Microsoft makes series of updates to Office 365

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 31 August 2016
Microsoft makes series of updates to Office 365

Microsoft has revealed a series of updates to Office 365.

Three new inking capabilities have been introduced. Ink math assistant in OneNote means that when users write an equation, OneNote can not only convert it to text, but also teach steps on how to solve it. Replay inking in Office apps allows users to follow a sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, review step-by-step instructions, or see the order in which somebody else marked up the document. A series of new inking effects in OneNote have also been added.

Other updates to Office 365 include the news that Windows Information Protection will now be supported in Office mobile apps for Windows tablets and phones. This enterprise-ready solution helps prevent accidental data leaks, and allows users to control their personal data.

Users of Outlook on the web will now also be able to gain greater insights into co-workers. Simply by clicking on their name, they can see more information, such as organisational charts, who they commonly work with, and Office 365 groups they’ve joined.

Two new Visio apps are also being made available. Visio Online Preview lets users view and share Visio diagrams with just a browser and drill deeper into sub-processes or link out to web pages, while Visio for iPad allows access to Visio diagrams from virtually any location via the iPad.

Enhancements to accessibility and in-app assistance have also been made, and an Office Online extension for the Microsoft Edge browser is now available.

Microsoft has also launched Office Insider Fast for Windows desktops, Mac and Windows Mobile. Building on the launch of Office Insider last November, which saw more than a million users harness pre-release builds of Office across platforms, Office Insider Fast will provide even earlier builds of Office on a more frequent basis.

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