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Your favorite apps—now available in Outlook on Android

Earlier this year, we launched add-ins for Outlook on iOS—bringing your favorite apps right in Outlook—so you can get more done on the go. We are now rolling out add-ins to Outlook on Android customers with Outlook.com and Office 365 commercial email accounts. Additionally, we’ll be bringing add-ins to Gmail customers on iOS and Android soon.

This launch will bring some of the most loved Outlook add-ins from iOS to Android, including Evernote, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, Nimble, OnePlaceMail, Outlook Customer Manager, Smartsheet, and Trello. We will also be launching several new add-ins for Outlook—including Wrike, JIRA, MeisterTask, Gfycat, and MojiLala. These add-ins will be available for Outlook customers across the web, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Get more done on the go with add-ins for Outlook

Add-ins help you accomplish tasks quickly—right from Outlook. Whether you want to save an email to your customer relationship management app, quickly add email content to your project board, translate emails on the fly, or add a bit of flair and personality to emails—add-ins have you covered. There is no need to switch back and forth between apps or copy/paste email information. With add-ins, your favorite apps are just a tap away in Outlook.

To start using add-ins for Outlook on iOS or Android, go to Settings > Add-ins and then tap the + sign next to the add-ins you want to enable.

Here’s a closer look at the new add-ins:

Wrike—A powerful online project management software for teams. The Wrike add-in for Outlook keeps you on top of work projects by enabling you to quickly capture your team’s communications in one place—giving team members greater visibility into work and making the team more productive. To use the Wrike add-in, tap the Open Wrike add-in icon to create Wrike tasks from emails, view and edit tasks, and collaborate in real-time—without leaving Outlook.

Animated image showing the how to convert an email to a task using the Wrike add-in.

Stay on top of your work projects by quickly associating any email with a Wrike project.

JIRA (by Yasoon)—Designed specifically for software teams, JIRA provides best-in-class agile tooling, deep developer tool integrations, and a single repository for every step in your software project’s lifecycle. The JIRA add-in for Outlook helps you stay on top of software project issues and communication with customers, partners, or vendors by enabling easy tracking of your project’s progress, right from Outlook. Tap the New issue or Add to issue icon to create a new issue or update an issue using content from email and attachments. Tap View issues for an overview of open issues and due dates for the current conversation or sender.

To keep your business data safe, your JIRA administrator must configure a secure connection to JIRA first. See Getting started with JIRA for Outlook for more information.

Animated image showing how to open an issue related to a project using the JIRA add-in.

Use the JIRA add-in to create and update issues using email content.

MeisterTask—A highly intuitive task manager that adapts to your team’s workflow. The MeisterTask add-in lets you quickly save emails as tasks in your project board—without needing to copy/paste or re-enter the content into another app. To use the MeisterTask add-in, tap the Create Task icon to quickly create new tasks from incoming emails, assign them to your coworkers, and easily access task details.

Animated image showing how to convert an email to a task using the MeisterTask add-in.

Stay on top of your work projects using the MeisterTask add-in.

Gfycat—Discover and share awesome GIFs to make your emails more engaging, expressive, and fun. Congratulate your coworkers or thank them for a job well done with the new Gfycat add-in for Outlook. To use the Gfycat add-in, tap React with Gfycat to search for the GIF you are looking for, such as “Congratulations” or “Thank you.” The selected GIF will then be sent as your reply—adding a touch of your personality to the conversation.

Animated image showing how to search for a GIF image to send as a reply to an email using the Gfycat add-in.

Easily discover and share awesome GIFs, right from Outlook using the Gfycat add-in.

MojiLaLa—Designers bring you their best stickers to help you share emotions and communicate with one another around the world. The MojiLaLa add-in adds color, imagination, and humor to your emails. To use the MojiLaLa add-in, tap the Reply with MojiLaLa icon and then search for a sticker, such as “Great work” or “Happy Birthday.” The selected sticker will be sent as your reply.

Animated image showing how to search for a sticker to send as a reply to an email using the MojiLaLa add-in.

Add fun, humor, and a touch of personality to your emails using the MojiLaLa add-in.

