Office 365, iPad, Application, and OneNote News

Office 365 Personal Introduced

In April 2014 Microsoft introduced a new Office 365 subscription option named Office 365 Personal. This plan allows one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service. Estimated retail price is $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month.

Printing capability added to Office for iPad

Word, PowerPoint, and Excel now support printing from your iPad. Other updates include your top feature requests, such as SmartGuides in PowerPoint and AutoFit in Excel.

OneNote for iPad update

OneNote for iPad has been redesigned for iOS 7 with a new unified look and feel that is similar to the rest of the new Office for iPad apps. Office Lens is a new feature that turns OneNote into a portable scanner to help you better capture pictures of paper, whiteboards, and any type in the physical world.

PowerPoint and YouTube

A recent update has re-enabled support for inserting YouTube videos natively into PowerPoint presentations.

Word Online update

This update includes improvements for editing comments now in the editing view, new options for managing lists, ability to create and edit footnotes and endnotes, and easier PDF download and print.

Excel Online update

This update now supports more commenting improvements, you can create new comments, edit and delete existing comments. Now you can edit Excel files that contain VBA without changing or removing the VBA. You can hide and unhide rows and columns.

PowerPoint Online update

A newly improved text editor now renders your text the same way as it will appear with size, alignment, and other customizations maintained it editing mode. New Tell Me integration so you can search for that hard to find features, and inline YouTube video playback for embedded videos.

OneNote Online update

Now you can print your notes from OneNote Online with the new Print tab. Also navigation has improved with a multi-column, collapsible navigation pane to make working on small screen devices easier.

Excel Online Updated and Enhanced

In April, 2014 Microsoft released an update to Excel Online. The updated features are intended to make the app easier to access and use, and adds new features.

Users can now access Excel Online (along with Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Outlook) by going to office.com in a browser, clicking Excel Online, and starting a new file.

New features added in this update include:

  • Authoring, inserting, editing, and deleting comments
  • Ability to edit files containing macros and other Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code without removing or corrupting the VBA code
  • Hiding and unhiding rows and columns
  • Tell Me in-app feature search added, allowing fast access to related features with a quick keyword search
  • Customizable Status bar aggregates (such as Min, Max, and Numerical Count)
  • Ability to use GoTo (Ctrl+G) to quickly navigate large worksheets

Windows 8.1 Update

On April 2, 2014, Microsoft announced an update to Windows 8.1. The major elements in this update are:

  • Easy-to-access Power and Search buttons added to the Start screen
  • Added desktop functionality with taskbar available any time by pointing to bottom of screen
  • Added taskbar functionality with ability to pin Windows Store apps an Internet bookmarks to the taskbar
  • Added app features with ability to display Close and Minimize buttons by pointing to top of a Windows Store app

Easier access to your favorite apps and key controls:

On the Start screen of select devices you will now find Power and Search buttons at the upper-right corner next to your account picture. You can now more quickly shut down your PC if you need to and do a search right from the Start screen.

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If you like using the desktop, you will be happy to know that select devices will now boot to desktop as the default setting. And on your taskbar, you can now pin both desktop apps and apps from the Windows Store as well as your favorite websites. You can pin any app you want to the taskbar so you can open or switch between apps right from the desktop. You can also access the taskbar from anywhere when you’re using a mouse; you can see the taskbar on any screen by moving your mouse to the bottom edge of your screen. Just click on any of the apps pinned to your taskbar to open or switch to them.

More familiar mouse and keyboard options:

Microsoft lets your mouse work more consistently anywhere in Windows. If you move your mouse to the top of the screen when using a Windows Store app, you will see the familiar Close and Minimize buttons. When you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen in a Windows Store app, the taskbar comes up.

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On the Start screen, if you right-click on an app tile, you will get a context menu next to the app tile that shows you what you can do with the tile, like unpin from Start, pin to the taskbar, change the tile size or even uninstall the app. Right-clicking on an app tile on the Start screen works just like right-clicking on something on the desktop.

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Simpler way to find new apps:

After installing the update, you’ll find the Windows Store is now pinned to the taskbar by default so you can easily discover new apps (yes, you can unpin it if you don’t want it there).

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