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Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution that includes Office 365, plus device management and security capabilities

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To further protect small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) from cyberthreats and safeguard sensitive information, Microsoft has added new features to Microsoft 365 Business including AI-powered analysis to detect and discard dangerous messages.

Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution that includes Office 365, plus device management and security capabilities.

“Now we’re adding new ways to protect against phishing and ransomware and prevent unintentional leaks of business data,” the Microsoft 365 team wrote in a blog post this week.

Cyber criminals use phishing and ransomware attacks to get people to download viruses and malware or unwittingly give out sensitive information. These attacks can cause significant issues for a business, ranging from loss of customer trust to financial woes.

To help bolster the defences of SMBs against phishing, malware and viruses, Microsoft 365 Business now includes advanced protection from cyberthreats, including sophisticated scanning of attachments and AI-powered analysis to detect and discard dangerous messages, the blog post said.

Other features added to the solution includes automatic checks of links in email to assess if they are part of a phishing scheme and prevent users from accessing unsafe websites.

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It also added tools to prevent devices from interacting with ransomware and other malicious web locations.

According to a survey conducted by Microsoft, 71 per cent SMBs feel vulnerable to cyberattack, jumping to 87 per cent for businesses that have already experienced a breach.

Most SMBs handle sensitive information and preventing unintentional leaks of these types of sensitive information can be a challenge, despite the best efforts and good intentions of employees.

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To identify, monitor and protect sensitive information such as social security and credit card numbers of SMBS, Microsoft added data loss prevention policies to Microsoft 365 Business.

It also added information protection in Outlook to let SMBs and their employees manage access to sensitive data in emails.

With this feature, they can set encryption rules to prevent an email from being forwarded, copied or pasted into other programmes.

To help ensure data is properly retained with continuous data backup and compliance, it added email archiving and preservation policies.  (IANS)

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Microsoft Expanding its ‘Dyanmics 365’ Apps Lineup

The company has also launched AI-infused apps for sales, customer service and market insights as part of the "Dynamics 365" app line-up

Microsoft adds 2 Mixed Reality business apps to 'Dynamics 365'. Pixabay

Microsoft is expanding its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based “Dynamics 365” apps lineup with two new Mixed Reality (MR) business apps.

The new apps — called — “Dynamics 365 Remote Assist” and “Dynamics 365 Layout” — have been added with the intention of merging MR and business applications together.

“With the release of our new AI and mixed reality applications, we are taking another step to empower every organisation on the planet to achieve more through the accelerant of business applications,” Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Business Applications and Industry, Microsoft wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

The MR business apps will be part of the October release of “Dynamics 365”.

In 2016, Microsoft introduced “Dynamics 365” as a product line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications to make business apps modern, unified, intelligent and adaptable solutions, integrated with Office 365 and natively built on Microsoft’s Cloud computing service Azure.

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By bringing together MR and business applications, the company aims to unify systems and have a holistic view of their business, customers and employees.

“Employees need information in context to apply their knowledge and craft. Not only on a 2-D screen – but information and data in context, at the right place and at the right time and mixed reality is a technology uniquely suited to do exactly that,” Taylor added.

The company has also launched AI-infused apps for sales, customer service and market insights as part of the “Dynamics 365” app line-up.

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“The new ‘Dynamics 365 AI’ offering are a new class of AI applications that will deliver out-of-the-box insights by unifying data and infusing it with advanced intelligence to guide decisions and empower organizations to take informed actions,” wrote Taylor.

These insights are easily extensible through the Microsoft’s business analytics service — Power BI, Azure and the Common Data Service, that could enable organizations to address complex scenarios specific to their business. (IANS)