5 Notable Features to Take Advantage of When Paring Office 365 with Surface Devices

The Surface’s portfolio of devices delivers experiences all employees love. It offers a wide variety of devices as well as the flexibility they need to work conveniently. The new Surface offers best-in-class audio capture with no additional hardware, which aids Office features to work at their best. While both Surface devices and the Office 365 suit are strong tools standalone, they are designed to work best when paired together.

By conducting extensive customer research with professionals in a variety of fields, Microsoft identified common pain points working professionals faced. Therefore, they have introduced several new features to Office 365 and Surface devices to deliver superior support:

  • Automatic audio transcription
  • Easy entry to dictation in comments and Expressive Ink comments
  • Data entry using the digital pen
  • New Microsoft Whiteboard templates
  • Surface Earbud Gesture support

 

Audio Transcription  

Image of an audio file being transcribed in Microsoft Word.

As a result of speaking with numerous researchers, reporters, lawyers, and more, Microsoft introduced an easier method for these professionals to transcribe their audio recording. Users can now upload audio files and have them automatically transcribed within Word. The audio transcription will automatically separate the recording by speakers and segment the content into digestible pieces to allow writers to conveniently search and insert the desired content.  

 

Comment Entry 

Rather than juggling a laptop or a tablet with an attachable keyboard at an offsite meeting, professionals can easily take notes, make edits or comments via dictation or Expressive Ink. The Surface Pro 7 comes with Microsoft’s new Studio Mics to provide the best-in-class audio capture to enhance its dictation capabilities. The Ink Editor allows users to create comments directly in the comments panel with a digital pen or hand. 

 

Data Entry 

Animated image of a digital pen erasing and writing content in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Similar to the ability to create comments more conveniently nowfirstline workers and users, in general, can use a digital pen to directly write and edit Excel worksheets anywhere they areUsers no longer have to be attached to their desk or struggling to balance multiple clunky devices when working offsite.  

 

New Whiteboard Templates 

Animated image of sticky notes being arranged in Microsoft Whiteboard.

Several new Microsoft Whiteboard templates have been added so users do not have to start from scratch and waste time creating Whiteboard layouts. They can choose from newly available pre-built templates and focus on what’s important; the collaboration or project at hand.  

 

Surface Earbud Features  

Image of Earbuds and the Surface Pro 7 displaying PowerPoint.

Giving virtual presentations just got more mobile with the Surface Earbuds. By pairing the Surface Earbuds with PowerPoint, presenters can freely move around without the fear of disrupting the audio quality or slide navigation.  

With the Surface Earbuds’ superb built-in mic, the audience won’t miss a thing no matter where the presenter wonders about. The earbuds can also replace the need for a clicker because presenters can navigate through videos or slides with intuitive gestures. Users can even use one earbud as a mic and the other to navigate simultaneously 

 

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