Microsoft kicked off this week's SharePoint Conference 2014 with a demo of several new features coming to the collaboration platform later this year, bringing the social graph closer into the productivity experience with tighter Yammer integration and a search feature that works across the entire Microsoft Office ecosystem.
Microsoft's Power BI service, available to anyone today, has some nice sharing and discovery features and combined with newer tools in Excel offers a nice package of business intelligence tools. But it shouldn't be lumped together with the kind of data visualization service that's easy to get up and running.
Over Over the last decade, business intelligence software become much more accessible. With Microsoft's new Power BI tool -- available as a preview later this month -- analytics moves to the cloud, saving companies the time and expense of running their own servers, while letting end-users see and manipulate data in Microsoft Office.
In the past, employees communicated ineffectively through shared drives and digital file folders. Now they work together using Igloo's cloud-based intranet.
Here's one trend Microsoft is on top of.
Email interoperability, improved document collaboration and search are future areas of focus.
The benefits of enterprise social network are well documented, but implementing one successfully has proven elusive for many organizations. Here's how health insurance company Humana built one that employees actually love.