Microsoft has added new collaboration features to Office 365 this month. Key among them are co-authoring capabilities in PowerPoint, upload attachments to the cloud in Outlook, and a new Shared with Me view across various Office applications.
Here are the big new features this month. Thankfully, it’s a shorter list than the previous few months, and is thus a bit more manageable.
Real-time co-authoring in PowerPoint
Availability: PowerPoint Mobile on Windows tablets and PowerPoint 2016 on Windows desktops for Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program.
Already available in Word 2016 for Windows, PowerPoint 2016 now sports real-time co-authoring capabilities so you can see what others you’re working with are typing and changing in real time.
Cloud attachments in Outlook
Availability: Outlook on the web (Office 365 commercial) Outlook 2016 on Windows desktops for all Office 365 subscribers.
Now, you can move a locally-attached file in an email message to OneDrive and then specify sharing permissions. You can learn more about this feature here.
Mobile notifications in Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile
Availability: Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Android and Windows Mobile for Office Insiders. (Coming soon to iOS.)
Word, Excel and PowerPoint will now trigger notifications on your handset or tablet when there is activity in shared, cloud-hosted documents. This feature varies a bit between the consumer and commercial versions of Office 365, in that both types of customers will receive notifications when documents are shared with others, while consumers are also notified when documents are edited.
Share with Me in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Availability: Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows 206 for PC and Mac, for all Office 365 subscribers, and on Android and iOS. (Coming soon to Windows Mobile.)
A new Shared with Me tab in Word, Excel and PowerPoint works like the similar view in OneDrive, and helps you find and open documents that others have shared with you.
Recent folders in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Availability: Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows 2016 for PC for Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program.
Microsoft has added a Recent Folders list in the Recent tab in these applications so you can navigate to the right place to find or save your files.