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There’s a Whole New Google Assistant on Your Smartphone! (Photo)

Google has noticed that users do not interact with Assistant on smartphones only through voice  (as the company would like), but mostly with their own fingers, as with normal apps. So here comes a nice redesign of the Google assistant for Android and iOS, in order to make this combination voice-touch more pleasant and simple.

The new design should, in fact, combine the best of both worlds, allowing you to start everything with the voice, and then scroll images, press buttons and interact with other elements that the assistant will present, with the touch of a finger.

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We, therefore, have larger elements, which offer a better glance, and new controls to interact with these elements: you can adjust lights, volume and more with a simple touch on the corresponding slider. The same conversation with the assistant can be easily changed by pressing a finger, to add a comma to a message or to change a word that has not been correctly interpreted.

Developers and leading brands have access to new elements, such as thumbnails, enlarged images or GIFs, to enrich their content, as done by  StarbucksFood Network and FitStar.

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On Android it is also easier to access the summary of your day: just open the assistant and swipe up to get personalized information based on the time and your interactions with Assistant.

Finally, Actions on Google become more appealing to developers, as they can now offer subscriptions and other paid services through in-app purchases. We speak of digital services, not physical since the latter was already available previously. Something tells us, however, that it will take some time before we see the fruits on our side.

 

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Microsoft Announces Skype To-Do App Integration and More

During the Microsoft Surface Event, there seems to be a major focus on productivity. Skype is widely used in a business context, and at the event, Microsoft presented the latest version of Skype, in addition to the integration with Microsoft To-Do App.

The new app provides the same consistent interface across iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, but solely to Windows 10, now you can use the share charm to share content directly with your Skype contacts.

ALSO READ: Why Skype for Business Is a Tool Every Business Needs Right Now

If you’re browsing in Microsoft Edge or looking for a document in File Explorer and find something you want to share, just tap the Share icon and select a Skype contact to share with – there’s no need to launch Skype.

The Skype for Windows 10 app also sports a number of other features including:

  • To-Do—Add tasks to your To-Do list directly from Skype. Select the message and then tap “Create a task” to open the tasks pane. From here, you can add, edit and check off tasks. Tasks will be saved and available in Skype, or in the To-Do app.
  • Call recording — With call recording, you can save a call to the chat and return to it later so you won’t forget something important.  Missed a meeting? No problem, now you can find and replay key moments or decisions, just as they were made by those on the call.
  • Private Conversations — Have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls, send text messages, image, audio and video files. The content is hidden in chat list notifications to keep the information you share privately.
  • Themes — You can now customize your chat bubbles. Give them colour to make your chats more festive or stick with our classic colours when you need to get down to business.
  • And much more — Archive conversations, the ability to mute others in a group call, @mentions and more.

The new features will be delivered via the usual app update route.

The app can otherwise be found in the Store here.

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Microsoft Forms Now Available in PowerPoint

Microsoft Forms has been integrated with PowerPoint for Office 365 to give educators a simple and easy way of inserting a quiz or even an assessment into a PowerPoint Presentation.

To get started,  just simply click the Forms icon in PowerPoint to create a new form/quiz or Insert one you’ve previously created.

Microsoft Forms in PowerPoint 2

Click “Insert” to embed a form or quiz into your current slide.

ALSO READ: G Suite Vs Office 365: Which Productivity Suite Is Right for Your Organization?

Microsoft Forms in PowerPoint 2

With the integration of Forms in PowerPoint, A teacher, for instance, can add a quiz to his or her deck and share it out with students. Students can then fill out the quiz and submit their answer without leaving Powerpoint.

Please be aware that this feature is only Available for PowerPoint Windows 32. Learn more about how to insert a form or quiz into PowerPoint.

 

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Outlook Mobile Adds New Enterprise Information Protection and Mobile Management Capabilities

Yesterday Microsoft announced that it is adding several new enterprise capabilities for Outlook mobile with support for Microsoft Information Protection native labelling, improved mobile device management, Microsoft Teams integration and more. Learn more about these new features below.

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Sensitivity labels for emails:

Customers will soon be able to classify and label Outlook mobile emails to help ensure that sensitive information is handled in compliance with your company policies. Microsoft is introducing Microsoft Information Protection native labelling in Outlook for iOS and Android to help enforce a common set of protection policies and actions across Microsoft 365 apps. An administrator can also set up a policy to allow you to change a sensitivity email label if necessary but require a justification to do so for tracking and compliance purposes. This feature will be available in preview to commercial Outlook mobile customers by the end of the year.

