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What’s New in Office 365 for Business – January 2014


January brought a host of updates in Office 365. See the listing below for what is new and improved for Office 365 for Business! These updates are being rolled out in phases worldwide to all Office 365 for Business customers, so you may not see all of these updates as of yet.

Office

Microsoft teamed up with GW Micro to provide new functionality for those who are blind or have vision problems, so that subscribers of Office 2010 or Office 2013 can download a free copy of Windows-Eyes, GW Micro’s screen reading software.

Word Web App

A new function called Tell Me provides the ability combining search and natural language questions to help users find what they need to to and work faster and smarter. Footnotes and endnotes can also now be edited directly within the Word Web App. The ribbon has been updated as well to match the other Office Web Apps, and also allows easier sharing and renaming of documents.

OneNote Web App

The navigation pane has been updated to provide a better and easier way to navigate between sections and pages.

Lync Mobile

Lync Mobile for Windows Phones and iOS apps have been updated so users can now upload presentations during meetings so others can access the slide decks directly. Windows Phone users can now control the application using voice commands, making it almost hands free. iOS users also received a new interface update.

Outlook Web App

This has been updated with a new People View, which allows you to view messages quickly from people that matter, based on your most frequent contacts.

Partner Administration

Partners now have a central area to view all of their customers, view their service health, administer their tenants, manage support issues, as well as the ability to send trial and subscription offers to their customers, to help build business.

InfoPath and SharePoint Forms

InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath Forms Services will be the last versions of InfoPath, as it is phased out.

Source: http://blogs.office.com/2014/02/03/whats-new-january-2014/

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 13 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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