NEW OFFICE INSIDER SLOW BUILD ROLLING OUT ON WINDOWS DESKTOP

www.office.com/setup blogs: Office Insiders on the Slow ring are being treated to a set of new features to check out on Windows desktop, courtesy of a fresh build that is now rolling out. While there’s nothing new to see in Word, Microsoft has highlighted some handy new features headed to Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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Here’s what’s new in version 1705 (Build 8201.xxxx) on Windows desktop:

  • Excel: Enhanced data import functionality – Easily import and shape data from various sources. Manage workbook queries and connection with the Queries & Connection side pane, and share queries with others via ODC files.
  • Excel: Keep the copy – Copy your cells and , before you paste, you can still do other tasks like typing or inserting cells.
  • Excel: New data transformation: Add Column From Examples – In the Query Editor, create a new column by providing sample values. As you type, Excel detects the required transformations and shows a preview of the new column.
  • Outlook: Improved attachment options – When attaching files to an email, you can more easily select whether to add it as a cloud file or as a traditional attachment.
  • Outlook: Quickly access the groups you use the most – Groups you’re most likely to interact with now appear at the top of the list.
  • PowerPoint: Closed captions for video: – Add closed captions to a video to make it accessible.

If you’re already an Office Insider and Office 365 subscriber, you can check out the latest Office Insider Slow features by heading to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now in any one of the Office desktop apps.

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OFFICE APPS HIT THE WINDOWS STORE IN PREVIEW FOR SURFACE LAPTOP

www.office.com/setup Blogs: Microsoft‘s Office desktop apps are launching in the Windows Store today, coinciding with the launch of the new Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S. The Office suite, having been brought to the Windows Store using Microsoft‘s ‘Project Centennial’ desktop app bridge, is available to Surface Laptop owners only as part of a preview install and update process, according to an Office on Windows 10 S FAQ initially spotted by Microsoft leaker WalkingCat.

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Microsoft clarifies that, while the install and update process is in preview, the apps themselves are not. Still, during the preview period, the following apps are only available to install for Surface Laptop users with Windows 10 S:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote for Windows 10
  • Outlook (not available in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
  • Access (not available in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
  • Publisher (not available in preview for Office 365 Education plans)

It’s worth noting that OneNote is the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of the app that has been available for some time.

Though the bulk of the suite is made up of bridged desktop versions of the Office apps, they are the 32-bit versions; 64-bit versions are not available via the Windows Store. Likewise, they are not compatible with COM add-ins, Microsoft points out.

As for the Office Mobile apps, which were previously the only versions of Office apps available on the Windows Store, Microsoft is repositioning them smartphones and tablets with screen sizes under 10.1-inches. Given their “Mobile” designation, this makes much more sense.

Again, the preview period limits the new Office apps to Surface Laptops running Windows 10 S. Microsoft notes that the apps will be available for purchase and installation on other Windows 10 devices after the preview period is over. Finally, as a bonus for Surface Laptop owners, Microsoft is offering one free year of Office 365 Personal for laptops that ship during the preview period.

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WWW.OFFICE.COM/SETUP BLOGS: IN SHORT

Office 365 is Microsoft‘s software plus services offering that includes office productivity apps and cloud storage. The service allows for users to install Microsoft Office on their PCs, storage space on OneDrive and 60 Skype minutes per month. There are various offerings for consumers and business wishing to use Office 365.

Here are the various subscription plans for Office 365 available to regular, non-business consumers:

  • Office Online: Includes online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for free.
  • Office 365 Personal: Includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access for home use on one computer and one tablet, 1 TB of additional OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of Skype international calls per month.
  • Office 365 University: A version of Office 365 Personal, but for those in universities and offered at a discounted price.
  • Office 365 Home: Includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access for home use on up to five devices by up to five users and five tablets, 1 TB of additional OneDrive storage per user, and 60 minutes of Skype international calls per month.
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BEST MICROSOFT OUTLOOK ADD-INS FOR IT PROS

www.office.com/setup Blogs: Microsoft Outlook has been one of the leading professional email communication and calendar schedulers chosen by IT pros for years. Two big reasons why are that the platform is very user-friendly and it works seamlessly with the full Microsoft Office 365 Suite. Plus, there are a slew of add-ins that can make Outlook even more efficient to use – amplifying your productivity and saving you time – and who doesn’t like that? Here are six of our favorite Microsoft Outlook add-ins that will help IT pros get the most out of the platform.www.office.com/setup

