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10 Major Microsoft Announcements At Inspire 2018

Kyle Alspach and Gina Narcisi

Microsoft 365 Updates

Launched one year ago at Inspire 2017, the Microsoft 365 suite brings together Office 365, Windows 10, device management and security into a single comprehensive offering for businesses. At Inspire 2018, Microsoft is announcing that one application in the Office 365 suite, the Microsoft Teams collaboration app, is now available as a free version. The free Teams version can serve up to 300 people and offer unlimited chat, video and audio calling, and file storage. The free offering "provides a powerful introduction to Microsoft 365," the company said in a blog post.

In other updates to Microsoft 365, the company unveiled a new Workplace Analytics feature that uses data from Office 365 to help teams "discover challenges like meeting overload, minimal time for focused work, or high after-hours workload." The feature will provide "nudges" in Office 365, which will provide alerts to users with tips such as not sending an email to co-workers after-hours or delegating a meeting to a co-worker when your schedule is busy.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Teams users will also now be able to launch events on-demand, which will be viewable both in real-time and as recordings. These events can range from webcam streams to high-quality formal events, Microsoft said.

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