Microsoft has announced the set of updates it has delivered across its various Office 365 this month. As is often the case, it’s a long list.
“Next week, Microsoft will showcase the latest ways we’re empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow,” Microsoft corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer writes. “This month’s Office 365 updates are another step on this journey, with the broad availability of new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, security enhancements and more.”
Here’s what’s new in Office 365 this month.
Classroom experiences for Microsoft Teams
Those on Office 365 for Education now have access to new classroom experiences for Microsoft Teams.
“For students, Teams helps create safe and engaging classroom environments with rich conversations including text, video, and voice, as well as custom class themes, stickers and emojis,” Koenigsbauer explains. “Educators can save time with student class rosters automatically populated from the school’s information system. They can also move effortlessly between planning lessons, creating content and providing feedback with the help of integrated OneNote Class Notebooks, Assignments and Office apps. Lastly, Teams provides a hub for educators and staff to connect with each other outside the classroom (for example, in professional learning communities), all from a single experience within Office 365 for Education.”
The classroom experiences for Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers in 181 markets and 25 languages, Microsoft says, on Windows PCs, Macs, Android, iOS, and the web.
Windows Information Protection
Available previously in the Office Mobile apps, Microsoft’s Windows Information Protection (WIP) technologies are now available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2016 on Windows PCs for Office 365 commercial customers with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5.
“WIP helps prevent accidental data leaks while letting your employees maintain control over their personal data,” Koenigsbauer says. “They can simply designate content created in these apps as ‘work’ or ‘personal,’ so your IT department can protect or remove only business data.”
Microsoft Forms Public Preview
Office 365 commercial customers in First Release now have access to the public preview version of Microsoft Forms, the software giant’s lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes, and polls. (It was previously made available to Office 365 for Education customers.) “Microsoft Forms … helps anybody in your organization easily collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction, organize team events and more,” Microsoft notes.
Microsoft’s new replacement for Office 365 Video, called Microsoft Stream, is now generally available for Office 365 commercial customers with Enterprise and Education plans in 181 markets and 44 languages. Described as an intelligent video service for commercial customers, Microsoft Stream helps customers “easily and securely upload, share, manage and view videos in a single experience.”
Previously available in Word 2016 for Windows PCs, Researcher is now available in Word 2016 for Mac (Office Insider Fast) and OneNote (Mobile) for Windows 10 (all Office 365 subscribers). This feature is powered by the Bing Knowledge Graph and helps users “find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your outline notes or papers in fewer steps.”
But wait, there’s more
There are more new features, of course. But you can check out Microsoft’s original post for the full list.