Microsoft Office 365 Updates: New Features for 2024

By Ted Brown | February 6, 2024
Ted Brown is Ntiva’s Director of Product Management, our go-to guy for all things product related and our certified Microsoft expert!

Microsoft 365 is once again stepping up its game, introducing an array of exciting new features and enhancements designed to turbocharge business efficiency and unleash creativity.

With new features like video editing from Clipchamp, collaboration through Microsoft Loop, an enhanced Teams App, and AI integration with Microsoft 365 Copilot, these features will definitely elevate your business operations. Each of these advancements has been carefully designed to enhance the efficiency of our daily tasks and promote a collaborative and innovative workspace.

Let's take a closer look at these amazing new features and examine how they will supercharge your business operations⚡

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Clipchamp: Elevating Video Editing in Microsoft 365

Clipchamp is transforming how we approach video editing within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Its user-friendly interface, accessible directly through a web browser, is designed to integrate into various Microsoft 365 experiences seamlessly.

With Clipchamp, creating high-quality videos becomes an attainable goal for anyone, regardless of their technical expertise.

Key Features of Clipchamp:

  1. Intuitive Core Editing Tools: Clipchamp’s strength lies in its core editing capabilities. Tools for trimming, cropping, and controlling the speed of your videos are straightforward, making the editing process both effective and enjoyable.
  2. Timeline Editor for Precise Control: The timeline editor is a central feature, providing users with detailed control over their video projects. It allows for precise editing and seamless sequencing of video clips.
  3. Webcam and Screen Recording: Personalize your content or create instructional videos with ease using Clipchamp's webcam and screen recording options. This feature is ideal for tutorials, presentations, or personal messages.
  4. High-Quality Exports: With Clipchamp, your final product can be exported in up to 1080p (HD) resolution, ensuring your videos look sharp and professional.
  5. Rich Library of Free Resources: Enhance your videos with an extensive selection of free audio, images, and video stock. This library is perfect for adding a creative touch to your projects without additional cost.
  6. Creative Filters and Effects: The availability of free filters and effects allows users to add a creative flair to their videos, making them more engaging and visually appealing.

Clipchamp Availability and Pricing Options

Clipchamp Standard is included in the following Microsoft packages:

  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Microsoft 365 E3
  • Microsoft 365 E5
Clipchamp Standard and Clipchamp Premium can be added as an option for $3/$7 per month, respectively.

How To Create A Simple Video With Clipchamp: Step-by-Step

Clipchamp’s philosophy is all about empowerment. It provides the tools and resources necessary for anyone to produce high-quality videos they can be proud of. Let's walk you through the process so you can see how it's done:

1. Access Clipchamp: Open the Clipchamp portal via the Microsoft 365 platform.

What is Clipchamp

2. Create a New Video: Select 'Blank Video' to start a new project.
3. Record Content: Choose the 'Record and Create' option. Select to record either the screen, the webcam, or both.

step 2 clipchamp
4. Choose Recording Area: Decide whether to record a specific tab, window, or the entire screen.
5. Start Recording: Click 'Share' to start recording the screen. Perform the actions or narrate as required for the video.

How to Use Clipchamp

6. Stop and Review: After finishing, stop the recording and review the captured content.
7. Edit the Video: The recorded video is automatically brought into the timeline editor. Here, you can add different segments or clips.

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8. Customize the Video: Add background music, text overlays, or other elements from the left-hand side options.
9. Finalize the Video: Drag and position elements like text overlays over the video timeline. Adjust the duration and positioning as needed.

Microsoft 365 Clipchamp

10. Export and Share: Once editing is complete, save and export the video for sharing or further use.

Microsoft Loop: Collaborative Document Management Redefined

Microsoft Loop is the new collaborative app in the Microsoft 365 suite, designed to revolutionize how teams work together. At its core, Loop is about bringing flexibility and real-time collaboration to document management. It's a tool that blends the familiarity of Microsoft's ecosystem with innovative features for enhanced teamwork.

Loop offers a range of powerful features that enhance collaboration and productivity. It is composed of components, pages, and workspaces, all working together seamlessly.

  • Components are versatile content pieces that automatically update across various applications, including chats, emails, meetings, and documents. This ensures that the information remains consistent and up-to-date wherever it is used.
  • Pages act as flexible canvases where these components, along with links, tasks, and data, come together. They provide a centralized space for teams to collaborate and organize their work effectively.
  • Workspaces serve as shared areas where teams can track the progress of their projects and keep everything important in one view. With Loop, effective meeting structuring becomes effortless as it allows for shared spaces for meeting agendas, notes, and follow-ups. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and that information is always up-to-date.

When it comes to project planning, Loop excels by enabling teams to bring together all the necessary components, such as task lists, project timelines, and resources, in a single, dynamic workspace. This integration ensures that everyone involved has access to the latest information and can contribute in real time.

