In a busy April for Office 365 Microsoft
www.office.com/setup : As the end of April approaches, the Office team has once again posted its monthly summary of all the new features that were sent to Office 365 users this month, and the list is quite big. The most important version can be Microsoft To-Do, the new Microsoft task management application that is expected to replace Wunderlist in the near future. The application is already available in the preview on the web, Windows 10, iOS and Android, but it is already quite solid.
Windows 10 users also saw that the Skype UWP finally came out of the preview this month. The latest version now uses the Compact Overlay windows that are now available for UWP applications in the Windows 10 Creator Update, but the application definitely remains a work in progress. It is included with Windows 10 (and Windows 10 Mobile), but advanced users may need to continue to use the legacy Skype desktop application for now, which is more versatile.
In other Skype-related news, Skype Translator added Japanese voice translation support this month, and Skype users can also learn to cook with the brand new “Heston bot” inspired by legendary Chef Heston Blumenthal. Who said Skype was just a messaging application?
Some people may have difficulty considering iPads as productivity devices, but obviously Microsoft: Office applications for iOS work great on the iPad, and this month Powerpoint users may have seen that Designer is now available in the presentation application mobile. “Now that you’re on the move with your iPad, you can get professional design options for slides with images and certain types of text,” shared the Office team.
Move now to new features restricted to commercial Office 365 customers: the first important addition this month was the Outlook Client Manager, which is now being extended to all Office 365 Business Premium subscribers. This new feature is available in Outlook on Windows, iOS and web desktops, and offers automatic reminders about customer inquiries, company information suggested by Bing and integration with Microsoft Flow.
Outlook users will also be happy to know that now Office 365 groups are compatible with Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android. “Now you can see your group list, read and respond to group conversations, add group events to your calendar and more in Outlook on all platforms,” explained the Office team. The new Groups integration is currently being implemented in these new platforms, but we remind you that it was already available on the web and in the Outlook desktop application in Windows.
Another new feature worth mentioning is the integration of Office 365 groups in Office desktop applications on Windows, making it easier than ever to edit documents in your frequently used groups. You can see how it works in the image below:
In terms of new security features, the Office team announced several security and compliance updates for Office 365 customers this month:
- Office 365 Threat Intelligence is now generally available, which helps customers identify cyber security threats by taking advantage of the Microsoft Smart Security Chart.
- Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Safe Links is now available in Word, Excel and PowerPoint to protect users from clicking on malicious links.
- A new Data Loss Protection (DLP) policy management page also provides easy access to application permissions, device security policies, and content protection policies.
Last but not least, Microsoft announced earlier this month an expansion of the Office 365 Enterprise K1 plan, which will now provide better value to front-line workers. The new plan includes additional products such as StaffHub, Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business and remains at $ 4 per user per month. New capabilities will begin to spread to customers in the coming weeks, Microsoft said.