Microsoft 365 gets powerful updates for improved security, compliance and workflow

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Microsoft has announced a number of significant updates to Microsoft 365 suite, which are rolling out to Outlook, PowerPoint, Cloud App Security, and more services.

“This month, we’re announcing updates to Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Conditional Access policies that help you improve your organization’s security posture, updates to Microsoft Teams and Yammer that help you meet compliance obligations, updates to PowerPoint Designer that help you build visually impactful presentations, and updates to Outlook that help keep you in your workflow,” wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, in a blog post.

The new updates are specifically related to the enterprise data security. Microsoft Cloud App Security will now allow enterprises to gain visibility into the apps and services running on their IaaS and PaaS subscriptions. They can check which users are accessing the services, transactions, IP addresses, and the traffic being transmitted.

To enable SMBs maintain control over their Office 365 environment and manage the way their company resources are accessed, the tech giant has unveiled Azure AD Conditional Access Policies.

Then, there is Identity Secure Score to give suggestions on how to improve the identity security of the organizations.

Further, there are improvements which will help enterprises to meet compliance requirements. For instance, the disclosure of information shared between groups in Microsoft Teams can be limited using information barriers.

Yammer will now offer local data residency to enterprises in Europe. It will help them to meet data residency requirements. Microsoft is also reducing the minimum seat requirement for Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 from 2,500 to only 500 seats.

Microsoft also announced new Designer capabilities to PowerPoint. Enterprises can now use their company-branded templates using Designer and create on-brand presentations. Designer will also suggest photo backgrounds which can be used for commercial use.

The inking capability available with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote is now coming to Outlook as well.

Check out all the latest updates in Microsoft 365 here.

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