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Accessibility in Office 365—enabling greater digital inclusion

In honor of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, all Office 365 users are invited to lay the foundation for a more inclusive digital environment by discovering and using accessibility capabilities built into Office 365. —Read on to learn about new capabilities such as accessible templates, image description controls, link display name controls and accessibility checkers.

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Merging intelligence with productivity—a demo tour of recent Office app updates

On today’s Microsoft Mechanics, we look at the latest in intelligent Office app experiences spanning PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and the browser. Ben Walters presents how Office can bring in intelligence via the Microsoft Graph, Azure Machine Learning and Delve to save you time.

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New to Office 365 in November—new collaboration capabilities and more

This month, we’re announcing several updates to the Office apps to help you easily and effectively collaborate with others. This includes real-time co-authoring in PowerPoint, the ability to upload attachments to the cloud directly from Outlook and other collaboration capabilities. —Read on to learn more.

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Immersive Reader and Frame Guide come to Office Lens—offering built-in accessibility

Today, we are pleased to announce two new features for Office Lens—the Immersive Reader and the Frame Guide for iOS. Combined, these new updates expand our toolbox of Learning Tools, which we first brought to OneNote and are now bringing to OneNote Online, Word for the desktop and Word Online. —Read on to learn more.

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Office 365 October news—exciting new value coming to Windows 10

Today, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creators Update coming in early 2017, as well as stunning new devices: Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Book with Performance Base. We were excited to showcase innovations to the Office apps which are coming first to Windows and brought to life on Surface. —Read on to learn more.

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Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my students

This guest blog post written by Robin Lowell, a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, who has years of experience working as a special education teacher and an itinerant teacher of blind and visually impaired students. At the Closing the Gap conference this week, she is partnering with Microsoft Office product managers to showcase the technologies she finds most impactful for creating inclusive learning environments.

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Writing a book with Office—how Maxie McCoy does it

We recently caught up with inspirational writer, speaker and millennial expert Maxie McCoy—a self-professed Office enthusiast (“I live in Office. Always. Period.” )—to get her take on Researcher and Editor, two new cloud-powered services designed to help you do your best writing in Word. Both features are exclusive to Office 365.

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Office 365 news in September at Ignite—intelligence, security and collaboration

Today at Ignite, we announced new intelligent cloud services that help make your employees more productive and your organization more secure. Read on for a breakdown of today’s news—including new services for Office apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as new security capabilities, richer communication features and enhancements for team collaboration.

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Office platform news at Ignite 2016

At Ignite this week, we are announcing the next set of Office platform functionality, giving developers the tools they need to build even more compelling productivity applications with Office. Among them you’ll find new capabilities in a variety of scenarios—from traditional ones like extending Office with custom user experiences, to making your standalone apps and services smarter with the help of Microsoft Graph.