Microsoft Releases Office 2016 Insider Build 7628.2048 on Slow Ring

New Office Insider Preview build for Windows in Slow ring, Windows Essentials 2012 officially dead, Microsoft suggests alternatives. Whitepaper: How Microsoft saves $4.5 million annually using Office 365 eDiscovery.

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A new white paper shows how Microsoft saves $4.5 million annually using Office 365 eDiscovery is been released entitled "Office 365 meets evolving eDiscovery challenges in a cloud-first world."

The paper shows how the company's legal department uses this feature to help satisfy compliance and legal requests in a timely and cost-effective manner, saving it about $4.5 million annually.

To continue to meet legal, business and regulatory compliance challenges, businesses must be able to keep and protect important information and quickly find what's relevant. Spending days, if not weeks, manually sifting through millions of files to find the small number that are relevant isn't an option.

The Office 365 eDiscovery solution brings eDiscovery to the cloud in a scalable, efficient, always up-to-date and secure environment.

You can download the full whitepaper here.

Office 2016 Insider Build 7628.2048 on Slow ring

A new Office 2016 Insider build 7628.2048 released on the Slow ring with the version number 1612. As always, to get the Insider build, you can sign up for Office Insider, by opening any Office app and going to File -> Account -> Office Insider.

This release brings the following updates:

  • View and restore changes in shared files: In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, quickly view who has made changes in your shared documents, workbooks, and presentations, and easily restore earlier versions. To get started, click the Activity icon, which appears in the upper-right corner of any shared file stored on SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, or OneDrive. In the Activity pane, you can see who has edited your document recently, along with the versions they've created.
  • Easily select and manipulate objects: In Excel, you can use the Surface pen when resizing, rotating, and moving handles on objects as well as us the pen button to Lasso select ink without visiting the ribbon.
  • Closed captioning and multiple audio tracks: If a PowerPoint slide contains a video that has closed captions or multiple audio tracks, you can now play these tracks in your slideshow.
  • New data transformation and connectivity enhancements: In Excel, the Percentage data type is now supported, and binary combining and function authoring experiences have been enhanced.
  • Accessibility built right in: In Visio, we've improved support for using your keyboard, Narrator, and other assistive technology to work with shapes, edit with others, and more.

Despite the announcement being about the Windows build, the company also plugged its new Visio Viewer app for iPhone and iPad, which allows you to view your diagrams in "high fidelity".

An update to Microsoft Outlook app for iOS, pushed out this week comes with some important new features:

  • Now create and edit recurring events directly from the Calendar (an Office 365 subscription is necessary, though). For example, try creating a "New Year's Eve Party" every December 31st.
  • Improvements for the display of emails with a very small font were also added, to make them more easily readable.
  • Search improvements to make searching based on conversation instead of individual results. This means less results per query, but also greater accuracy. For example, try searching for "Holidays" and one thread about discussions for the season will be displayed, instead of a hug list of individual messages.
  • Addition of Passbook files support which enables the availability of info from boarding passes directly on the inbox.

You can download the updated app for you iOS device right now from Apple's App Store.

Microsoft Windows Essentials 2012, which was slated to end by January 10, 2017–-"wil continue to as it has until now. However, there will be no support provided.

To help user keep updated, the company has recommended following as an alternative:

  • Mail is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
  • Photos is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
  • Live Writer is available as an open-source solution.
  • One Drive is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.
  • Family Safety is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.

Those still interested in the Windows Essentials 2012 suite of apps, can download with the following links: Online installer, Offline installer.