Microsoft just added artificial intelligence features to Office 365 and Dynamics 365

Today is the first day of Microsoft's Ignite 2016 conference, where the firm announced a number of new Office 365 features at its morning keynote. For instance, "Tap" is a new feature for Word and Outlook, that helps you re-use existing content from your organisation in current documents or emails.

Salesforce recently released a competing intelligence productivity service called Salesforce Einstein - a service which may be the driver behind the recent partnership between Microsoft and Adobe. Tap helps users pull data from a centralized source within their organization and use it to finish a task or a project. Users can input a topic that they're creating a presentation for, and using Bing, PowerPoint will deliver a list of templates related to the topic.

Slides will be populated with information from the Bing knowledge graph, and Creative Commons-licensed images from the web.

Other workflows will also be made possible through the Workday-Microsoft integration over time. Raw geographic data will turn into Bing-based maps in Excel.

"It's very common for a customer to say, 'I've selected Workday, and I'm a Microsoft shop, '" said Dan Beck, a senior vice president with Pleasanton, Calif., based Workday.

Some of these smart features are already active and to get the Excel and PowerPoint helpers you need to wait till the end of year.

Here's how the bundle works: you can pay what you want and automatically get the last two of the bundle's twelve courses.

There were also advances on the security front with improvements to Office 365's Advanced Threat Protection, including "URL detonation" which interrogates suspicious links in a secure virtual environment, and "dynamic delivery" allowing for email attachments to be scanned for malware without delaying the associated message. The company intends to seek the help of and convince IT professionals to ensure that digital transformation will optimize business operations and empower customers and employees.

The new UI will resemble the Windows 10 Start menu, in that the app or service icons - Microsoft dubs them "tiles" - can be moved, resized and pinned in place.

  • Arturo Norris