Microsoft never fails to impress me when it comes to the exciting new Office 365 features – and judging from the rollout plan, this is a good year for Office 365 subscribers. And for non-subscribers, this is a perfect time for Microsoft Office 365 migration.
In its relentless effort to make Office 365 the be-all and end-all of enterprise and business productivity software, Microsoft has laid out an aggressive yet truly exciting rollout plan for this year. New features for Office 365 will be released in every month of 2017, and if your business is in the fast track program, you’ll be seeing the new features soon.
Looking over the list of new Office 365 features currently in the works, we are bound to find a few to catch our fancy.
Here are five features due to arrive sometime in 2017 that definitely caught my attention:
Get real-time transcription and translation of Skype Meeting Broadcast
Skype Meeting Broadcast is an app within Skype for Business that allows you to host and broadcast meetings to a larger audience. With this new feature, companies will have the ability to automatically share the closed-captioning transcript from a meeting with their audience. The audience can even choose to have the transcript translated into several languages.
Office 365 will soon support Bitcoin
This year, Excel will be able to recognize, format, calculate, and analyze numbers expressed in Bitcoin. The new feature will be available for Excel running under Windows 10, Android, Mac OS, and iOS, as well as on the Excel Mobile version.
Better security for Office 365
As the collaborative aspects of Office 365 continue to evolve, IT pros are rightly becoming more and more concerned about security. Microsoft is therefore adding several new and updated administrative features for Office 365, including the ability to establish broad policies limiting access to the enterprises’ Office 365 applications based on a user’s location. There will also be more options for limiting access to specific Office apps based on the user and their permission status.
Excel will have new data gathering and sharing capabilities
Enterprises of all sizes have at least one employee who is considered the Excel power user for the company, the department, or the team. Well, that person is going to be very impressed with Microsoft’s plan to add capabilities to the Power Query section of the Excel Data Tab. For those who don’t know about it, Power Query provides an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering and connecting to a broad range of data sources, such as Azure databases, Hadoop, Salesforce, Facebook and even third-party websites.
Focus on how OneNote can be a classroom tool
OneNote will be getting a lot of attention from Microsoft developers this year. One of the more interesting uses for OneNote, and one that Microsoft seems to be promoting heavily, is as a classroom tool. With that in mind, Microsoft will be adding several new features that make transferring access control between staff easier. This could have implications for businesses too. There are also plans to make it more user-friendly to share OneNote notebooks.