Outlook Mobile App

Simplified deployment options:

  • Admins can now ensure only corporate accounts are added to Outlook mobile. This will help mitigate the risk of employees using personal accounts on company devices. For example, administrators can specify the corporate email and OneDrive for Business accounts that are allowed in Outlook mobile.
  • Scale deployments and enforce consistency—Administrators will soon be able to push specific Outlook mobile app configuration settings such as the on/off state for syncing or saving contacts, biometrics such as Touch ID, block external images, and MailTips, as well mail options such as Focused Inbox settings to their users.
  • Enable faster account setup—Administrators will soon be able to push Outlook mobile account setup configurations for modern authentication capable accounts. This will ensure that employees use the correct work account setup information to get them up and running with Outlook mobile in no time.
  • A new app configuration policy interface in Microsoft Intune—A new app configuration policy interface in the Intune console will initially support the ability to push account setup details for Exchange on-premises customers using basic authentication.

Culled from: mspoweruser

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G Suite Vs Office 365: Which Productivity Suite Is Right for Your Organization?

Are you trying to choose between G Suite and Office 365 for your company’s email address? Do you want to compare G Suite and Office 365 to determine which is better for your Business? Google Suite (formerly Google Apps) and Microsoft Office 365 are cloud-based, business-oriented platforms which provide professional e-mail and productivity tools to facilitate collaboration. In this article, we compare G Suite with Office 365 to help you decide what is best for your business.

What are G Suite and Office 365 and why do you need it?

After creating a website, the next step is usually to get a business address. Unlike your e-mails @gmail.com or @outlook.com, the business e-mail address is associated with your company name: name@yourcompany.com.

Although most Web Hosting companies offer a free business email address, they can not compete with the powerful business tools provided by G Suite and Office 365, including more robust email, file storage, calendar, notes, video conferencing devices and much more.

ALSO READ: What Is G Suite and Why Is It Important for Your Business

G Suite includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Presentations, Google Calendar, Store, Hangouts and other Google apps that you use and probably already enjoy.

Microsoft Office 365 includes Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Skype and other Microsoft applications.

The use of sets of cloud computing saves you money on escorting software licenses, installation, IT operations and much more. All your data is stored in the cloud, which makes it easy to access files from anywhere and from any device. It’s a great option if you run a remote business or travel regularly.

G Suite Vs Office 365: Which Productivity Suite Is Right for Your Organization?

G suite vs Office 365: Comparison from Various Perspectives

Information Protection

G Suite provides Data Loss Protection and Rights Management. Rights Management features allow users to disable downloading, printing and copying of any speci?c Google Drive ?le, provided it stays within the Google ecosystem. Data Loss Protection covers Gmail only – to address sites or documents, Google customers would need a 3rd party service.

Of?ce 365 also provides Rights Management and Data Loss Protection. Rights Management features are at an email/?le level, so regardless of where they’re sent or stored, they’re covered. The main difference is in the Data Loss Protection capabilities which include not only email but sites and ?les as well.

Reliability & Scalability

Both G Suite and Microsoft ensure a service level agreement of 99.9% with its users. On-Demand services are scalable, depending on your organization’s speci?c requirements.

Cloud Storage

Office 365 package comes with 1 TB of online Cloud storage per user, regardless of the plan you choose. Besides, G Suite plan comes with 30 GB of online Cloud storage per user for Basic accounts. OR Unlimited storage for Business, Team or Enterprise accounts that have at least 5 users.

Online Applications

Of?ce 365 offers easy-to-use online versions of their favourite apps like Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. However, G Suite provides online versions of their popular apps, like Gmail, Hangouts, Drive, and Docs. A lot of customers ?nd G Suite’s web app responsiveness and performance slightly better than Of?ce 365.

Of?ine Email Capabilities

Outlook and Outlook Web Access will allow you to access your email of?ine using a wide variety of browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 10. On the other hand, Gmail will allow you to access your email of?ine, but only if you’re using a Google Chrome browser.

Compliance

Both G Suite and Office 365 provides auditing, document eDiscovery, archiving, and internal site search, as well as legal hold capabilities.

Productivity

Office 365 Document views and user experiences are consistent, regardless of the device being used. Documents can be accessed whether the user is online or of?ine. However, for G Suite, Document views and user experiences are inconsistent, and of?ine capabilities are limited. G Suite does not allow you to share Of?ce documents unless they’re ?rst converted to Google format (which can lead to formatting issues when converting).

Mobile Apps

Both G suite and Office 365 mobile applications are available on iOS and Android devices.

