One of the main focus points Microsoft is concentrating on at Ignite 2022 is bridging the gap between the office and at-home work environments. As hybrid work becomes increasingly common, Microsoft wants its services to reflect the changing landscape. To drive hybrid productivity, the company is debuting a new Microsoft 365 app.
Microsoft 365 will continue to be the cloud-first bundle of Microsoft services such as Office, Windows, Defender, and more. At Ignite, Microsoft is highlighting a bunch of updates for apps within Microsoft 365 but is also debuting a new central hub for the package.
As the recent Microsoft Work Trend Index highlights, managers and leaders still have “productivity paranoia” around hybrid workplaces. Rather than encourage a back-to-the-office policy, Microsoft prefers to give businesses the tools to feel more confident with workers who work remotely.
At the Ignite conference, Microsoft says that customers save 60% by bundling the various services of Microsoft 365 instead of purchasing separate alternatives.
With the new app, Microsoft continues to gather major Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook into a central location. Microsoft Teams is also available and an increasingly core part of the 365 experience.
“It's a secure, integrated, experience built on the Microsoft Graphthat brings together all your documents, files, contacts, meetings, and more—with intelligent, Graphpowered recommendations personalized for you,” Microsoft explains.
Microsoft also discussed a new Windows 365 app for Windows 11. If you are unfamiliar, Microsoft introduced Windows 365 Cloud PC, a virtual version of the OS available in the cloud. Now, the Cloud PC is available directly from the task bar in Windows 11 or via the Start menu.