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What’s new—January 2016

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New capabilities for a new year! More ways to work with Office arrived in January, including new cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online, new inking capabilities, collaboration improvements and Office Insider builds for Mac users. You can also now add a Skype call in Outlook and take advantage of Full Screen view in Outlook for Mac. Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection continue to lead the way in email protection with a host of new capabilities. And there’s exciting news on the education front: Learning Tools for OneNote is in public preview.

Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: December 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365 University updates

Skype call scheduling and more for Outlook for iOS and Android—Outlook now includes the ability to add a Skype Call, making it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call using Skype. New calendar views help you manage your schedule, and with the new navigation bar for Android, moving around the app is a breeze. Some of your top feature requests were added too, like Contact Push, Save files to your Android device and Set Automatic Replies.

New Full Screen view feature in Outlook for Mac—Outlook for Mac now supports Full Screen view for OS X Yosemite and above! With Full Screen view, you can focus on incoming email messages in a distraction-free environment, easily manage windows with the Tab bar, view two messages side by side and run Outlook in Split View, which means you no longer need multiple monitors to view different Outlook modules.

New inking tools, collaboration improvements, Office Insider builds for Mac and more—With the new inking tools in Office for iPad and iPad Pro, you can use your finger or Apple Pencil to work on files and notes. Real-time coauthoring in PowerPoint Mobile for Windows tablets and real-time presence in PowerPoint 2016 on Windows desktop simplify collaboration. And now Mac users too can get early access to Office innovations by opting in to the Office Insider build. Read about these and more new ways to work with Office.

Sway updates—Sway now has a Recycle Bin, where you can recover Sways deleted on the web for up to 30 days. You can also view Sway in full screen mode using Sway for Windows 10, send OneNote content to Sway directly from within OneNote, and use drag-and-drop to insert images in Sway for Windows 10. Sway is now available in the Chrome Web Store as well as the Google Play for Education store for registered schools and organizations.

New cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online—Now it’s even easier to use Office with cloud storage providers. Real-time coauthoring with Office Online was added for documents stored in partner cloud services. Office for iOS integration now extends to all partners in the Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP). And integration with Dropbox and Box is on its way to Outlook.com to complement existing OneDrive support.

New OneNote features—Check out all the new ways you can work in OneNote to make note-taking and your notebooks even better. You can insert crisp lines, polygons and other geometric shapes on Mac, search all of your OneDrive notebooks on Mac and iOS, publish notebooks publicly on Docs.com, easily save emails alongside all your other notes, crop images in OneNote Online and much more.

Office 365 for Business & Education updates*

New capabilities of Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection—New capabilities help protect you from unknown external threats while giving admins visibility on targets within their companies: delivery of the body of an email while a suspicious attachment is scanned; the ability to change the verdict when an unread email is incorrectly categorized as spam, malicious or safe; Safety Tips in Outlook on the web to help you decide whether to open an email; protection against insider spoofing; phish reporting; and the ability for admins to filter common malicious attachment types.

Embed video throughout your intranet—Make sure your video messages are easy to find and view, not buried away. With Office 365 Video, you can place videos in-line and in-context, right where people work on projects, online and on-premises—within SharePoint Team Sites, custom company portals, internal blogs, wikis and more. It’s as simple as copy, paste and publish. Find out how. Embed today to increase your reach and be heard!

Cloud PBX with Skype for Business—Simplify your communications in the cloud. Globally manage calls right within Office 365 and eliminate separate PBX (Private Branch Exchange) systems for information workers. With Skype for Business Cloud PBX, you can make, receive and transfer calls from mobiles, tablets and PCs from nearly anywhere with Internet access. The Office 365 administration portal, as the central location to manage users for communications, email and content, consolidates management.

New inking tools, collaboration improvements, Office Insider builds for Mac and more—With the new inking tools in Office for iPad and iPad Pro, you can use your finger or Apple Pencil to work on files and notes. Real-time coauthoring in PowerPoint Mobile for Windows tablets and real-time presence in PowerPoint 2016 on Windows desktop simplify collaboration. And now Mac users too can get early access to Office innovations by opting in to the Office Insider build. Read about these and other new ways to work with Office.

OneNote Class and Staff Notebook updates—Co-teachers can now add students to or remove them from a Class Notebook. For Staff Notebooks, staff leaders can remove staff members or notebook co-owners, co-owners can add or remove staff members, and Active Directory security group and Office 365 Group support is offered. For OneNote Online, the top requested feature, Image Crop, was added, plus the ability to unpin notebooks from the notebook list.

Introducing Learning Tools for OneNote—A Microsoft hackathon winner, Learning Tools for OneNote is a toolbar add-in for OneNote 2013 and 2016 that improves reading and writing experiences for all students—including students with learning differences like dyslexia. For example, the Immersive Reader uses simultaneous highlighting and voicing text to help improve focus and reading speed. See how it can help students. Download the Learning Tools for OneNote public preview.

Office 365 developer updates

Monthly Dev Digest—This month’s highlights include the availability of add-in commands as a developer preview in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, a podcast on the community-led efforts around ngOfficeUIFabric, and new code samples for Node.js developers to start building Office add-ins and standalone web applications that communicate to the Microsoft Graph and beyond. As always, get the list of new and updated dev documentation, code samples, add-ins, Office Dev podcasts, patterns and practices, blog posts, Office Store news and upcoming events.

Please note that some of the updates may take time to show up in your Office 365 account, because they’re being rolled out to customers worldwide.

—Andy O’Donald, @andyodonald

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*Not all updates apply to every Office 365 plan; please check the individual post for specifics.

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