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New Office 365 Feature: Share and contribute to documents with your LinkedIn connections

New Office 365 Feature: Share and contribute to documents with your LinkedIn connections

Microsoft have announced that they will begin rolling out a new Office 365 feature towards the end of March – the ability to share and co-write documents with first-degree LinkedIn connections directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and SharePoint Online.

It will aim to enhance the way users connect and collaborate with people outside of their company, help build and improve on professional relationships by providing insights and contact information for the people they work with, inside and outside of their organisation.

Office 365 users will be able to find their first-degree LinkedIn connections as suggestions when sharing files and folders from the Office 365 document creation platforms. Microsoft have said that, “it will makes it easier for employees in organisations to collaborate with people outside of their company without needing to know their email address”

In terms of data security, data leakage and DLP (data loss protection), the rollout aligns inherently with the existing external sharing policies and settings that have already been configured within your Office 365 tenant and will not enable external sharing with LinkedIn contacts for documents which are not allowed to be shared externally.

To prepare for this update, administrators and users have control over this feature inline with the newly released LinkedIn integration with Office 365. For more information on how to opt-in and connect your LinkedIn and Microsoft accounts to be able to use this new feature and benefit from the existing LinkedIn integration, visit our previous blog post here.

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David has held positions as Operations Director and Head of IT in legal and professional firms for more than 10 years. He is a Director and co-owner of Amazing Support, a Microsoft Silver & Cyber Essentials accredited specialist Managed IT Support and Cyber Security company. David actively helps SME businesses receive better Managed IT Support and Cyber Security Services in the London and Hertfordshire areas. He also assists overseas companies who are looking to expand their business operations into the UK and helps with their inward investment IT process. A member of The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and an event speaker promoting business start-ups and technology awareness. Married with a son, you will often see him riding his bicycle around the Hertfordshire towns! David participates in charity bike rides and is a keen Krav Maga practioner.