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Our Pick Of The New Office 365 Tools

July 9, 2019

With new tools being released in Office 365 / 2019 every other week, we thought we would explore some of the new features and how they can benefit your team.  If your device is set to check for feature updates, then your software will be updated on a regular basis, but are you or your employees aware of them and how they can help?


Planner is a great feature in Office 365 which helps organise tasks for both you and your colleagues.  It's a bit like Outlook tasks crossed with MS Project. It allows you to create tasks, with checklists, assign tasks and review the current status, all from an app from your desktop or your phone.  A great feature for keeping organised. A new feature that has just been released is the ability to export your task list into Excel.


If you aren’t currently using this built-in tool, just get in touch and we can provide you with online videos and face to face training on how to use Planner on it's own or as part of 365 Team.




There is a great feature in PowerPoint called Designer, which gives you fantastic suggestions on laying out content on slides.  This feature will shortly be available in your own in-house PowerPoint templates, so employees can create professional, eye catching presentations whilst keeping to your brand guidelines.  If you need any help with using PowerPoint get in touch and we can carry out a free skills analysis exercise on your employees, or we can also create stunning branded PowerPoint templates for you, if you just don't have the time to set them up yourself.




Another great feature of Office 365, which has been around since June 2016 is Forms. We use Forms to collect responses from our workshop delegates every week.  From the 1 July there will be a Forms Pro version where you can brand surveys and quizzes and use built-in email software to quickly send links out to your target audience. It's much like Survey Monkey but all the data is stored in your Office 365 account, so no 3rd parties to consider from a GDPR point of view. Look out for more information on this in coming months.  If you want to start using the free version but are not sure where to start, let us know and we can share some online tutorials with you.  


We appreciate that you don't all have the time to go through what's new in the Microsoft world, so every month we will pick a few things which we feel will really benefit you and your employees. 

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