Microsoft Office 365 is a crucial part of our lives like food, air, and water. Thanks to Office 365, our work never comes to a halt. And with the rising remote work trends, Microsoft has updated the Office 365 features that are pretty awesome! If you haven’t seen them yet, you may be missing new features that can revolutionize the way you work! These new Office 365 features can simplify your work. And help you make new connections within your organization by unifying digital content creation, storage, and management with social tools for discovering and sharing information between users. These features have indeed increased productivity with its products and have taken collaboration to another level. In short, these Office 365 features have made our lives easy. Without further ado, let’s look into each of these amazing features.

Check out these 6 cool Office 365 Features

1. Real-time co-authoring

Office 365 now allows you to collaborate online and see changes your team members make then and there – that’s why the name real-time co-authoring! All you have to do is save your file to either OneDrive or SharePoint, so your team members regardless of where they are working from can work on it with you. Not just that it also empowers you to revert back to a previous version of the file depending on the need. Thanks to the integrated sidebar, you can even share the document you are working on directly from the application. Also, since you are the owner of the document, you can edit the accessibility settings at any time. 

Real-time co-authoring

2. Using your mouse as a laser pointer for better PowerPoint presentations

By using the simple keyboard shortcut – Ctrl+P, you can turn your mouse into a laser pointer during your PowerPoint presentations. Not just that, you can also use the Presenter Mode commands. Though this feature has been part of PowerPoint for years, it was recently integrated for touch-screen devices. When giving a PowerPoint presentation, you can use your computer’s mouse as a laser pointer. All you need to do is tell PowerPoint to change the icon into a red dot which in turn will act as your laser pointer. Good news for all Apple users, this feature is even included in the iPad version of the office. You just have to hold your finger or stylus down and the red button will appear.

Using your mouse as a laser pointer for better PowerPoint presentations

3. Power map in Excel

Data is everything today! Data can either make or break a business. And you shouldn’t miss any opportunities to turn data into actionable insights that can actually help you boost your business. Did you know? The most recent version of Excel has a new feature called the Power Map which lets you convert rows of data into images. And if that data is geographic, it will convert it into a 3D map. This feature can easily filter data using three different filters: List, Range, or Advanced. How cool is that? This is one of the most amazing Office 365 features that has caught the attention of people in the data visualization field. It has made their life easy and less stressful. 

Power map in Excel 

4. Resume reading feature

Let’s face it, some of the official documents can be really lengthy – maybe 30 to 50 pages or even beyond that. Now imagine, you had to leave the document all of a sudden because something urgent came up. And now, you have come back to that document but no idea where you had left reading the last time. Frustrating isn’t it? Don’t you worry! With the Resume Reading feature in Office 365, you can drop in and out of the document as and when. And pick up straight from where you left off regardless of the device type. In other words, Word automatically bookmarks the last page you were reading! 

Resume reading feature

5. Self- decluttering smart inbox

Self- decluttering smart inbox

Who likes spam emails? Nobody! Well, here’s good news. You can now teach your inbox to de-clutter itself with the ‘decluttering’ feature. This feature works based on the rules you set up for your inbox. In other words, with this self-decluttering feature – you can train your inbox to clean itself. All you have to do is mark the types of messages that you see as clutter. And this feature will automatically move messages it considers less important depending on the setting you have made into the ‘clutter’ folder. You can then review this folder and save or delete these messages later on as per your requirement.  

6. Editing and converting to PDF made easy

Finished editing your document, spreadsheet, presentation, or publication? And you want to convert it into PDF? Good news! Converting these documents into a PDF is made simple with the ‘Save as PDF’ integrated feature. Not just that if you want to edit a PDF, you can even convert it into a Word document without any formatting issues that usually come with copy-pasting or editing. The best part is, you can also save an entire Word doc, or even just a portion, as a PDF and password-protect it.

Editing and converting to PDF made easy

Conclusion

There are tons of other amazing features like chat options to communicate with co-workers, inserting links to stored files instead of sending entire files to your team members, 50 GB of email storage, replying in-line to email without actually opening it, working offline and uploading changes later, and much more. Hope, Microsoft will be adding some more additional, mind-blowing features in the near future. Only time will tell us. Fingers crossed!

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