Microsoft Reveals What’s New in Office 365 This Month

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Office 365 with 13 Comments

Microsoft Reveals What's New in Office 365 This Month

The October 2017 additions to Office 365 include several cloud-powered features that can help save you time and produce better results, Microsoft says.

But before getting to the features, there’s some even bigger news: Microsoft has expanded the international availability of Office 365 to 96 new markets, bringing the total to over 246 markets around the world, and in 44 languages. You almost have to go out of your way to find a place on earth where you cannot access Office 365. Like Antarctica. Or Iran.

Anyway, here’s what’s new this month.

Translator in Word (for Office Insiders on Windows). The translation tools in Word are getting overhauled, and you can now translate sections of text, or your entire document, and review or save the result as a regular document file. (This feature is coming to Word on other platforms coming soon.)

Tell Me support for people and documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Office 365 commercial subscribers can now search across their organization, share current files with colleagues, and preview and re-use slides, graphs, and tables from previous documents with support for people and document search in Tell Me.

Learning Tools in Word for iPad. As I noted earlier, Word on iPad now supports Immersive Reader and Read Aloud, new mobile tools that enable content to be viewed in ways that are optimized for learning differences and allow documents to be read back with simultaneous highlighting.

OneDrive Files On-Demand. OneDrive Files On-Demand is available as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. In fact, it’s one of the best new features of that release.

3D files support in OneDrive. Now you can organize and share 3D objects in the OneDrive and at before importing them into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Visio Online. As I wrote about earlier, Visio Online is a web-based version of the popular Microsoft diagramming tool.

MyAnalytics networking visualization. Microsoft has introduced new features in MyAnalytics that help you visualize the time you spend with individuals and groups so that you can better match your time investments to your priorities. (So, not that kind of networking.)

LinkedIn profiles in Consumers using can now access LinkedIn profiles directly from their personal inboxes. This is rolling out now and will be available to all customers in 2018.

There’s more, of course. Check out the original Microsoft blog post for the complete list.


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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Microsoft Reveals What’s New in Office 365 This Month”

  1. matsan

    By Microsoft's definition Svalbard (part of Norway - is a new market... Well, well...

  2. ecumenical

    Not the main point. But interesting to see that MS apparently supports China's attempted claim on India's Arunachal Pradesh state by marking it white on the map. I've never seen that from a US company.

  3. hrlngrv

    What has the Republic of the Congo done to be in the same group as Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Iran and North Korea?

    Probably nothing because the linked site ( shows this near the top: All Microsoft Online Services are unavailable in Cuba, Iran, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Gotta wonder where this apparently inaccurate map came from as there's no attribution above.

    • Roger Ramjet

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      But "all Microsoft online services" is not the same thing as "Office 365". As Thurrott might say: you are reading it wrong.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to Roger Ramjet:

        Apparently you don't like reading linked sites. Under the section titled Office 365, Exchange Online Protection, and Power BI in the right-hand box, "[...] Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (DRC), Cook Islands, [...]".

        • Roger Ramjet

          In reply to hrlngrv:

          OK, you found a discrepancy between the map and the list on Microsoft's site. And yes, I don't like reading links. But in a twist of fate, unbeknownst to yourself you are a kindred spirit (spirits do band together on Halloween :-)).

          The bottom of the Thurrott post shows a link "Check out the original Microsoft blog ....", in there you will see that the map source is Microsoft, and as a kicker, they already addressed your complaint with an updated map. At the moment the first item (after headline/author/date) you encounter on that page is this:

          Editor’s note 10/31/2017: The world map was updated to reflect the latest availability of Office 365, including Antarctica and the Republic of Congo.

          But still your link error is 1 and mine 2. Diabolically, I win!

          • hrlngrv

            In reply to Roger Ramjet:

            I win!

            Belieive what you will.

            Also the updated MSFT site is asinine with respect to Antarctica since there's no government of Antarctica, no nation of Antarctica, and all persons in Antarctica would be able to get Office 365 etc if they could do so in their own countries.

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