Security

Microsoft has cutting-edge data centres, premium anti-spam and anti-virus protection, encrypted access to data, and integration with multi-factor authentication solutions, which are altogether incorporated into their security measures. On the other hand, G Suite shares a privacy policy across both business and consumer applications, meaning that data protection might not meet specific industry regulations or business security requirements.

Data Centre Security

Both Google and Microsoft provide world-class security at their data centres.

Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

Of?ce 365 provides Advanced Threat Protection, which guards your devices against malware and viruses. G Suite currently doesn’t have Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

IT Support

Both G Suite and Of?ce 365 provides web and phone support for critical issues.

 

G Suite vs Office 365 Pricing and Apps Comparison

G Suite Business Microsoft Office 365
Monthly Price $5/user/month

$10/user/m0nth

$15/user/month

$5/user/month

$8/user/month

$12/user/month

Word processing Yes (Docs, cloud-based) Yes (Word, cloud-based and PC)
Spreadsheets Yes (Sheets, cloud-based) Yes (Excel, cloud-based and PC)
Presentation software Yes (Slides, cloud-based) Yes (PowerPoint, cloud-based and PC)
Note-taking app Yes (Keep) Yes (OneNote, PC only)
Business email Yes (Gmail) Yes (Outlook)
Business email storage limit Unlimited 50 GB/user
Chat Yes (Hangouts) Yes (Yammer)
Video conferencing Yes (Hangouts) Yes (Teams)
Video conferencing limit Up to 25 people Up to 250 people
24/7 email and phone support Yes Yes
Team websites Yes (Sites) Yes (SharePoint)
Task management software No Yes (Planner)
Shared calendars Yes Yes
Online booking software for customers No Yes (Bookings)

Recent trends propose that lots of organizations are searching for the best of both worlds for their business operations. Even though Google is mostly utilized as a communication platform, Office 365 is recommended for its documentation capabilities.

Got any thoughts on G Suite, MS Office 365? Do feel free to leave a comment below!


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Microsoft Rolling out the New Outlook Web Experience with Suggested Replies, Improved Search and More

Microsoft recently announced that it will start the rollout of the new Outlook web experience for Office 365 customers. Some customers have already gotten the update which they can try out this new experience by clicking on the “The new Outlook” toggle on the top right corner of their inbox. The new Outlook web experience comes with several new features and improvements including Suggested Replies, improved Calendar experience, improved search and more. Read about them in detail below.

 

new outlook web

  • Search – No time to search? Outlook anticipates what you’ll need based on recent conversations and people with whom you work the most.
  • Files – Trying to find a file in your inbox can be a time-consuming exercise, to help you with that we have added a Files module that will show you all the files that you received or sent in your inbox.
  • Suggested replies – The new Outlook brings intelligent technology to your inbox to save you time. Focus on what matters more and let Outlook help with you the rest. Use suggested replies when you need to respond with a short message, just a couple of clicks and off you go.
  • Simplified event creation — You can now quickly add events to your calendar with updated event icons, so you can quickly identify events and see location suggestions to get address details.
  • Smart room suggestions – Intelligent technology in Outlook now helps you find the best room for your meetings based on the attendees, time, availability, and your preferences.
  • Simplified add-in experience — We’ve simplified the way you access add-ins while giving you more control. Outlook add-ins bring your favourite apps right to your inbox, so you can accomplish tasks faster
  • More ways to use and manage groups in Outlook – We have improved existing features such as faster and simpler group creation, richer group card, more efficient group email triage, and we are also introducing new features such as group Files view that focuses on the latest file activity and group management in the People module.
  • Favourites make things front and centre – Many things at work are important and then there are the ones you can’t miss like an email from your manager or a project’s requests and updates. Favourites are perfect for those times, just add specific folders, people, or categories to your Favorites to keep them only a click away.
  • More ways to keep up with your groups – Groups cards can now be used from anywhere inside Outlook to view membership information, and group owners can take membership actions as well, or navigate to group apps or group resources such as Files, Planner, and SharePoint site.

Some features in the classic Outlook web experience will not be available in this new version. You can read the list of missing features here. Microsoft will roll out this new Outlook web experience to more Office 365 users in the coming months.

Source: Microsoft

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Microsoft Releases Skype Content Creators for All Users: It’s Easier to Generate Collaborative Content

Many times when generating content to upload to various networks we think of expensive applications and now you do not have to go that far in thinking of which software will be used to convert your recorded Skype calls for a podcast, vlog, etc. If for example, we want to record a conversation with someone which will later become a podcast or a vlog we can do, among others, using Skype, especially now that Microsoft has released Skype Content Creators for all.

