Microsoft today announced seven new languages for the dictation feature in the Office apps. Now, users can use thirteen different languages to dictate text in Office Word, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The new languages include the following: Hindi, Chinese (Taiwanese,) Korean, Russian, Thai, Polish, and Portuguese (Portugal.)
Microsoft has (accidetnally?) posted a screenshot of a redesigned Outlook for Windows app. It has been shared on the Beta channel update page for Office for Windows. The changelog describes the new Org Explorer feature, and sports the new user interface of Outlook.
Microsoft continues transforming the Office app on mobile platforms into a universal all-in-one productivity-oriented program. The app already supports tons of features, previously available in individual apps. For example, you can open any Office file, create and edit PDF, scan images, business cards, whiteboards, and QR codes, create forms, and even sharpen your presentation skills with an AI-based coach. The latest update on Android brings another welcomed addition to the Office app: Voice memos with automatic transcription.
At the beginning of this year, Microsoft announced an enhanced dark mode for Word. With the new feature, Office Word switches canvas' color from white to dark, easing the strain on the users' eyes. The dark theme for Office apps is not something new. In fact, it is available since the release of the Office 2016. Still, even with the dark theme applied, Word keeps pages white. Upcoming updates for Office will finally fix this inconvenience.
Fifteen years ago, together with now unsupported Office 2007, Microsoft introduced Calibri –the default font for Office apps to replace Times New Roman. Now the company thinks it's time to move on and change the default font again. This is a significant change for the Office applications, which are used by hundreds of millions of users around the world, and the company does not want to rush to make a decision. On its official website, Microsoft announced five new font candidates to replace the default Calibri font. These fonts are already available in Office apps, so users can try them out and decide which one is the best.
Microsoft Office Online developers are back with another update for the suite of web-based productivity apps. This time, Excel and Word got several new features and improvements. Here is what new in this update.
If you have a hard time talking to an audience during presentations, there is a new tool from Microsoft to help you. Previously available in PowerPoint Online only, Presenter Coach is now accessible on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Web. Microsoft announced this feature for Office Online back in 2019. Now it is ready for general use on all supported systems.
Microsoft has already updated its Office apps for iPad with mouse and trackpad support. Still, there is some room for improvements. For example, right-click opens a classic touch-oriented context menu, which is not the most convenient option when using a trackpad or mouse. Luckily, the latest update for Office for iPad brings updated context menus with better accessibility.
About a month ago Word got an enhanced dark theme in the beta version of Office and now it is time for Android apps. Dark mode comes to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Android.
Those using Excel for the Web will be happy to know about the upcoming improvements. Microsoft announced a bunch of new features coming soon to Excel Online.