In addition to these new add-ins, several existing add-ins available for Outlook on iOS will now be available on Outlook for Android, including:

  • Evernote—Easily save emails from Outlook to a project notebook in Evernote.
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365—Quickly look up customer contacts, associate an email or appointment with an existing opportunity, or create new records with just a few taps.
  • Microsoft Translator—Translate email messages on the fly, with support for 60+ languages powered by Microsoft Translator.
  • Nimble—Get insights on any contact in Outlook, including broad social profiles, shared relationships, mutual interests, industry and company profile, revenue, and more.
  • OnePlaceMail—Seamlessly save emails and attachments to SharePoint without leaving the familiar Outlook environment.
  • Smartsheet—Easily manage your work and collaborate with stakeholders in real-time by quickly creating, assigning, and updating tasks and capturing other project information right from your email.
  • Trello—Quickly associate any incoming email with an existing board, create cards, and edit descriptions. In addition, the Trello add-in has now been updated to save email attachments to your Trello board.
  • Outlook Customer Manager (coming soon)—Track and grow customer relationships right from Outlook.

Try the new Outlook add-ins and send us your feedback

Add-ins bring your favorite apps right into Outlook, so you can accomplish more, faster. We hope you give them a try. If you have feedback or suggestions on adding your favorite apps in Outlook, visit the Outlook for Android UserVoice—we’re eager to hear from you!

Developers—If you are a developer looking to build add-ins for Outlook, check out the Outlook Dev Center for more resources.

—The Outlook team

Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I enable add-ins for Outlook on iOS and Android?

A. To start using add-ins for Outlook on iOS or Android, go to Settings > Add-ins and then tap the + sign next to the add-ins you want to enable. For detailed steps, refer to our support article. Note that add-ins for Outlook on iOS and Android are currently available when reading email.

Q. Why do the animated images in the blog look different from what I currently see on my Outlook on Android device?

A. The animated images in the blog show the new conversation experience that is coming to Outlook on Android customers over the next few weeks. It is already available to customers using Outlook on iOS.

Q. I have Outlook on Android with an Outlook.com or Office 365 commercial email account, but I still don’t see the add-ins.

A. Add-ins for Outlook on iOS and Android are rolling out to all Office 365 commercial customers and Outlook.com customers over the next few weeks. If you have an Office 365 commercial email account (a mailbox in Exchange Online) or Outlook.com email account, you should be able to see the Add-ins section in the settings tab over the next few weeks.

Q. When will add-ins be available to Gmail users?

A. Add-ins for Outlook on iOS and Android will be available to customers with Gmail accounts in the next few months.

Q. As an administrator, how do I manage access to add-ins for my organization?

A. Administrators can manage access to add-ins for users in your organization using the Exchange admin center. For more details, refer to the Add-ins for Outlook TechNet article.

Stop an Outlook certificate error before serious trouble erupts

torrent of help desk tickets. It starts when the users open Outlook and get a message about a certificate error instead of their inbox. In most cases, users can click through the message and get on with their day, but there are more serious certificate errors that can cause trouble with the out of office assistant and free/busy information.

There are several problems that can cause Outlook to display a certificate error, but the three most common causes are:

Uncover invalid certificate names

An invalid certificate name error can occur if the subject name or SAN does not match the URL that Exchange uses. Most often, this issue happens either if there is a certificate misconfiguration or if there is a setup problem with the domain name system record for the Exchange Autodiscover service.

Outlook has a two-step process to locate the Autodiscover service for an organization’s Exchange Server deployment. First, it looks for the Autodiscover URL within the service connection point. Then, Outlook seeks a Host (A) record that matches the URL specified by the service connection point object.

This process will fail if the user does not use an internal connection. In that case, Outlook looks for an A record that matches the user’s Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) domain. If that doesn’t work, Outlook will attach Autodiscover to the user’s SMTP domain name — Autodiscover..com — and then try to locate a matching A record.

If Outlook still can’t find a suitable A record, then it will use a service record (SRV) to locate the Autodiscover service. Outlook may locate the Autodiscover service through either an A record or an SRV. Check these records for proper configuration. There are a few ways to do this, but it is usually best to open a command prompt on the machine that runs the Outlook client. Next, enter these commands:

CD

CDWindowsSystem32

Nslookup

Set type=A

Autodiscover..com

Set type=SRV

_Autodiscover._tcp..com

This sequence will display the name server being queried, the Autodiscover URL and the Autodiscover IP address.

Now, open the Exchange Management Shell and enter the following command:

Get-ExchangeCertificate | Select-Object *

This command lists the certificates on the server and displays the attributes for each certificate, such as the certificate’s friendly name, subject name, enhanced key usage and services. Administrators can use this information to determine which certificate the Autodiscover service uses and whether they need to reissue a certificate to correct a mismatch.

