Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What is Microsoft 365? How AI in Microsoft 365 is helping in making things better?

Microsoft 365

What is Microsoft 365?

In a nutshell, Microsoft 365 is an integrated bundle of the operating system Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365 (O365), and EMS (Enterprise Mobility + Security). EMS includes device management, analytics, and some Azure Active Directory capabilities. 
Microsoft 365 was formerly known as 'Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5' and is being sold on a subscription basis. The concept of Microsoft 365 was introduced in July 2017. The first two editions, that are Business and Enterprise became available for purchase on August 2017.

Variants or Editions of Microsoft 365

Here are the bundles that are being offered for Microsoft 365:

  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise: It is made for companies having more than 300 users. There are two options available, with Windows 10 Enterprise (E3 or E5), plus Office 365 and EMS.
  • Microsoft 365 Business: It is made for small-to-mid-sized businesses with up to 300 users. It includes Windows 10 Pro, Office 365 (O365) and EMS. 
  • Microsoft 365 F1: For its firstline/customer service and support workers. This plan comes with Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 (o365) F1 which was formerly known as Office 365 Enterprise Kit K1 and EMS.
  • Microsoft 365 Education: This is for schools and classrooms. It comes in three options: A1, AE, and A5.
  • Microsoft 365 Nonprofit: This is available at reduced rates for non-profit organizations.
  • Microsoft 365 Government: For U.S. government agencies and contractors holding controlled but unclassified information.
Do not get confused with these acronyms, E3, E5, K1, A1, etc. These are all plans carried over primarily from Office 365v(O365).

Artificial Intelligence in Microsoft 365

Call it a fashion but Satya Nadella with his closed room has started furnishing the products and exquisite quality by inducting modern technologies and technologies of tomorrow. The time has gone when we were just typing the documents in Microsoft Word or recording speech for the Presentation. 

The digital intelligence will give better guidance to bring better "OUTLOOK" of your document, finer essence of presentations, better evaluation of sheets. It is this style of Satya Nadella coming with cool quotient videos and using LinkedIn as a platform to make the corporate buddies get goosebumps. The newly released features in Microsoft 365 that enable you to reach broader audiences, increase your efficiency, and focus on your most important tasks. 

"A study by PwC shows the global GDP can rise by 14 percent if businesses adopt AI and induct them into daily life contributing to an additional 15.7 trillion USD in the economy."

Microsoft believes that by putting AI in the hands of knowledge workers with Microsoft 365,
organizations can transform how their employees work. As knowledge workers begin to widely adopt AI, they can expect to be more informed with greater insights into the activities going on around them, more focused on productive tasks, more creative using design and writing assistance, and happier by not getting bogged down in repetitive tasks.

Words not from Wordsworth

Using the Microsoft Graph, Microsoft AI makes suggestions for acronym definitions specific to you and your organization while you read documents. Thus it increases the readability in a smoother way and adds the flow of work in a proper format. To get started, click the Acronyms button on the References tab to launch the Acronyms pane and see suggested definitions for acronyms. 

This feature is beginning an English-language rollout for Office 365 subscribers. This visualization feature has brought more viewership as it will enhance the understanding of power and the readership among the users. The suggestions are derived from the databases generated by the users have brought wider inspection and better clarification to expand the tool with more power.

The documents are a vital part of any organization or any single entity. What if told that the documents have to be properly drafted within hours when the person is not ready with it. Here's this tool that has given you that horizon to make your move in a quicker way to adapt to the document profile at a faster pace and take it to another height by raising the bars.

Power in a Point

Instead of recreating slides from scratch, quickly find and reuse slides from your files or from others in your organization with the help of Microsoft AI in PowerPoint. The appraisals will start showering as you know how difficult it is to make your boss understand how to start. 

It's just like that blessing which is needed umpteenth time. Just click the Reuse Slides button on the Home tab to surface existing PowerPoint decks in the sidebar to browse through recommended PowerPoint decks that you have access to, view the slides in each presentation, and insert them into the deck you are creating. 

