Office 365

Microsoft is releasing a pretty major update to Office 365 users around the globe.

The August Feature update to Office 365 brings the experience of working with others even better through the release of co-authoring in Excel.

This update also includes enhancements to Microsoft Teams along with an updated Yammer app for iPad and more.

Microsoft is announcing the general availability of co-authoring in Excel. With this feature, you and your team mates can work together at the same time in spreadsheets stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, or OneDrive for Business.

In addition, AutoSave functionality is now generally available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Office 365 subscribers who rely on OneDrive and SharePoint to store their documents.
Co-authoring in Excel allows you to see where others are editing in the same workbook.

Microsoft Teams has also been improved for teachers and students alike to achieve more.

OneNote Class Notebook in Teams—Students and teachers can now enjoy a full view of their OneNote Class Notebook right from within Teams, making it easier than ever for everyone to stay on the same page. Educators and staff can also access their OneNote Class and Staff Notebook settings right within the app, simplifying classroom management.
Enhanced assignments—Teachers can now add web links to reference materials to class assignments distributed through Teams, ensuring students have access to the third-party resources they need to get started successfully. Scores from assignments can now be imported into a school’s Learning Management System, ensuring a single source of truth for student grades.
Improved IT control—IT administrators can now specify permissions for third-party apps in Teams and can enable or disable private chat and class assignments. These enhanced controls empower IT admins to create a safe and secure learning environment tailored for their schools’ unique needs.

OneNote in Teams helps students and teachers collaborate on project.

The rich Office 365 profile experience is now generally available. Powered by Microsoft Graph, it basically puts the most important information at your fingertips, including relevant files, conversations, and group membership This feature is currently rolling out to Outlook for Windows as a redesigned experience.

Rich profiles now available in Outlook for Windows

Microsoft is also introducing a brand new Yammer app for iPad. The redesigned Yammer app (for iPad) offers an improved experience with universal search, automatic sign-in, and an updated design.

The redesigned Yammer app for iPad

We’ve also updated the Office 365 usage reports with a new Yammer activity report that helps administrators understand how your organization connects across Yammer. This new view highlights the number of existing communities and the activity happening within each, helping to identify best practices and drive adoption across your organization.

How to access these updates:

  • Co-authoring in Excel is now available on Windows for all Office 365 subscribers.
  • AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is now available on Windows for all Office 365 subscribers.
  • OneNote Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams is now available on Windows, Mac and web clients for all Office 365 Education subscribers.
  • Enhanced assignments and improved admin controls are now available for all Office 365 Education subscribers.
  • Rich profile experience in Outlook is rolling out on Windows for all Office 365 Commercial subscribers.
  • New Yammer apps are now available in the Apple App Store.
  • Yammer activity report is now available in the Office 365 admin center.