Office 365 update for October 2018

Office 365 update for October 2018

Welcome to the Office 365
Update for October of 2018. In the next few minutes, I’ll be giving you a quick rundown of the latest Office 365 Updates
with the goal of helping you get the most out of the service. By the time you watch this video, Microsoft Ignite 2018
will have wrapped up. It’s one of the premier
events for IT professionals and a great opportunity to both deep dive on Microsoft technology and learn about what’s coming. There were far too many Office
365-related announcements at Ignite for me to cover in the short time we have together, and there is also news prior to Ignite that I haven’t gotten to
yet, but I’ll try to get to most of the significant
Ignite announcements this month and next. I did want to point to a document called the Microsoft
Ignite 2018 Book of News. It’s your guide to all
the announcements we made the first day of Ignite
with summaries of the news and links to more information. Feel free to check it out
at or use the link I
provide in the transcript and resources guide that
accompanies each of my videos. Now, onto the updates. I know some of you with
our viewing audience subscribe to one of our
Office 365 consumer plans. Good news if you fit that description and you, like me, have more
than one device at home. Office 365 Home and Office
365 Personal subscriptions previously included device install limits. Office 365 Home limited subscribers to 10 devices in total across five users and Office 365 Personal
limited subscribers to one PC or Mac and one tablet. As of October 2nd, subscribers can install Office 365 on an unlimited number of devices and be signed into their accounts on up to five of those
devices at the same time. And for those with bigger families, we’re also increasing
the number of licenses in the Home subscription from five to six with no change in price. To be clear, that’s six people
with their own Office license and one terabyte of
OneDrive cloud storage each for a total of six terabytes. In addition to my Surface
Book, I use a MacBook part-time so I can stay up to date
on Office 365 for the Mac, so it was music to my ears to learn that Microsoft
has announced a preview for an enhancement to OneDrive
called Files On-Demand that has been available on
Windows for a few months. Files On-Demand for Mac makes it easy to have
access to all your files but only have the files you
need to be stored locally on the device, thereby reducing the amount of local
storage space consumed. You don’t have to change the way you work because all your files
can be seen in Finder and work just like every
other file on your device. Files On-Demand is available to consumer and commercial
OneDrive customers and works across all your personal, work, and shared files in Office 365. Status icons in Finder
make it easy to know whether your files are
locally available or online. You can easily make files
or folders always available even when you don’t have
an internet connection by right-clicking and selecting
Always keep on this device. Files On-Demand for Mac is now available for Office
Insiders on macOS Mojave and can be also enabled by
running a simple script. Be sure to check out
the blog post we link to in the transcript and resources guide for additional information,
if you’d like to try out. Who doesn’t store pictures on
their phone or tablet, right? The new Super Zoom feature
enables OneDrive on iOS users to use a pinch gesture to zoom in and out of the Photos view. Zoom out to easily scroll
many photos at a time or zoom in to get a larger preview of your photos as you browse. This feature is supported on
both OneDrive for Business, as well as consumer accounts on iOS. For those of you using
OneDrive on Android devices, Super Zoom is already available but only for OneDrive consumer accounts and it should be coming to OneDrive for commercial
accounts later this year. When you use what is commonly known as the at sign with someone’s
name in social media apps like Twitter or Facebook,
the person you mention receives a notification
about that post or comment. You might also be using
what I’ll call @mentions in Microsoft Teams and Yammer, and I covered their introduction
into Outlook a while back. Now you can use @mentions
in Word and PowerPoint to draw someone’s attention to comments in a document or presentation
you’re collaborating on. Just add the at sign, then
type the name of the person in the organization
you’re collaborating with. That person receives an email with a link directly to your comment. Clicking the link brings
them into the document or presentation, and
into the conversation. Using @mentions in Office can help take the lag time out
of the collaboration process, helping you get more work done faster. Sometimes when I hear about something new, I wanna give it a try
before committing to it. That’s why the new
Coming Soon functionality being introduced to Outlook
for Windows is so exciting. It gives Office Insiders a window of time to try new features on their own schedule before they’re released more broadly. One of the new features being showcased using the new Coming Soon feature pane is the new simplified ribbon. It lets you focus on the
core of what you need, displaying a single row of command versus the three lines of
commands in the classic ribbon. It is still easily expandable,
so you’re always in control. The default set of commands
in the simplified ribbon are those that are used most frequently, and less frequently used commands are always still available
with just a click or two. In addition to the simplified ribbon, we made updates across the entire mail and calendar experience to improve productivity and
keep you more organized. Be sure to visit the blog to learn more about all the new features and get more details about
how Coming Soon will work. I’m sure most of you are familiar with applying themes in
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to give your content a consistent set of fonts, colors, and effects. Power BI users might also be aware that the built-in color
scheme for Power BI visuals wasn’t pleasing to everyone. And worse yet, modifying
it could be challenging. I’m happy to report that the Power BI team recently added the option
to apply new built-in themes to Power BI reports,
similar to what you can do with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You’ll be able to see
these new theme options by selecting Switch
Theme in the Home ribbon in the Power BI Desktop. All you need to do is
pick your desired theme from one of seven new options and it will be applied to all your visuals that use the default color palette. You can also find a link
to the report theme gallery in the same place which contains
community-developed themes. In addition, you will find
help on creating your own theme if, for example, you want to create one based on your organization’s branding. This update also includes a
preview of a PDF File connector that lets you access
table data in PDF files, a preview of IntelliSense support for the M language used
by Power BI, and more. We provide links to
everything you need to know in the transcript and resources guide. SharePoint has been at the heart of document-centric collaboration since long before Office 365 existed. SharePoint content types are essential to our vision of how we’ll continue to deliver content services,
innovation, in Office 365, and by extension, Microsoft 365. That’s why it’s so thrilling to announce the ability to add document templates to SharePoint document
library content types. We’re also adding the
ability to edit the New menu, to add, hide, or reorder the new file options. With this new capability, you can maintain the default templates for things like Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint, along with any newly added
templates and content types specific to your requirements. You can configure the New menu by selecting or deselecting
which templates you wish to see and by using drag and drop to reorder the templates in the menu. You can edit the template
directly in the Office client, change the template’s content
type, or delete the template. We’ll scope to a single
document library for now. We will expand these capabilities to allow you to distribute
and publish content types with associated templates
and metadata definitions to multiple site collections and libraries in a single transaction. That’s it for this month. Remember, you can download the transcript and resources document that accompanies this video
at I’m Jim Naroski. Thanks for watching, and
I’ll see you again soon.

