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Matt Scherocman

Outlook Web App (OWA) will now be known as “Outlook on the web.”

Outlook Web App (OWA) will now be known as “Outlook on the web.”

Microsoft continues to innovate on the UI for customers to become more productive. They have renamed the Outlook Web App to “Outlook on the web”. Additionally, they have created a new design for the action bar available across the Mail, Calendar, People, and Task areas in Outlook on the web.

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They have:

  • Made the email subject line larger and more prominent
  • Indented messages in the reading pane for easier reading
  • Added more prominent buttons in Calendar to make navigation and creating a new meeting request simpler.

Additionally, Outlook on the web adds new features that make things easier to navigate and organize mail within the browser. Let’s take a look at them below.

Pin lets you pin any message in your inbox so that it is highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox.

outlook web

Sweep, includes a simple set of actions to manage emails from specific senders. You can manage reoccurring messages (like newsletters, digital coupons, and other email received on a regular basis) as well as choose to keep messages from a specific sender (for a specified number of days, only keep the latest message, or delete all messages from the sender).

Archive lets you quickly move messages out of the inbox to a folder of your choice.

Undo lets you revert unintended actions with a single click.

Preview the message contents in-line with the subject. With Outlook on the web you can also now perform common actions in bulk, and clicking a message now displays the message in the same window — finally no pop-ups or separate windows.

Resize images, add custom borders, apply shadow effects, and rotate images. Now supports a full set of emojis. J

To, Cc, or Bcc lines, now show a list of the most common people and distribution groups you have been emailing, which is refined as you type. As you add recipients, Outlook on the web makes suggestions that you most commonly email.

Calendar in Outlook on the web has gained a five-day weather forecast.

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Charms, which are basically icons to help you quickly identify specific types of events (an airplane for an upcoming flight, a knife and fork for a business dinner, a music note for a piano class, and so on) have also been added.

Mobile browsing experience has received user interface and navigational improvements:

  • Updates to closer resemble the UI look of Outlook apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Improved navigation for switching between Mail, Calendar and People.
  • More prominent search command.
  • Ability to switch between emails without returning to the message list.
  • Time strip updated to show the full week within the calendar.
  • Improved UI for creating new events and using the scheduling assistant in Calendar.

The following updates are coming to Office 365 users today, as long as they have a plan that includes Exchange Online and have opted into Microsoft’s First Release program. Everyone else will begin receiving these updates in “the first week of September.”

 

 


 

Interested in the new "Outlook on the web"? Give us a call at (513) 444-2020 or contact us here!

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Matt Scherocman

What are the real differences between Office Pro Plus and Office 365 Pro Plus?

Office Pro Plus – is the version that is sold in volume licensing.  It is the default package when purchasing under an EA agreement, Select, or new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). 

Office 365 Pro Plus – is the version that is sold via Office 365.  Subscriptions for Office 365 can either be purchased directly from the web portal or on a traditional licensing agreement like an Enterprise Agreement, Select, or new MPSA.  It frequently is sold as part of the E3 or E4 packages.  

While the majority of the features between the software packages are the same, there are some key differences to think about when you are making your purchase.

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Stephanie Donahue

How do I copy and paste multiple items with Microsoft Office?

How do I copy and paste multiple items with Microsoft Office?

Do you often find yourself needing to copy and paste more than one item? More than two or three items? Well, now you can copy up to as many as 24 items from Office, PowerPoint or other programs and paste them into one document! 

So, how does it work? Glad you asked!!

Simply put, Office clipboard works with the standard cut and paste commands. I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t helping; I’m getting there!!

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Matt Scherocman

What's REALLY in Office Mobile Apps?

Office Mobile is one of the most downloaded mobile apps of all time.   Today we are going to take a look at what features are standard with the mobile App and what features require a bit more. First let's see what you get with the initial download from your respective app-stores:

Office Mobile

Here's what you get with the basic app download:

  • Email
    • Full version on iOS
    • Light version for Android, BlackBerry and Nokia Symbian OS phones
    • Remote wipe for all devices / GAL Search
  • Word, Excel and Power Point
    • Versions for iOS and Android
    • No client for Blackberry or Symbian
  • Lync
    • Versions for iOS, Android, and Symbian
    • Instant messaging / GAL Search / Join a Meeting
    • No client for Blackberry
  • OneNote
    • Versions for iOS and Android
    • No client for Blackberry or Symbian

 For a more comprehensive list of the features by device type please see the link here

Here's where it gets a little more complicated for you iPhone and iPad users. To unlock the premium features listed below, a qualifying subscription to Office 365 is required.

Premium Features:

  • Word
    • Insert/Edit WordArt
    • Add/Modify chart elements
    • Insert section breaks
    • Enable columns in page layout
    • Customize headers and footers for different pages
    • Change page orientation
    • Track and review changes
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Add shadows and reflection styles to pictures
    • Highlight table cells with custom color shading
  • Excel
    • Customize PivotTable styles and layouts
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Insert/Edit WordArt
    • Add shadows and reflection styles
    • Add/Modify chart elements
  • Power Point
    • Check speaker notes while you present with Presenter View
    • Add custom colors to shapes
    • Insert/Edit WordArt
    • Add shadows and reflection styles to pictures
    • Add/Modify chart elements
    • Highlight table cells with custom color shading

For a more detailed list of the premium features that requires a qualifying subscription to Office 365 plan, please see the link here

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Matt Scherocman

What is Microsoft's Service Level Agreement?

Microsoft offers a financially backed 99.9% service uptime guarantee for Office 365. "Uptime" is the amount of time a cloud-based service is available to the user and this translates to about 8 hours of downtime per year.

A full copy of their Service Level Agreement (SLA) can be found here.

While Microsoft offers an industry-leading guarantee for their service, they have actually exceeded their promise in the past fiscal year.  In Fiscal Year 2013 (June 2012-July 2013), Microsoft's actual worldwide uptime was an astounding 99.98%, 99.98%, 99.97%, 99.94% and 99.97% per quarter for the service.

Furthermore, Microsoft is committed to maintaining transparency and discloses quarterly uptime numbers (as well as a variety privacy and security information) on their Office 365 Trust Center website.

To Download Microsoft's SLA, please see: Microsoft Service Level Agreement (SLA)

To see the worldwide uptime visit the Office 365 Trust Center

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