SEND SECURE

Protecting your emails from hackers is a huge focus for companies of all sizes these days for good reason. Send Secure works to help in the battle by encrypting any messages you send from Outlook. Once installed, the app allows the user to hit the Send Secure button in Outlook instead of the default send button – encrypting the message before it is sent to the recipient. Encryption makes it harder for hackers to pick off sensitive information contacted within your emails and can also help reduce the chance of spam being sent from your account. Send Secure is $5 per user per month.

DOCUSIGN

Printing, signing and scanning documents such as contracts, purchase orders and invoices can be a pretty tedious task. Luckily, the DocuSign add-in for Microsoft Outlook can help simplify the process. The app makes it easy to have a recipient securely sign a document or to sign one yourself without having to print a single page of paper. Once installed, recipients can “sign attachments” by dragging and dropping their signature or initials in tagged areas in the document. All parties receive a digital copy of the file once complete. DocuSign subscriptions start at $10 per user per month and a 10-day free trial is available to test the service.

SLACK

Email communication is great, but sometimes you need a more collaborative way to connect with coworkers. The Slack add-in app for Microsoft Outlook – called Slam Sidebar – allows you to do just that. Slam allows users to run Slack directly in Outlook meaning they can drop meeting invites, attachments, contacts and email messages right into Slack conversations. The app also lets users know which Slack teammates are online and direct message them with one click. Slack post and files can also be attached to Outlook emails with just one click, so users don’t have to toggle back and forth between platforms. Slack’s Slam Sidebar is currently free to download, but you also need a Slack account to use it.

ZENDESK

Being able to provide stellar customer service is a requirement for any good business team, and time is of the essence when responding to help requests. With the Microsoft Outlook app from Zendesk, users can turn any email into a ticket that goes right to the customer support team, ensuring that customer needs are met as quickly as possible. The helpdesk app also keeps the conversation in Outlook for the customer and in Zendesk for the support team. The Zendesk Outlook app is free to download, with the monthly subscription starting at $5 per user per month.

Zendesk Being able to provide stellar customer service is a requirement for any good business team, and time is of the essence when responding to help requests. With the Microsoft Outlook app from Zendesk, users can turn any email into a ticket that goes right to the customer support team, ensuring that customer needs are met as quickly as possible. The helpdesk app also keeps the conversation in Outlook for the customer and in Zendesk for the support team. The Zendesk Outlook app is free to download, with the monthly subscription starting at $5 per user per month.

ROOMFINDER

Securing an available meeting room can be a daunting challenge in the best of offices. The RoomFinder add-in app for Outlook makes finding an available space to meet so much simpler.  With the app, you can search and sort open rooms by capacity, features and purpose without leaving Outlook. Plus, RoomFinder lets you search for rooms in multiple office locations and different time zones, so booking a conference room with videoconference capabilities for 20 people is a cinch. The RoomFinder app is free to download.

RoomFinder Securing an available meeting room can be a daunting challenge in the best of offices. The RoomFinder add-in app for Outlook makes finding an available space to meet so much simpler.  With the app, you can search and sort open rooms by capacity, features and purpose without leaving Outlook. Plus, RoomFinder lets you search for rooms in multiple office locations and different time zones, so booking a conference room with videoconference capabilities for 20 people is a cinch. The RoomFinder app is free to download.

XING

Getting invited to a meeting where you don’t know anyone in the room can be an awkward experience. The XING for Outlook add-in aims to make those type of uncomfortable professional encounters a thing of the past by providing more information about meeting participants and Outlook contacts. Users with the app installed can see profile photos, job titles and the company name of participants, along with items you have in common with them. Having that type of data can help make any first encounter a little more comfortable.

XING Getting invited to a meeting where you don’t know anyone in the room can be an awkward experience. The XING for Outlook add-in aims to make those type of uncomfortable professional encounters a thing of the past by providing more information about meeting participants and Outlook contacts. Users with the app installed can see profile photos, job titles and the company name of participants, along with items you have in common with them. Having that type of data can help make any first encounter a little more comfortable.