And no, it does not mean that we can upload the content directly from Skype, but the popular application to communicate is now integrated with other apps such as Wirecast, Xsplit or Vmix and making it easy to record multimedia content and then share it.

ALSO READ: Why Skype for Business Is a Tool Every Business Needs Right Now

Skype Content Creators arrives for Windows 10 and MacOS and once installed it allows choosing which application we want to use, as long as it is compatible with NDI (Network Device Interface). In this way what we achieve is to have a clear track of each participant in the call, and then import each of them using the program that best suits our needs.

Thanks to Skype Content Creators it is easier to record a podcast, a vlog or a game to a video game. And its operation is very simple.

  • Before making the call in Skype, we enter in Settings
  • We select “Calls” and then “Advanced”.
  • Activate “Allow the use of NDI”.

After recording the call, we can export the content to other applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Final Cut Pro or Adobe Audition, to name just four examples, and thus edit it. We do not need third-party applications to record the call or video call.

If you are interested in getting Skype Content Creators for Windows 10 or Mac, you can download it from this link.

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Microsoft Teams for Android Updated with New Call-related Features

Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s group collaboration software and in an enterprise setting their replacement for Skype for Business.

As a result, the app provides good quality video and voice-calling related features, and in its latest update on Android to version 1416/1.0.0 the app has gotten several new phone call-related features.

ALSO READ: Microsoft Makes Its Workplace App Teams More Competent

Microsoft Teams for Android

The Microsoft Teams for Android changelog includes:

  • Start a new 1:1 or group call from the Calls tab
  • Consult with the recipient before transferring a call
  • Leave or mute a meeting chat using the new meeting details page
  • Participate in Q&A during Live events
  • Schedule private meetings
  • Preview more file types

The app has more than 1 million installs on Android and can be found in the Google Play Store here.

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What Is G Suite and Why Is It Important for Your Business

G Suite is a powerful online tool – 100% web – for messaging and collaboration that meets the fundamental needs of the company, increases productivity and reduces costs, all these tools are hosted in the infrastructure of high security and availability of Google, no hardware or software is required and only requires minimal administration, with this you can save a lot of time and reduce costs for your business.

G Suite allows a secure collaboration in real time between workgroups of any size. Thanks to the hosted documents (text processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), access to web-based video and simple site creation tools, the information are available from any browser or smartphone, when and where the workers they need it. SAML-based single sign-on (SSO) services integrate seamlessly with existing security and authentication systems. G Suite offers secure and easy productivity to any workgroup without the need to add additional hardware or software.

Why Should You Opt for G Suite?

Many companies are looking for a low-cost, reliable and secure messaging and collaboration solution that helps the business instead of posing significant challenges. If the situation of your company corresponds with what we have just said, you may want to use the G Suite solution in your business.

Challenges of Small and Medium Businesses Company

  • Costly IT problems that use many resources, such as unreliable servers, configuration and maintenance costs, and operation in a multi-OS environment
  • Limited email inboxes
  • Virus attacks, spam, and identity theft
  • Compliance with internal and external policies
  • Disk space consumption,
  • Inefficient functions to share and collaborate.

How G Suite Solves These Business Challenges

  • It drastically reduces the total cost of ownership thanks to an annual fee per user account. No hidden charges for maintenance or updating. Since Google hosts your data, we take care of those costs, so you do not have to.
  • Increase employee productivity with 30 GB of storage per user: your employees can concentrate on their work, not their email quota.
  • Rest assured, thanks to our 99.9% service level agreement for an email with which you can rest assured that your business is still running.
  • Share information instead of sending it The edition of documents in real time avoids the problem of sending attachments by email and the confusion caused by the use of different versions.
  • With G Suite you are safer. Since your data is in Google data centers, which are reliable and diversified, you can stop storing business data on unsafe devices (the main reason for data security problems).
  • Better control of the messages that enter and leave the company thanks to the administrative management and message security controls of G Suite.
  • Whenever you have an Internet connection, access anytime and anywhere, either with the mobile device, with the laptop or with computers with different operating systems (PC, Mac, Linux).

