Microsoft Adds New Features To Office 365 In Its August Update

Microsoft is continuously evolving inking in Office, and now it has gone ahead to make the digital pen, more powerful than it was before.
Microsoft in its official blog states,
“2016 is a big year for inking in Office and Windows. It’s already easy to simply pick up your pen and write in Office apps. We’ve also expanded what’s possible once your digital ink is on the page with Shape Recognition and handwritten equation conversion.”
Office now helps you to learn more easily, following the inking in action, and getting more creative with the new inking capabilities. The new inking capabilities, as per the official blog is given below:
Ink math assistant in OneNote: When you go on to handwrite an equation, OneNote will now be able to convert it to text and at the same time it will also be able to teach you in order to solve it.
The company states,
“This intelligent assistance makes OneNote your math coach and pairs nicely with Editor, the recently announced intelligent writing assistant in Word. Together, they make Office an even better partner to help you achieve more in your learning journey.”
Replay inking in Office apps: In order to understand, what is actually behind the new ink rewind and replay the capabilities. All you need to do is follow the sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, reviews and also check the order in which somebody else marked up that particular document.
New ink effects in OneNote: You can now get more creative with the ink effect available in OneNote. This feature has been inspired by feedback from students and the new rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver ink options would help you in inking pop oof the page, and making the process of learning more engaging.
You can now easily download the latest version of OneNote from here.
Windows Information Protection now available on Office
Windows Information Protection (WIP) is now supported in Office mobile apps for Windows tablets and phones. This had earlier been announced with Windows 10 Anniversary Update. WIP is an enterprise-ready solution which would help in preventing accidental data leaks while at the same time, letting users maintain control over their personal data. The simple designate content would allow you to create in these apps as “work” or “personal” hence allowing your IT department to protect or remove only business data. You can now easily download the latest version of Words, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in order to start using the WIP.
Enhanced people experiences for Outlook on the web
Microsoft states,
“Commercial customers can now go beyond a person’s basic contact details with deeper, more intelligent people experiences in Outlook on the web.”
Now all you need to do is click on the name of a co-worker and you will be able to discover all the information that you need about them, including organization char, who they work with, Office 365 Groups that they have joined along with recent emails, files and meetings which you have in common.
Visio now expanding to more platforms
As per the official blog, two new Visio apps are available to provide rich diagram viewing across even more devices:
  • The new Visio Online Preview allows you to view as well as share Visio diagrams with just a browser. Drill deeper into sub-processes or link out to web pages. Zoom into detailed views in high fidelity. You can now open a diagram in Visio Pro for Office 365 to edit.
  • With the new Visio for iPad, access your Visio diagrams from virtually anywhere using your iPad. Search for content, filter different visualizations of the same diagrams, and use the intuitive pan and zoom window to easily navigate or view your diagram in full fidelity.
Microsoft states,
” Visio Online Preview is rolling out for commercial customers in First Release. Office 365 admins will get a Message Center post when the Visio Online Preview is available for their organization. Visio for iPad is available via a limited Office Insider Program.
Updates to accessibility, in-app support and Office Online
Other update included for this month, are given below, as per the official blog:
  • Accessibility updates: The recent updates by Microsoft to apps like Word, Outlook and SharePoint Online have bought the company closer to their goal, of ensuring that people with disabilities can also go on to communicate, consume and create content on any device. It is now easier for everyone to create accessible content with Accessibility Checker, which is now available to all users, who are using Office 2016 for Mac.
  • In-app assistance: The Office apps which is now available on Windows desktop, it is now easier to find help documentation when you go on to type a search into ‘Tell me.” Alongside, Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers in U.S will be able to chat in real-time with the help of Microsoft support agent without leaving the Office app which you are using.
  • Office Online extension for Microsoft Edge browser: Microsoft states, “We’ve had over three million installations so far of the Office Online extension for Chrome browser. Now, the same award-winning Office Online extension is available for Microsoft Edge.” You will now be able to create new Office documents, right from the top of Edge, where you will be able to access all your recent files and also open content stored on your OneDrive for Business or your computer. You will need to download the extension, in order to get started (Windows 10 Anniversary Update required).
Office Insider Fast announced
Microsoft states,
“Since the launch of Office Insider last November, more than one million Insiders have used pre-release builds of Office across platforms and provided more than 100,000 pieces of feedback. This partnership has helped us ensure a high-quality Office experience for all our Office 365 subscribers worldwide. Thanks to our Office Insiders for all their feedback and support!”
In the next few days, Microsoft will go on to add a new level known as Office Insider Fast for Windows desktops, Mac and Windows Mobile (Android and iOS coming soon). In fact, these builds are what Microsoft employees have access to internally.
The company concluded by saying,
“Office Insider Fast is best for Insiders who want to use the earliest preview builds to identify issues, provide feedback to help make Office great, and who don’t mind a bit of risk using unsupported builds.”

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