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Microsoft posted an update regarding the new features in Microsoft Office 365, a web-based subscription comprising premium productivity apps as part of Microsoft’s Office product line, last week. “We released several new capabilities to help you stay ahead of threats, create a more productive workplace, and keep you in the flow of work”, states the Microsoft team.

What’s new in Microsoft 365?

Microsoft Threat Experts

Microsoft has come out with a new feature called Microsoft threat experts to boost the capabilities of the security teams. Microsoft Threat experts is a ‘threat-hunting service’ that helps you track down and prioritize threats using Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Microsoft threat experts service connects you with the world-class experts using the new ‘Ask a threat expert’ button, who in turn helps you work through the tough investigation challenges.

Priority notifications and integration of electronic health records

You can now make use of Priority notifications in Microsoft Teams to enable clinicians to focus on urgent messages to manage patient care and empower your healthcare organization. There’s also an added ability to integrate FHIR-enabled electronic health records (EHR) data within Teams. This will enable the clinicians to securely access patient records, chat with other team members, and start a video meeting.

Desktop App Assure and Microsoft FastTrack

Microsoft has come out with a new service called Desktop App Assure, as a part of Microsoft FastTrack that offers app compatibility services for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. FastTrack now also provides guidance on configuring Exchange Online Protection, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Office 365 Message Encryption, and Data Loss Prevention policies.

Security Notifications via Microsoft Authenticator

You can now receive security alerts for important events on your personal Microsoft account through the Microsoft Authenticator app. Once you receive the push notification, you can quickly view your account activity and take necessary actions to protect your account. You can also add two-step verification to your account using Microsoft Authenticator for added security.

New Office app for Windows 10

Users with work, school, or personal Microsoft Account can use the new Office app for Windows 10 to access the available apps, relevant files, and documents. Organizations can also integrate third-party apps, and enable users to search for documents and people across the organization. The new Office app requires a current version of Windows 10.

Add data to Excel using a photo

You can use the Excel app to click a picture of a printed data table on your Android device and convert the picture into a fully editable table in Excel. Using this new image recognition functionality cuts down on the need to manually enter hardcopy data. This feature has started to roll out for the Excel Android app and will support iOS soon.

New file-attached tasks in Microsoft To-Do

Users can now quickly attach files and photos to help make tasks more actionable. Microsoft team says that this was a highly requested feature and has been made available on all platforms and syncs across all your devices.

For more information, check out the official Microsoft blog.

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