Monday, 21 April 2014

What’s new in April 2014 update of Excel Online

Some of the new features added to Excel Online in the April 2014 update, now available in both OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) and Office 365, are as follows: is the place to get going with Excel Online

Now, it’s much easier—just go to and click the type of document you want to create.
Authoring (inserting, editing, and deleting) comments

Users of Excel Online have been able to see comments on cells for a while, but until now there has been no way to add new comments to a cell. With this release, the ability to insert new comments as well as edit (and even delete) existing comments is added to Excel Online. Long-time Excel users may notice that the experience has been modernized—the text of a comment now shows in a task pane that contains all of the comments for the active sheet (making it easy to jump between cells with comments by simply clicking the comment in the task pane). 
Working with comments in Excel Online is now easier than ever, and is consistent with Word and PowerPoint Online.

Editing files with VBA

The capability of editing files that contain VBA without removing (or corrupting) the VBA contained in the file is now added to Excel Online. That means that if you have a file that you use in Excel Online sometimes and in desktop Excel other times, you can do that, taking advantage of the VBA in the desktop, and keeping it intact when you’re using it in a web browser.
XLSM files (with Macros) can now be edited in Excel Online, without removing the VBA.
Hiding and unhiding rows and columns

Previous releases of Excel Online have correctly displayed—by not displaying—hidden rows and columns, and there have been some “hacks” to hide and unhide those cells. With this release, Microsoft has added support for the most common way that users hide and unhide rows and columns, using a context menu that appears when you right-click a row or column header—just like in desktop Excel.

With this release of Excel Online, you can hide and unhide rows and columns just as you do in desktop Excel.
In-app feature search: Tell me what you want to do

We’ve all had that moment when we know what we want to do, but don’t quite remember how to do it, wondering, ”How do I change the font?” or “How do I find the median of a set of numbers?” Now, when you type a few characters in Tell Me, Excel Online will tell you exactly how to do what you want to do.

Tell me can quickly find any Excel command for you.
Customizable Status Bar Aggregates

Microsoft released an update in November that brought Status Bar Aggregates to Excel Online. With this update, several more aggregates where added , Min, Max, and Numerical Count; and by making the set of aggregates visible in the status bar configurable—just like in desktop Excel.
You can show the aggregates that are the most useful to you in the status bar.
You can show the aggregates that are the most useful to you in the status bar.
Get anywhere in your spreadsheet fast with GoTo

As Excel Online becomes more and more feature-rich, the spreadsheets being created are more and more similar to spreadsheets created with desktop Excel. That means larger, more complex spreadsheets and a greater need to quickly navigate around your masterpiece. Enter GoTo (Ctrl+G), a “pro” feature that allows you to quickly type in a reference and jump to that location in the spreadsheet.

You can jump to a place in your spreadsheet fast by typing a reference in GoTo.

Office 365 is now available in China, operated by 21Vianet

Office 365 is now available in China, operated by 21Vianet. Microsoft has more than 20 years of experience delivering products and services to China. Now through unique partnership with 21Vianet, Microsoft offer Office 365 from local data centers within China. This announcement follows the general availability of Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet, announced last month.

The launch of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet – together with Azure – provides customers in the market with the full power of public cloud services from Microsoft.

Read more here.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Step by Step guide to creating a new custom Azure Rights Management Template

Microsoft recently announced the preview of the new custom Azure RMS templates.  Custom templates let you define the protection policies you would like to roll out within your organization. Whether your organization is using Azure RMS in as part of your on premises deployment (via the RMS connector) or as part of Office 365, you can now do this via the Azure Management Portal.

Custom templates give you more flexibility in controlling how groups of users within the organization can access and use sensitive documents. With custom templates you can designate different groups of users that will have access to documents protected with these templates, and you can define an access level or a list of rights for each of these groups. You can also control for how long content protected with these templates will be accessible, and you can define whether you want to require users to be online to access the content (thus, getting maximum control over their ability to access the document in case your policies change over time and ensuring all accesses to the documents get logged) or you want to allow them to cache document licenses so they get the ability to access the content from disconnected locations for up to a defined period of time.

To create custom templates, you can follow these steps:

On the Office 365 Admin page go to Service Settings

Click on the Rights Management tab and then select Manage

On the Right Management page click on additional configuration

This will now take you to the Azure management portal. You will need to have an Azure subscription to proceed. If you don’t you will need to click on the Sign up option and register your subscription:

When you initially activate Azure Rights Management capabilities in your organization two default Rights Policy Templates are automatically that cover the most common needs in the majority of organizations. These are called “<Organization> – Confidential” and “<Organization> – Confidential View Only” and give all users in your organization either full access or restricted access to the documents protected with them.
Once logged in to the Azure Management Portal, navigate to ACTIVE DIRECTORY
Then select the RIGHTS MANAGEMENT tab and click on your organization name
You can now see the option to create additional Rights Management templates for Office 365

Now select Create an additional rights policy template to create a new policy
Select Language of the policy, policy name and description and submit.
Once the new policy is created, you can navigate to Manage your rights policy templates, and click on the policy you just created in order to edit it.

On the policy edit splash page, select the Rights tab

And then click GET STARTED NOW

On the CONFIGURE RIGHTS page, you can assign rights to users or groups. In this article I am applying rights to a user.
Click next.

Confirm your selection and close.

Now you can also go to the CONFIGURE tab and configure the content expiration and offline access settings.