Microsoft Office

O365 Update: New Feature! Ideas in Excel and PowerPoint Online

Office continues infusing AI technologies across its apps to help people do their best work. Ideas is about bringing together related services and features in an intelligent way to create smart, actionable suggestions that save you time and enhance your content. Ideas proactively surfaces suggestions that are relevant and tailored to what you’re working on, and meets you where you are in your workflow to reduce the time and effort you need to spend to get things done in Office. This update is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 33181, 32708, 31498 and 32709.

How does this affect us?

As a first step, Microsoft is introducing Ideas in PowerPoint Online and Excel. The suggestions surfaced in each app are tailored to the specific tasks the Office app is used for.
In PowerPoint, Ideas is about helping you and your users author a meaningful, engaging, and polished presentation with minimal effort through a curated set of actionable and intelligent suggestions to help with design, content, and writing. Ideas will begin rolling out to Targeted Release customer in PowerPoint Online at the end of October. Ideas will initially be available to English language users followed soon by French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Dutch.
In Excel, Ideas (previously called Insights) helps you identify interesting trends and patterns in your data, providing charts with formatting and titles that can accelerate customers’ analysis and understanding. In Excel Win32, if you are an English language customer and a part of the Windows Targeted Release program, Ideas is already available to you. To get early access to Ideas, you can join Insiders for desktop apps and register your tenant for Target Release for Office Online apps.
In early October, Microsoft will begin rolling out Ideas on Excel Win32, Excel Mac, and Excel Online to organizations outside of the Targeted Release program as well as organizations in other regions, starting with the French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese markets.