Inspire 2020: 5 big updates in Microsoft 365, Teams and business apps

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Channel chief Schuster says company is "going big in security this year".
Microsoft Channel Chief Gavriella Schuster says the company is "going big in security this year"—including with several Microsoft 365 security announcements at the Inspire 2020 global partner conference this week. The company is making a number of announcements at Inspire around Microsoft 365, the Teams collaboration app and Microsoft's business applications segment, which includes Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.

When it comes to security, "we've definitely seen huge demand from our customers through COVID for more security solutions, as they've realized they don't quite have all the security solutions that they need," said Schuster, corporate vice president for Microsoft's One Commercial Partner organisation, in an interview with CRN. "Then you add on applications like Windows Virtual Desktops and M365. And then on the side you bring in Power Platform, and you bring in security—and those are all of the wrappers that enable our partners to have that profitable business."

Ultimately, "in this coming year, we'll work with partners who are doing all of those things—to put together a playbook for partners to follow. Because at this point, our playbooks have been fairly solution-specific," Schuster said. "What we need is this multi-solution [approach]—but we haven't had enough partners doing all these multi-solutions to be able to come together and help us build it."

What follows are five key updates being announced at Inspire 2020 in Microsoft 365, Teams and Microsoft business apps.

Teams

Microsoft is using Inspire 2020 to make several announcements about Teams as the collaboration app surges in usage. For Microsoft Teams Rooms devices--which provide "premium meeting room experiences," according to the company--can now be managed by Microsoft partners within the Teams Admin Center. The devices can also be managed in-house.

Meanwhile, the Microsoft Teams Rooms Premium cloud-based IT service is now generally available, Microsoft said. The solution allows…
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