Follow the Summer Games in Rio with the new Outlook Interesting calendar feature

Outlook wants to make it easy to focus on what matters most to you. Toward this goal, we’ve recently made big improvements to help you stay on top of your travel reservations and package deliveries by showing summary cards in your inbox and automatically adding events to your calendar.

Today, we are introducing Outlook Interesting calendar—special calendar additions that help you track your favorite events. You will be able to add the 2016 Summer Games in Rio—as well as other popular sports—to your calendar. From the gold medal round of boxing to swimming relays to the gymnastic routines—we have you covered. Powered by Bing, Outlook Interesting calendar lets you browse a curated list of Summer Games, sports leagues and teams and add them to your calendar. Once added, your events will show up on your Outlook calendar across all your devices. It’s simple, intuitive and ensures you don’t miss a thing.

The Interesting calendar feature is rolling out to and Outlook on the web, as well as Outlook for iOS and Android. To start using Interesting calendar follow these easy steps:

  1. From your Outlook calendar, click Add calendar in the command bar.
  2. Select Interesting calendar.
  3. Select one of the available calendars and the events are added to your calendar.

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The Interesting calendar feature is currently available to users in North America on the new platform as well as for commercial users on Outlook on the web. In the coming weeks, Interesting calendar will be available to set up from Outlook for iOS and Android for users who have an Office 365 account. Once you add a calendar, the events will show up on all your Outlook calendars across your devices.

The Summer Games and Sports calendars are just the beginning. We will be increasing the scope of events we cover in the coming months. We also want to hear from you—what events would you like to see included? Let us know what you think and what interests you via Outlook UserVoice.

Episode 101 with Simon Jäeger on becoming an evangelist—Office 365 Developer Podcast

In episode 101 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates talk with Simon Jäeger about his journey becoming an evangelist for Office 365 Development.

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Weekly updates

  • Modern SharePoint lists are here by the Office 365 team
  • Microsoft Ignite Session Catalog by the Ignite team
  • Access SharePoint data using the Microsoft Graph by the Ignite team
  • Use Microsoft Graph to reach users on on-premises and hybrid Exchange by the Ignite team
  • Office Dev Show – Episode 39 – OneNote APIs in the Microsoft Graph by Richard diZerega

Show notes

  • Simon Jäeger blog
  • Andrew and Simon Xamarin Sample

Got questions or comments about the show? Join the O365 Dev Podcast on the Office 365 Technical Network. The podcast RSS is available on iTunes or search for it at “Office 365 Developer Podcast” or add directly with the RSS

About Simon Jäeger

Simon Jaeger pro pixSimon Jäeger is a part of the evangelism group at Microsoft that builds world-class software and delivers great developer engagements. He works on helping strategic partners and customers to succeed on the Microsoft platform. As a Technical Evangelist for Office 365, his role is very multifaceted. Encompassing everything from architectural guidance, hands-on assistance to deep technical investments. Throughout the years he has been coding for many projects for the Microsoft platform. His primary focus is within extensibility for Office, Office 365 REST APIs and parts of Azure. Simon leads talks and blogs at about cloud architecture and application development. His intention is to help anyone to realize their ideas with the help of the Microsoft stack. On current computer, console or mobile devices and the next generation of products in the connected age of technology.

About the hosts

RIchard-diZeregaRichard is a software engineer in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, where he helps developers and software vendors maximize their use of Microsoft cloud services in Office 365 and Azure. Richard has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting Office-centric solutions, many that span Microsoft’s diverse technology portfolio. He is a passionate technology evangelist and a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences, trainings and events. Richard is highly active in the Office 365 community, popular blogger at and can be found on Twitter at @richdizz. Richard is born, raised and based in Dallas, TX, but works on a worldwide team based in Redmond. Richard is an avid builder of things (BoT), musician and lightning-fast runner.

ACoatesA Civil Engineer by training and a software developer by profession, Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft since early 2004, teaching, learning and sharing coding techniques. During that time, he’s focused on .Net development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web, on mobile devices and most recently for Office. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work. Andrew lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two almost-grown-up children.

Useful links

  • Office 365 Developer Center
  • Office 365 main blog
  • blog
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • FlipBoard
  • Slack channel



Yammer Office 365 Technical Network

  • O365 Dev Podcast
  • O365 Dev Apps Model
  • O365 Dev Tools
  • O365 Dev APIs
  • O365 Dev Migration to App Model
  • O365 Dev Links
  • UserVoice

Learning Tools for OneNote supports more languages and themes and is now generally available

Today, we are moving Learning Tools for OneNote out of preview (announced in January) and into general availability (English only). Learning Tools for OneNote was initially released as a customer preview back in January of 2016. The concept came from an internal Microsoft “Hackathon,” where a group of people who were passionate about inclusively got together to design tools to help people with learning differences. The result was a set of tools that ultimately help all people. The Hackathon project won the grand prize, and the prototype was built into a product and released earlier this year.

