New Microsoft Product Previews
Microsoft is unveiling a slew of previews for new products and features this month that channel partners should know about. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant’s April releases include more supply chain and marketing capabilities for Dynamics 365 users, along with more integrations between Dynamics 365 and the Microsoft Teams collaboration app. Microsoft is also previewing updates for industry-focused clouds, the Viva employee engagement platform and Teams.
The preview phase allows users to try out an update to a product while knowing that the update is actually coming--which is more helpful than a beta, when an update or feature can change drastically before entering general availability, said Michael Goldstein, president and CEO of LAN Infotech, a CRN Security 100 managed service provider based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“It’s like when a car dealership lets you take something home for the weekend,” said Goldstein, whose customers include government agencies, law firms and nonprofits. “Tech changes so quickly. So for Microsoft to put something in preview instead of going live, it can be meaningful.”
The upgrades to Teams and new integrations between the app and other Microsoft products — from Dynamics to Viva — furthers the tech giant’s goal of making Teams the one business application that businesses can’t do without, Reed Wiedower, global alliances leader and CTO for the Cognizant Microsoft Business Group, has told CRN.
In terms of generating revenue from Teams, working with customers that were among the first to move to the app is a good strategy because they tend to be the most cloud-friendly and the most willing to dig into their business to find areas that can be automated, Wiedower said.
What follows are the details on six new Microsoft product previews launching in April.