Get-ExchangeCertificate command
Figure A: The Get-ExchangeCertificate command lists certificate details on the Exchange Server.

Check for expired certificates

An Outlook certificate error can occur if a certificate has expired. Open the server’s certificate store and check the certificate’s expiration date. Certificates usually reside in the Certificates Console at Certificates>Personal>Certificates. Double-click on the certificate to view its expiration date (Figure B). If the certificate has expired, renew it.

Certificate expiration date
Figure B: In the server’s certificate store, double-click on the certificate to check its expiration date.

Alternatively, admins can check for expired certificates with the following command in the Exchange Management Shell:

Get-ExchangeCertificate | Select-Object Subject, NotAfter

Exchange Management Shell certificate command
Figure C: The Get-ExchangeCertificate cmdlet displays certificate expiration dates.

Correct untrusted certificates

Another potential cause of an Outlook certificate error is the PC that runs Outlook does not trust the certificate authority. This shouldn’t be an issue if the certificate came from a well-known, commercial certificate authority. However, some organizations use an in-house enterprise certificate authority.

Windows servers configured to act as an enterprise certificate authority usually include a built-in web server to issue certificate requests. This same web server also contains an option to download a Certificate Authority (CA) certificate (Figure D).

Download a CA certificate.
Figure D: Windows-based enterprise certificate authorities give the option to download a CA certificate.

Admins can import this CA certificate into the client computer’s Trusted Root Certification Authorities store (Figure E). This allows the computer to trust the certificate authority that issued the certificate.

Trusted Root Certification Authority
Figure E: Import the CA certificate into the computer’s Trusted Root Certification Authorities store.

It takes quite a bit of work to correct an Outlook certificate error. In most cases, the error occurs because the certificate’s subject or subject alternate name is incorrect. In these cases, replacing the certificate should fix the problem.

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Microsoft Store shares four ways to declutter your digital space

Jevon Grigg and Jonathan Aviles are product service advisors at the flagship Microsoft Store in New York

KonMari. Feng Shui. Japanese Minimalism. These are all methods that individuals use to bring order and balance to their physical space, whether that is a home, room or as small as a workspace. But have you thought about how to use these same principals to declutter your digital space, including devices like your PC?

Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store’s Answer Desk is a great local resource if you want an extra set of hands to help you declutter, or just want to learn how to get the most out of your technology. You can stop by your nearest Microsoft Store or set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from one of our experts. Our physical stores offer free services for some of the techier solutions like PC tune-ups and device recycling. Our knowledgeable advisors offer free technology workshops and support on hardware and software, and will answer questions and help with any device with Microsoft software.

In celebration of National Clean Out Your Computer Day today, we asked Microsoft Store tech experts to share their favorite ways to clear out and clean up devices to boost productivity, improve organization and bring peace of mind.

1. Use OneDrive to store your files in the cloud: Free up space on your PC by storing your files in OneDrive.

  • OneDrive is a great cloud storage service to store your files, like photos, videos, or documents. By storing these files in OneDrive, you can free up space on your PC. If you want to learn more about getting started with OneDrive check out this Windows 10 tip.

2. Speed It Up: Just like a car, computers need a little tune-up every now and then to make sure they are running as efficiently as possible.

  • Make sure your software is up to date. Updated software will ensure programs run smoother and reduce the risk of security concerns. If you have questions about this you can set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from experts at your nearest Microsoft Store.
  • Defragmentation is also an easy step to take. Without getting too technical, defragmentation is the process of moving the different pieces that make up a file closer together, helping the computer respond quicker. Windows 10 users can search for “Defragment and Optimize Drives” in their Start menu to run.

3. Inbox Sanity: Are you tied down by your ever-expanding inbox and the guilt of all those unread messages? Here are some simple tips to help get your inbox under control – and keep it that way.

  • The Rules feature in Outlook is a simple way to keep your inbox orderly. Set up your inbox so that certain mails can always be found in specific folders or send those notes you know you will delete right to the trash bin.
  • Sweep in Outlook on the web is a tool that can help you quickly get rid of unwanted mail. Delete emails in bulk with the Sweep feature or create a rule for deleting certain emails so you don’t have to do it manually.
  • Sign up for a newsletter you don’t read? Unsubscribe. Reduce the number of emails you receive each day by unsubscribing to email newsletters you don’t need anymore. In Outlook on the web, you can easily unsubscribe with just one click, all without leaving your inbox.
  • To learn more about inbox management, check out this Guide to inbox management from the Outlook team. And visit this link to download the Outlook mobile app.

