Power BI Desktop Update

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The Power BI team are constantly looking for ways to improve and they have recently announced the new Update, which was actually the number one feature request from the Power BI UserVoice site;

An option to easily print or email copies of your work reports to others both inside and outside the organisation.

In the New Power BI Desktop update, you’ll find a new Export to PDF command under the File menu. Just click this and it will generate a pixel-perfect rendering of each page in your Power BI Report, opening it automatically in your default PDF viewer.

From there, you can save it wherever you like, email it as an attachment, or print it!

Please note that the Export to PDF option is only available in the desktop version of Power BI.

Click here to view additional Power BI feature enhancements or to Download Power BI for your Desktop

If you wish to find out more on Power BI and the new Sharing Features, check out our previous post New Sharing Features in Power BI

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Hipchat servers turned off after Slack Acquisition

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Recently, Atlassian (Hipchat) has announced a new partnership with rival Slack! However, with this new partnership, it was agreed that HipChat Servers were to be turned off.

In Atlassian’s announcement, they had stated “Over the past year, however, the market in real-time communications has changed pretty dramatically. And throughout that change, one product has continued to stand out from the others: Slack.”

The aim behind this new strategic partnership is to provide a migration path to Slack and for Atlassian to no longer provide their own real-time communications products. However, Atlassian has also made an equity investment in Slack.
Also adding “Slack has been a user of Atlassian products for many years“.

So basically, Hipchat and Stride (another Atlassian product which was included in this deal) will no longer exist and in time it will work with Slack to provide a migration path for customers, and allowing them to strengthen themselves against their ever growing competition Microsoft Teams!

With this acquisition and Slack’s aim to improve and be a better rival for Microsoft Teams, it just goes to show that Microsoft Teams really does set the benchmark for the standards of companywide communications, collaboration and management. As Teams is Microsoft’s fastest growing product, it does make you think Teams wins!

To find out more on Microsoft Teams, check out our previous posts:
Live Events in Microsoft Teams 
Enhanced Integration for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint 
Newly Improved Microsoft Teams Guest Access 
Using Microsoft Planner with Teams 
Future Feature updates for Microsoft Teams 

Alternatively, contact us on 02890945542 or email info@heliosit.co.uk

Microsoft Teams New Do Not Disturb Feature

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Microsoft recently announced new feature enhancements for Teams!

One feature, in particular, is extremely useful, especially if you want to focus on a task but still enable certain people to reach you!

You can now set your status to ‘Do not disturb’ and still receive calls and 1:1 chats from certain people or phone numbers, by settings exceptions to the DND (Do Not Disturb) status. Just click your profile pic > Settings > Privacy. You are then able to give priority access to select individuals. This means you will then receive notifications for chats, calls, and @mentions from the people you choose, even when your status is set to Do Not Disturb.

In August, Microsoft also announced they had completed their roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and functionality into Teams. That means that Microsoft Teams is now ready to meet your messaging, meeting, and calling needs.

This new functionality in Microsoft Teams includes many new features, including:

· Rich messaging features such as unified presence, federated chat, and in-line translation capabilities that allow team members to converse in their native language.
· The ability to host and record cloud-based meetings with up to 250 participants;
· Robust calling features including delegate support, call queues, auto-attendant, consultative transfer, and out of office support.

If you wish to find out more on Microsoft Teams, contact us on 02890945542 or email info@heliosit.co.uk

Files On-Demand for SharePoint and OneDrive

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Within the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Microsoft also released the brilliant feature – Files On-Demand.

With Files On-Demand, you can access all your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device!
All your files (even online-only files) can be seen in File Explorer and work just like every other file on your device!

Not only is this feature for all your OneDrive files, it also works brilliantly with your SharePoint Libraries!

Within your File Explorer for OneDrive and SharePoint, thanks to Files On-Demand, you will see the new Status Column with icons for each file/folder to show:

Online-only files
• Icon – You will see a cloud icon for each online-only file in File Explorer
• Online-only files don’t take up space on your computer.
• The file doesn’t download to your device until you open it.
• You can only open online-only files when your device is connected to the internet. However, your online files will always be visible in File Explorer even if you are offline.

Locally available files
• Icon – You will see a green tick in a green circle but with a white background.
• When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file.
• You can open a locally available file anytime, even without Internet access.
• If you need more space, you can change the file back to online-only. Just right-click the file and select “Free up space.”

Always available files
• Icon – You will see a green circle with a white tick
• Only files that you mark as “Always keep on this device” have the green circle with the white check mark.
• These files will always be available even when you’re offline.
• They are downloaded to your device and take up space.

Files On-Demand is currently available with Windows 10 Fall Creators update, for OneDrive and SharePoint.

For Macs, Microsoft is currently rolling out Files On-Demand feature, which requires macOS 10.14 Mojave.

If you wish to find out more on Office 365, OneDrive, SharePoint or Files On-Demand contact us on 02890945542 or email info@heliosit.co.uk

Embedding Fonts in PowerPoint

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Have you ever spent hours on your Mac creating a PowerPoint presentation and set a particular font style for the text? Then when you open the presentation on another computer, it looks different as that computer then has a different set of fonts installed! This is when the frustration sets in!

Well, say goodbye to this frustration!

Microsoft has recently announced they are rolling out font embedding in PowerPoint for Mac, to Office Insiders. This feature will ensure your fonts display as intended, by embedding the fonts in the PowerPoint deck when you save it.

Up until now, Font embedding in PowerPoint has been exclusive to Windows devices, by Simply clicking on Save As, click Browse to open the Save As dialog box, then click on Save Options in the Tools drop-down menu next to the Save button. Clicking the ‘Embed fonts in file’ checkbox. This will ensure the fonts you’ve used in your designs will be the fonts your viewers will see!

If you’re an Insider and on a Mac, simply click on Preferences under the PowerPoint menu, on the Save icon; you will see the new Font Embedding option in the dialog box.

Now you can ensure that the fonts you design into your PowerPoint presentations display correctly on both Windows and Mac.

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