“There’s no question that the PC has become mission-critical during this pandemic, across work, school and life to sustain productivity in a remote-everything world,” Nadella said. “We think about productivity holistically, understanding how someone spends their time, who they work with and what content they create, and use these signals to create value for individuals and their organizations.”
Microsoft has rolled out new, artificial intelligence-powered collaboration features to help ease workflow and keep employees on task.
3. Employee Well-Being Needs to Be Prioritized
Speaking of employees, many of them are feeling burned out. Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, said that the biggest increase in usage for Microsoft Teams has been outside of the standard 9-to-5 workday hours.
“Up to this point, technology has been focused on efficiency, and I think that’s a fallacy,” Spataro said. “Sustainable productivity for people isn’t just about efficiency. People need cycles of performance and they need cycles of recovery.”
To help employees get this recovery, Microsoft has partnered with Headspace to integrate mindfulness tools into its products. There are also new features like a “virtual commute” to help create more separation between work and home lives.
4. The New Normal Needs a New Security Approach
With so many new tools being used, keeping data secure and easy to work with is crucial. One way to achieve that is to integrate security right into solutions, said Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for security, compliance and identity.
“We believe that modern security should empower you to go further faster,” Jakkal said. “It should be at the intersection of great human expertise and great technology. It should be cloud-native and AI-based so that it works for you everywhere, at scale. It should be extensible to a broad ecosystem of third-party tools. It should be based on zero-trust principles.”
At the center of this strategy is a focus on integration, compliance and identity. With the right tools and the right strategy, businesses can empower their workers to continue to be productive and secure, regardless of where they’re working from.
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