Microsoft Office 365 | November 2018 Update

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November has seen some exciting new developments to the Microsoft Office 365 subscription service. As such, we’ve collated a brief rundown of some of the best new updates. For the full list of updates, take a look at the video below.

Embed 3D Animations in Word and PowerPoint

To help make presentations and documents more memorable, Microsoft have just given users the ability to embed 3D animations into their Word and PowerPoint documents. The process is quick and easy: simply place a 3D model into the slide or sheet, then select from one of several pre-built animations.

Use a digital pen to edit documents

That’s right, you can now edit documents using a digital pen. While users are already able to use such a pen to cross out words and highlight texts, the new editing function will eliminate the need for a keyboard. Now, users can insert new words, add line breaks or split up pieces of text in a way that is totally seamless and interactive.

Convert Word documents in to web pages

The new ‘Transform to Web’ function allows users to convert a Word document into a stunning, interactive and intuitive Sway web page that will look fantastic on any device. The process is simple, requiring users to simply author their document in Word, click File, and then click Transform. There are a number of styles to choose from depending on the tone and intended demographic of the web page.

Improve video call focus with Background Blur in Microsoft Teams

The video call is now an absolute staple of many office environments around the world. In response to this, Microsoft has set itself the task of helping users get closer together and making video conferencing as simple as possible.

The new Background Blur function in Microsoft Teams is great for businesses who want to hide the background of the location in which they are meeting. In this way, they can eliminate distractions that might be going on in the background, and helps meetings stay focussed and on-topic. To use the function, select the More Options button, then click Blur My Background.

Ensure app compatibility with App Assure

Application compatibility testing can be a long and arduous task for organisations hoping to upgrade to newer versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Fortunately, Microsoft has taken note of this issue, and its teams have been busy developing the Desktop App Assure FastTrack Center. This service can address issues related to Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, as well as any other feature updates. If you notice any potential compatibility problems, simply file a ticket via FastTrack and a specialist will follow up the issue with you at no extra cost.

Updates to SharePoint Migration Tool

Users of SharePoint have been treated to some great updates that will accelerate the journey to 365. The Migration Tool will give them access to an intuitive interface that helps migrate existing OneDrive, SharePoint, and File Shares content to OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Teams.

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