One of my favorite services and one that I use daily for both work & home is Microsoft’s Office 365. I have both a home account as well as a professional account. Both of these services have improved quite a bit over the past two years and are now my most important productivity solution for both home and work. As this year is winding down Microsoft pushed out a very nice update for Office 365.
If you are an Office 365 user or simply use Microsoft Office for personal use, there’s a good chance you have already heard about Office.com. It is the official website for Office which also lets you work on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office suite apps online. Now, Microsoft has released the first major update for Office.com with an aim to improve the overall user experience and productivity.
As Office comprises of a number of apps with each of them meant for a specific purpose, it can be frustrating when you are looking for that particular app in the time of urgency and could not find it easily. To make it easier, Microsoft has now added a section which will show your most frequently used Office apps and services. As you will keep on using Office online, this section will get updated accordingly so that you don’t go through the whole list for a particular application.
But it’s not only about apps all the time as more often than not, you are looking for a particular document to get started with your work. And with so many apps and file formats along with files themselves, it can be a tiresome experience to find that particular file you need. To solve this issue, Microsoft has now introduced new filters under the ‘Recent documents’ section. You can now search documents on the basis of document type and even pin the ones you use or need quite frequently.
And apart from documents and files, the most important thing is to stay updated with meetings coming up as well as one’s to-do list to make sure that things happen on time. Now Office.com will show you all your upcoming meetings and tasks right in the front. It will show you all the relevant details including contact’s photo, time, date, and venue along with a shortcut to join a Skype meeting. As for tasks, you can easily look for yet to be finished tasks and check the ones completed. This list is synced with Outlook which means ones you manage your task on Office online, the changes are reflected on Outlook as well.
All these features have been made available to Office.com and you should see them the nex time you log in. If you are not a regular user of Office.com, you might have to use it for some time before you can start seeing features like Frequently used apps and services along with Recent documents.