Work environments across the globe are changing and your business needs to change with them. In the midst of this global pandemic, you may find yourself working and managing your employees from home. This new situation presents many opportunities, but plenty of uncertainties as well.
How will you maintain your business’s efficiency and productivity? Will your information remain secure? How can you manage a team that uses different programs and platforms to work from home?
If you’ve asked yourself these questions, we’re here to help.
In this guide, the WheelHouse IT experts are going to break down the features and benefits of Microsoft Modern Workplace, a comprehensive platform that will change your work environment and give employees freedom when it comes to how and where they work—all without sacrificing productivity and efficiency.
Modern Workplace includes a set of tools and programs that empower employees and businesses to work remotely from home (or anywhere) safely and effectively.
What Are Microsoft Modern Workplace’s Features?
Microsoft Modern Workplace is a full suite of tools designed to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and productivity of your business. Here are some brief descriptions of each feature and how they can benefit you and your employees.
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Windows 10 Professional Desktop in the Azure Cloud
Windows 10 Virtual Desktop is a desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10 capability, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments.
You can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on the Azure Cloud in minutes, as well as receive built-in security and compliance features. With Windows 10 Virtual Desktop in the Azure Cloud, you can access your entire desktop on nearly any device with ease.
Windows 10 Professional License
With Modern Workplace, you get all the features of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Home operating system (OS), plus enterprise-grade security, powerful management tools (like single sign-on), and enhanced productivity with features like Remote Desktop and Cortana.
This is the most recent Microsoft OS with the newest technologies and tools, which ensures that you and your employees remain current.
Microsoft Teams is a collaborative communication platform that combines workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration.
With Microsoft Teams, you can enable document-sharing features and go from text chat to video calling at the click of a button—all using the Microsoft programs you know.
Microsoft One Drive
Microsoft OneDrive (often referred to as just OneDrive) is a file hosting and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its web version of Office. With OneDrive, you can automatically back up files and folders, share documents with the click of a button, and access your files from any device.
Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office. SharePoint functions primarily as a document management and storage system, but is actually highly configurable, with usage varying substantially among organizations.
This program is the perfect tool for storing, managing, and organizing business-critical documents. Documents stored in SharePoint are secure, protected from deletion and overwriting, and can be tagged with metadata and retention policies.
Most of us are familiar with Microsoft Office 365, but Microsoft 365 is the new version on the block. Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that combines apps like Excel and Outlook with cloud services like OneDrive and Microsoft Teams. With Microsoft 365, anyone can create and share documents anywhere—on any device.
Comprehensive Security Features
Microsoft Modern Workplace also includes a host of security features designed to keep your work as safe as possible. These features include:
- Multi-Factor Authentication
- Email Encryption
- Data Loss Prevention
- Litigation Hold
- Email Security
- Enterprise Antivirus & Anti-Malware
These features cover various aspects of Modern Workplace to ensure that your business’s data and information cannot be compromised. Since many of Modern Workplace’s services utilize the cloud, security is a top concern for many employees. With these features, Modern Workplace has the infrastructure to keep data, documents, and sensitive information secure.
Microsoft Intune Mobile Device Management
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). Intune is part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite, which enables users to be productive while keeping your organization’s data protected. Intune integrates with other services, including Microsoft 365 and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), to control who has access and what they have access to, as well as Azure Information Protection.
When you use Intune with Microsoft 365, you enable your workforce to be productive on all their devices, while keeping your organization’s information protected.
Patching, Device Monitoring, and Asset Management Capabilities
Modern Workplace patch management includes scanning computers, mobile devices, or other machines on a network for missing software updates, known as “patches,” and deploying those patches as soon as they become available.
With Modern Workplace patch management and device monitoring, you and your employees’ devices will remain current, no matter where they are.
Full Training Suite
Modern Workplace also includes a Microsoft 365 eLearning library to keep your team knowledgeable and productive! With this comprehensive training suite, you can easily train both old and new employees with a library of videos and other learning resources.
Modern Workplace Employee Monitoring & Reporting with WheelHouse365
Modern Workplace also allows you to gain important insights into employee work habits with time and usage analytics. This way, you can make sure that working remotely does not have a negative impact on productivity.
How Do Modern Workplace Features Benefit Your Business?
Modern Workplace products are all about improving employee efficiency, productivity, and satisfaction. Working remotely from home is a big shift for many companies, so maintaining those three key elements is crucial for ongoing business success.
Microsoft Modern Workplace products also create seamless communication and collaboration across different locations and multiple platforms while maintaining high data security and system integrity.
Simply put, Modern Workplace has everything you need to empower your employees to work from home effectively and safely, providing all the features and programs they need to succeed.
How Can WheelHouse IT Help Your Business Use Modern Workplace?
At WheelHouse IT, we want to make sure your business continues to succeed in these uncertain times (and beyond). We have an experienced team of managed IT professionals who can help you navigate this new way of working and assist you in implementing the Modern Workplace program platform.
If you want to work with a team that is knowledgeable and has experience working with Modern Workplace, get in touch with us today. Modern Workplace has the programs necessary to transform your business’s work-from-home capabilities and WheelHouse IT has the experts to help you implement it effectively.
Let’s work together to make sure your business remains as effective, productive, and secure as possible.