Microsoft 365 | December 2018 Updates

Ross MacKenzie
Categories: Product Updates
Tags: Microsoft 365

Looking for our regular Office 365 update blog? Look no further! Keeping in line with Microsoft, we’re renaming this monthly segment to ‘Microsoft 365’ but you’ll still be able to find regular Office 365 updates here as well as updates to Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. For a quick summary of this month’s updates, why not watch the video below:

PowerPoint Editor

You may already be using the Editor feature in Microsoft Outlook and Word, but it is now being rolled out to PowerPoint. Editor takes advantage of machine learning to process your copy, bringing a new proofing/editing function that highlights contextual recommendations to PowerPoint.

PowerPoint Forms

Want to add a new dimension to your PowerPoint presentations? You can now embed Microsoft Forms directly into your slides, creating a seamless and interactive experience for both you and your audience that isn’t ‘death by PowerPoint’.

To-dos in Word

Sometimes it’s difficult to add a note when you’re mid-document in Word. Now, you can add a handy reminder by simply typing ‘TODO’ and adding your note at that point. When you return to your document, there will be a list of all the to-dos that you have created, giving you the option to jump straight back into the right spot. Plus, when you use the @mention feature within a to-do, Word will automatically send them an email with a link to that point within the document.

This handy feature is currently available for all Office Insiders, and will be available to Office 365 subscribers soon!

Tasks for Outlook on the Web

Within the browser version of Outlook, you can now create tasks when you add an email to the Tasks pane, or schedule tasks by dragging them from that pane into the calendar. What’s more, once your tasks are available, they’ll automatically be added into the To-Do app on your mobile devices.

Microsoft Teams goes Mobile

Great news – as part of the Skype for Business transition to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft have added new functionality that allow users to stay connected even when using the mobile app. Furthermore, you can also schedule meetings, search for colleagues within the organisation, designate ‘quiet hours’ to help focus, all within the Microsoft Teams mobile app.

Power BI Reporting

Alongside many new features for Power BI Desktop, you can now expand and collapse individual row headers within a matrix – allowing you to manage and navigate Power BI more easily.

Office Customisation

This new Office 365 configuration means that your administration team can have greater control over company-wide installations. Use this tool to simplify the creation of installation configuration files when deploying Office 365 in larger organisations, giving your admins more ability to define which products are installed and which update channels to use.

If you'd like to find out more about Office 365, or even Microsoft 365, and the benefits that it can bring to your business, why not download our all-you-need-to-know guide now?

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