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Microsoft Teams Top Questions Answered Get Started

We’re excited about yesterday’s global launch of Microsoft Teams. I’m Karuana and work in the engineering team. Part of my job is to manage technical readiness for our product. I want to make sure you have all the information you need to truly get more productivity from using Microsoft Teams. I have a long history in the collaboration space designing solutions with SharePoint and Office 365. Having spent part of my career in Microsoft IT deploying and managing collaboration & communication services for our own employees I have a special place in my heart for user communities that provide a hub for learning, sharing and creating the comradery that comes from taking this journey together.

We’ve worked hard on bringing over 100 new features to the product since our preview launch in November of 2016. We hope that you watch the webcast to gain key information about our future vision and hear from customers successfully using the product today. We’re going to be posting here a series of blogs from myself and guest authors to ensure you have great examples of how to use the product. Feel free to post topics you’d like us to write about or reach out to me on Twitter with your comments.

Our commitment to the full Office 365 stack remains strong as does our desire to get feedback from you, our user community. Make sure you are posting any feature suggestions directly into our UserVoice feedback tool. We are all intently reviewing that information to understand your needs and requests. Suphatra manages user feedback for the product and we always want to make sure that your voice is heard. For now, we hope you are testing Teams in your company to start thinking about the use cases that will make sense for your business.

Here are a few answers to common questions I see here in the community to get us started:

Q. Is Microsoft Teams available for EDU customers?
A. Our product is currently in preview for EDU customers. We will make announcements about its general availability soon. You can stay up to date on these announcements here or at our Office Blog.

Q. Microsoft Teams is now on by default in Office 365 tenants. Can I turn it off in my organization until I’m ready to deploy it?

A. Yes. We understand you want to thoughtfully deliver this capability to your users. While we encourage people to quickly try the product hands on you can follow the instructions here, if you are a tenant administrator of your Office 365 instance, to turn the feature off.

Q. When will you allow me to invite an external guest into Microsoft Teams?
A. We’ve seen you vote this feature request up on UserVoice and we’ve committed to deliver it by June of 2017 (Q2/FY17).

Next week we’ll be hosting an “Ask me Anything” event here online. We hope you join us and bring all your other questions! I’ll see you all in the community, at this event or on Twitter.

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New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium help you run and grow your small business

To make Office 365 more valuable for your small business, we are announcing three new applications coming to Office 365 Business Premium:

  • Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
  • Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
  • Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.

We’re also introducing the Office 365 Business center, a central place where you can manage these business apps and get an end-to-end view of your business. In addition, we’re adding MileIQ, the leading mileage tracking app, as an Office 365 Business Premium subscription benefit. These new services—along with the recently added Microsoft Bookings and Outlook Customer Manager—help you win customers and manage your business.

Connections, Listings, Invoicing and the Business center are rolling out in preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, starting with those in the First Release program. MileIQ Premium is available to all Business Premium subscribers in the U.S, U.K. and Canada effective today.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these products.

Microsoft Connections—Drive more sales with simple email marketing tools

Email marketing can accelerate sales, but getting started can be overwhelming. With Microsoft Connections, you can easily create professional-looking email marketing campaigns with pre-designed templates for newsletters, announcements or customer referrals. You can also provide simple ways for people to join your mailing list or unsubscribe.

As your mailing list grows, you can manage your subscribers by creating segments to efficiently target specific groups of customers. Performance charts and subscriber activity updates track open rate, clicks, new sign-ups, new customers, offer redemptions and unsubscribed numbers for each email campaign, so you can see what is and is not working.

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Microsoft Connections is available on the web, and on mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Microsoft Listings—Get your business discovered online by new customers

Getting your business listed online is a great way to be discovered by prospective customers, but it can be time consuming to set up your online presence, keep information like business hours up-to-date and monitor performance across sites. Microsoft Listings makes it easy to publish and manage your business listing on Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp.

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Microsoft Listings includes a web dashboard that lets you easily monitor ratings and reviews.

When you update your business profile in Microsoft Listings, the changes automatically populate across Facebook, Google and Bing. And what’s more, you can monitor online views and reviews of your listings across sites from a single dashboard. This makes it easier to understand feedback from your customers and strengthen your online reputation.

