Latest in Office 365: New Office Insider 'Fast Ring', Visio Online Preview and More

Office 365 and OneNote users get updates for Outlook, inking and mobile app security, plus a new Fast Ring for Office Insider. Microsoft announces Visio Online Preview, Visio for iPad.

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For Office 365, August 2016 has brought updates for the inking digital pen, mobile app security, Outlook and more along with an additional level for the Office Insider program new "Fast ring" level.

Microsoft says that Office Insider Fast ring will be coming to Windows PCs, Mac, and Windows 10 Mobile (Office Mobile for PCs and phones) within the next few days, and Android and iOS will be getting it "coming soon".

Fast ring builds, Microsoft says are "best for Insiders who want to use the earliest preview builds to identify issues, provide feedback to help make Office great, and who don't mind a bit of risk using unsupported builds."

Office Insider is aimed at users of Office 365 Home and Personal, not the commercial versions of Office 365.

The continued evolution of inking in Office—your digital pen is even more powerful today. Inking already support shape recognition and handwritten equation conversion, now:

Ink math assistant in OneNote lets you write down an equation, circle it with the lasso tool, and OneNote can not only convert it to text, but also now teach you the steps to solve it. This intelligent assistance makes OneNote your math coach and pairs nicely with Editor.

Also new is "ink effects" that brgins the new rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver ink options to help make learning in OneNote even more engaging.

Available for Office 365 subscribers using OneNote for Windows 10.

Another new feature ink rewind and replay capabilities, lets you record and replay notes in the order that they were taken. All you need to do is "follow a sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, review step-by-step instructions, or see the order in which somebody else marked up the document."

The feature is currently available for Office 365 using OneNote for Windows 10, and will soon coming to PowerPoint, Word and Excel on Windows desktops.

The additon of WIP (Windows Information Protection) to Office mobile apps for Windows tablets and phones is an "enterprise-ready solution," that helps prevent accidental data leaks while letting control over personal data.

The feature lets you designate your content to be either "personal" or "work" so that your IT department can protect or reomove only business data.

It's currently available on Office mobile apps. And, coming soon for Windows desktops.

WIP(Windows Information protection) for Office 365

The enhanced "people experiences" for Outlook on the web help you go beyond a person's basic contact details.

The feature lets you click a coworker name and let you discover their organizational chart, coworkers (powered by Microsoft Graph), Office 365 Groups joined by them, as well as your mutual recent emails, files and meetings you have in common.

Available in Outlook on the web for commercial customers. Will soon come to more Office 365 web experiences, such as SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

"In-app assistance" in Office Online apps on Windows desktops letting user type a search into "Tell me" to find out a help documentation.

In additon, Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers in the U.S. can open a chat in real-time with a Microsoft support agent without leaving Office app.

In-app assistance for Office apps and office 365

Also, with "Office Online extension" for Microsoft Edge, you can now right from the top of Edge, "easily create new Office documents, access recent files, open documents in OneDrive, and more."

The extension, which is already available on Chrome has more than 3 million downloads recorded by Microsoft.

It's also easier for everyone to create accessible content, with "Accessibility Checker" is now available to any customer using Office 2016 for Mac.

"We have been hard at work making rapid progress on our accessibility roadmap outlined earlier this year. Recent updates to apps like Word, Outlook and SharePoint Online bring us closer to achieving our goal of ensuring that people with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device," team estated.

office online extension for Microsoft Edge

In other Office news, Visio Online Preview is rolling out for commercial customers in First Release [whose plans include Office Online] before the end of calendar 2016.

Office 365 "admins will get a Message Center post when the Visio Online Preview is available for their organization," team stated.

Additionally, the Office team hopes to make the tool generally available to all Office 365 commercial subscriptions by the end of the year, Visio Online FAQ mentions.

  • new Visio Online Preview lets you view and share Visio diagrams with just a browser. Capabilities include: dive deeper into sub-processes, or link out to web pagesm zoom in, open a diagram and edit it.
  • new Visio for iPad, lets you access your Visio diagrams from virtually anywhere using an iPad.

Visio Online currently works with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

First Release customers can started using the Visio Online preview today by uploading a .vsdx file to the cloud through OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online.

Users can then use the Visio Online tool to view, edit, and share files through the browser or seamlessly access them with their installed full Visio product.

In OneNote on Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can now:

With Pencil in OneNote—you can sketch out ideas with new shading abilities, write out a quick note or first draft in pencil for the natural "work in progress" feeling of pencil on paper.

All of these features are available on all browsers including Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer. OneNote Web Clipper brings you followng new features this month:

  • Bookmarks lets you now save a simple link and description of the page.
  • Text and image selection—Right-click any image or selection or text on a web page and clip the content. You can then highlight and change font type and size in the preview window.
  • OneNote Web Clipper extension is now available for the Edge browser.
  • What's new provide you a "change log" of what has been updated.

onenote web clipper

Back to school with OneNote

Learning Tools for OneNote supports more languages [over 35 for toolbar and four for dictation], and themes and is now generally available for the OneNote 2013 and 2016 desktop apps.

OneNote Class Notebook updates and general availability for the add-in rolled out new teacher-inspired features and improvements across 44 languages and 63 markets.

Both OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks are available in over 150 countries.

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Use shared iPads a new iOS 9 feature more effectively in the class room. "Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared iPad. When students sign in to the shared iPad, new OneNote features help them use their personalized OneNote across multiple shared iPads," explains office team. Following capabilities are available:

  • Office 365 sign-in credentials roam with students when they sign in to OneNote.
  • Notebook Picker helps open the right recent notebook at the beginning of class.
  • New syncing indicator makes it easier to manage content saving to the cloud, including attachments, so students never lose work when they leave their shared iPad, team explains.

Insert PDFs and Word documents in OneNote Online straight into the pages of your notebooks.

Microsoft also is adding contact card support to Outlook on the Web (for commercial users), and later to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

The contact cards in Outlook on the web have been updated to provide more information on people mentioned in your mailbox or calendar, along with easier searching, even with misspelled names, and new contact lists.

Update 09/02: It seems OneNote is going bit more unified across platforms going forward. According to a Reddit AMA session, OneNote team revealed its plan to enforce a more unified user interface expected sooner. From the post:

We're working on a ton of great features, including a brand-new UI which is more accessible and consistent across platforms. We think you'll really like it, and you'll be able to try it for yourself very soon!

We know that having two versions of OneNote on Windows is confusing, and we're working on some things which should clear up this confusion.

The bigger answer to your question is that OneNote 2016 has been a great app that we've been developing for over 13 years. As the app continued to grow we started to identify areas that our customers and business mutually benefitted from. As we pivot to a more modern code base, we're prioritizing Windows 10's capabilities to let us ship faster, build things more easily, and create deeper integrations into the operating system, such as the ability to launch OneNote above lock on Surface with the click of a pen.

We recently added new ink features to the Windows 10 app and made it much simpler to use. We hope these will delight our users, even those who previously embraced the desktop app. Stay tuned for more features we think you will love!, [via]

In the Office for Android update new collaboration features and more are available at Google Play Store.

See the full changelog of Office suite of apps on Android version 16.0.7301.1013 below.

Word:

Collaboration front and center: Quickly share your document, and see who's working on it.
Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.

Excel:

Collaboration front and center: Quickly share your document, and see who's working on it.
Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.

PowerPoint:

Collaboration front and center : Quickly share your document, and see who's working on it.
Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.
Fresh new look: A better experience for reading presentations on your phone. Drag and drop to reorder slides and double-tap to edit.
Find: Use the Find icon on the ribbon to search for any text in your presentation.