Microsoft Releases First Major Update For Office 365 Deferred Channel

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Microsoft yesterday released no.of security and nonsecurity updates for Office desktop suite. You can read about the fixes and improvements included in these updates for each of the Office apps here. Microsoft today also released a major update to users in the Office 365 Deferred Channel. This update version 16.0.6741.2014 includes the following new features along with bug fixes and security updates.

Excel: Feature updates

  • Publish to Power BI: Save and publish workbook items, such as charts, ranges, and tables to powerbi.com and interact with that data in a dashboard format. Requires a Power BI subscription.
  • Funnel charts: Display values as progressively decreasing proportions. More information
  • Improved formula autocomplete: Excel now returns all partial matches when typing a function name, not just exact matches from the beginning of the string.
  • New text functions: Two new text functions are now available: CONCAT and TEXTJOIN
  • New logical functions: Two new logical functions are now available: IFS and SWITCH
  • New statistical functions: Two new statistical functions are now available: MAXIFS and MINIFS
  • Send As options: Send a document either as an attachment or as a PDF from the Share pane. More information
  • BI templates: Three new templates that take advantage of the business intelligence (BI) capabilities of Excel. Calendar Insights, Stock Analysis, My Cashflow

OneNote: Feature updates

  • Insert online videos: Embed YouTube, OfficeMix, or Vimeo videos into a page. More information

Outlook: Feature updates

  • Archive command on the ribbon: Allows you to quickly move an item stored in your Inbox or any other folder to an archive folder.
  • Discover Office 365 Groups: Browse, join, and create Office 365 Groups right from within Outlook and add ones to follow most actively to your Favorites.
  • Picture for suggested contact: When searching in Outlook using a name, a person’s picture now appears next to his or her name in the list of suggested contacts.
  • Troubleshootiong tool: Diagnose and solve some of the most frequently encountered Outlook problems by running the Office Support and Recovery Assistant tool from File > Troubleshooting.
  • Grammar checker options: Additional or updated options for French, Norwegian, and Danish grammar checkers, which will result in additional grammar errors getting highlighted.
  • Provide feedback: Suggest a feature or an improvement for Outlook on the UserVoice site by going to File > Feedback.
  • Persian calendar: Add the Persian calendar as a primary or alternate calendar.

PowerPoint: Feature updates:

  • Real-time presence: See who is working on the presentation and what slide each person is working on. More information
  • Morph transition: Create seamless transitions between slides and bring motion to presentations to more effectively convey concepts and information. More information
  • PowerPoint Designer: A new service that lets you take your content and automatically generate a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. More information
    This service requires Internet connectivity. To disable this feature, use the latest Group Policy Administrative Template files and enable the PowerPoint Designer Options setting. You can find this policy setting under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2016\Tools |Options | General | Service Options…\PowerPoint Designer.

Word: Feature updates

  • Grammar checker options: Additional or updated options for French, Norwegian, and Danish grammar checkers, which will result in additional grammar errors getting highlighted.

Office suite: Feature updates

  • Black theme: A new theme to provide the highest level of contrast in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. More information
  • Ink annotations: Use your finger or pen in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to write and draw, and use the tools on the new Draw tab to highlight content of particular interest. More information
  • Sort capability in File > Open: Sort by name or date modified in File > Open in all apps except for Outlook. For Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, sorting is also available in File > Save As.
  • Folder browse capability in File > Save As: Use full folder navigation in File > Save As in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for OneDrive folders, OneDrive for Business folders, and This PC.
  • Send As options: Send a document either as an attachment or as a PDF from the Share pane in Word or PowerPoint.
  • Insert Picture API: Insert images into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint by using the document.setSelectedDataAsync method in the common office.js library. The Word JavaScript API provides host-specific methods called insertInlinePictureFromBase64() to set inline pictures on Body, ContentControl, Paragraph, and Range objects.

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