Here’s what’s new in Microsoft 365 in August, updates to Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, more

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Microsoft has made numerous changes over the course of the month to improve the overall application experience if Microsoft 365 in addition to the overall experience. This month's improvements include those of Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Yammer and Outlook for mobile devices and the web.

In Excel, Microsoft introduced XLOOKUP, which happens to the VLOOKUP function to search and retrieve information for spreadsheets. Previously, VLOOKUP required ordered data, could not discover results in the columns on the left and always took wildcards by default. XLOOKUP addresses these limitations and takes advantage of changes from the backend to increase the overall calculation speed. At the moment, it is available exclusively for Office Insiders, so I hope it won't be long before we all get it.

  Animated screenshot of XLOOKUP in Excel that is used to find the dialing code for Brazil.

PowerPoint users on the web can now also take advantage of changing capital letters, subscripts and letters directly from their web browser. Previously, this functionality was exclusive to PowerPoint for desktop users, however, now the feature is being gradually implemented for all web users.

  Superscript image (under source) in PowerPoint that is used to superscript the "2" in the formula E = MC squared.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint users will also soon be able to take advantage of Sketched Shapes, a feature that turns soft drawings into seemingly hand-drawn sketches by introducing a slightly wobbly effect. Microsoft says this is perfect for indicating design drafts in presentations, but it can also be used for artistic purposes.

  Animated image of a PowerPoint format that is used to make a sketch of an iPhone look like it was drawn freehand, selecting the Frehand Sketch style.

Those on iPad can also appreciate that they can now insert basic shapes, lines and graphics into their notes in OneNote. In addition, iPad and Mac users can also take advantage of adding details of the Outlook meeting, including theme, attendees and time, directly in OneNote. And on the iPhone, users can now make annotations with ink directly from their phones, either with their finger or with a stylus.

<img src = "https://i2.wp.com/www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/08/Microsoft- 365-August-update-4b.gif? Ssl = 1 "alt =" Animated image of shapes used in OneNote, while in text mode. Mobile for iOS and Android in addition to Office.com for desktop users. The company says that the dark mode not only extends battery life, but also allows them to use their applications more comfortably in much darker environments.

Microsoft has also brought and reviewed Yammer's experience to Android and iOS users, presenting a new source and conversation UI, live events, as well as Seen Counts to verify how many co-workers looked at your post. . The application also features improved notification encryption and geo data storage in Europe for greater security.

New to Microsoft 365 in August 6

Finally, Microsoft also introduced its new FastTrack implementation guide, which helps users move from Windows 7 with Office 2010 to Windows 10 Enterprise with Office 365 ProPlus. The company says that all commercial companies can take advantage of it, and offer a mechanic video for those eager to learn more.

What new change do you find most useful? Feel free to leave a shout in the comments area below.

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