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Office 365 New and Upcoming Features

In our efforts to keep you informed of the new features and enhancements Microsoft is rolling out to Office 365 accounts, we share the following information with you.

Available Now: Redesigned App Launcher

Microsoft is beginning to roll out a new home page experience to Office 365 users.  Now, when you click on the App Launcher, you will have immediate access to all your online applications and recent documents.

To access the Calendar application or any other application not shown, click on the All apps link to view all the Office 365 applications.

To pin the Calendar to the launcher, click on the 3 dots to the right of the Calendar and select Pin to launcher. This will add the Calendar to the list of applications shown when clicking on the grid.

Applications that were pinned to the Navigation Bar at the top of your Office 365 window will no longer be there. 

The App Shortcut Menu will appear at the bottom left corner of the Office 365 window, allowing quick access to Mail, the Calendar, People, or Tasks.

Coming Soon: Clean up Mailbox

The Clean up Mailbox feature allows you to delete all email from a folder or delete email based on the message age.  The feature is unique to the Outlook web client and does not appear in the Outlook desktop client or mobile clients.

The feature will be found in Settings, Mail, Layout and is gradually being rolled out to customers.
Clean up Mailbox

Coming Soon: Outlook Web Client Look and Feel

Microsoft is rolling out a new look to the Outlook web client.  The release is currently in Beta, meaning it is not available to everyone and any identified bugs will likely be fixed by Microsoft.

Notice of New Outlook Features

Currently the changes are being incorporated into the Mail component of the Outlook web client.  Some of the new features include:

Improved Search Feature

New Photo Storage Feature

New Email Expressions Feature

New Suggestions Feature

The Inbox has a modern look:

Modern Look for Outlook

In addition, there are several changes to the Preferences interface:

New Options for Viewing Messages in Conversation View

Coming soon: Share Calendar Availability

This new feature provides available times for a possible meeting within an email.  Within an email reply, you can bring up your calendar and graphically drag and drop slots you currently have available on your calendar.  These options are then shown as an availability card in your email.

Coming soon: A New Home Page for Office 365 users

Seamless Office Install

Microsoft is making it easier for Office 365 users to get the latest version of their mobile applications and desktop software.  You will be able to download and install Office on your device with one click from the home screen.

Microsoft is also making it easier to install Office 365 mobile applications from your desktop. Simply choose the application you want to install, then send an email or an SMS to the device you want to install it on.

Tool Tips

New tool tips will highlight new and unused features, including recently added applications and actions users need to take.


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