In the past few days, Office 365 issued exciting updates that will augment the user experience and offer better protection from cyberattacks. Microsoft has introduced new security features for the Home and Personal versions of Office 365, added some new SharePoint and Excel features, and introduced a brand-new Multi-Geo feature.

Office 365 now comes with file protection and email encryption

In a move that will make many users happy, Microsoft announced more advanced protection capabilities for Home and Personal Office 365 suites. Several new features have been included, such as OneDrive Files Restore, which has been extended from the Business package to the personal one.

Additionally, Office 365 can now also detect ransomware more effectively and restore OneDrive to a point before files were compromised, mitigating the risk of cyberattacks. Lastly, Microsoft will also start encrypting all emails sent through its platform, providing better security when sharing information through email.

New features in SharePoint and Excel

New features to SharePoint and Excel were added at the end of last month. Microsoft announced that SharePoint Online users can now include Yammer conversations into a SharePoint page or news site, and they can also check out a preview of the new Admin Centre that will be officially rolled out around May/June.

Microsoft is also planning to include cloud-connected data types in Excel, which will use artificial intelligence to enhance data sources within a spreadsheet.

Introducing Multi-Geo

Office 365 now offers Multi-Geo capabilities, which allows IT admins to transfer Office 365 user data across multiple data centre geographies, as well as allowing them to set up of specific sharing and configuration policies for each geographical region. However, Multi-Geo is currently only being offered to customers that have a minimum of 5,000 users. This new feature is currently only available for Exchange Online and OneDrive.