Microsoft has taken a bold decision and made its iconic Microsoft Office productivity apps available for free on devices less than 10-inches and also on Android and iOS. With this move, Microsoft might be taking a hit in revenue, but it will definitely help spread its products to even more users. Another source of profit for Microsoft remains Office 365, and now the company is adding some new features to it.
Microsoft has announced that its Office Delve product is now going to be available to iPhone and Android users of Office 365. For those who don’t know (including myself, prior to this story), Office Delve brings Cortana-like capabilities for Office 365 users which allows them to search and manage their emails, meetings, contacts and social networks. To achieve that, Delve uses machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has also added the people-based search and discovery feature to Office 365 Delve and also introduced the new Office 365 page authoring canvas. Mark Kashman, a senior product manager on the Office 365 team, said on the official Office blog that ‘the look and feel of Delve has been updated to be cleaner and more action-oriented‘.
Many other improvements have been rolled out to the overall aspect and functionality of the product, so if you and your colleagues work a lot with Office products, you will definitely enjoy the new features.
Microsoft has also announced the Office 365 Video app for iPhone users, being focused on sharing videos within Office 365-powered organizations. You can use the app to browse video channels, search for specific videos, check out popular and trending videos, record and upload videos, and watch videoson your iPhone.