Microsoft's Ignite 2017 conference is underway in Florida and the company has plenty to discuss this year. We have already reported on Skype for Business integration in Microsoft Teams. Also at the event today, the company has revealed some important Microsoft 365 features.
If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft 365, it is a new platform that serves as a unified subscription service. Announced in July, it combines Office 365, Windows 10, and other Microsoft services into a single subscription package.
At Ignite, Microsoft made 365 the focus of its keynote event. The company announced two new packages for the service, F1 and Education. Microsoft also announced new personalization features for the platform. The company says these features allow customers to “discover people and information from across your organization and beyond”.
The F1 edition combines Windows 10, Office 365 F1, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft points out the release will “maximize the impact of the Firstline Worker.” Office 365 for Education, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Minecraft: Education Edition.
Microsoft has yet to details pricing for the new subscriptions.
The company called on its Microsoft Graph tool to help target search results directly to customers based on their work. Search is carried out be a private preview of Bing for Business. This is an enterprise-focused version of the search engine. It is able to search within an organization and on the web.
For Office 365, Microsoft has integrated LinkedIn with profile cards in the cloud productivity service. Additionally, the company says Office 365 search abilities are improved in OneDrive and SharePoint.
Microsoft 365 customers will also see new intelligent capabilities in Excel. The app will now understand more data types and “augment your data based on public data sources”. Microsoft says it will make the data useable from insider an organization in the future.