Overview of harmon.ie 10: Bringing Office 365 in your Outlook
Product overview by Vlad Catrinescu – requested by harmon.ie, but thoughts are my own.
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Information Overload is an increasing problem both in the workplace, and in life in general. Information Overload is when you are trying to deal with more information than you can process to make sensible decisions. The result is that you either delay making decisions, or that you make the wrong decisions. And let’s be honest, we all feel a kind of information overload because of all the sources of information we have today. Even if we talk only Office 365, we need to look for information in SharePoint, Outlook, Groups, Planner, Teams, etc! With it’s latest release called harmon.ie attempts to solve this problem and allow users to focus on work rather than tools. harmon.ie 10 delivers your SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams documents, Outlook emails and calendar invites, plus Office 365 app notifications directly to your Outlook window… organized by topics, the way you think. The harmon.ie team gave me an early version of their newest release to test, so let’s see what the features are!
Having reviewed harmon.ie in the past, I will focus only on the newest features in harmon.ie 10! If you want a tour of the functionality that was already there in the past, check out this review: Review of harmon.ie One: Improve SharePoint Collaboration.
Harmon.ie 10 Overview
Similar to previous harmon.ie Outlook clients, harmon.ie 10 is a sidebar on the right side of your Outlook window. What is new in this version, is that the harmon.ie team now uses the power of the Microsoft Graph to analyze all of the data in Office 365 that you have access to, and group those by different topics. Right now, in this preview version of harmon.ie 10 , the sidebar is not yet responsive, so as you can see , some of the topics are cut off, but the team told me it will be fixed before this becomes final.
Once you clock on a certain topic, you get an overview of the number of items of each type, that are related to that certain topic. In the US Staffing example below, harmon.ie found one e-mail, one document and one calendar event!
Clicking on it again, you can see the different documents, events and e-mails relating to this topic, and clicking on them will automatically open them using the native Microsoft application assigned to it, or for documents, using Office Online and opening them directly from SharePoint, or OneDrive for Business.
Harmon.ie 10 also allows you to search for different topics to quickly access the different items associated with the topics that you’re interested in!
As mentioned previously, those features are added on top of the other great features included in the harmon.ie Outlook sidebar such as SharePoint integration ,easy drag and drop of documents and e-mails, and quick collaboration directly from Outlook.
You depend on Office 365 apps to get work done, but with the number of different apps, and different way of collaborating today, it’s tough to keep up with everything that is happening in your organization. The latest release of the harmon.ie sidebar for Outlook called harmon.ie 10 uses the Microsoft Graph, and machine learning to group information the way you think, by using topics, customers, project names, so you can work the way you think, and not by focusing on the different apps in Office 365.
I loved the idea of grouping information by topics, instead of apps and it made it a lot easier to find information proactively, rather than search for it in the different applications part of my tenant. The harmon.ie version I had is an early release beta, and while the “logic” functionality worked well, and it was able to find/group different items, the fact that the pane was not fully responsive made it hard sometimes so have full control over the topics window. This should not be too much of a big issue for customers as this should be fixed before it gets full released.
If you want to try this in your own tenant to see how it can help your users increase productivity and adoption of office 365, register for an early preview over here: https://pages.harmon.ie/harmonie10-early-access-registration.html or click the banner below!