What’s New in Office 365 – February 2018

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What’s New in Office 365 – February 2018

By Tracy van der Schyff | February 23, 2018

Imagine finding a Nintendo Switch in your desk drawer, only to realize you’ve had it for quite some time and didn’t know it. Not staying on top of the Office 365 updates is similar. There are so many features added and updated monthly, that it makes it difficult to stay in the know.

To help you stay informed and enable you to get the most out of your investment into Office 365, I’ll share with you some of the latest updates that I found helpful across the Office 365 Apps and Services.

Office 365 Features and Updates

Microsoft Teams

Personal views of your apps

The tabs within various channels of your Teams are meant for apps that the team uses together. A recent update now allows for adding apps that you frequently use, like your OneNote notebooks, Planner tasks, etc.

Microsoft Teams: Personal views of your apps


This new app is powered by Microsoft Graph and allows you to search for people in your company by name or topic.
Microsoft Teams: Graph

Command Box

Use this new feature to query or command an app and search for information.

Search for Teams / Channels:
Microsoft Teams: Command Box

Search for files:
Microsoft Teams: search

Use slash commands:
Microsoft Teams: Slash Commands

Use @ for more resources:
Microsoft Teams: Resources

Discover Apps for Teams

Now it’s much easier to find apps to use in Microsoft Teams. Search by name, category or integration type.
Microsoft Teams: Discover Apps

Hyperlinks in Messages

Click on the hyperlink button or use Ctrl + K to insert custom text associated with your link.
Microsoft Teams: Hyperlink Messages

Anonymous Join

With anonymous join you can now invite anyone with a valid email to a team meeting. They will receive a meeting invite via mail and can join the meeting on the web (without installing the client).
Microsoft Teams: Anonymous Join

Request and Grant Screen Control

Request control of someone else’s desktop or grant control while sharing your screen.
Microsoft Teams: Request and Grant Screen control

Add Existing OneNote Notebooks to Your Team

You now have 3 options when adding OneNote to your Team. Create a new notebook, browse for existing notebooks or paste a link to a notebook.

Microsoft Teams: OneNote NoteBooks



Add animation effects to 3D objects, such as:

  • Arrive or Leave
  • Turntable and Swing
  • Jump & Turn

Convert SVG Icons to Shape

The ability to insert SVG icons in your Office documents has been a great addition. Now you can also convert these icons to shapes for further editing.


Tracking now available for non-organizers

There is now the ability to see the responses of attendees, even if you are not the organizer.


Precision selecting

After selecting fields, deselect the unnecessary fields by holding Ctrl down while clicking.


Resume Assistant

Under the Review tab, you’ll now notice Resume Assistance (CV Assistant). Use this assistant for inspiration from real examples on LinkedIn.
Resume Assistant

Character Count

Switch the character count on by right-clicking on the status bar. This will show a live character count while you’re typing.
Character count

That’s a wrap!

Keep up to date by following the various Microsoft blogs and remember that you can check the updates by going to File > Account > What’s New in your favorite Office program.
Microsoft Office Product Information

Interested in Learning More?

For more information, check out the resources below:

What’s new in Office 365: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/what-s-new-in-office-365-95c8d81d-08ba-42c1-914f-bca4603e1426#Platform=Windows_Desktop

Office 365 Roadmap: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-roadmap?filters

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Tracy van der Schyff

Tracy is a Microsoft MVP and an energetic, hyperactive adrenaline junkie who sees challenges and issues as opportunities and thrives on improving processes, environments and the general quality of life. Her broad knowledge about IT and Business gives her the ability to communicate on both levels and convey meaningful requirements and narrow the (ever present) gap between the two.

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