Office 365 apps for Windows and Mac get new features

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Office 365 is getting updated with a number of new and improved features for users of Windows desktop, Mac, and iOS.

Microsoft has been continuously renovating the Office 365 apps. Recently, it unveiled brand new icons with bolder, yet lighter hues coupled with simplistic visuals for instantly recognizable symbols. At the same time, the letters and symbols have been decoupled in a way to maintain familiarity and simplicity.

Having said that, following are the new features of Office 365.

Latest features of Office 365 apps

  • Zoom and stick (Outlook for Windows)

Users will now be able to change the size of messages in Reading pane for a single message or for all the messages, using the Zoom feature.

They can choose from the default zoom percentage options, or enter a specific percentage number. There will be Remember my preference option as well, allowing users to apply the action to all messages.

  • Easier reservation of conference rooms (Outlook for Windows)

Outlook users can now look for a conference room using more than one room list. They will be able to switch lists without losing the selected rooms.

  • Change Office theme

There will be options for users to customize the Office Theme. They can choose colorful, dark, gray or white Office theme, to match other Office apps.

  • Dark background (Office for Mac)

Office for Mac that comes with Office 365 subscription is bringing dark background to Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The aim of new background is to minimize the impact on eyes when users are working in low-light environments. The new feature will require macOS Mojave.

  • Adding pictures to PowerPoint from mobile (PowerPoint for Mac)

Using the Apple Continuity Camera, users can add a photo from iPhone to PowerPoint slides.

  • Improved proofreading (PowerPoint for Mac)

PowerPoint is also getting grammar and writing suggestions, along with the spelling.

  • Turning off forwarding of a meeting (Outlook for Mac)

Outlook for Mac will now allow meeting organizers to control the attendees to forward a meeting invitation to others. This feature is currently available with Outlook for Windows and Outlook on the web.

Further, the attendees will now be able to see who else is attending the meeting or event from calendar.

Also read: Skype and PowerPoint to get AI-powered captions and subtitles feature

The updates are now available for Office 365 subscribers.

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