4. Knowledge is Power: Dedicate time to learn about your device. By learning more about how your device works, you will give yourself the power and know-how to resolve issues and keep your device clean and healthy on a continuous basis. A great way to learn more is by attending a free technology workshop at your local Microsoft Store.

What are your favorite tips for uncluttering your digital life? Share them with the Microsoft Store on Facebook and Twitter!

ICYMI – Six Updates and a New SDK

Dev Center Acquisition & Engagement Platform

Successful developers use various channels to spread the word about their apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, popular blogs or Windows Dev Center’s own “Promote your app” feature. We’ve grown this solution over the past two and a half years, evolving it into a complete platform with machine-learning algorithms to maximize user acquisition and engagement campaign ROI.

Adding UWP Features to Existing PC Apps

In addition to Windows Store distribution and modern deployment technology, the Desktop Bridge enables you to use exciting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) features and capabilities that were previously unavailable to existing PC software.

Creator’s Update is next week!

Join our livestreamed event on February 8, 2017 to see what’s new for developers in the Windows 10 Creators Update, what it means for your apps and games, and more about Microsoft’s latest developer products. Whether you’re building for the web or UWP, the latest consumer app or line-of-business tool, there’s something in it for you.

Advertise Across Premium Platforms

The first and most important reason to use premium platforms is wider reach. Microsoft premium platforms such as MSN, Outlook, Skype and Solitaire collection are used by millions of users daily, and now your ad campaigns have a chance to showcase your awesome app when they interact on these platforms.

A triple-win with Playtem

Playtem’s monetization strategy is really interesting. The platform, currently available for Unity games deployed to UWP, iOS and Android, combines both ads and in-app purchases.

The latest Desktop Converter update is now in the Windows Store

Desktop App Converter is a tool that enables you to bring your existing desktop apps written for .NET 4.6.1 or Win32 to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). You can run your desktop installers through the converter in an unattended (silent) mode and obtain an AppX package that you can sideload on your machine or upload to the Windows Store.

Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 15021!

Check it out here: http://wndw.ms/KEXB94

The Windows team would love to hear your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming using our Windows Developer UserVoice site. If you have a direct bug, please use the Windows Feedback tool built directly into Windows 10.

A complete user acquisition & engagement platform

With so many apps getting published to the Windows Store daily, it can be a challenge to attract and acquire new customers. Successful developers use various channels to spread the word about their apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, popular blogs or Windows Dev Center’s own “Promote your app” feature. We’ve grown this solution over the past two and a half years, evolving it into a complete platform with machine-learning algorithms to maximize user acquisition and engagement campaign ROI.

Major milestones during the user acquisition & engagement platform journey

Our platform now lets you use objective-driven ad campaigns, where you can choose to acquire more customers or re-engage with your existing customers. With the recent launch of Universal campaigns, your app can get in front of customers interacting with Microsoft premium surfaces such as MSN, Outlook, Skype, Microsoft solitaire collection, etc.

The Dev Center user acquisition and engagement platform capabilities are tailored to meet the needs of every developer. You can start with zero dollars using community ad campaigns to advertise your app for free in other apps (in exchange for showing ads for other apps in yours).

You can also promote one of your apps in your other apps using house ad campaigns – again, for free. Even more effective are our paid ad campaigns, with a great return on investment for both app install and app re-engagement campaigns.

In addition, we have recently released our APIs so that you can use the campaign creation/update and reporting information with your organization’s built-in tools.

Universal user acquisition & engagement platform

Finally, for developers interested in running larger ad campaigns, we provide extra support with additional features:

  • $50,000 per campaign limit instead of the regular $5,000
  • Higher thresholds for billing campaigns
  • 1:1 product management team support to help tune your campaigns
  • Third-party tracking SDK support
  • Custom campaign dates
  • Custom user segment generation for huge volume goals

For info about qualifying for these features, reach us at aiacare@microsoft.com.

Whether you’re a developer just starting your journey with the Windows app ecosystem or a top developer looking to find users for your next hit title, the Dev Center user acquisition and engagement platform can help you reach more customers and grow your success.

How do I get started?

