How to Stop Office 365 Auto Updates

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Over the past year, Microsoft released over 450 updates to Office 365. That’s a lot of changes to keep track of! If you would like to stop your Office 365 auto updates, you can use this link to learn how to change your Office update setting. Follow the instructions for your Operating System. You can also keep track of Office 365 updates using these Microsoft resources.

 

*Updated information from Microsoft can be found in this blog post.*

Microsoft Sway

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Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that Sway is now available on computers and tablets running its Windows 10 software. Windows 10 users can visit the Windows store to get Sway for free. Sway was previously available within only within a web browser. It does not require an Office 365 subscription.

Sway is touted as a digital storytelling app and allows users to combine text and media to create a presentable website. Microsoft says Sway is designed to accomplish different tasks than PowerPoint, such as interactive storytelling that lets the software make design choices like slide color and placement of photos instead of forcing the user to make design decisions. The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites.

Learn more about Microsoft Sway.

Office 365 Customer Success Center

Microsoft has created the Office 365 Customer Success Center to help customers get the most out of Office 365 and stay up to date on the latest Office 365 news and information. The Center’s helpful information include tabs on Scenarios, Deployment, Adoption, Roadmap, Community, and Resources. The Roadmap tab lists updates that are currently being planned for Office 365.  Customers can get information on recently launched updates available to all customers and updates that are currently rolling out that may not be available to all customers yet, as well as updates that are in development or updates that were cancelled. The Community tab features links to Microsoft’s blogs, virtual training, and the opportunity to join the Office 365 Network. This Network allows users to connect with other members of the Office 365 community by sharing knowledge and first hand experiences.

Learn more.

New Features in Windows 10

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With Windows 10 now officially replacing Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, here are a few of the big changes to the new Operating System .

Refreshed User Interface

Windows 10’s flat and modern interface has been refreshed so that it works for both touchscreens, and computers with the traditional keyboard and mouse. Full screen apps can now be easily windowed on the desktop, and there are new ways to arrange and manage multiple windows for easier multitasking.

New Start Menu

The Start Menu is back, and replaces the full screen Start screen that was featured in Windows 8. Users can quickly access recently used apps, the file explorer, and power controls. The Start Menu’s blend of the old and new rectifies one of the biggest complaints that users had with Windows 8.

New Apps (Mail, Calendar, Photos, Maps)

The core apps have been given an overhaul, with the Mail and Calendar apps borrowing ideas and design from Microsoft Outlook. The Photos app has a new interface and a plugin to OneDrive so images and videos can be backed up from users’ phones. The Maps app also has a new interface, and maps can integrate with Cortana.

 Action Center

The Action Center acts as a notification panel, organizing notifications by app and providing quick access to commonly used settings. Its appearance can be customized and it displays app notifications. The Action Center is accessed by swiping in from the right on the screen or trackpad, or by clicking the icon in the task bar.

Hello

Windows 10 features a new, clean lock screen. Computers with supporting hardware can use the Hello feature to log in without entering a password. Hello uses image recognition login system and lets users log into Windows 10 using their faces or their fingers.

Learn more about the other changes in Windows 10.