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Microsoft adds Bulletins and Milestones to Teams Power Apps suite
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

Bulletins and Milestones are the latest line-of-business tools added to Microsoft Teams’ Power Apps suite, giving users the ability to better communicate and collaborate via Microsoft’s Dataverse cloud service.

Both apps function pretty much as their names suggest, with Bulletin’s giving team leaders the ability to broadcast announcements either company-wide or per department, while Milestones helps users keep track of tasks and deadlines more intuitively via Teams.

“Keeping your team informed of the latest company news and information is critical in normal times – even more so when team members are working remotely during the pandemic,” Microsoft says, emphasizing that these tools have been developed in direct response to the work-from-home conditions of today and the prospect of a work-from-anywhere future.

Bulletins has many of the characteristics you’d expect to see on a traditional social media platform or even a CMS, giving curators the ability to organize news articles under specific categorizations, while supporting rich content that includes actionable buttons to make shared pieces interactive. The app even offers the ability for publishers to track metrics for articles posted to help inform strategy going forward to ensure news is reaching the intended audience.

The Bulletins feature in particular was crafted with frontline workers in mind, who benefit greatly from real-time updates related to things like system outages and weather conditions. In this vein, both Bulletins and Milestones are optimized for iOS and Android to ensure their efficacy for “on-the-move” teams fighting the pandemic.

The Milestones feature is slightly more attuned to the traditional knowledge-worker base, who in the past had traditionally worked in the office and were face-to-face on a more regular basis. With this app, teams can track status and updates in a central location, ie. the primary collaboration platform that acts as their team’s virtual conference room already in today’s WFH setting.

A busy year for Microsoft

These updates come as Microsoft cloud services have seen a meteoric rise in adoption over the past year. With the pandemic forcing many businesses to adopt a wfully remote posture, Microsoft emerged as the enterprise go-to for scalable and agile cloud solutions in 2020, pushing the company’s Q2 quarterly revenue to a higher-than-expected $43.1 billion.

Microsoft even enjoyed a boom in sales of its traditional consumer products over Q2, as products like laptop, desktops, and tablet computers were shipped out in droves to support workers and who were reliant on remote Internet access to access their tools.

Teams in particular has seen a sharp uptick in adoption and deployment over the course of the pandemic, with more than 90 percent of large U.S. companies now leveraging the platform in some capacity to connect workers today. And with integrations like the recently announced Teams partnership with SAP S/4 HANA, Teams has become practically ubiquitous in the enterprise space of late.

When it comes to leveraging Microsoft Teams, IT teams need greater visibility into how this platform is performing continuously from the end-user perspective to quickly understand and resolve issues when Teams performance lags.

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Tags: Dataverse, Power Apps, network management, network performance monitoring, network performance, collaboration apps, collaboration tools, enterprise collaboration, collaboration, work from anywhere, work from home, Azure, Microsoft Cloud, Microsoft Apps, Teams Apps, UCaaS, Microsoft Teams Monitoring, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft

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