Microsoft Announces Enhanced Text Editor In Outlook Web App For Office 365 Users

Outlook Web App Link previews

Microsoft Exchange team today new features that will be coming to Outlook Web App users. This feature update focuses on the enhanced text editor that is easy to use  and provides many new capabilities. Microsoft said that both Office 365 and Exchange Server 2013 SP1 customers will benefit from this enhancement.  You now have enhanced pasting options just like we enjoy in Office apps on Windows. Also, you can now add tablets, edit them within the browser. You have got link previews for website links as well. Read about it below.


More pasting options

Outlook Web App Paste

When you compose a new message in Outlook Web App, it displays a paste menu that allows you to switch between different paste modes for your content.

Sometimes you want to maintain the source formatting as closely as possible. Use Paste As Is (P) for a high fidelity rendering of the copied content from Office applications like Word or Excel.

Or maybe you are more interested in the content than the format. Use Paste Simple HTML (C) to get rid of the font colors and sizes, while preserving the basic layout. This is great choice when pasting tables and bulleted lists from a busy web page.

Finally, if you just want to paste the text, Paste Text (T) does exactly that.

One of the other new features supported in the enhanced text editor is the ability to paste images directly from the clipboard.

Rich hyperlink previews

When you compose a new email message and type the URL for an external web page, Outlook Web App automatically generates a rich preview that lets you and your recipients take a peek into the contents of the site. This also works with YouTube videos.

Create and modify tables

There is a new Insert table button at the far extreme of the editor that lets you create new tables in Outlook Web App. Selecting the inserted table displays a menu which allows you to modify the layout by adding rows, deleting columns, merging cells, and more. This works even with tables pasted from other sources like PowerPoint or a web page.

Alternative text for images

Outlook Web App also now supports adding, modifying and deleting alternative text for images. Alternative text, or alt text, is helpful in different scenarios, including reading messages on low speed connections and when using a screen reader. To access alt text, users selecting an image and then click the Alt text icon ( Enhanced text OWA 06) in the Format bar.

The only bad news in this update is that the new clipboard option is supported only in Google Chrome and other major browsers support coming at a later time. And rich hyperlink previews are only available in Office 365.

Source: Office blog