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Office 365 Adds Inking, 3D Models, New Surface Studio & Dial Support

The Windows 10 Creators Update arriving in early 2017, is bringing along new features to Office apps, including support for 3D models and new inking capabilities.

The new capabilities announced today make using a digital pen even better than traditional pen and paper, offer new ways to interact with documents, and expanded options for creating rich and interactive content.

First up, new advancement in Office include an “Ink Editor in Word”, making a digital pen more poweful editing tool than ever. A user can use the digital pen intuitively to make changes directly in Word. Additionally, just strike through words to delete them, circle text to select it and automatically snap highlighter ink to text.

It’s available in Word on Windows desktops for Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program.

With PowerPoint on Windows 10, you will be able to add 3D models to bring your presentations to life and you will be able to change perspectives of 3D models by rotating in three dimensions and apply transitions like Morph to apply cinematic 3D animation.

Ink Replay is now integrated with Surface Dial and Windows 10, making ink playback as natural to control as a spin of the device. It’s available today in Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows desktops, and OneNote for Windows 10, for Office 365 subscribers.

Digital ruler coming soon to PowerPoint will allow to draw straight lines and align objects. With Windows 10, you can use both pen and touch simultaneously i.e. (you can position built-in software ruler with one hand while using digital pen to draw with the other).

Microsoft notes, in the future, it’ll add built-in ruler to more apps, like Word, Excel and OneNote.

Segment Eraser in PowerPoint help in creating precise ink shapes easily, as it intelligently removes excess bits of ink, right up to the nearest line.

In the additional capabilities in the Office apps optimized for Surface Studio and Surface Dial announced today include:

New large-screen page view in Word specifically designed for large-screen devices such as Surface Studio and Surface Hub lets you naturally swipe to flip through pages with a fluid two-page magazine-style layout, and pinch to zoom out to navigate longer documents in a grid view.

With Office with Surface Dial, you can control capabilities such as Ink Replay, as well as advance slides and animations in PowerPoint presentations, or use it to navigate across on-screen elements when using Narrator.

Microsoft also adding support to new modern content types in Office apps like:

3D in the Word, Excel and PowerPoint, coming over the next year as part of Windows 10 Creators Update, helps insert 3D models from Remix 3D, change the perspective of 3D material with rotation handles for all three dimensions.

3D in Office Apps Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Now you can even instert and edit icons and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) in Office apps with the coming library. SVG support is now available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on Windows desktops, for Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program.

While, SVG support in Office Mobile apps on Windows and Android is coming with November updates, Office notes, adding, s is the “icon library on Windows desktops for Office 365 subscribers.”

Ink Editor in Office Apps

Ink Replay in Office apps

Digital Ruler in Office Apps

Watch the video below to see all these features in action:

A new feature in Office 2016 allows an enterprise administrator to block users from running macros in Office documents that originated from the Internet. In a annoucement today, Microsoft made this feature available in Office 2013 as of September 2016, and it works in the same way as it does in Office 2016.

Administrators can enable this feature for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint by configuring it under the respective application’s Group Policy Administrative Templates for Office 2013.

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