New release: Skype for Business, integrated PowerShell scripts and more!
SO, WHAT’S CHANGED?
In preparation for Microsoft Ignite 2017 we have been working hard to develop some powerful new features that will be rolled out over the course of this week. When choosing the name of our next release we kept a few things in mind. We wanted our customers to experience our exciting new capabilities, but also remember how down to earth we were for providing tools and features that IT admins can truly use to save time in their busy schedules. So, our next stop in the US tour will be a place with a grass roots background and some exciting venues.
Welcome to Sonoma Valley, a wine-producing region north of San Francisco. Here you will find hundreds of vineyards, ranging from small, family-run estates, all the way up to international wineries. And this little hamlet is set amid a fabulous and friendly community.
WHAT’S NEW IN 4WARD365?
Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect, including some new management capabilities for your Office 365 environment, time-saving custom actions, exciting reports and new campaign features to drive usage adoption for Office 365.
SKYPE FOR BUSINESS REPORTS
If you are a regular user of the different 4ward365 features, you may have noticed that we recently added some new reports. We are now able to give you even deeper insights about the activities within Skype for Business.
NEW OFFICE 365 MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES
EXCHANGE CALENDAR SHARING
As an Office 365 administrator you can allow users to share their calendar information publicly. In order to reduce the risk of users sharing sensitive data, you can now give permissions to selected users to enable access to specific calendars, indicating the type of access rights, through the new manage calendar permission feature.
SKYPE FOR BUSINESS: PSTN Numbers and general settings
PSTN calling provides the people in your organization with a primary phone number, and lets them make and receive phone calls from outside of your company.
With our newest update of 4ward365, you will have the ability to manage the phone numbers assigned to your Office 365 users, allowing them to make voice calls from all Skype for Business devices, including desktop phones, PCs, and mobile devices.
You can also allow users to record audio and video meetings, as well as block external communications for specific individuals, all from within the built-in function inside 4ward365.
QUARANTINE MOBILE DEVICES
You’re now able to quarantine mobile devices from within the built-in functions of 4ward365. These quarantined mobile devices will be allowed to connect to the Exchange server but will not be allowed to retrieve any content from the user’s mailbox.
CUSTOM ACTIONS: integrated PowerShell scripts
Every IT administrator has different wants and needs to complete the daily tasks they face. So we’ve tried to make our management solution completely flexible and customizable for them.
FIXED ISSUES AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
- Compliance reports: Previously, in order to check if there were some security issues identified by 4ward365, the IT admin would have to connect to the 4ward365 portal to find out about them. Now, those same admins can receive a notification email immediately when any issue is detected so they can quickly perform the appropriate remediation tasks.
- New Adoption campaign templates: With the built-in functions inside 4ward365, customers can perform usage monitoring for the different workloads provide inside Office 365, and then create inactivity reports to identify those specific users who need additional training or motivation to utilize the different Office 365 applications. Administrators can now choose from a wide range of predefined adoption campaign templates, and then send customizable messages to those specific users with links to marketing content explaining the advantages of Office 365 features based on their job role.
- Import CSV files: This new function allows admins to bulk import items from CSV files to load additional information into the 4ward365 database.
GET READY FOR THE NEXT RELEASE!
New features are continually becoming available!
THINGS TO WATCH FOR
In the coming months, we’ll add more capabilities to improve admin efficiency! Stay tuned!
Want to try out this fantastic release? Find out more about our 4ward365 solution by just logging into the portal. If you haven’t tried our Office 365 management and reporting solution yet, sign-up for a free trial on our website.