Friday, June 21, 2024

Microsoft Office, new center and audio / video editing tool coming soon


In the future we will be able to do video editing and audio production with … Microsoft Office? Maybe it’s a bit of a risky forecast, but it was confirmed at the Ignite conference that at least a little bit the Redmond giant is moving in this direction. Few months ago we report the acquisition of Clipchamp, a tool (quite powerful and versatile for being based on the Web) dedicated to video editing. Unsurprisingly, Clipchamp officially joins the Microsoft Office family. It should be noted that the platform continues to be independent and with its own identity.

It has not finished: added a “recording studio” in PowerPoint, as Microsoft called it, for those circumstances in which a live presentation is not possible. You can write annotations, customize the background, and choose the best angle to film yourself as you present yourself. After registration is complete, the user can preview the presentation and work on it again until satisfied. This news will only come early next year, Microsoft said.

Microsoft also unveiled a new one version of your application web page / hub for Office: improve user interface and increase functionality. This page / app, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is the starting point not only to launch all the apps included in your Office plan, but also to retrieve all your recent documents, search for files, and much more. Microsoft has focused especially on content, creating a new section with a search tool and a much more complete and powerful filtering system. You can search for Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint. In the Create section, on the other hand, there is a collection of templates and applications for developing new projects and documents. The new interface will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Among other new additions to its productivity suite, Microsoft announced:

  • Context IQ, a series of AI-powered experiences across the Microsoft 365 suite that will suggest operations, contacts, and more based on context, gradually learning to know the user better.
  • JavaScript in Excel: Microsoft has implemented the famous language framework that allows you to create custom data types and functions. It will be available from November, but only in preview.
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