Microsoft Invoicing—Get paid fast with hassle-free invoices and online payments

Getting estimates and invoices out on time, tracking pending payments and processing payments quickly are critical to keep things running smoothly. But it can tedious and confusing to keep track of information in different systems of record or even on paper. Microsoft Invoicing helps you quickly create professional-looking estimates and invoices, so you get paid quickly.

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Microsoft Invoicing is available on the web, and on mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Microsoft Invoicing works with PayPal, so you can accept credit and debit cards online. A connector to QuickBooks lets you sync customer and catalogue data, and transfer invoicing information to your accountant.

Manage from one place with the new Office 365 Business center

The Office 365 Business center brings Bookings, Connections, Listings and Invoicing together in a central location—so you have easy access to your business apps and data. It features a unified dashboard where you can view key metrics from all the business apps, including total outstanding invoices, the number of appointments scheduled, the impressions across Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp, and the number of new subscribers and sent campaigns.

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Office 365 Business center lets you access via the web.

The Business center includes an activity feed, so you can see the details of what’s happening within each of the apps—making it easy to keep up-to-date on new customer appointments, invoices and payments being created or updated by the employees in your business. The activity feed also provides suggestions on what actions to take next, such as alerting you that a payment is overdue and it’s time to resend an invoice.

Because the new business apps are built to work together, you don’t waste valuable time setting up connectors or transferring data manually. A contact in one business app is automatically recognized in another, so you don’t have to input data multiple times. As a business owner, you also have full control over who on your team gets access to which business apps and related information.

MileIQ—The smarter way to track your miles comes to Office 365 Business Premium

If you drive a personal car for work purposes such as customer sales visits, partner meetings or trade conferences, you know that tracking and reporting your miles for tax deduction or expense reimbursement can be a hassle. That’s why we’re pleased to add MileIQ—the leading mileage tracking app on iOS and Android—as a benefit of your Office 365 Business Premium subscription.

MileIQ offers a simple, smarter way to track your miles—with automatic drive detection and mileage logging, easy one-swipe classification as business or personal, and comprehensive reporting. MileIQ has already helped over four million customers save time and money—saving customers $6,900 on average per year in deductions or reimbursements, and 2 hours a week of time spent logging drives. You can log unlimited drives every month with the MileIQ Premium subscription that you get with Office 365 Business Premium. MileIQ is currently available to subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Try the new services and let us know what you think

We are excited to get your feedback as you use these new services in your Office 365 Business Premium subscription. Here’s how to get started:

  • Connections, Listings, Invoicing and the Business center—These are rolling out in preview over the next few weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in U.S., U.K. and Canada. Once they are activated in your account, you’ll see a Business center icon on the welcome screen after you sign in. Just click the icon to get started. If you want early access, please visit our support page to learn how to join the Office 365 First Release program. As you use the apps, let us know what you think by providing feedback in our feedback forum.

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An icon introducing the new business apps will appear when you have signed in to Office 365.

Redesigned navigation, conversations and search in Outlook for iOS and Android

People come to Outlook every day to stay on top of what’s important—whether they need to read and reply to a crucial conversation, navigate through their folders or find a critical email. We’re humbled and driven by the stories and feedback we hear from people using the apps. These insights from across the globe, different industries and people from all walks of life drive us every day to make Outlook effortless for all these needs—so it’s even easier for you to communicate, collaborate and manage your time while on the go.

Conversations—email that’s fast and interactive

The redesigned conversation experience makes it easy to stay on top of discussions, whether you’re talking to friends and family, classmates, colleagues or with your groups.

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Here’s a look at some of our recent updates to make catching up on what’s happening in email more effortless:

  • Outlook now shows more of your conversation at once and provides clearer separation between individual messages, making it simpler to catch up on your conversations.
  • When you tap on a conversation to read it, Outlook automatically opens to show the first unread message. You can pick up right where you left off without scrolling.
  • You can now quickly reply to everyone by simply tapping the quick reply box and starting to type. When you’re done, just tap the send button to see your message added to the conversation. This means that you are now finally able to see the rest of the conversation while you type your reply.
  • If you want to do more with a conversation than just quickly reply, simply tap the recipients list to edit, or the ellipsis to get to the additional actions, like Forward.

