Microsoft has released the Office 365 August update, and this time the focus is teamwork. The update brings several features that will make collaboration easier, including enhancements for Excel, Teams, and Yammer.
Out of those, Excel easily steals the crown. Co-authoring is now generally available, meaning you and a coworker can work on the same spreadsheet simultaneously. This works with documents saved in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business.
Users can see who else is working on the spreadsheet and view their changes in real-time. Combined with Skype or Microsoft Teams, this could be a great tool for learning and financial advisors.
The other major feature is the introduction of Autosave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which should remove the fear of accidentally losing work.
Office 365 August Update Changelog
Joining it are education focused enhancements, specifically for Microsoft Teams and OneNote Class Notebook. Here are the full details:
“OneNote Class Notebook in Teams—Students and teachers can now enjoy a full view of their OneNote Class Notebook right from within Teams, making it easier than ever for everyone to stay on the same page. Educators and staff can also access their OneNote Class and Staff Notebook settings right within the app, simplifying classroom management.
Enhanced assignments—Teachers can now add web links to reference materials to class assignments distributed through Teams, ensuring students have access to the third-party resources they need to get started successfully. Scores from assignments can now be imported into a school's Learning Management System, ensuring a single source of truth for student grades.
Improved IT control—IT administrators can now specify permissions for third-party apps in Teams and can enable or disable private chat and class assignments. These enhanced controls empower IT admins to create a safe and secure learning environment tailored for their schools' unique needs.”
Outlook has also been upgraded to pursue Microsoft's intelligent profile vision. ‘Rich Profiles' uses the Microsoft Graph to put relevant information front and center, including files and conversations.
Finally, the Yammer app for iPad has had a redesign. It not only looks better, but offers features like automatic sign-in and universal search. Yammer has also been given a usage report so that admins can analyze how the app is being used.
You can find information on the availability of all these features on the Office blog.