Changes to OneNote features: Evernote Importer and IE Web Clipper

We are announcing two changes to Microsoft OneNote features:

  • With the retirement of Internet Explorer browser effective 15 June 2022 (MC306663 Dec ’21), we will also be retiring the OneNote Web Clipper for Internet Explorer effective the same date. The OneNote Web Clipper works best with a modern browser like Microsoft Edge.
  • Effective 1st September 2022, we will also be retiring the Evernote to OneNote Importer, and it will no longer be available for download at https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote. Existing downloads of the Importer .exe file can still be used for importing Evernote content, but users may run into errors since we haven’t actively supported the tool since 2020.

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OneDrive: Sync app- Automatic Account Configuration

The OneDrive sync app will automatically sign in if there are existing credentials available to Microsoft applications (Teams, Office, Edge, Windows).

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Loop components in Outlook Mail Preview

Loop components are live, interactive, collaborative objects that you can embed in team chats and now also on emails. When you send a Loop component, everyone in the email can edit it inline—and see changes instantly. That means you can collaborate right inside an email message. To give it a try, compose a new email or reply to an existing one and insert a Loop component via the toolbar or copy and paste components between email and Teams chats. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 93234

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Suggested Reply Language Support for Japanese, Thai, and Turkish languages.

Suggested replies support for Outlook on the web, Outlook mobile is being extended to also include Japanese, Thai, and Turkish. This will rollout on web, and mobile.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88869.

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Retirement: Display a workbook using gallery view

We will be retiring the Gallery view in SharePoint beginning January 17, 2022. To publish selected parts of a workbook, we recommend the use of Power BI Dashboard which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.

When will this happen:

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Office.com updates

We’re updating the Office.com and Office app for Windows experiences. These updates make it even easier to find all the content associated with you, access your apps and templates in one place, take action quickly, and understand what work needs your attention.

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Outlook: on the web – New files search in compose mode

You can now add files from OneDrive, SharePoint, and notes from sticky notes by using the / and getting suggestions from Outlook.

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Edit your workbooks now with ActiveX

Delighting our customers with faster, smoother, and frictionless experiences in Excel for the web is an uncompromised goal across the Excel team. With this in mind, we recently added support to open and edit workbooks with ActiveX, Form controls and other legacy art objects in Excel web.

In response to customer feedback, this represents another step forward to help customers quickly open Excel files and edit them with less friction in the process. This communication is meant to highlight the changes our customers are asking for, and to reaffirm our commitment and ongoing investment in Excel for the web to enable rich end user experiences.

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Office for the Web – retiring File Share Embed

We will be retiring the File Share Embed dialog from Office for the Web (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Visio) beginning July 1st 2021. Instead we recommend the utilization of SharePoint File Viewer Web Part or existing Graph APIs (e.g. PreviewItem,) which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.

Key points:

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Announcing PowerPoint modern comments for enterprise general availability

The comments feature in PowerPoint will be updated to the new PowerPoint modern comments experience. Modern comments help improve your collaborative experience with features such as resolving comments, anchoring comments to objects and text, improved @mentions, and more.

PowerPoint modern comments are available today behind a tenant admin setting which is off by default. This update will change the default setting from off to on.

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