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Navigation—quickly switch between accounts and folders

Outlook works with all your accounts—from Office 365 to Outlook.com and Gmail. We’ve heard from many people that they wanted a quicker way to switch between accounts or browse folders.

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As a result of your feedback, we made the following updates to make navigating in Outlook effortless:

  • The account and folder menu has been beautifully redesigned to give you super-fast access to all your accounts, as well as key folders such as Inbox, Drafts and Groups. Pro tip: Press and hold on an account avatar to pin the sidebar open!
  • Help and Settings buttons are easy to get to in the sidebar, making it even quicker to get in-app product support. While we hope you don’t ever need to contact our support team, we know we’re not perfect, and there are times you could use a helping hand. They’re always available and ready to help, all within the app!

Coming soon—a more intelligent search, front and center

All too often, finding the information you need quickly can be a painful task. The new intelligent search, coming soon to Outlook for iOS and Android, will help make it easier to find an item while on the go.

Changes will include:

  • Search will be front and center in the app’s simplified tab bar. No matter where you are, the new search will be a tap away. Our goal is to bring more proactive and contextual information to your fingertips without even needing to type in a search box.
  • People and Files will be seamlessly integrated as part of the search experience. There’s a section for People and Files—both with proactive suggestions.
  • When typing a name in the search box, it will instantly display suggestions from your most frequent contacts. Tapping on a person provides one-tap access to the new People card announced a few weeks ago.

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The new intelligent search is powered by the Microsoft Graph and lights up immediately with the content from your top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries and recent attachments—with many more exciting things to come!

What’ll be the expiry date of Microsoft Office 2007 support?

Office 2007This week’s news headlines has given some good information to the users who are still using the Office 2007. The news is that Microsoft is moving into the “Extended” support period, allowing the users a time-period of three more months to switch from their current Office 2007’s apps to the latest suite like Office 2016 or others.

Microsoft stated that Office 2007’s users will no longer get company assisted technical support such as phone consultations or troubleshooting nor the packages for security issues, after its support expiry date that is October 10.

Earlier, Microsoft decided to end the Office 2007 support in April. However, directions on Microsoft’s managing vice president, Rob Helm estimated that Office 2007 has already provided with an extension of six months from the Microsoft’s side in 2012.Hence, now the Office 2007 moves to Extended on 9th October, 2012, from the originally set “Extended” support period on April 9 instead. The reason for extending this time is the condition in the company’s support policy that guarantees minimum two years of “mainstream” support even after the release of product’s new version (version 2010 here. Hence, now the extended support for Office 2007 will end on 10th October 2017.

Microsoft on its official website has provided a complete list of all the components of Office 2007 that will expire on October 10.

There are two types of support provided by the Microsoft:

  1. “Mainstream” – This is the period in which users are provided with the updates whether for the product’s security purpose or any other purpose completely free of cost and on regular basis.
  2. “Extended” – After exiting the ‘mainstream’ support period the device will enter this support period, which also provides the product’s security updates for free, but for most of the other updates it asks for the payment from the users.

How “Office 2007” will work after the support ends?

There are different cases, answering the above questions, in some of them Office 2007’s applications continue to work even after the support expires, but with the risk of being getting harmed by the malicious software that enters or attacks the devices. Whereas in some other, the apps are not able to work at all after the support’s expiry date that is Oct 10. Hence, the users must upgrade to Office 2010 or other future versions to receive the updates after October 10.

Microsoft said that Outlook 2007 will not be able to connect to Office 365 mailboxes after 31st October 2017 resulting in blocking the transmission and reception of the mail for the Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365.

Here, the Office 365 rent-not-own subscription program and the Office 2016 applications that come with most enterprise- and business-grade plans are recommended by the Microsoft. Moreover, a sub-site especially for Office 2007 to deliver information on upgrade paths, links to the detailed switching instructions and more is also designs by the firm.

That’s all for the Office 2007 users. Hope, you’ll get all the required information regarding Office 2007, switching to Office 2016, etc. from this article. But, if you still faces the issue related to the updates, installation, and activation of the successor versions, etc. You may contact us on our toll-free number 1-888-262-1663; our technicians are available 24×7 at your service.

