Microsoft Announces August Updates for Office 365

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Office, Office 365 with 6 Comments

Microsoft Announces August Updates for Office 365

Microsoft today revealed the changes coming to Office 365 this month. Among them are Microsoft Teams enhancements, co-authoring in Excel, and updates to Yammer.

“Microsoft is committed to creating a connected future,” a Microsoft representative told me. “Office has been hard at work bringing seamless collaboration to the fingertips of their customers.”

Here’s what’s new this month.

General availability of co-authoring in Excel. “Now anyone can work together at the same time in spreadsheets stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, or OneDrive for Business,” Microsoft corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer writes. “With Excel co-authoring, you’ll find it easy to know who else is working with you in a spreadsheet and view their changes as you work.” This feature is available on Windows for all Office 365 subscribers.

General availability of AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Office 365 customers who store their documents in OneDrive and SharePoint can now access AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This is a feature I’ve actually noticed in Word for the Windows desktop.

New education features for Microsoft Teams. This month, Microsoft Teams picks up a number of new features, including OneNote Class Notebook support, class assignments distributed through Teams, and improved IT controls. These features are available to all Office 365 Education subscribers on on Windows, Mac, and web.

Rich profiles in Outlook for Windows. Today, Microsoft is rolling out a redesigned experience for connect with colleagues, external contacts, and group in Outlook for Windows for all Office 365 commercial customers. “By tapping into the Microsoft Graph, the new profile puts the most important information at your fingertips, including relevant files, conversations, and group membership,” Mr. Koenigsbauer notes.

Yammer improvements. Yammer for iPad has been improved with universal search, automatic sign-in, and an updated design. And a new Yammer activity report for Office 365 users helps administrators understand how their organizations connects across Yammer. The Yammer activity report is now available in the Office 365 admin center.


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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Microsoft Announces August Updates for Office 365”

  1. Dan1986ist

    No mention from Microsoft themselves in their Office blog about the availability in preview of the Desktop bridged Office apps in the Windows Store for those on Windows 10 Home or Pro. Not sure, if every Office 365 subcscriber has this or if it's a staged rollout.

    • lwetzel

      In reply to Dan1986ist:

      I got an invite yesterday to join in on this. I did it. Saw something in passing related to addins. Well have one, ToDist, can't get it to install and work. So not sure whether I will go back or not.

  2. Chris_Kez

    As someone who's company moved G Suite last year, seeing these constant updates makes me pine for Office 365.

  3. ianhead

    The old "Share Workbook" feature from Excel has been removed in favour of co-authoring. I can't find any way to re-enable it.

  4. Philotech Mueller

    Office 365 for Mac unfortunately still falls way short of any kind of Mac / macOS standard with regard to stability. For me, Word constantly crashes, sometimes out of the blue, sometimes in connection with certain actions. And AutoSave is totally unreliable too. I already lost several hours of work because Word crashed and before restarting the auto update mechanism kicked in which apparently deletes all auto save data. Office is definitely NOT my tool of choice on a Mac and I try to avoid it as best as I can. But for any kind of collaboration it's still necessary.

  5. Delmont

    I have yet to receive the Focused Inbox for Office