Office news roundup: new notifications, easy access to Shared folders, more

November is coming to a close, and corporate vice president for the Office team, Kirk Koenigsbauer, has taken to the Microsoft Office blog to highlight the biggest Microsoft Office news of the month. Highlights for Office this month include new types of notifications, easy access to Shared folders, and more. We’ve given his post a look and have included the biggest details for you below.

Leading off the news is the addition of real-time co-authoring to PowerPoint. After the initial launch of Office 2016, Microsoft had promised that this feature would be expanding beyond  Word on Windows desktops. The company lived up to the promise and released the feature in PowerPoint on Windows desktops, meaning you can now see what others are typing as it happens on a given slide. Currently, co-authoring is available in PowerPoint Mobile on Windows tablets, and PowerPoint on Windows desktops for Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program.

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Co-authoring in powerpoint

Next up is using Outlook to move attachments to the cloud and share with others. Thanks to this feature, you can easily transform a traditional attachment into a shared cloud document right within Outlook. As described by Microsoft, all it takes to use the feature is to upload a file to your own OneDrive or a shared OneDrive as part of an Office 365 Group, then specify sharing permissions for the email recipients. The feature is currently available in Outlook on the web, and it is now also available in Outlook on Windows desktops for all Office 365 subscribers.

Third on the set of news is notifications in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on mobile devices. According to Kirk, these notifications will alert you  to activity with your shared cloud documents.  Combined with the integrated activity feed already available on Windows desktops, this feature is also designed to let you stay connected and let you know when you need to take action. Notifications are now available are for consumers in Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Android and Windows Mobile for Office Insiders. Coming soon for iOS, the feature will get several enhancements in the future.

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mobile notifications

Last up is the ability to Find, open, and save documents more easily with Shared with Me and Recent Folders. This feature is available as a new Shared with Me Tab in word, Excel, and Powerpoint, making it easier to find and open documents which have been shared with you. Thanks to this feature, there is no need to open an extra window to find files, and thanks to the addition of Recent Folders list in the Recent tab, you can navigate with ease to find folders as well.

The feature is now available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Windows desktops and Macs for all Office 365 subscribers, as well as on iOS and Android. It is coming soon for Windows Mobile. Recent Folders, meanwhile, is now available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Windows desktops for Office 365 subscribers in the Office Insider program.

Other news this month include: Built-in accessibility coming to office with Learning Tools in the Office apps and Office Lens, Designer, Morph and other PowerPoint Online updates for education customers, and Office 365 becoming available in 10 new markets for a total of 150 markets. Which of these office features excites you the most? Let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!

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