Microsoft bolsters Office 365 with co-authoring for Excel

by Edgar Hayes April 1, 2017, 0:05
Microsoft bolsters Office 365 with co-authoring for Excel

Co-authoring is already available in Excel Online and in the Excel mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile (if you're an Office Insider).

Microsoft's getting feedback from testers at the moment, and it will roll the feature out more broadly soon enough.

That means you can collaboratively work with others on the same spreadsheet and see their changes more or less in real-time, within seconds of them being made.

Today, Microsoft enabled co-authoring in Excel on desktop for Office Insiders.

"Availability: Co-authoring in Excel on Windows desktops is rolling out for Office 365 subscribers in Office Insider Fast". It's also in the iOS app but only for Office Insiders for now.

No word on when it will be available outside of the beta, but it's already available if you're using Excel Online and on Android.

In other words, you don't have to worry about habitually hitting save, as it will automatically be done for you (and indeed the other users who may be collaboratively working on a file with you).

Microsoft Word has also picked up two new minor features with the latest update, but they are not anything substantial.

Microsoft made a variety of inking and accessibility updates to various OneNote versions this month.

If you're a OneNote user, you'll find new improvements to the ink math assistant, which takes handwritten equations and turns them into text.

Office 365 continues to be an important business line for Microsoft and as usual, its monthly updates continue to ramp up productivity.

OneNote Online users can now access the new Draw tab, which provides access to more inking tools.

Data Visualizer is available to users of Visio for Windows desktops for Office 365 subscribers in Office Insiders Slow. And last week, it shipped Microsoft Teams to all Office 365 Education subscribers as well. The new Slide Snippets pane lets users grab diagrams or snippets, add titles, and then export them as PowerPoint slides, complete with Morph transition support.


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