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Office 365 Gets Excel Co-authoring, New Education Features for Microsoft Teams, and More

As part of the August update, Microsoft rolls out co-authoring in Excel, enhancements to Teams, an updated Yammer app and more to Office 365.

On Thursday, co-authoring in Excel reached the general availability, so people can now work together at the same time in spreadsheets stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive or OneDrive for Business.

Also, AutoSave was made generally availble in Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Office 365 subscribers who store their documents in OneDrive and SharePoint.

An animated GIF image showing Excel co-authoring and AutoSave in action:

Co-authoring in Excel, AtuoSave

And, new education features for Microsoft Teams, including OneNote Class Notebook support, class assignments distributed through Teams and improved IT controls for Office 365 Education subscribers, were announced on Thursday.

With enhanced assignments, teachers can now add web links to reference materials to class assignments distributed through Teams. While, improved IT control enable IT admins to specify permissions for third-party apps in Teams and can enable or disable private chat and class assignments.

GiF showing use of OneNote class notebooks in teams:

OneNote Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams
OneNote Class Notebook in Teams

Rich profiles in Outlook for Windows brngs a redesigned experience for connecting with colleagues, external contacts and groups for all Office 365 commercial customers. Simply tapping into the Microsoft Graph, “the new profile puts the most important information at fingertips, including relevant files, conversations, and group membership,” Koenigsbauer writes.

Yammer also received improvements, including an updated design for Yammer on iPad, with universal search and automatic sign-in. With redesigned Yammer app for iPad, an improved experience with universal search, automatic sign-in, and an updated design allows you to stay iinformed while on the go.

A screenshot of new people card displayed in Outlook for Windows:

Rick profiles in Outlook for Windows
Outlook Rick profiles

Also, through the new Yammer activity report, administrators can easily understand how organization connects across Yammer, as it highlights “number of existing communities and activity happening within each, helping to identify best practices and drive adoption across organization,” said Koenigsbauer.

Microsoft also broadens Office 365 through the new Windows Store test program available to a limited number of Windows 10 Insider testers, in an anticipation of a broad availability before year-end.

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