8 Things You Need to Know About Office 365

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8 Things You Need to Know About Office 365

By now you’ve likely heard that Microsoft has a cloud version of Office, called Office 365, that you pay for on subscription either monthly or annually.
Here is a list of 8 things you need to know about Microsoft 365

  1. Everyone can edit – documents in Word, PowerPoint or Excel can be edit by different people at the same time. You can see the changes as they make them and who is doing the editing.
  1. Unlimited storage – OneDrive offers unlimited storage*
  1. Link files don’t attach them – Using OneDrive upload your file to Office 365’s cloud storage. Fire up the cloud version of Outlook (known as Outlook Web App) and, instead of attaching a file, link to the file on your cloud.
  1. Teach your inbox to de-clutter itself – “Clutter” takes any and all rules you have set up for your inbox and uses them. You then train it by marking messages as clutter.
  1. Device & Mobile Compatibility – Microsoft has truly broken down all barriers between Apple and Google products working with Office. Expect to see Android apps in early 2015, with the company currently offering free iOS apps.


  1. Power Map – converts rows of data into images. And if that data is geographic in nature, such as county-by-county lists for a state, Power Map will put it on a 3D map.
  1. Quick Analysis – turns data into charts. Select the cells, fire up the Quick Analysis tool and click through your options for visually presenting the material: charts, totals, tables and sparklines (tiny line charts), etc.
  1. Flash Fill – Excel sees what you are doing and does the rest of it for you.For example, say you are changing the formatting of a list of people’s names from spread across two columns (first name, last name) into a single column. When you type the second reformatted name, Excel displays the whole list, reformatted. Just click to accept it.

*Microsoft is currently busy with this implementation. Terms and conditions apply.

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