New features added to Microsoft 365 for consumers

Microsoft 365

Time for some Microsoft 365 action! While most announcement posts for the service outlining the new features are focused on businesses, that is not the case today.

The company has recapped the new features that are available for individuals and families over the past year. Most of these features are already exist.

For example, the first item on the list is Office for iPadOS that shipped in February.

Office on iPad

This is the unified Office app for mobile, available on the tablet platform, instead of having separate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. Interestingly, while the iPad was the first to get the individual applications, it’s among the last to get the unified app.

Talk about full circle!

Next up, we have conversational AI experience in Outlook for iOS. This lets you use it to send emails, schedule appointments, and more.

Office Lens is also turned into Microsoft Lens, and that can now actually transcribe handwritten notes. Simply scan a page and extract the text using this nifty application.

Money in Excel

Another thing that is relatively new, and very nifty, is Money in Excel.

This was one of the key new features when Office 365 was rebranded as Microsoft 365. It is designed to help you budget, customizing how much you spend on various categories like groceries. Cash flow insights give you congratulation messages for spending less than you earned in a certain month.

We also have PowerPoint Presenter that received some new perks. You’ll now get feedback on body language, something that should help you deliver better presentations. It also helps you avoid repetition, and pronounce words better.

On the Word side of things, there are improvements for Microsoft Editor. There is a new feature called Similarity Checker that is meant to help you avoid plagiarism. And then we have Text Predictions that help you write more quickly and accurately.

As mentioned above, all of this stuff is available now.

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