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SharePoint communication sites begin rollout to Office 365 customers

During last month’s SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled SharePoint communication sites—beautiful, dynamic sites that let you reach a broad internal audience, and that look great on the web, in the SharePoint mobile app, on PC and on Mac. Today, we’re excited to announce that communication sites are now rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers, followed by full worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers in the coming months.

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Create a beautiful communication site in seconds

Communication sites are perfect for internal cross-company campaigns, weekly and monthly reports or status updates, product launches, events and more. To help you jumpstart getting your message out fast, communication sites provide configurable templates for the sites and pages within. When you click Create site from the SharePoint home in Office 365, you have a choice of three initial site designs:

  • Topic—Select the Topic design when you have a lot of information to share, such as news, events and other content.
  • Showcase—Use the Showcase design to feature a product, team or event using photos or images.
  • Blank—Start with a blank site and make your design come to life quickly and easily.

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Communication site designs (from left to right): Topic, Showcase and Blank.

And it is easy to tell your story. Once your new site is created, simply drag-and-drop to reorganize web parts on the page to bring your use cases and scenarios to life. News and pages allow for multi-column layouts to represent your message in a meaningful, intuitive fashion.

Learn how to create a communication site in Office 365, add a page and work with column layouts.

Share your plans and updates in engaging, interactive ways

Communication sites allow people to create and share recurring updates beyond email. When you create a page on a communication site, you can embed documents and video, and dynamically pull in real-time data from across Office 365, including documents from SharePoint, Power BI reports, Microsoft Stream videos and Yammer discussions. The resulting page is a rich and dynamic communication. And the page persists on the site, so people can refer to it easily, even as the membership of your team changes, so new members can more easily get up to speed.

Image showing how a communication site displays all the data pulled in from Office 365, including news, events, key documents, resources and contacts.

The new capabilities for the rich section layouts and new web parts can be utilized on SharePoint team sites as well.

Consume, create and connect from your mobile device via the SharePoint apps

It’s easy to access, engage with and create content for communication sites from any device. The full site, pages, news, navigation, search and more are natively viewable, functional and engaging. Read a page, create a news article, engage in a Yammer conversation—all in the context of the site—from within the SharePoint mobile app experience.

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You can download the SharePoint mobiles apps for iOS and Android today, and the new features will be available in the coming weeks. Learn more about the SharePoint mobile app for iOS, SharePoint mobile app for Android and SharePoint app for Windows 10 Mobile.

Communication sites help further refine and enhance your message

Beyond what we shared during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, communication sites have additional capabilities to further refine and enhance your message.

Make your home page and sub-pages look great

  • Full-width layouts—The Hero and Image web parts can be placed in a section layout that spans the page from left to right, giving you ways to emphasize your most essential information.
  • Enhanced title region with custom header image—Visually represent your home page, news and subpages with a compelling header graphic and title. You control what portion of the image is the most important, so it looks great, and as intended, across web and mobile experiences.

New to Office 365 in June classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams and more

The new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now broadly available

We’re excited to announce that the new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers. For students, Teams helps create safe and engaging classroom environments with rich conversations including text, video and voice, as well as custom class themes, stickers and emojis. Educators can save time with student class rosters automatically populated from the school’s information system. They can also move effortlessly between planning lessons, creating content and providing feedback with the help of integrated OneNote Class Notebooks, Assignments and Office apps. Lastly, Teams provides a hub for educators and staff to connect with each other outside the classroom (for example, in professional learning communities), all from a single experience within Office 365 for Education.

The classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are being shown on a Windows desktop and iPhone. Specifically, the same World History project-based group conversations around an embedded Word document and Planner plan are being shown on both devices, in context with the rest of the class resources and student-led discussion.

With classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, everything students need is right at their fingertips with OneNote Class Notebook, Assignments and Office apps built into every class.

Availability: The classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers in 181 markets and 25 languages on Windows desktops, Macs, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Office 365 security, protection and compliance updates

Several Office 365 updates this month help enterprise subscribers better protect sensitive information, manage risk and stay ahead of threats within their organization.

Windows Information Protection expands to Office on Windows desktops—Windows Information Protection (WIP) support is expanding beyond Office mobile apps to Office on Windows desktops. WIP helps prevent accidental data leaks while letting your employees maintain control over their personal data. They can simply designate content created in these apps as “work” or “personal,” so your IT department can protect or remove only business data. Learn more about Windows Information Protection.

