Microsoft’s Office Hub app is retiring, but before it goes, Microsoft is giving everyone a sneak peek at its replacement. The new 365 app promises to have the programs and features people love about the old core app, along with a selection of new apps that could streamline your work life.
The “Microsoft Graph” forms the centerpiece of the new app, displaying things like appointments and meetings, documents, and even third-party programs, all in one place. Microsoft’s robust office apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, along with Microsoft Teams. Third-party apps, including some from Adobe and Figma, which is good news for people who like Microsoft’s office offerings but prefer to use something outside of its ecosystem for certain tasks. You can still stay organized, no matter what software you’re using.
Collaboration is a main focus of Microsoft’s new app, with a dedicated feed for your shared files and projects, along with notes showing who’s been doing what with them. The app breaks things down into categories, and collaborative and shared projects are no exception. You can see files that were shared in meetings or sent directly to you, and there’s a feature that allows people you follow to share files with you as well.
There’s also a “tagging” feature, which can be useful if none of the other organization methods are your thing. Simply give a project or document a tag or two related to its purpose, and use the search bar to open it whenever you need it.
Microsoft intends to release the new 365 app for PC, mobile, and the web starting next month. Current Office users don’t really need to do anything, since the change is rolled out as an update to previous software.
Source: Microsoft via Windows Central