Microsoft is taking the opportunity to showcase many new products and services this week at its debut annual Ignite event. Among them include the upcoming Office 2016, Skype for Business broadcasting, organisational analytics for Office Delve, plus preview versions of SharePoint Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016.
Using the power of Azure Media Services, the new Skype for Business broadcasting service enables customers to broadcast meetings to up to 10,000 people and track feedback thanks to integration with Bing Pulse and Yammer. Each broadcast can include audio, video and PowerPoint presentations. Microsoft has said the feature is coming “later this year.”
An early preview of a new organisation view in Delve was demonstrated on stage at Ignite by Julia White, general manager for the Office Marketing team (pictured). Using Office Graph, the interactive dashboard identifies key trends across employee engagement, team connections and even provides insights into individuals’ work-life balance.
Microsoft also shared some more information about SharePoint Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016, which are expected to go into preview in the coming months.
In particular, the latest version of the enterprise collaboration platform will give on-premise SharePoint customers access to new capabilities in the cloud through hybrid deployments with Office 365. Customers can also look forward to user experience, compliance and reporting enhancements.
Exchange Server 2016, meanwhile, will deliver features already introduced to Office 365, such as a new approach to document collaboration, faster and more intelligent search, improved e-discovery, and developer extensibility for mail, calendar and contacts.
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