What’s new: November 2014

November was a month full of updates in response to customer feedback. Dropbox support has been added across Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android. Office for Android tablets entered preview. Clutter and enhanced bulk mail filtering help improve your email experience. On sign-in we’ve streamlined Yammer and Office 365 sign-in, including new SAML and multi-factor authentication options. Office 365 Video is a completely new video portal experience making it simpler to upload and share videos across your organization. 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: October 2014.

 

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

Office for iPad and iPhone now support Dropbox – With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPad and iPhone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and editing in the native Office apps. And accessing Word, PowerPoint and Excel from your Dropbox app is just as easy. Navigate to the file you want, and the Dropbox app will open the Office app you need.

Office for iPhone and Office for Android tablet Preview – The new Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer the same beautiful iPad experience, optimized for the iPhone. We are bringing the productivity of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet customers with the Office for Android tablet Preview.

Excel Power Map November update – You can now play a tour directly from any scene, instead of always having to start playing a tour from the beginning. This is super helpful when you’re editing a tour and want to see how the changes you’ve made to a scene will appear. No more starting from the beginning and fast forwarding through to the scene you just changed. To use this feature, simply hover over a scene in the Tour Editor and click the Play button that appears.

Office Mobile for Android update – This update makes sharing OneDrive documents easier, and adds support for Dropbox so you can view, edit, and share your Office files stored on Dropbox.

Access 2013 web apps update -Download in Excel is available to all Access 2013 Office 365 customers, when viewing any datasheet views in your browser for your Access web app on Office 365, you’ll see the new Download in Excel button on the right side of the Action Bar.

 

Office 365 for business updates*:

Office 365 now available in 140 markets – Office 365 is now commercially available in the following nine new markets: Afghanistan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

– With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPad and iPhone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and editing in the native Office apps. And accessing Word, PowerPoint and Excel from your Dropbox app is just as easy. Navigate to the file you want, and the Dropbox app will open the Office app you need.

Office for iPhone and Android tablet – The new Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer the same beautiful iPad experience, optimized for the iPhone. We are bringing the productivity of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet customers with the Office for Android tablet Preview.

Skype for Business – For our business customers, we are bringing together the familiar experience and user love of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control from Lync to create the most loved and trusted communications platform for doing things together.

Clutter – Clutter brings the power of Office Graph to your inbox. Clutter is designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox. It uses machine learning to de-clutter your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder.

Multi-factor authentication and SAML support – We will release an update to the Office 2013 Windows client applications that enables new authentication flows, including support for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). These new authentication flows are enabled by the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL).

Use your Office 365 credentials to sign in to Yammer – As users sign in to Yammer, they will be redirected to your organization’s Office 365 log in page. After entering their email address and password, they’ll notice the Office 365 suite navigation bar (pictured below) at the top of their Yammer network. With a single click, users can quickly toggle between Yammer, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint and more to get work done.

Excel Power Map November update – You can now play a tour directly from any scene, instead of always having to start playing a tour from the beginning. This is super helpful when you’re editing a tour and want to see how the changes you’ve made to a scene will appear. No more starting from the beginning and fast forwarding through to the scene you just changed. To use this feature, simply hover over a scene in the Tour Editor and click the Play button that appears.

Office 365 Video – Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content. Powered by Azure Media Services—the same service used during the Olympics (6,000 plus hours of video in 18 days)—Office 365 Video benefits from adaptive smooth streaming technology optimizing video playback for the device it’s being viewed on.

Office Mix + Office 365 Video – Soon, you’ll see the Publish to O365 Video button on the Mix tab on the PowerPoint ribbon. When you click it, the Office Mix pop up wizard will walk you through the publishing process.

Sync Information Rights Managed documents with OneDrive for Business – You can sync your IRM protected documents on OneDrive for Business. The IRM protection stays in place whether you open file on Office Online or on a local folder and continues to apply the settings even if you make edits to the file in both locations.

Office 365 receives FedRAMP Authority to Operate – We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 365 has been granted FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO) by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG).

Office Mobile for Android update – This update makes sharing OneDrive documents easier, and adds support for Dropbox so you can view, edit, and share your Office files stored on Dropbox.

Access 2013 web apps update -Download in Excel is available to all Access 2013 Office 365 customers, when viewing any datasheet views in your browser for your Access web app on Office 365, you’ll see the new Download in Excel button on the right side of the Action Bar.

Enhanced bulk mail filtering – We significantly increased EOP’s bulk detection and assigned Bulk Complaint Level (BCL) ratings to email from bulk senders to indicate the likelihood it would generate a complaint. A low BCL indicates the sender generally uses good sending practices and the email is not likely to generate a complaint while a high BCL indicates the opposite. This update uses these BCL ratings to enable you to quickly configure the level of bulk email filtering your organization needs.

Power Query November update – This update includes: SQL Server Analysis Services connector, Salesforce Reports and Objects connector, Expand Columns—Ability to disable and customize column prefix, Improved File menu options in the Query Editor, and Entry point for Advanced Editor in the Queries pane inside the Query Editor.

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.