Get ready for Office 2021 and the updated Microsoft 365
Posted by Tony Robinson on 15/10 at 10:00 AM Cloud hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams, Cloud services, Microsoft 365,
Get ready for Office 2021 and the updated Microsoft 365

With the recent release of Windows 11, Microsoft has also launched Office 2021 and updates to Microsoft 365.

Applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Project, Publisher and Visio have all been refreshed visually and functionally to provide an improved experience on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

While Microsoft 365 is a subscription service, Office 2021 is a single one-time cost. Some of their new features include:

Co-authoring and presence
With more businesses moving to a hybrid working model, Microsoft has made their applications even more flexible with real-time co-authoring. Office 2021 and Microsoft 365 have been updated to enhance productivity, collaboration and co-authoring in a new vibrant palate. The introduction of colourful presence indicators allow users to easily identify who is working on a document with them.

New translator and search tools in Outlook
The new translator function allows you easily translate more than 70 languages on the fly and view the transcript while the new instant search bar within Outlook allows you to quickly find emails in your crowded inbox or in one of your folders.

Excel gets a boost
The new Office 2021 includes some features such as XMATCH and dynamic arrays that were previously only available in the Microsoft 365 version of Excel. One of the eagerly anticipated functions is the XLOOKUP, which is the enhanced replacement for VLOOKUP.

More open-source compatibility
Compatibility with the OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 gives businesses using open-source products an easier migration path to Office 2021, ensuring documents already created are still accessible in the new suite.

Next steps
While these announcements demonstrate the new flexibility of the Microsoft products, it is also a reminder that people on legacy Microsoft products such as Office 2013 may need to upgrade to either Microsoft 365 or Office 2021 to ensure they have the necessary security updates and support to remain productive.

At swcomms, we have worked with numerous businesses to install, integrate, and support their transition to Microsoft 365. Not only can we offer you the hardware and licences at competitive prices, but we have experienced and certified Microsoft professionals to support your staff and business during and after the installation to ensure you get the most out of these products.  

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Tony Robinson on 15/10/2021

Tony joined swcomms in the presales department at the beginning of 2021 with a specialism in cloud technologies, including Microsoft and security.

Tony has been working in the IT industry for more than 25 years in roles ranging from support engineering to being a director of a managed services company. Customer-focused, Tony is keen to ensure that clients get the best solutions and to advise them on new cloud technologies as they are introduced.

Away from the office, Tony enjoys watching any sport that he can get away with when he’s not busy supporting local charities in various ways.

Contact: tony.robinson@swcomms.co.uk

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