What’s New in Office 365 – February 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
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.
This new app is powered by Microsoft Graph and allows you to search for people in your company by name or topic.
Use this new feature to query or command an app and search for information.
Search for Teams / Channels:
Search for files:
Use slash commands:
Use @ for more 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.
Hyperlinks in Messages
Click on the hyperlink button or use Ctrl + K to insert custom text associated with your link.
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).
Request and Grant Screen Control
Request control of someone else’s desktop or grant control while sharing your screen.
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.
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.
After selecting fields, deselect the unnecessary fields by holding Ctrl down while clicking.
Under the Review tab, you’ll now notice Resume Assistance (CV Assistant). Use this assistant for inspiration from real examples on LinkedIn.
Switch the character count on by right-clicking on the status bar. This will show a live character count while you’re typing.
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.
Interested in Learning More?
For more information, check out the resources below:
Office 365 Roadmap: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-roadmap?filters
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.