This feature will be available in January for all Office 365 subscribers. The presentations have got a new angle of showing the matter. And when you present with your business acumen it will definitely outweigh the stacks of issues piling up in any strata of society by penetrating through better visualization of the concepts and turfs of the problems. The business accounts and growth will get better submissions and projected reports will be in minutes to come out after the Variables and Dynamics of the business ventures will be settled at the right place.

Hello, is this Cortana?

Talk to Cortana for almost anything you need – she’ll answer your questions, give directions, play music, tell you the weather and more. Cortana takes care of the details so you can start your day and do more with less effort. A user using Microsoft Assistant other than Siri and Google knows that Cortana has less significance in life but wait here's what Cortana has been empowered to work with you.
Add events to your Windows 10 PC, and Cortana can put them on your Android or iPhone. Cortana works with Harman Kardon Invoke speakers to get info throughout your home. This consortium is just lovable when your PCs and laptops have decided to sign MoU with your phones to make give the lesser effort of synchronizing your activities. Control your home lighting devices and here's what Cortana is again at your service completely ready.

Data is the New Oil

The Chief Economic Advisor has stated in the Economic Survey of India 2018-19 that data is the new oil and he understands the importance of data in real life. Today, it is this overwhelming data which excites and brings out secrets that were hidden in the form of relationships established after the mathematical model is designed by taking the data as input. Finding ways to quickly convert the data into information and insights can be highly daunting and may haunt by creating the wrong model which can fail the test cases.

As the enterprises are completely aware have claimed that 14 percent are creating the data and using it for the right perspectives to build better AI models for forecasting the future by better neural networks. Recently a report stated that better integration of Big data can save up to 300 billion USD globally at least in the health care sector.

Intellectuals Power

Finding insights by turning Excel data into pivot tables or charts used to be out of reach for many employees. Now, ideas in Excel delivers AI-powered insights to help people take advantage of the full power of Office 365.

'Ideas help identify trends, patterns, and outliers in a data set and provide suggestions on the best charts to present the insights—helping employees analyze and display their data in seconds and enabling better, faster decisions.

Power BI has long been a pioneer in applying AI through capabilities such as natural language search, which enables employees to get answers by asking questions in plain English, or Quick Insights, which automatically finds patterns in data. 

By harnessing the power of AI, employees can perform complex tasks that typically require technical know-how—keyphrase extraction, sentiment analysis, understanding drivers, creating machine learning models—with just a few clicks and without code. For example, sophisticated, pre-trained machine learning models incorporated into Power BI provide employees with powerful ways to extract information from sources like documents, images, and even social media feeds. 

Why Microsoft AI?

No brand is successful unless they don't explore the 'Why' of bringing new products into the market. Microsoft explores the same to make consumers get deliberately impressed and attracted to the work of this genuine masterpiece. Microsoft knew if the AI has to be taken out as a tool they should have huge bulk of data set captured from various platforms. 

They adopted various methods and tapped the data from:
  • 2.5 billion users from Bing
  • 500 million users from LinkedIn
  • 180 million users from Commercial Microsoft 365
  • 800 million using Windows 10 device

Microsoft worked over its cloud platform i.e. Microsoft Azure to bring the enhanced connectivity of hardware and software.  This massive computing power stored huge chunks of data for processing by serving all around the clock to give the best experience. To give better explorations and analysis of the data which has been collected from various sources made things to get used up by Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Graph. Built on top of Azure, this Nexus brought various success in recent times from Speech Recognition to Image Recognition and from Machine reading comprehension to Machine translation with human parity.

Successful change doesn’t happen in an instant. In a recent study, ForbesInsights highlighted the need to create an AI-ready culture. The idea of using AI technology to augment current skills and processes will not be easy for everyone in your organization to accept, so an effective adoption plan can be a big help. Forbes Insights recommends the following steps to maximize your investment:

  • Focus on business needs
  • Place AI in the hands of knowledge workers
  • Implement education and training programs
  • Appoint AI champions

Microsoft believes Everyday AI in Microsoft 365 can immediately help employees and companies to achieve more by providing intelligent technologies that focus on business needs and empowering knowledge workers.

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