Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Microsoft Office update brings simplified design, better search

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Katie Ramirez | 13 June, 2018, 23:34

The changes are inspired by a "new culture of work" and will bring fluent design, a simplified ribbon, and search enhancements to the Office 365 experience. Later this month, some Office Insiders will see them in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows. While two are relatively minor and focus on visuals and efficiency, there's one major change that even Microsoft knows it needs to tread carefully with. Microsoft is starting to roll out this new Ribbon in the web version of Word to "select consumer users today in Office.com". There will be new colors, icons, and new animations and reveal effects in ribbons. Like the simplified ribbon, the new colors and icons will first appear in the web version of Word.

The most recent version of Office is Microsoft Office 2016, which was actually released in 2015.

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For everyone else, Microsoft is moving forward cautiously, especially when it comes to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Windows. Even when simplified ribbon does roll out at some point in the future, you'll still be able to pull up the current three-line ribbon whenever you need it. Introduction of email templates, and read and delivery receipts are some additional features which will make their way to the Office portfolio apps. Starting in July, it will be available in Outlook for Windows and Outlook for Mac in August. As such, simply placing your cursor in the search box will trigger a "zero query search" with recommendations power by AI and the Microsoft Graph. The features which the new update will carry resemble the ones found in the Office 365 subscription.The new Office 2019 for Mac will encompass features which will be liked by both the end users and the IT department. Command-line tools will allow IT admins to centrally control how and when Office updates are applied to users' devices, and support for industry-standard MDM policies and preferences will give IT the power to enforce organization-wide security policies, including preferences for Visual Basic macros and app settings. This is available to commercial users in some capacity already, but it will start making its way to Outlook on the web for commercial users in August. Microsoft is rolling out new features in waves so it can collect feedback and improve Office slowly, which is definitely a good idea given the reaction to some of the changes it's previously implemented.

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