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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Router Events in Angular

Mike BerrymanWhen working with Angular Routing, it’s very useful to be able to respond to routing events – the most obvious and useful being when the route changes. In AngularJS this was accomplished with by attaching a callback function to one the “$routeChange” events on the $scope. In Angular the concept is similar but has some key (and in my opinion, useful) differences.

Once you have a reference to the Router for your application you can subscribe to its “events” observable. This observable will emit a route-event whenever applicable that you can listen for. Being an observable you can subscribe to it in multiple places, filter for the specific event you want, transform the raw event, or anything else you could do with an observable.

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The 411 on Microsoft 365

Duane OdumEarlier this week at Microsoft’s Inspire conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the release of Microsoft 365, an solution that bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The service offers two routes: Enterprise (for larger organizations) and Business (for small to mid-size businesses).  Both plans will be available for purchase in early August.

In a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of the Office team, describes Microsoft 365 as “a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees…to be creative and work together, securely.”

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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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Introducing Microsoft Stream

Duane OdumOffice 365 has introduced a new application to its suite in preview for First Release tenants: Microsoft Stream, a video service that effectively replaces Office 365 Video (the two services will coexist temporarily, but you should learn how to transition your videos to Stream).

Stream provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to create, upload, store, manage, and view videos to share with other users in their organization to encourage faster and easier collaboration. You can also connect Stream with other Office 365 applications, such as Yammer, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Other features include:

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