Nonprofits: Microsoft Office 365 August Updates


The Microsoft Office 365 blog released their monthly post wich included improvements to work collaboration in Excel, enhancements to Microsoft Teams, updates to Yammer, and more. Below is everything your nonprofit needs to know to take advantage of these new features.

Work Together in Excel

Now anyone can work together at the same time in spreadsheets stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive. With Excel co-authoring, you’ll find it easy to know who else is working with you in a spreadsheet and view their changes as you work.

This is in addition to Microsoft's announcement of the general availability of AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Office 365 subscribers who store their documents in OneDrive and SharePoint. Whether you’re working alone or with others, your latest changes are automatically stored in the cloud, and you’ll never need to worry about hitting the save button again.


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New Updates Make it Easier for Students and Teachers to Achieve More Together

OneNote Class Notebook in Teams—Students and teachers can now enjoy a full view of their OneNote Class Notebook right from within Teams, making it easier than ever for everyone to stay on the same page. Educators and staff can also access their OneNote Class and Staff Notebook settings right within the app, simplifying classroom management.

Enhanced assignments—Teachers can now add web links to reference materials to class assignments distributed through Teams, ensuring students have access to the third-party resources they need to get started successfully. Scores from assignments can now be imported into a school’s Learning Management System, ensuring a single source of truth for student grades.

Improved IT control—IT administrators can now specify permissions for third-party apps in Teams and can enable or disable private chat and class assignments. These enhanced controls empower IT admins to create a safe and secure learning environment tailored for their schools’ unique needs.

Improved Communication with Yammer

The redesigned Yammer app for iPad offers an improved experience with universal search, automatic sign-in, and an updated design. This allows you to stay on top of  announcements and communities and easily find the information you need while on the go.

We’ve also updated the Office 365 usage reports with a new Yammer activity report that helps administrators understand how your organization connects across Yammer. This new view highlights the number of existing communities and the activity happening within each, helping to identify best practices and drive adoption across your organization.

Learn more about what’s new for Office 365 subscribers this month at: Office on Windows desktops | Office for Mac | Office Mobile for Windows | Office for iPhone and iPad | Office on Android

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