Just like every other month, Microsoft announced recently a set of new Office improvements that will drop on iOS apps at some point this month. For the time being, all the changes revealed this week will be available to Insiders, members of the beta program.
For the month of July, Microsoft plans to add new features and improvements to three Office apps – Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. The former, Excel is getting a new feature called dynamic arrays, which lets users type a formula that returns multiple values and then watch them appear automatically in the neighboring cells. This should translate into faster, more capable spreadsheets, with fewer formula and less chance of errors.
Outlook, on the other hand, is getting Shared Mailboxes on iOS devices. The new feature will allow users to read and send emails, monitor messages, and view shared calendars while on the move. Also, Outlook for iOS will be updated with an extra layer of security called SMIME, which enables users to sign and encrypt their emails, as well as ensure senders and recipients have the right credentials to view content on their phones.
There’s another nifty improvement that Outlook users will be able to take advantage of on iOS – Mark as Unread. The new option will pop up when you tap on the three dots in the top right corner of a message in a conversation.
Last but not least, PowerPoint users will be getting a new reading-optimized view that will allow them to browse through a presentation without having to open it in Edit mode.
All the new features and improvement are rolling out to Insiders this week, but the stable versions should get them after the testing process ends successfully.