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The new business season is upon us and as digital transformation is rising up the Gulf’s agenda, you’ve got to work faster and smarter than ever to maintain a competitive edge. New Microsoft updates to Excel, Powerpoint and Yammer will help you stay on point enabling you to sharpen your productivity in a more collaborative and secure workplace with features which simplify data searches and calculation times and help you quickly visualise information.
Here’s what’s new:
The new XLOOKUP formula will replace the widely-used VLOOKUP formula and helps you find data and improve calculation time. It‘s available how to Office Insiders, with general availability coming later this year.
Sketched Shapes is a new Office style which lets you transform standard shapes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel into rough outlines that look hand-drawn and convey a sense of in-progress work. Its perfect for building wireframes, drafting designs, or adding an artistic touch. You can also easily move between sketched and standard shapes. Sketched Shapes is currently rolling out to Windows Insiders and Office Insiders for Mac. To get started, insert a shape into your document and select your favorite sketched outline. You can also download the PowerPoint Wireframe toolkit for more information.
You no longer need the PowerPoint Desktop App to add subscript, superscript, or change text casing in our slides. Now, you simply select your text and click the new Subscript, Superscript, or Change Case buttons on the Home tab. This feature is rolling out to PowerPoint for the web.
You can now insert shapes in OneNote for iPad, including straight lines, basic shapes, and graphs. Whether you want a straight line to keep things aligned, an arrow to point to information, or a graph to show a trend, you’ll find it under the Draw tab in OneNote. You can also add Outlook meeting details to OneNote for iPad and OneNote for Mac—including attendees, time, subject, and more.
Get the natural look of ink when you add to your notes with ink in OneNote for iPhone. Simply use your finger or a stylus to add notes even when you’re on the go. To get started, just tap on the squiggle symbol in the upper right-hand corner of your OneNote page and use the red pen and yellow highlighter to mark up and highlight key information in your notebooks.
Stay connected and get answers with the new enhanced Yammer mobile experience that brings live events, group search, updated feed and conversation views, enhanced encryption, and more to iOS and Android devices. Highlights include a modernized feed experience that reduces visual clutter and delivers improved readability, live events, and townhalls that you can view on the go; Seen Counts let you know how many people have viewed your messages; and group search to search time and find the information you need. These features have rolled out to users of the current Yammer for iOS and Android apps.
Dark Mode is now rolling out to Outlook mobile and Office.com. Dark Mode is easier on the eyes and may extend battery life, it also enables you to comfortably continue using your device in places where the default bright mode isn’t appropriate, like darkened airplanes and movie theaters.
New tools and capabilities streamline Windows 10 migrations and meet data residency needs.
Upgrading and updating complex technology environments is no mean feat. The new FastTrack deployment guidance, which is available to all eligible commercial customers, will help you through every step of your Windows 10 deployment including upgrading from Windows 7 and Office 2010 to Windows 10 Enterprise and Office 365 ProPlus. Sign in to microsoft.com/FastTrack and request assistance.
Multi-Geo Capabilities, which enables you to easily move users and data between Microsoft cloud geos to address data residency needs, is now available to customers in the UAE with a minimum of 500 Office 365 services subscription. The UAE is now home to two Microsoft data centers giving subscribers great latency and secure data residency.
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