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In an effort to further help the software adoption process in organizations, Microsoft has released the public preview of the Office 365 adoption content pack in Power BI.

In the announcement blog post, the company notes that the content pack combines the intelligence of the usage reports, launched in March 2016, with the interactive capabilities of Power BI.

Thanks to the Office 365 adoption content pack, admins get their hands on usage and adoption insights. That way, administrators will be able to easily train employees on how to use new software.

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For example, if someone doesn’t know how to use Skype for Business, the IT department can connect with that person and provide them more info or training courses. Thanks to the new Office 365 pack, IT admins will understand how employees use the services within Office 365.

Four areas of insights

The home page of the content pack is a dashboard which provides IT admins with a view of how users access the products within Office 365. The dashboard consists of four main areas: Understanding adoption, Communication, Collaboration, and Activation.

Of course, each area provides admins with different kinds of usage insights. Here is what IT admins can do within each area:

  • Understanding adoption area—Offers an all-up summary of adoption trends that helps you understand how users have adopted Office 365.
  • Communication area—Highlights the services that people use to communicate, such as Skype for Business, Exchange, and Yammer.
  • Collaboration area—Shows how people in your organization use OneDrive for Business and SharePoint to store documents and work together—including how many users are active on their own accounts versus accounts owned by others.
  • Activation area—Helps you understand Office 365 ProPlus, Project Pro and Visio Pro activations in your organization.

How to start

As mentioned above, the adoption content pack is available to the public as a preview. Users will only need the free Power BI service in order to connect to the pack, using their Office 365 admin account to sign up.

In order to enable the pack, IT admins should visit the Usage Reports page. There they will see a new card with the title Office 365 Adoption (Preview), which provides all the information they will need.

To learn more about the new adoption content pack, visit Microsoft’s blog post.

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