The Advantage of G Suite for Your Business

  • The main advantage is that all your documents are in the cloud. You can access them from anywhere, modify them, send them, share them. You are on the beach with your laptop, tablet or mobile and you can operate with your documents.
  • Nothing is stored in your computer. Although you can download the documents, it is better to have them in the cloud. The people at G Suite take care of backups and everything.
  • You can access G Suite from virtually any device. And that is a significant advantage. For example, you are at work, and your computer breaks down. Well, you just have to switch to another, and you’re working in less than 1 minute. Do not waste time. There are no problems because the files are lost, etc.
  • The Email. With your G Suite account, you have an email with the same Gmail platform. So if you have a Gmail account and you’re used to working with Gmail, getting to work with G Suite mail is not going to take you anything. And there you can host your corporate email with the domain of the company. You can have emails in the form email@mycompany.com.
  • Space of 1 TB. Although now that I look at it, it tells me that it has unlimited space. I do not think I have so many documents to fill it, but I’m getting used to keeping what’s important there. So if I have a problem with my computer or with any of my devices, I do not lose the files.
  • Creation of Documents. You can create text documents, spreadsheets, drawings, presentations, etc.

Difference between Gmail and G Suite

G Suite Plans and Pricing

To begin we have to know that G Suite are tools that you may have already used today if you have a GMAIL account, however, with a BIG DIFFERENCE instead of being @Gmail it will be @yournameofdomain.com which will leave your competition behind. Others difference include:

  • Imagine that you open your Gmail, but instead of the classic Google logo; the logo of your company comes out.
  • Less, much less SPAM in your inbox
  • Share cumbersome files with Drive from GMAIL your email
  • Goodbye blacklists, which is more common than you think because if one day a sender did not get your mail one of the causes is to fall into blacklists because traditional servers share with hundreds of users a server.
  • Technical support by email, chat, and telephone without interruption
  • Guaranteed operation of 99%
  • Additional security options

G Suite Pricing Plan

Different price plans. Besides, G Suite is suitable for your company. You have a plan of $5 per month (with 30 GB of storage). One is $10 (with unlimited storage for more than five users) and then the business that is negotiable (you can contact us at Descasio, we will give you the best discount). I recommend the $5 per month for your personal things. If you see that you are going to have a huge volume of files, then go to the $10.
You only need a current browser because if you use a bit old-fashioned, there are features that surely will not work, or that directly G Suite does not start, or the interface will look distorted. I recommend Chrome (since it’s from Google) but with Safari, Firefox, Opera, etc. It still works too.

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ESPN Fantasy Football Features AI Insights from IBM Watson

IBM’s Watson is supplying the ESPN fantasy football game with artificial intelligence-powered insights. The advanced Fantasy Insights system originally debuted last year but has been incorporated as a key resource for the 2018 season.

Developers at IBM trained Watson to understand the sport by giving it more than six million articles to read. The platform stays up to date by ingesting 3,000 new sources every hour. While NFL player statistics are already readily available to fantasy gamers, Watson is supplementing those raw numbers with “unstructured data.” Watson culls through more than 10 million news stories, blogs, forums, rankings, and tweets to estimate the potential upside and downside of a matchup, analyze boom or bust chances, predict injury, and convey media sentiment and trends.

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Screenshot of ESPN fantasy football app with Tom Brady projections.

ESPN ESPN fantasy football  appFor instance, prior to Week 1, Watson projected that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would throw for 284.3 yards with 2.1 touchdowns and 0.6 turnovers, and thus tally 19.4 points in a standard scoring system. Additionally, the AI platform rated Brady as having a 29 percent “boom” chance (scoring more than 23.8 points) and a 12.2 percent chance of a “bust” (12 or fewer points). In defeating the Texans 27-20, Brady actually threw for 277 yards with three TDs and an interception. That performance equated to 21.3 points.

Similarly, Watson pegged Steelers running back James Conner for 67.5 yards, 0.5 TDs, and 11.1 fantasy points and against the Browns. It also assigned him a 23.4 percent “boom” chance. In Pittsburgh’s 21-all tie with the Browns, Conner ran for 135 yards, two TDs, and 29.2 fantasy points.

Each of Watson’s projections is the result of 1,000 simulations. IBM master inventor and data scientist Aaron Baughman wrote an extensive summary of the training process and how his fantasy team went a perfect 13-0 while using Watson’s Fantasy Insights last year. This season, IBM has organized a league for its employees and some famous sports fans (actor Jerry Ferrara, former NFL player Charles Woodson, and former football player and current mathematician John Urschel). ESPN also is producing weekly advice stories based on Watson recommendations.

“Being able to tap into both structured and unstructured data to allow you to make the most informed decision—it’s applicable to fantasy sports, obviously,” said Noah Syken, VP of sports and entertainment partnerships at IBM, in a statement. “But it’s also applicable to legal and medical and financial trade-offs that people make every single day.”

Culled from Sporttechie

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