Microsoft Improving SharePoint, OneDrive in Office 365 Update

New Office 365 updates arriving this month will include enhancements to SharePoint, OneDrive and Office Online, Microsoft’s browser-based versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Onenote applications.

Use of Office Online, formerly referred to as “Office Web Apps,” typically includes various cheap office 2013 professional plus subscription plans. A blog post now by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate v . p . for the Office team, described the Office 365 improvements, as well as other capabilities decreasing the pipeline a bit later.

Microsoft has a tendency to unveil its Office 365 improvements to subscribers gradually, but they could see the updates described by Koenigsbauer as soon as in a few days.

Commercial Office Internet surfers will also see a “real-time” chat button, which shows up for “any document stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.” This capability is simply available to Office 365 Business and Education edition subscribers. Microsoft described it in this article. The chat history in the real-time chat feature does not get saved with the document, but it’s possible to manually copy and paste it, if wanted.

The brand new SharePoint mobile app announced earlier this year isn’t available yet. It will be coming at the end of June for that Android platform, and for the Windows platform “later this year,” Koenigsbauer indicated.

Microsoft also is planning a future revamp from the user interface (UI) in project 2013 professional document libraries and lists, making it look more like the UI of OneDrive, that is Microsoft’s cloud-based storage and collaboration application.

“SharePoint document libraries and lists (coming soon) possess a simple and familiar new look according to OneDrive, while still offering intuitive access to the rich content management and customizability of SharePoint,” Koenigsbauer explained, in regards to this coming UI enhancement.

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