If you haven’t already used the app promotion capability, follow these steps to create a new ad campaign:

  • Click on the “Dashboard” after your log in to your Windows Dev Center account.
  • Click on the “Promotions” tab under the Main menu.
  • Click on “New Campaign” to create a new user acquisition or user engagement campaign.

Check out the documentation for more details, then give it a try! If you’ve got suggestions to make these features even more useful, please let us know at Windows Developer Feedback.

Go Universal! Now your ad campaigns can reach users across Microsoft premium surfaces like MSN, Outlook and Skype

Here’s your New Year’s gift from Windows Store team. The “Promote Your App” ad campaigns that delivered ad creatives in other apps in the Windows eco-system just got a major update.

We are happy to announce the launch of universal campaigns that will deliver your ads across Microsoft premium surfaces such as MSN.com, Outlook.com, and Skype, as well as games like the Microsoft solitaire collection.

Why should I use universal campaigns?

The first and the most important reason is wider reach. Microsoft premium surfaces such as MSN, Outlook, Skype and Solitaire collection are used by millions of users daily, and now your ad campaigns have a chance to showcase your awesome app when they interact on these surfaces.

Second, your ad campaigns will now get a very wide variety of touch points. Studies have shown that media-mix models can fetch your company multi-fold revenues. In the context of app promotions, it is the app installs and app engagements that can grow multi-fold.

MSN is primarily used in the context of news and entertainment, while Skype is used for personal communication and Outlook is used for email. Many Windows customers spend a fair amount of time playing popular games like Microsoft Solitaire. Your ad can now capture the attention of users in all these different situations, as well as improve recall and conversion rates.

Finally, the allocation of budget among the Microsoft surfaces is driven by powerful machine-learning algorithms. These algorithms start with finding the right set of users who should be exposed to your ad campaign, and then measure the effectiveness of each surface to adjust the target user profiles and budget allocations. Rest assured, these algorithms are working to give you the best possible ROI.

How do I get started?

  1. All campaigns that use auto-targeting will be universal campaigns by default. To use auto-targeting, make sure Automatic is selected for the Audience section of your campaign settings in the Dev Center dashboard.
  1. If you wish to create a manually targeted campaign, make sure you choose Universal for the Surface setting in the Audience section of your campaign.

Give it a try!  If you’ve got suggestions for how we can make these features even more useful, please let us know at Windows Developer Feedback.

Get ready for the football season with Microsoft

Football season is here! Today, we’re sharing ways you can celebrate with Microsoft, from weekly game predictions to Special Edition Surface NFL Type Covers.

Let Bing predict which teams will win

 Bing predictions for the football season

Bing has you covered this professional football season from basic player info to schedules and more. The Bing team created a unique professional football experience powered by Bing Predicts for all types of football fans looking to get the edge, including:

  • Game by Game Predictions – Predictions on which team will win every weekly matchup.
  • Fantasy Football Predictions – Weekly predictions of who to start in your fantasy league by position including predictions of how many points each player will achieve in PPR leagues. Carousel appears during Fantasy Football related queries.
  • NFL Playoff Predictions – Each week we will update the predictions of who has the best chances to make the playoffs and win the division. Bing’s very own intelligence spin on Power Rankings.

Search your team on Bing and get all the latest info.

Celebrate with Surface NFL Type Covers

Surface Special Edition Type Cover

For the past four years, Surface devices have been used on the sidelines, in the coaches’ booth, and by many teams as a playbook. In early August, we announced that we are bringing the excitement of Surface on the sidelines to fans everywhere with the addition of new Special Edition Surface NFL Type Cover, available for all 32 teams. To learn more about the special edition Surface NFL Type Covers, visit a blog by Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices.

Track your favorite teams with Cortana

Football games schedule with Cortana

Cortana lets you track your favorite sports teams’ right in your notebook. Select your favorite football team and Cortana will provide score updates, show upcoming games and matches and can even notify you with the final score. Give it a try today!

Follow the games with the Touchdown! Collection in the Windows Store

Touchdown! Collection

It isn’t just back-to-school time, it’s back-to-football time, too, with the NCAA kickoff last week and pro football this week. The Touchdown! Collection in the Windows Store is ready with great ways to watch the game your way on Windows or Xbox, letting you follow favorite teams, stream games, view schedules and stats, listen on-the-go, plan tailgates and more!

