New in January—enriching teamwork across devices

Enriching team work

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New features for Microsoft Teams enable you to interact with apps in new ways, customize your personal workspace, and take quick actions.

Find and use apps in new waysNow you can include interactive cards from apps in conversations the same way you would add an emoji or GIF. With one click, you can bring important information, like a task from Trello, into a channel conversation or chat. Finding new apps and services in Teams is now easier with the new Store, where you can search for apps by name or category, such as “Project management” or “Analytics & BI.”

Command apps and take quick actions across TeamsWe also introduced the new command box in Microsoft Teams, a single point of entry that integrates your search and command experiences. Now you can quickly interact with apps, perform tasks, and navigate throughout Teams directly from the command box, in addition to searching across people, messages, files, and apps.

A view of the apps available for Microsoft Teams from the Store dash.
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Work together more effectively with updates to iOS and Mac

New Office 365 capabilities for iOS and Mac enhance how teams create content together, make it easier to produce advanced documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from anywhere, and introduce new ways to search, preview, and interact with files.

Co-authoring for iOS and MacWe made it easier for individuals to work together across devices with the general availability of co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iOS and Mac. Now, whether you work on a Mac, PC, or mobile device, you’ll know who else is working with you in a document, see where they’re working, and view changes. Co-authoring is already available on the Office desktop applications for Windows, Office for Android, and Office Online. Learn more at the Microsoft Tech Community.

Automatically save your work on MacToday also marks the general availability of AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Mac for Office 365 subscribers who store their documents in OneDrive and SharePoint. Whether you’re working alone or with others, your latest changes are now automatically stored in the cloud, so you never need to worry about hitting the Save button again. You can also view and restore content from earlier versions of the document at any time with support for version history.

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Drag and drop content and files on iOSThe Office and OneDrive iOS apps now support drag and drop for content and files. One of the most common and powerful tasks when creating content is integrating photos, graphs, and other objects from a variety of sources. Now Office 365 subscribers on iPad and iPhone can easily drag and drop content into documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from other Office apps or OneDrive. Support for drag and drop for iOS also enables you to move files to and from OneDrive and other sources—such as SharePoint or iMessage—making it easier to organize content scattered across different apps and services.

Animated image shows the drag and drop capabilities in Office and OneDrive for iOS.
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Access OneDrive files from more iOS appsOneDrive for iOS now natively supports the new iOS 11 Files app. This means iPhone and iPad users can upload, access, edit, and save content to OneDrive or SharePoint from any iOS app that supports File app integration—a top requested feature. Users can also tag their favorite OneDrive and SharePoint files from within the Files app, making it easier to find and use the content that matters to you.

Preview more file types with OneDrive for iOSWe redesigned the OneDrive for iOS app with a more detailed list view, making it easier to scan file names, see relevant information, and sort files by specific attributes. The updated OneDrive for iOS app also creates crisp thumbnails and supports previews for over 130 file types, including Adobe Photoshop and 3D objects, so you can open, view, and share the right content without leaving the app.

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Search across your organization with Outlook for iOSThe new search experience in Outlook for iOS leverages the Microsoft Graph to surface results from your top contacts, upcoming travel itineraries, package deliveries, recent attachments, and more. Together with proactive search suggestions and a unified design, it now provides consistent, personalized results that enable you to discover information from across your organization faster.

Improve reading skills with Learning Tools for MacWord for Mac now supports Immersive Reader and Read Aloud, tools previously available in Word for Windows and mobile apps. These tools enable content to be viewed in ways that are optimized for learning differences and allow documents to be read back with simultaneous highlighting. These features make it easier to recognize and correct errors as you write, improving reading and editing accuracy for everyone—especially users with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

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Cortana helps you discover skills naturally, so you don’t have to remember the invocation phrase


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Cortana as a personal digital assistant is great at keeping you on track with your commitments or reminding you about your mom’s birthday. These capabilities are surfaced very naturally because of Cortana can understand user’s intent. To invoke third-party skills on Cortana, users had to say a special phrase, called an invocation phrase, like “Open Domino’s”, or “Ask Darksky for the weather next weekend”. This is not a good user experience for an assistant because users often forget how to invoke a skill. We are happy to announce that users can invoke third-party skills on Cortana in a very natural way.


“Breaking barriers… Pushing boundaries”

Cortana can now intelligently suggest 3rd party skills when a user asks her for something. By leveraging the power of Bing Search and our years of investment in AI, relevance, and ranking, we have brought a more natural experience to Cortana users. Now users can naturally discover a wide range of 3rd party Cortana skills and accomplish those tasks with Cortana’s help.


So, if you want to find some brunch recipes or ask Cortana to help you find live music events, just say “Hey Cortana, can you help me find some brunch recipes” or “Hey Cortana, find live music events” and Cortana will recommend relevant 3rd party skills that can help you with the task at hand.


Rather than remembering the invocation phrase for a skill, users can now just speak naturally, and Cortana will recommend relevant 3rd party skills to complete the taskRather than remembering the invocation phrase for a skill, users can now just speak naturally, and Cortana will recommend relevant 3rd party skills to complete the taskThe experience is currently available for voice queries on Cortana for Windows and will very soon light up on other Cortana endpoints like our mobile app, the Harmon Kardon Invoke Speaker, and so on.


“What’s in the Box for Developers?”

For developers, it is a great opportunity to have your skills get discovered by more users who are trying to complete a task. Here are some things that you can do to improve discoverability of your skills:

  • Make sure your skill title and descriptions are indicative of your skill’s functionality.
  • In the skill publication process, we ask for metadata about your skill. Make sure you provide information which is comprehensive and accurate.
  • Work to ensure your skill is of high quality. Our ranker will consider skill quality and usage patterns when recommending skills to users.

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