Microsoft Announces January Updates for Office 365

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Office 365 with 1 Comment

Microsoft kicked off 2018 with new updates to Office 365 apps across all devices. In a blog post today, Office’s CVP Kirk Koenigsbauer detailed some of the new Office 365 updates, some of which launched earlier this month.

Here’s what’s new.

  • Microsoft Teams: Launched this week, the biggest Microsoft Teams update so far brings a new app store for add-ons, support for slash commands, improved search, and more. This month, Microsoft also brought support for Microsoft Teams Education to the Teams mobile apps.
  • Office apps on Mac and iOS: Microsoft is bringing AutoSave support for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Office 365 subscribers on Mac devices, which means you will no longer have to manually save files that are stored on OneDrive. Pretty neat. Co-authoring for Office apps on Mac and iOS also hit general availability this month.
  • OneDrive for iOS: As I reported earlier this morning, OneDrive is getting a huge update on iOS — including a refined look, support for drag-and-drop, support for iOS 11’s Files app, and more.
  • Education push: Last week, Microsoft announced some major education-focused update for the entire Office suite. The company is expanding Office’s Immersive Reader and other Learning Tools to more devices, including Mac devices. In related news, OneNote’s Class Notebook is getting support for two of the most popular school information systems.
  • Yammer gets hippy: You can now share GIFs, post announcements to groups, and more using Yammer on mobile and desktop.

This month’s Office updates have been mostly focused on education customers, although two of the core services — OneDrive and Microsoft Teams — picked up lots of much-needed improvements.

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