Office 365 Updates for May 2016


Jim Naroski is back with his monthly video highlighting what’s new in Office 365, keeping you up to date so you can get the most out of Office 365. May 2016 updates include enhancements for Excel Online, Office 365 Video, Delve Analytics with dashboards that provide insights on time and relationships, OneDrive for Business collaboration tools, Skype for Business, and Power BI with new usage reporting.

OneDrive for Business Spring Updates


OneDrive for Business has made significant progress over the past 6 months, but Microsoft knows there’s always room for improvement. Check out this video to learn about the OneDrive for Business Spring Updates and read the Office blog post for additional details.

Interested in learning about the future of OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint? Register for The Future of SharePoint online event on May 4, 2016. Jeff Teper, CVP of OneDrive and SharePoint, will unveil the new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

MindTap for Office 365/2016 Introductory with Office Mix


Let your students to learn by doing! Using our new MindTap for Office 365/2016 Introductory with Office Mix, students can complete engaging, interactive lessons while learning learning real world application and understanding how Microsoft skills will impact their future careers.

Contact your Learning Consultant or visit to learn more about this product or other offerings.

Bing Image Search Feature in Microsoft Office and Edge


Microsoft recently announced a new image search feature that will be incorporated into Office products and the Edge browser via its Bing engine.The new Bing Image Search feature creates a simpler, more robust image-search experience for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher and Visio as well as Microsoft Edge.

“To try it out, just open any of those Office applications, such as Word, and click the ‘Insert’ tab at the top of the application, then select ‘Online Pictures.’ From there you’ll have the option to search for an image, and in return receive a grid of thumbnail images along with filters to narrow your search. To see the source and size of the image, just hover over it. You can view images that have been tagged as subject to certain license restrictions, or view all web images, depending on your needs and circumstances. You can then select an image that works for your particular situation by clicking on it and selecting the ‘Insert ‘button.”

For instructions on this new feature in Edge and to learn more, visit Bing blogs.

New Office 365 Admin Center and Reporting Portal


Microsoft has rolled out a new Office 365 admin center that makes it faster, easier and more efficient to manage Office 365 accounts using the dashboard. It also has searching and reporting features.

The new Reporting Portal within the Office 365 admin center provides insight into how your users are using Office 365 . Use the Reporting Portal to monitor your service, identify issues, plan support, and identify training opportunities. Learn more about the Office 365 admin center and the Reporting Portal.

Office 365 Webcasts

Tune in to one of Microsoft’s Office 365 Webcasts to learn about deploying Office 365 at your school.

• Office 365 Education introduction webcasts: Tuesdays at 1 pm CST
• Office 365 ProPlus overview webcasts: Tuesdays 3-4 pm CST
• Office 365 Education deployment and technical webcasts: weekly, visit for more information
• Deployment overview webcasts: Thursdays at 1 pm CST
• Technical overview webcasts: Wednesdays at 1 pm CST

Office 365 Updates for February 2016


For its February 2016 Office 365 Updates, Microsoft released a number of exciting new capabilities in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and the first cumulative feature update since the initial September release of the Office 2016 apps (otherwise known as the “Deferred Channel” build) for commercial customers. Watch the video above to learn more or visit Microsoft’s Office blog.

Deferred Channel Build Replaces Current Branch for Business

Microsoft has renamed its Current Branch for Business releases, and will now refer to them as Deferred Channel Builds.

From Microsoft’s Office Blog: “The first Office 365 Deferred Channel build (previously known as Current Branch for Business) is now available for Microsoft Office 365 for Windows (including Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Project Pro for Office 365 and Visio Pro for Office 365). The Deferred Channel allows organizations to choose an update schedule that reduces the frequency of feature changes for the Windows desktop apps, enabling IT admins and developers to have more time between releases to validate Office against their line-of-business applications, add-ins and macros. For information on the updates available in the Deferred Channel build, visit the Office 365 Client Release Notes.”

Microsoft introduced the new Office 2016 update model in September 2015. Since that time, customers have provided positive feedback for the ability to have control over the frequency of feature changes and have more time for validation. Microsoft has decided to further refine the update model as well as rename the service.

“Customers wanting to receive monthly feature and security updates can use Current Channel. Customers who want to limit feature changes to every four months can choose the Deferred Channel. Early access to a fully supported build for both channels will be available through the First Release for Current Channel and First Release for Deferred Channel.”

  • New Current Channel vs. Old Current Branch
  • New First Release for Current Channel vs. Old First Release for Current Branch
  • New Deferred Channel vs. Old Current Branch for Business
  • New First Release for Deferred Channel vs. Old First Release for Current Branch for Business