Availability: Windows Information Protection support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on Windows desktops is now available for Office 365 commercial customers with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5. It was already supported in Office mobile apps for Windows tablets and phones.

Additional Office 365 security and compliance updates—This month we also announced additional updates to help you manage threats and protect sensitive information. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) now offers enhanced reporting on malicious emails detected and blocked in your organization. New ATP Safe Links policy configurations let you block specific URLs, customize policies for specific people and more. Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery now provides a more streamlined user interface for managing the entire case lifecycle. It also now extracts text from images using optical character recognition and helps you supervise employee communications to comply with internal policies and regulatory bodies. Lastly, a new security information and event management (SIEM) connector for Office 365 Advanced Security Management (ASM) enables your organization to centralize the monitoring of ASM alerts with your existing SIEM software.

The threat protection status report is being shown in the Office 365 security and compliance center, including reporting on malicious emails detected and blocked in your organization.

Enhanced threat protection reporting provides better visibility into malicious emails.

Availability: Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced Data Governance, Advanced eDiscovery and Advanced Security Management updates are available and included in Office 365 E5 and Secure Productive Enterprise E5 customers.

Additional updates for Office 365 commercial customers

This month, we have additional updates for our commercial customers, providing your employees with new ways to collect feedback in surveys, as well as manage and share videos internally.

Microsoft Forms is available for commercial public preview—Previously available for education customers, Microsoft Forms is rolling out for commercial customers, providing a lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls. It helps anybody in your organization easily collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction, organize team events and more.

A customer satisfaction survey is being shown being created and shared with Microsoft Forms. First, questions are added with response options. Then a theme is chosen before she Share pane is selected, showing all the options for sharing the survey.

Microsoft Forms is a lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls.

Availability: Microsoft Forms is rolling out in public preview for Office 365 commercial customers in First Release.

Microsoft Stream is generally available—Microsoft Stream is an intelligent video service for commercial customers to easily and securely upload, share, manage and view videos in a single experience. Speech-to-text transcription, face detection, intelligent search and more make video consumption more efficient. IT can also tailor Microsoft Stream to fit their organization’s needs with management and security capabilities. Get started with Microsoft Stream.

Intelligence features in Microsoft Stream are being shown. A video is shown playing, and the faces detected in the video are shown below the video. Text is showing alongside the video representing what is being said on the video.

Microsoft Stream leverages face detection, speech-to-text and more to enhance productivity.

Availability: Microsoft Stream is generally available for Office 365 commercial customers with Enterprise and Education plans in 181 markets and 44 languages.

Improvements to intelligent services in Office 365

This month’s updates to cloud-powered intelligent services in Office 365 apps and services help save you time, produce better results and share insights on your work habits with your coworkers.

Find credible sources and content from within more apps—We’re extending Researcher beyond Word on Windows desktops to Word on Macs, as well as to OneNote for Windows 10. Researcher helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your outline notes or papers in fewer steps. Powered by the Bing Knowledge Graph, Researcher helps you explore material related to your topic and add it in one click, without leaving the app. Learn more about Researcher.

Researcher is being shown in OneNote for Windows 10 alongside an outline being crafted on economic trade theory. The Researcher pane is opened, the term “global economy” is typed into the search box, and results for related material are sifted through. A specific article is selected, a piece of text is highlighted and copied with a single click into the OneNote outline.

Researcher helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content without leaving the app.

Availability: Researcher is now available in OneNote for Windows 10, for all Office 365 subscribers. Researcher is now available in Word on Macs for Office Insider Fast. Researcher was already available in Word on Windows desktops.

Share your work habits with MyAnalytics—Now you can share MyAnalytics insights about your personal working style with others. This can help spur conversations around productivity habits among the people you work with, driving new norms around meetings, emails and after-hours work. MyAnalytics insights are private by default until you share them. Learn more in this MyAnalytics blog.

Sharing in MyAnalytics is being shown. The desired statistics are being selected, and then a recipient is chosen for sharing and a message is written to go along with the insights sent.

Now you can share MyAnalytics insights about your personal working style with others.

Availability: Sharing in MyAnalytics is now available for all Office 365 commercial customers with MyAnalytics.