announced new features coming to its Office 365 suite,
including an AI-powered Clippy-like tool, at its annual
Ignite information technology conference Monday in
laundry list of new tools underscores Microsoft’s
drive to make its Office apps relevant to every piece of
daily work as all types of workers spend more time using
company launched a tool called “Ideas” that will
offer suggestions for layout, design or document ideas,
depending on which part of Office a customer is using.
Ideas is powered by artificial intelligence, Microsoft
said, to give relevant suggestions. It may be like a
smarter Clippy — an animated device that provided user
tips in older versions of Office — though without the
bouncing paper-clip body. Ideas is available now in
Excel and will come to other apps soon, the company
also said it was expanding its smart-search function
across Microsoft 365 apps, such as Outlook, PowerPoint
and Excel, over the next couple months. The search
feature shows custom results based on what it thinks you
might be looking for as soon as you put a cursor in the
box, even without starting to type.
chat app, Teams, is getting built-in features in October
that will let workers swap shifts and request time off.
More than 329,000 organizations are now using Teams, up
from 200,000 in March. A year ago, Microsoft announced
that Teams, which is offered as part of Office 365,
would replace Skype for Business.
from LinkedIn, the professional social network that
Microsoft bought for $26.2 billion in 2016, will soon
appear in Outlook meeting invites. Microsoft didn’t
give exact timing for the new feature, which it said
would include LinkedIn profile information about people
in the meetings.
Ignite is taking place in Orlando through Friday.