Office 365 for the web picks up new notifications pane, contextual settings, more

Microsoft has announced some improvements coming to Office 365, including some UI tweaks, contextual settings menus, Skype for Business conversation integration, and much more. One of the cooler features being added to Office 365 on the web is a quick access bar for notifications. In the upper right corner of the screen, there's a notification bell that will bring up a pane on the right side of the screen with your recent notifications. If you have any personal reminders or new communications, they'll show up here as alerts.

Also coming in this update is a new settings pane and Skype for Business integration. The new settings pane is contextual, meaning that it changes depending on what app you're currently using. The Skype for Business integration, on the other hand, lets users start conversations with colleagues right from Office 365 on the web.

Finally, Microsoft is adding a new help pane and "What's new" feature introductions. New features will be highlighted in a way as to call attention to them without disrupting what you're working on.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

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  • Same for Office Online?
  • Not yet. But we are working on it!
  • Thanks for responding. As an ambidextrous user of iOS and Android, as well; Win 8.1/OS X --- I'm floored by your iOS implementation ...even the first drop over a year ago now and we're sincerely enjoying the '5/5' account for our mix of tabs and computers. Speaking of the former though, curious if you've got a timeline you can discuss bringing '365' (Word, Excel & PP) to Android?  
  • Project Chicago?? It smells like Windows 95
  • looks like the ms project web app will be coming to more users a well?
  • Wow this is so much more slick!  Love the new notification pane and Skype pane.  They look great!