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Nov302018

Microsoft 365 November Update Adds New Productivity Features

Once again it’s time for Microsoft 365 getting an update with November reaching end, Microsoft pushed several monthly updates Thursday.

Among the updates today, perhaps the biggest one involves of unveiling new icons for apps featuring more modern designs.

“This month, we released new features in Microsoft 365 that help users stay focused in their workflow while delivering richer, more engaging content,” wrote Microsoft.

Here is an overview of the new features in November:

Word is getting the ability to keep track of To-Dos and collaborate.

Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) users can easily add items to a to-do list whenever they type text such as “TODO: finish this section” or “<>” in the document.

Word recognizes and tracks them as to-dos. When you come back to the document, you’ll see a list of your remaining to-dos, and you can click each one to navigate back to the right spot.

Here is an image showing new to-do and collaboration:

Microsoft 365 Word AI-powered to-do

Additionally, when @mention someone in a to-do, they will receive a link that will take them directly to the relevant section in the document.

This feature is now available to Office Insiders on Mac, and it’s also on its way to all Office 365 subscribers.

Microsoft Teams is getting new functionalities including an ability to schedule meetings and search for colleagues.

Quiet Hours now available on Android and the iOS app gives an ability to mute push notification for specific hours during the day or specific days of the week.

Outlook on the web is receiving a couple of improvements including creating a task by simply drag and drop of an email in the Tasks pane, drag a task from the Task pane to calendar to schedule it.

These tasks will then available on the To-Do app.

A GIF image below shows new tasks pane:

Microsoft 365 Outlook on the web new tasks pane

In addition, a customer with Office 365 account will be able to sign in to the Outlook on the web.

Once a user signs in with outlook.com will be redirected with a pre-populated email address to their company’s sign-in page to complete the process.

Users opting into the Outlook on the web will get the new Tasks pane and sign in capability starting in December.

In addition, a couple of other features for creating richer, more engaging content in PowerPoint are available as well, include:

Editor, which uses machine learning and natural language processing will offer intelligent proofing and editing to fix awkward phrasing, incorrect grammar.

A GIF below shows new Editor:

Editor in Microsoft 365 PowerPoint

Microsoft Forms now integrated with PowerPoint for Office 365, providing a seamless way to add quizzes to a presentation.

Within PowerPoint under Insert, just click the “Forms” icon and create a new form/quiz or insert the one already created.

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