Microsoft Office 365 | August 2017 Updates

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With teamwork core to the Office 365 updates in August, the range of new features have been developed to ensure organisations optimise use of the Office 365 suite, and to be able to enhance collaboration and cooperation between employees.

A summary of updates announced:

Outlook for Windows

Outlook for Windows now incorporates Office 365's intelligent profile update, helping businesses to enhance connectivity between employees, external contacts, and groups. Microsoft Graph enables fast access to files, conversations and group membership.

Excel updates

Co-authoring in Excel is now available as a general function. Spreadsheets stored using OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online, can now be worked on simultaneously by various members of a team, with co-authoring features reporting on who’s accessed a workbook and the changes made.

Microsoft Teams

Classroom management has been made easier, due to access to the OneNote Class Notebook within the platform, enabling students and teachers to 'stay on the same page'.

Enhancements to assignments include the feature to enable teachers to input third-party resource links, and new settings mean that assignment scores are recorded in one central place.

IT control has been improved and enhanced. IT admins now have functionality to enable and disable private chat and class assignments, allow permissions for third-party apps, and create a secure learning environment, tailored to the individual school environment.

Yammer for company communication


The Yammer App has been redesigned, to offer a universal search function, auto sign-in, and updates to the overall design. Employees across organisations are able to stay up to date with corporate-wide announcements and notices, accessible while on the move.  

Office 365 usage reports have also been updated to include a new Yammer activity report.

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