the suite of instruments offered by Microsoft Whiteboard. This function is now usually accessible. Lastly, Groups is getting the flexibility to report and ship movies straight throughout the app, so you possibly can simply ship a video message to somebody.
One thing else that’s new is the brand-new Viva Interact app for Groups. Microsoft is continuous to increase the Viva model, and Viva Interact is supposed to be like a client social community (comparable to Fb) however for the office. Because the title suggests, the objective is to extend engagement between folks within the office, and it contains options like Tales to offer customers extra methods to specific themselves. You even have a “Storyline”, which is just about the equal of a Fb profile the place others can see all of your posts over time. If that sounds acquainted to Microsoft’s personal Yammer, it’s, however it appears that evidently Viva Interact is extra centered on sharing extra of a private perspective about your work, slightly than only a place to get work completed.
On the subject of Viva, Microsoft additionally introduced that Viva Targets – first introduced at Construct again in Might – will likely be usually accessible on August 1st. This can be a platform for setting targets and managing workers to drive outcomes primarily based in your group’s priorities. For essentially the most half, Microsoft didn’t point out availability for the opposite collaboration instruments in Groups.