Nadella at the helm as Microsoft “empowers” business transformation

“Businesses are hungry to seize new opportunities using technologies like machine learning and predictive analytics."

Tools for organisations

Power BI is a service, now available in the U.S. and more than 140 markets around the world, providing live market operational dashboards, exploring data through interactive visual reports, and sharing new insights with colleagues and customers.

New Power BI connectors, dashboards and reports for some of the industry’s most popular data sources — including Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Zuora, Acumatica and Twilio — will be available soon.

According to Nadella, the Spring ’15 release for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, expected by the end of the second quarter of 2015, will deliver “significant performance enhancements”, deepen interoperability with Office 365, and with new knowledge management enhancements for businesses.

The release also introduces Microsoft Social Engagement, the latest update to Microsoft’s social monitoring tool designed to enable people to monitor and engage in the context of their Dynamics CRM and/or Office application.

Nadella believes the intelligence gained from this new solution will enable businesses to be better informed about what customers are saying across all social channels.

Tools for individuals

Office Delve, now globally available, uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to help people discover relevant documents, conversations and connections from across Office 365.

In addition, Exchange Online and Yammer content is now accessible via the Delve experience.

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The company announced the IT Professional and Developer Preview of Office 2016, a key milestone for the next version of Office on the Windows desktop.

Office 2016 is expected to be generally available in the second half of this year. Microsoft encourages IT pros and developers from its enterprise customers to join the preview to prepare, begin testing and help shape the future of the product.

Skype for Business (previously Microsoft Lync) technical preview starts Monday, and the new Skype for Business client, server and service within Office 365 will be available starting in April.

Skype for Business delivers an enterprise-ready voice and video collaboration experience based on the familiar Skype user interface, including the ability for Skype for Business customers to connect with anyone in the Skype network.

Customers and partners also highlighted the benefits of these products and solutions and demonstrated how they are taking the next steps to use systems of intelligence to transform their businesses.

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