Happy Birthday, OneDrive: Collab 365 Live Show #14 Recap

JohnThis week’s Collab365 Live Show focused on Microsoft OneDrive, which is 10 years old this month🎈🎁! Microsoft product team members Stephen Rose and Jason Moore joined hosts Andy Talbot and Nick Brattoli, as well as special guest Hans Brendner, to discuss what’s new with OneDrive and what we can expect from the service in the future.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s file hosting/sharing service. You can sync multiple devices to the same OneDrive account, ensuring you have access to all of your documents, regardless of location or device.

Here are some of the key takeaways from this week’s Live Show:

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The Latest on PowerApps

JohnEssentially, PowerApps is a Microsoft-based service that allows technical and nontechnical users to build, manage, and share web and mobile apps. Its intuitive design and wide selection of templates allows people without coding experience to build apps that empower and drive business. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft and Office 365 services.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot chatted with Darshan Desai and Ashlee & Paul Culmsee to learn about what’s new with Microsoft PowerApps.

Here were some of the key takeaways:

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Back to School Tech

JohnAhhh…August. A month full of soldiering through the muggy, humid weather; readjusting to the work grind after returning from beachy, tropical vacations; and listening children of all ages throwing temper tantrums as they prepare to return to school.

But going back to school doesn’t have to be a painful, torturous ordeal, especially not when so much technology has been made available to us to make our lives (and education) a bit easier. From ways to back up your documents to group project collaboration tools to entertainment, technology is a vital part of the 21st century educational experience.

I scoured the Internet, searching high and low for the technologies elementary school children, high schoolers, and college almost-graduates will hopefully find helpful as they gear up to head back to school. Here are some of my favorites, included with links of some of the most popular options:

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The Latest on Microsoft Graph

JohnMicrosoft Graph, a feature in the Office 365 suite that “facilitates search across integrated applications,” was released in 2015.

At its core, Graph takes data from every other Office 365 application and consolidates it into one endpoint; therefore, Graph contains an incredible amount of data. The service can also keep track of a user’s open documents, share files, and conversations. This information is entered into a machine learning algorithm to help commercial and consumer users organize and manage a range of services, including their contacts, conversations, and calendar.

Collab365 Live Show hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot caught up with Diego Costa, a developer, and Yina Arenas, a program manager at Microsoft, to discuss what’s new with Graph, how to use the new functionality, and what we can expect from it in the future.

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What’s New with Microsoft Teams?

JohnWe’ve talked about Microsoft Teams before, but there’s a whole heap of new stuff to discuss.

Teams, a “chat-based workspace,” is a relatively new addition to the Office 365 suite. A few weeks ago, Collab365 hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot teamed up with Richard Moe, a Teams program manager, to explore what’s new with Teams and what users can expect in the future.

Here’s what’s new:

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Collab365 Live Show #11 Recap: “Latest & Greatest Around Microsoft Flow”

JohnEssentially, Microsoft Flow is an addition to PowerApps and Power BI, built on top of Logic Apps. Flow encourages users to automate their business processes. Although Flow focuses more on users whereas PowerApps focuses more on developers, both share an infrastructure and help people perform functions such as send notifications, copy files, collect data, and set up approval workflows. One of our developers, Duane, gave a great overview of Microsoft Flow back in February, but lots of new features have sprung up since then.

In the most recent Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Bratolli and Andy Talbot spoke with two members of Microsoft Flow’s product development team to learn what’s new with Flow. The guys also discussed how Flow integrates with other Office365 applications and what new features we’ll see added to the service in the future.

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Does My Business Really Need A Mobile App?

JohnIf you’re looking for the short answer, here it is: yes.

Even your big business, the one you created before the internet even existed and already has a loyal customer base, needs a mobile application.

Mobile internet traffic grew 63% in 2016, surpassing desktop internet usage for the first time ever, and this trend is only expected to continue in the coming years.

Giving your customers the option to utilize your products/services on-the-go and to access functionality with only a few taps of their finger is essential to growing and maintaining your business. We live in age where speed and convenience are two key drivers in our decisions, and mobile apps meet both of these requirements.

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