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19 June 2024

Microsoft Monthly Update May-June

Welcome back to another Microsoft Monthly Update where we summarise some of the latest headlines from Microsoft, so that you don’t have to. 

This month we’ve got a couple of bonus events in store for you from Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga Archives New Zealand, ALGIM and Information Leadership.

AI at work is here. Now comes the hard part.

Microsoft and LinkedIn have released the fourth annual Work Trend Index – looking at how AI is reshaping work and the labour market. In a survey of 31,000 knowledge workers and leaders across 31 countries, the Work Trend Index reveals three key themes:

1.  Employees want AI at work – and won’t wait for companies to catch up.

2.  AI skills are giving jobseekers the edge.

3. The rise of the AI power user – and what they reveal about the future.

Organisations that apply AI to drive growth, manage costs, and deliver greater value to their customers will pull ahead. The data also shows that AI will play a major role in the labour market, with greater value placed on AI – both as a skillset and aptitude among job seekers, and for its ability to reshape workflows so employees can enjoy their work more.”

- Lucy Debono, Modern Work Business Director, Microsoft Australia and New Zealand

Read the full article here: https://news.microsoft.com/en-nz/2024/05/09/ai-at-work-is-here-now-comes-the-hard-part/

How generative AI is transforming te reo Māori translation

The World Economic Forum predicts that ~1,500 languages could disappear forever over the next 100 years. Unless they’re used regularly and encouraged to become part of people’s daily lives, we begin to lose not only words, but the foundations of our culture and what makes us uniquely us.

Grant Straker, CEO of Straker talks more about the importance of language and the ways AI has helped transform accessibility to te reo Māori translations in this article: https://news.microsoft.com/en-nz/2024/05/28/how-generative-ai-is-transforming-te-reo-maori-translation/

New version of Outlook removes drag and drop functionality

If you have enabled the ‘new’ version of Outlook  you may have noticed the drag and drop functionality previously used to transfer email messages to SharePoint no longer works!

This has been reported on several forums and internal testing suggests this isn’t available in the new version.

Workarounds include:

  • Dragging the email into a temporary location from outlook to windows explorer then dragging and dropping into SharePoint.
  • Temporarily, toggling back to the ‘old’ version of Outlook.
  • Use the harmon.ie add-in to capture and classify emails and email attachments, saving and sharing them to SharePoint and Teams without leaving Outlook. If you would like more information about how harmon.ie can help your organisation, reach out to our team today!


Freely move the toolbar and optimize video in Microsoft Teams Screensharing (Teams Public Preview)

Have you ever been sharing your screen only to have the presenter toolbar sitting right on top of some content you are trying to share? Well help is on the way!

Currently available in Teams Public Preview, Microsoft has introduced a new feature that allows you to easily adjust the location of the toolbar, based on the layout of content being shared.

There is also a new feature in the toolbar that lets you manually optimize video playback when screensharing…  no more lagging!

For more information, check out the full article here: https://insider.microsoft365.com/en-us/blog/freely-move-toolbar-and-optimize-video-in-microsoft-teams-screensharing 

Updated default paste option in Word for Windows

Does reformatting pasted content sound like a regular occurrence for you? The default paste option in Word has now been updated from the current Keep Source Formatting to Merge Formatting!

Check out the full article here for more information about the update as well as the different kinds of past formatting that Microsoft offers: https://insider.microsoft365.com/en-us/blog/updated-default-paste-option-in-word-for-windows 


There are a number of exciting events coming up over the next couple of months with something for everyone:

ALGIM Webinar | Microsoft’s Copilot What you need to know to protect your content while turbo-charging your productivity |  20 June 11am-12pm

Recently returned from 6 days of workshops and seminars at the Microsoft 365 Community Conference in Florida, Mark Watson will be bringing his insights to a range of Council use cases.

Register here:  https://www.algim.org.nz/event-5741555

Archives New Zealand | Information Management – Sharing good practice beyond Audit | 27 June 10:30am-12pm

Attention: Executive Sponsors and Government IM Practitioners Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga Archives New Zealand invites you to join our webinar sharing good practice beyond audit.

This joint webinar is an opportunity for both Executive Sponsors and government IM practitioners to listen and share IM practice across the sector.

There will be a Q&A session after the presentations.

To register to attend the webinar please use the following link  https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/f94d2de5-ccfc-4ab5-9952-a0feaf076ab6@f659ca5c-fc47-4e96-b24d-14c95df13acb

Information Leadership Workshops | Take hold of the future with Information Leadership

Is your organisation ready to take flight with Copilot?

The winds of change are ushering in a new era of work with generative AI and tools such as Microsoft 365 Copilot leading the charge.

Join us for a two-hour workshop where we will share our experiences with Copilot and how you can safely get started, right now.

  • Christchurch – 2nd July
  • Wellington – 3rd July
  • Auckland – 4th July
  • Online – 5th July

Spaces are limited so register your interest today! https://www.informationleadership.co.nz/what-we-do/copilot-workshop/

Wellington M365 Meetup | Navigating M365 Governance: Tools for Secure and Efficient Collaboration | 10 July 12-1pm

Hosted by the Wellington M365 Meetup group, delve into the world of Microsoft 365 Governance tools. Hear from Information Leadership, AvePoint, Rencore and Orchestry to learn how these tools can help your organisation to strike the right balance between collaboration and control, ensuring smooth and secure information management in Microsoft 365.

For more information: https://www.meetup.com/Wellington-M365-Meetup/events/300849969/?%2F=