Microsoft Loop: Availability and Pricing Options

Microsoft Loop is included in the following:

  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Microsoft 365 E3
  • Microsoft 365 E5

Loop in Action: Setting Up a Workspace and Creating Content

    1. Access Loop: Open the Loop app from the Microsoft 365 platform.

      Microsoft 365 Loop
    2. Create a New Workspace: Choose to add a new workspace and name it (e.g., "Launch Demo"). This workspace is where the collaboration and content creation will occur.

      Loop 365
    3. Add Members: Add team members to the workspace, allowing them access and collaboration rights.

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    4. Create a New Page: Select 'Add a New Page' within the workspace. You can start from a blank page or use a template to guide the structure of your content.

    5. Use Templates for Specific Needs: Explore templates for various purposes like one-on-one meetings or project plans. These templates come with preset sections that can be customized.

      Microsoft Office 365 Meeting
    6. Input Data and Content: Enter relevant data and content in the created page. This can include dates, agendas, notes, and feedback, which are essential for meetings or project planning.

    7. Use Loop Components: Incorporate Loop components like lists, tables, or notes within the pages. These components stay in sync wherever they are shared within the Microsoft ecosystem.

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    8. Real-Time Collaboration: Team members can simultaneously work on the Loop pages and components, allowing for dynamic and real-time collaboration.

    9. Synchronize Across Microsoft 365: Changes and updates in Loop pages are reflected across all Microsoft 365 applications where they are integrated, ensuring consistency and up-to-date information.

  1. Microsoft Loop

Loop's features work their magic to boost teamwork, streamline collaboration, and supercharge project management. It's an absolute game-changer for businesses seeking to optimize their document management and skyrocket productivity.

The New Microsoft Teams App: Enhanced Performance and Flexibility

New Microsoft Teams App

In 2023, Microsoft Teams underwent a major update, unveiling an updated app that completely redefined the way teams collaborate. This new version is built on a solid foundation of speed, performance, flexibility, and intelligence, delivering a host of key features that elevate the user experience to unprecedented heights.

One of the standout improvements in the updated app is its simpler user interface, which enhances usability and makes navigating through Teams a breeze. With a cleaner and more intuitive design, users can easily find and access the tools and features they need, boosting productivity and efficiency.

In addition, the enhanced app delivers lightning-fast performance, enabling teams to communicate and collaborate seamlessly, even in bandwidth-intensive scenarios. This means that teams can work together in real-time, effortlessly share files, and engage in smooth video calls without any lag or delays. With this level of performance, projects can progress smoothly and deadlines can be met without any obstacles.

What is Microsoft Teams

Collaborative apps (like Microsoft OneDrive) have also been integrated into the new Microsoft Teams, expanding its capabilities and enabling users to customize their experience according to their specific needs. These apps provide additional functionalities, such as project management tools, document sharing platforms, and task management systems, empowering teams to work more effectively and achieve their goals.

Finally, the updated Microsoft Teams app ensures availability on multiple devices, enabling users to stay connected and engaged no matter where they are. Whether working from a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone, Teams is accessible and fully functional, allowing for seamless collaboration and communication on the go.

Microsoft 365 Copilot: The Future of AI in the Workplace

Microsoft Copilot

We can't offer a roundup of Microsofts greatest hits from 2023 without mentioning  Microsoft 365 Copilot. While we've extensively explored Copilot in prior posts, it bears mentioning as a significant 2023 introduction by Microsoft.

For those who may not have caught our previous discussions, Microsoft 365 Copilot is an advanced AI network that transcends the capabilities of its precursor, Bing's chat enterprise. Copilot is embedded with enterprise-level security and privacy, ensuring data processing within Microsoft 365. It seamlessly integrates into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and more, navigating through your data ecosystem to assist with workplace challenges.

Though its initial roll-out in late 2023 was aimed at enterprise users with a significant investment requirement—access necessitated a query to Microsoft, the purchase of at least 300 licenses at $30 each, alongside a Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 subscription—it's poised for a broader launch in early 2024, potentially Q1. Keep an eye out for more detailed updates and a likely release schedule.

As for pricing, it's likely to stay at $30 per user. However, we're not sure if there will be a minimum commitment or if the access will be tiered to manage backend demands and user adoption rates effectively. We'll just have to wait and see!

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Wrapping Up!

In wrapping up, Microsoft 365's 2023 updates are game-changers. Innovative tools like Clipchamp, Microsoft Loop, the revamped Teams App, and the groundbreaking 365 Copilot are reshaping our work. These features not only boost efficiency but also inspire collaboration and creativity in the digital workspace. Embrace these cutting-edge tools for a more dynamic and productive year ahead!

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