Office Mix, OneNote, and Outlook News

Office Mix Preview Launched

In May 2014, Microsoft introduced a customer preview of the new product Office Mix. ( This tool “offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations.” According to the Microsoft Web site, “Office Mix gives PowerPoint new functionality. We add a new tab with several features, including the ability to record yourself giving your presentation. In record mode, you can capture audio and video of yourself narrating your slides, including what you write or draw on the screen. In essence, you’re able to capture the entire experience of giving your lecture, complete with visual and audio aids, with the added bonus of interactive content like quizzes or activities.”

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OneNote for Mac update

Added top customer requested features, such as the ability to print your notes, improved copy and paste for formatted content, drag and drop pictures, display names for hyperlinks, format painter, and performance improvements.

New mail rules has added new mail rules for complex behaviors and filtering. There is also an undo button, a new in-line reply functionality, and an improve chat and messaging interface.

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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.