December Updates to Microsoft Office 365



December updates to Office 365 allow's nonprofits to have more accessible and efficient content creation. Ensuring your content can be consumed without barriers by people with varying levels of vision, hearing, cognition and mobility.

Original article from Microsoft Office Blog

Particularly noteworthy are the following capabilities built to empower all customers to create content that is inclusive and readable without friction.

The Accessibility Checker is now easily discoverable in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Visio, helping you ensure your content can be consumed without barriers by people with varying levels of vision, hearing, cognition and mobility. The Accessibility Checker analyzes your material and provides recommendations alongside your document, helping you understand how to fix errors and create more accessible content over time. Click Check Accessibility under the Review tab to get started.


PowerPoint already leverages intelligent image analysis—including facial detection, color extraction and more—to optimize professional designs offered to you by Designer. Soon you’ll get automatic suggestions for alternative text descriptions (alt-text) for images in both PowerPoint and Word, helping save you time and ensuring your media-rich presentations and documents can be understood by people with visual impairments.



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Now you can enable a MailTip in Outlook on the web which alerts coworkers to your preference for accessible content. The prompt they see while composing email to you reminds them to run Accessibility Checker before sending. This helps ensure coworkers fix any issues that might make the content difficult for people with disabilities to consume. 


Soon you’ll be able to easily attach hyperlinks to recent cloud-based files or websites and simultaneously create more meaningful display names for people consuming your document using screen readers. Now when you click to insert a hyperlink, a Recent Items list similar to the one in Outlook will show your recently used files on SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, as well as webpages already copied to your clipboard. Once you select a link to insert, its file or webpage name—instead of its long URL—will automatically be added as the display text (which you can modify as you wish). 

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