Unlimited OneDrive Storage Offered for Office 365 Subscribers

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In late October, Microsoft announced that Office 365 subscribers would be allowed unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. All Office 365 users are provided 1 TB of OneDrive storage and have the option to register for access to unlimited storage. Microsoft reports they will update all Office 365 customers to unlimited storage in 2015.

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Office 365 and OneDrive News

Office 365 Roadmap Introduced

In June 2014, Microsoft introduced the Office 365 Roadmap, a service for Office 365 for Business customers to keep informed about new and upcoming features for Office 365.

According to the Roadmap Web site: “The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide. Expand an update to learn more about it and click the learn more link to read more details.”

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Office 365 First Release Program Announced

In June 2014, Microsoft announced the First Release program, providing a way for Office 365 customers to opt-in “to get a small selection of significant enhancements to the Office 365 user experience, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online first. If you opt-in to First Release, you will receive new qualifying feature updates first, a minimum of two weeks before customers in our standard release group.”

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1 TB of OneDrive Storage

Microsoft announced in June 2014 that they are increasing the OneDrive storage allotment included with Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University from 20 GB to 1 TB. This additional storage will be added to existing accounts in July 2014.

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Office Mix, OneNote, and Outlook News

Office Mix Preview Launched

In May 2014, Microsoft introduced a customer preview of the new product Office Mix. (www.MixOffice.com). 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 Outlook.com mail rules

Outlook.com 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.

Office for iPad

Free iPad versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now available on the Apple App Store. The apps offer the core capabilities of each application, with usability and display tailored to tablets. The free versions of the apps allow users read-only capability. Office 365 subscribers have full editing and creation permissions.

Office 365 subscribers can integrate these apps with their OneDrive to expand availability of their files. Formatting and functionality are insured to be preserved in files created on different platforms.

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Details from Corinne Hoisington:

“Office 365 rolled out for the iPad and iPhone for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the Apple Store. The apps are free, but require an Office 365 subscription for full usage. If you do not have an account, you can view your documents, but you need an account to edit your documents. This product is lightweight and not a full Office install.

  • Microsoft does a very nice job of exploiting the multi-touch environment of the iPad.
  • One feature that’s unique to the iPad version is a laser pointer in PowerPoint that appears when you tap and hold down the display in presentation mode.
  • You get access to images, charts and tables, footnotes and more in Word.
  • In Excel, there’s a full complement of financial, logical, date and time and other formulas.
  • A personal version for one computer and one tablet of Office 365 is due this spring for $69.99 a year.

So is this a game changer? Not to the college teaching environment, but for the personal use of tablets at home — maybe.”

Office 365 Personal Plan Added

In March, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 365 Personal, a new subscription option for individuals. The Personal plan allows just one PC or Mac and one tablet to connect to Microsoft 365 for $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month.

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For additional, less major recent Office 365 developments, refer to the expanded details in these “What’s New” Microsoft blog posts:

February 2014 | March 2014

Office 2013 Service Pack 1 Released

In February, Microsoft announced the release of Office 2013 Service Pack 1. The only major functionality update listed in the SP1 changes appears to be “Power Map” for Excel, a “3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel.” This feature is listed as being available to Office 365 ProPlus customers.

Most of the other changes in SP1 provide improved compatibility with Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11, and newer hardware.

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To Turn Off Microsoft Office 365 Updates

By default, Microsoft Office 365 updates periodically. At present, these updates include security, critical fixes, and additions to “Apps for Office.” In the future, Microsoft plans to push out new features using Office 365 updates. Follow these steps to turn off these automatic updates during an active semester:

Step 1:

  • Open any Microsoft Office 365 application.
  • Tap or click the File tab.

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Step 2:

  • Tap or click Account (Office Account in Outlook).
  • Tap or click Update Options.
  • Tap or click Disable Updates.
  • Tap or click the Yes button in the User Account Control dialog box to disable all updates across all Office 365 products.

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