Microsoft have been on a roll in February! In the past few weeks Microsoft have unveiled a plethora of significant and pioneering updates to their services – whether it’s free software or the expansions of platforms to support third party integration, there’s a lot to get excited about. We’ve summarized some of the best announcements below and can’t wait to hear the publics response!

 

Microsoft OneNote is now completely free!

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Office Online gets even better in 2015

Microsoft have been hard at work listening to user feedback and public response to their Office Online suites, and will be rolling out updates that improve Reading View, file management and editing experiences.

Firstly, to make the Reading View easier to use, Microsoft have updated the toolbar so that the Edit, Print, Share and Comments commands are now one click away – and the more advanced tools such as Translate or Download a file are now much easier to find. You can now also print faster and easier by enabling direct printing to PDF files from Word Online, without having to first download the file. Ace!

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Next up is the expansion of options for saving and managing your files. The Save As options have been increased to provide you additional file management options that look to improve your efficiency.

  • Save As – saves a copy of the file to your OneDrive. You can now select a new location and name for the file if desired.
  • Rename – does exactly what it says on the tin!
  • Download a Copy – lets you download a local version of the file straight from the editor window, rather than forcing you to navigate back out of the file like before
  • Download as PDF – converts your file format to PDF, allowing you to directly download a local copy

As is the norm with Office online – there are no further updates to the general saving function as it is done automatically! But you knew that already, right?

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Microsoft have also made it easy to add files to OneDrive from the toolbar. If you’re accessing a file that you aren’t able to edit, such as a ‘view only’ file – you can now save your own copy with just one click. All you have to do is click Add to OneDrive which is now available on the toolbar, choose your save location and press save! Now you can edit or share that saved files like you would any other.

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Some updates applied to the new start experience are designed to get you into the right editing experience as fast as possible – allowing you to start editing faster. You can now directly navigate to most of your most recently used files or see more files on your OneDrive. Similarly, you can quickly create a document with the new blank page template or any other template.

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These are just a select few of the updates that we have to play with – we’ll keep you posted of further updates as we find out more!

 

Security updates for Outlook on iOS and Android

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It’s not been long since the initial release of Outlook for iOS and Android devices – but Microsoft have already taken a lot of feedback on board and released a series of updates to improve the core tools you need to get things done, such as email, calendar, contacts and files.

Outlook now uses password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync – so if your company email policy requires devices to have a password in order to sync emails, Outlook will not enforce this at device level.

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There is much more to come this year, so watch this space!