Keep track of your football games schedule with Outlook

Interesting Calendars in Outlook

Following professional and college football game schedules just got easier thanks to a new Interesting Calendars feature for Outlook.com and Outlook on the web. The new feature allows fans to add their team’s schedule directly to their Outlook.com or Outlook on the web calendar. Once added, the calendar is synced across devices and automatically updates if there is a change to the schedule, so you never miss a game. For more information on the feature, please visit the Office Blog.

Celebrate the summer games with Microsoft

The summer games start Friday! Today, we’re sharing some cool ways you can celebrate with Microsoft, from trivia games to watching any event live from your Windows 10 device or Xbox One.

Watch the Olympics live with the Official NBC Sports App for Windows 10 and Xbox One – free to download

New NBC

Watch every minute from the 2016 Rio Olympics Live and On-Demand, with the NBC Sports app*, a free download in the Windows Store for all your Windows 10 devices, and on your Xbox One!  Plus, stream thousands of live sporting events airing on NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel as well as replays and highlights for free, and navigate the app easily by asking Cortana to “Open Premier League,” “Open NFL” or “Open Live & Upcoming.”  Download the app here and get ready to watch!

Let Bing predict who will win and which events you should watch

Bing homepage for the Summer Games

For the 2016 summer games, Bing is using predictions technology to provide a unique viewing schedule, called Events to Watch, that will update every day and suggest the most exciting events to watch. Don’t miss Bing predict fun, factoid-like stories about different athletes and events. As the games heat up, Bing will predict medal outcomes as well. Follow along to see if Bing predicts your favorite athletes will win gold! Head over to the Bing Blog to learn more.

Try Cortana’s fun summer games trivia, recommendations on what to watch, and more**

Cortana

Ask Cortana to share the summer games schedule.

Cortana

Ask Cortana can give you information about summer games athletes.

Cortana

Cortana has the latest summer games news, including medal counts.

Test your knowledge of current and past summer athletes with Cortana! Coming later this week, you can simply say, “Hey Cortana, guess the summer games athlete.” Cortana will give you a clue and let you guess. Or, ask for a fact about the summer games and she’ll share trivia about the games and athletes. Easily stay on top of the headlines by adding Summer Games as a news topic in the News section of the Notebook. You can even get personalized recommendations on what to watch! Just say “Hey Cortana, tell me what summer games event I should watch” and Cortana will use Bing Predicts to pick an event for you.

Manage your summer games sports schedule with Outlook

Outlook GIF

Microsoft is making it even easier for viewers to be immersed in the games with the new Interesting calendars functionality in Outlook.com, Outlook on the web, and coming soon to Outlook on iOS and Android. You can now stay on top of your favorite summer games sports by adding them to your Outlook Calendar and it will show up across all your devices. Learn more about how to get started with Outlook Interesting calendars here.

Less than a week until the summer games begin!

*Available in US only. Cable subscription authentication required.

**These images are examples and not representative of current or up-to-date information. Cortana available in select markets.

Microsoft to acquire VoloMetrix to empower individuals and drive organizational productivity

volometrixEven small improvements in a person’s day-to-day effectiveness can add up to significant value for an organization and greater employee happiness. Today, most of us don’t have the tools and information to help us make better decisions about our scarcest resource at work: our time. But, similar to how fitness trackers help us understand our health in our personal lives, innovative new solutions are emerging to objectively measure and prioritize our time at work. Giving people access to real data and objective, personalized feedback can lead to a virtuous cycle of improvement for both individuals and their company.

The hardest part about this is accessing and making sense of the real behavioral data that would give people these insights. Office 365 and the Office Graph offer a wealth of data and a powerful machine learning platform. By harnessing this data – while maintaining strict privacy controls – customers can create these personalized feedback loops that help people answer questions like: How can I improve my emails to ensure my communications are impactful? Am I spending my time focused on my priorities? Do I have the right people and expertise in my network to accomplish my project?

Today, to help people answer these kinds of questions and many more, I am thrilled to announce that Microsoft has agreed to acquire VoloMetrix, a pioneer and leader in organizational analytics. This acquisition will combine VoloMetrix’ experience, technology and track record of success with Office 365 and our previously announced Delve Organizational Analytics.

I am excited about this big step forward in our company ambition to reinvent productivity and business process, and how it will deliver new value to our customers with organizational analytics. We expect to launch an early preview program for Delve Organizational Analytics within the next month, and general availability of the initial release of the integrated Office 365 service by the end of this calendar year.

Ryan Fuller, CEO and co-founder of VoloMetrix, provides his thoughts in a blog post here.

Rajesh