As we ring in the New Year, we’ll review a few of our favorite ways that Office 365 has evolved over the course of 2013! These Office 365 updates are all a reflection of the increased flexibility of usage that make it even easier for Office 365 users to work and collaborate.
Real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps
The exciting update of real-time editing for Office Web Apps gave Office 365 the ability for real-time collaboration. With it, users can all edit and work on the same document with full visibility into who is contributing or making changes, whether it’s in the Word Web App,PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App. Whether you’re working on a presentation, collaboratively taking meeting notes or collectively figuring out a budget, real-time presence makes it easy to avoid duplicated efforts, and helps drive forward the evolution of ideas. The Office 365 update to Office Web Apps also includes automatic save settings, so that edits are saved as they happen. And of course, with Office 365’s standard of a seamless experience across multiple devices, you can enjoy real-time collaboration on a desktop, tablet, iPad or mobile device. Microsoft has also made improvements to formatting controls in Word, including find/replace words and phrases, adding formatting and styles to tables as well as headers and footers. The Excel Web App also has drag and drop cells and reorder sheets, with the ability to open and work on spreadsheets with Sheet Protection. And the PowerPoint Web App also gets an update with the ability to crop pictures and change names of files within the editing window.
Increased business plan flexibility
Office 365 now allows users to transition easily from plan to plan, making it even simpler to accommodate any of your business needs. First released over the summer, the Office 365 Switch Plans feature allows users on the Small Business, Midsize and Enterprise plans to move freely between one another – so that as you grow your business, you have the right plan for your needs. You can make the transition easily right in the admin center, right by the “Licenses” section: to see the list of available plans you can upgrade to, simply click “Switch Plans”.
Updated messaging encryption
Office 365 users to send sensitive business emails to people outside of their corporate domain! Now when sending emails with sensitive data, you can add another layer of protection to restrict access so that there’s no unauthorized access of your information. Office 365 Message Encryption is the updated version of Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE), and improves upon EHE’s capabilities, including the ability to apply your corporate branding to all your messages! Even better, Office 365 E3 and E4 users get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost – it’s included in Windows Azure Rights Management, part of the E3 and E4 plans.
What are your favorite Office 365 updates from the last year? What are you looking forward to as an update for 2014?
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