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.

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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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Workbook Link Support Enabled in Excel for the web

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 Workbook Link Support to Excel for the Web, to help customers quickly launch and edit their Excel documents.

In response to customer feedback, this represents another significant step toward quickly opening Excel files and editing them with less interruption 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 rich end user experiences.

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Expanding access to My Day from Outlook on the web to Office.com

We are expanding access to My Day from Outlook on the web to Office.com.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72174.

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Excel for the Web Usability Enhancements

Delighting our customers with faster, smoother, and richer experiences in Excel for the web is an uncompromised goal across our Excel team. We recently added performance improvements to Excel for the Web scenarios (see MC239095) and today we’re announcing several features to help customers better navigate and manipulate Excel for the web files in a browser.

In response to customer feedback, this represents the next set of improvements targeting Navigational and Usability enhancements in Excel for the web. 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 rich end user experiences.

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“All” List Update on Office.com

“All” files list: Helps you quickly find, work on, and collaborate on the files or content that matters most to you.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70728

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Performance Improvements in Excel for the Web

Our mission is to enable fast, smooth, coherent, and delightful experiences for our customers in Excel for the web. Through recent performance improvements we’ve reached a significant milestone toward these goals, and with this update, end users will see this reflected in their Excel for the web. This change will positively impact several usage scenarios including opening workbooks, navigating within a workbook, and general Excel for the web user interface navigation.  

In response to customer feedback, this represents the next set of improvements targeting performance in Excel for the web. This communication is to share changes we’ve made that customers are asking for, and to let you know Microsoft continues to make ongoing investments in Excel for the web performance and improves the end user experience.

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Ink and highlighter in Excel for the web

With this update, end users will be able to use the ink capabilities and highlighter to annotate in Excel for the web.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66260

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