There will be a service update during the planned maintenance period between October 22-26, 2012. Organizations on Office 365 will receive this update seamlessly and no administrative actions are needed to prepare.
New Features in Office Web Apps
Using web-based versions of Word PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, you can view, edit, and work together on Office documents from nearly anywhere. With the latest update, you'll get more editing and formatting controls, such as layout and drawing tools, to create great looking documents, sophisticated spreadsheets, and dynamic presentations. For the first time, all Office Web Apps will have co-authoring support where multiple users can collaborate on documents simultaneously. The update will also provide expanded device support, including editing from tablets, smartphones, and touch devices.
What to Expect During the Service Update
- There may be moments when administrative functions (such as granting permissions or creating new document libraries) will be temporarily disabled. These should be brief, but could last up to 30 minutes.
- New documents that are added to SharePoint between October 22-26 won't be indexed for searching during the maintenance period. Indexing will resume on October 26, and documents that were added during the maintenance period will be indexed at that time.
- SharePoint content will be read-only for up to 30 minutes. This will only happen once.
End of Support of Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 7 is not compatible with the updates to Office Web Apps. For the best user experience, Office 365 users should continue to use a modern web browser.
Questions about this service update? Visit the Service Update Wiki for all the answers.