Office 365 Update: New Tools You Need To Know for 2018

By Jodie Dale | January 29, 2018

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As Microsoft gears itself toward making AI accessible to every user and organisation, we are excited to see more smart features rolling out in Office 365 products in the near future.

Microsoft has released new AI-based features for Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and more – a continuing trend since 2016’s launch of the Microsoft AI and Research Group. If your business is subscribed to Office 365, this article will acquaint you with the newest features.

If not, make sure your 2018 business IT strategy includes a subscription to Office 365, to take advantage of these advanced features…

1. Automatically Uncover Trends in Excel Data

Finding useful information lurking in massive tables of jumbled numbers and data can be quite a headache. Not with Insights Preview. This feature uses machine learning to analyse Excel data, highlight patterns; creating pivot tables and charts to show trends and other useful information. Office 365 Insiders will see this feature roll out shortly.

2. Search Text Within Images

Thanks to Office 365’s Intelligent Search feature, any printed words in images uploaded to SharePoint and OneDrive are now automatically detected and made searchable. This makes it possible to find screenshots, receipts, and business cards based on the text they contain.

3. Understand Company Jargon with Acronyms

Microsoft Word’s forthcoming Acronyms feature will help users understand workplace-specific acronyms. This feature uses machine learning to analyse your employees’ vernacular and “help people understand shorthand by leveraging Machine Learning to surface definitions of terms that have been previously defined”.

4. Improve collaboration with the Whiteboard Preview App

This real-time digital canvas makes interactions between team members easier, whether they’re working on a conference room screen or across different devices and locations. The app is equipped with freehand drawing tools, geometry recognition, data illustration tools, and more to improve both business and creative projects.

As Microsoft gears itself toward making AI accessible to every user and organisation, we are excited to see more smart features rolling out in Office 365 products in the near future.

So, make sure your business is subscribed to Office 365 to automatically ensure the best security and receive all advanced features as they are released!

How can Diamond help?

If you wish to understand these updates more or set up Office 365 in your workplace today, then please chat with our team here at Diamond IT. To contact us simply complete the form below or call us today on 1300 307 907.

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About the Author
Jodie Dale

Marketing Communications Specialist @ Diamond IT - Over 16 years of experience in marketing, including both direct and online marketing roles. I love the challenge of marketing in IT as there is always something new and exciting evolving and changing. My challenge is to keep up with it all!