26 thoughts on “Office 365 update for October 2018

  1. This isn’t actually related to the video, but I couldn’t see another way of contacting you.

    On this page:

    I was trying to add a comment but whenever I clicked post it just disappeared. I was on an iPad mini using Chrome. For what it’s worth, the comment was to 1). thank you for posting that stuff because I’ve been fighting with the traditional support for hours and not getting very far and 2) to suggest that maybe you could find a volunteer to copy the feature request comments from these videos over to those user voice sites.

  2. @Microsoft Office 365 how can I activate the new design? I already tried to update my Outlook 365 and it says it is up to date, but it is still the old design. Looking forward to your answer, thanks in advance.

  3. 3:28 Unless I am mistaken, the white on green checkmark and the green on white checkmark should be permuted.

  4. Would like to see Free subscription for Teams with SharePoint unlicensed account (like with PowerApps licenses) instead of using externally and personally account e.g Google mail

  5. Nice topics JIM. When will the Microsoft Dev from Teams make available other functions from Skype for business? for example: surveys, questions and answers

  6. Keep the updates and news coming.. hoping for updates to the Excel 3d Map feature which i use extensively. Would really like free floating points with altitude. will let me overlay more data points on the same locations.

  7. According to this website ( ), my ribbon icons should have a new look in Version 1810: October 29 for Access, Publisher, Visio and Project. However, I've only found the new look for icons in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Please make new ribbon icons available for all the apps as soon as possible.

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