Since the initial release, we’ve been amazed and humbled by the positive reaction from students, teachers and many others from around the world. We’ve seen press reviews such as Jordan Shapiro’s in Forbes, “Learning Tools For Microsoft OneNote May Be One Of The Most Disruptive Education Technologies Yet,” and the Dyslexic Advantage Community named Learning Tools a “Top Dyslexia App of 2016.”

More importantly, we’ve seen the results and impact from people who have been using Learning Tools. We’ve seen reading speeds dramatically increase, as seen in this video with Special Education teacher Lauren Pittman. We’ve heard stories of dyslexic students who insist that they only want to read materials using Learning Tools and a teenager with learning differences express a passion and desire to read for the first time in his life. We’ve seen Learning Tools being used by emerging first-grade readers in Florida, as seen in this video. A teacher in Macedonia uses Learning Tools to teach English to her young students. English Languages Learners (ELLs) have also been using Learning Tools widely. We believe Learning Tools speaks directly to Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person on the planet to achieve more.

New improvements for Learning Tools

In addition to the general availability of Learning Tools for OneNote, we’ve added a new set of capabilities, including:

  • Localized user interface—Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.
  • Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).
  • Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink, which have been specifically designed and tuned based on research.
  • Switching reader languages—Improved the ease of switching between text-to-speech languages in the immersive reader.
  • Multiple language support—Ability to read back multiple languages on one page, such as English, Spanish and French on the same page.
  • Speech controls—Simplification of speech controls and a new menu for all of them.
  • Easy download—Easy instructions to download more text-to-speech languages. This will depend on your Windows version.

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Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.

Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).

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Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink.

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Simplified audio and speech controls, improved ease of switching between text-to-speech voices and easy instructions to download more text-to-speech voices.

We hope that you enjoy these new improvements for the new school year! You can download the Learning Tools General Availability at, or if you already have it, you will see an update button appear within the add-in (see below). More details can be found in our Getting Started help article. Send any feedback to, or reach out on Twitter: @OneNoteEDU.

Learning Tools Update button

And don’t forget: Office 365 Education, including OneNote and Learning Tools, is free for students and teachers! Get yours at

—The OneNote team

Enhancing information rights management in Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps

Finding the balance between protection and productivity is critical to any organization. With the increased distribution of data, organizations need sensitive data to be born protected. This is why we invest in Azure Rights Management to help you protect information in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Information rights management (IRM) is now supported everywhere in Office Mobile as we are pleased to announce that we are extending Azure Rights Management to the Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps for Android. You are now able to open, read and review rights-protected emails and Office documents on any device—whether it runs Windows, Mac, iOS or Android.

Other upcoming enhancements

We are hard at work building several other new features and enhancements to make the IRM experience even better for Office 365 subscribers in future updates.

These planned updates include:

  • Document tracking and revocation with Azure Rights Management Premium—Azure Rights Management Premium users will be able to track usage of and revoke access to documents that were protected with rights management services (RMS). We’ll deliver this first for Office for Windows, followed by Office for Mac and Office Mobile for iOS.
  • Single sign-on and multiple accounts in Office 2016 for Mac—We are making changes to support single sign-on in Office 2016 for Mac, which means you won’t need to sign in again to view an RMS-protected document if you’re already signed in. This will work for any Office 365 account that you’re signed in to—even if you have more than one account. We’re also removing the limitation where you have to view an RMS-protected document first before you are able to protect new documents with RMS.
  • Improved user experience in Office 2016 for Windows—We’re making targeted improvements to our error-handling and authentication mechanisms to make reading and authoring RMS-protected documents and emails more seamless. If you are unable to read RMS-protected content because, for example, you aren’t signed in to Office or you don’t have permission to read the content with any of your signed-in accounts, we will clearly explain why and offer options to resolve the issue.
  • Open legacy file formats—The Office apps for Windows Universal and Android will support opening RMS-protected documents that were saved in legacy formats, like .xls, .doc, and .ppt. Office apps for iPhone and iPad already support this.

Visit the Azure Rights Management website and read the product documentation to learn more. If you already use Azure Rights Management, make sure you update your Android devices with the latest versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint today so you get all the new functionality we have released.

Stay safe in the cloud with Office 365 E5 plan

When data is in the cloud, organizations need a trusted partner to help defend against potential attacks. Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan—with Advanced Threat Protection and Advanced Security Management—helps protect data and users from malware and detect anomalies, so IT can quickly respond to potential attacks.

Advanced Threat Protection helps protect organizations from unknown malware and viruses. Advanced Threat Protection includes three key capabilities:

  • Safe Attachments—Protects against unknown malware and viruses by opening documents attached to emails in cordoned-off virtual environments to detect malicious behavior.
  • Safe Links—Provides real-time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs by wrapping external links in special URLs that check the destination URL for threats before opening them.
  • Click Trace—Provides rich reporting and URL trace capabilities by keeping a record of every user who has clicked a Safe Link-wrapped URL for additional protection.

With Advanced Security Management, security administrators have access to the granular controls and policies they need to monitor access and reduce the possibility of attacks. Advanced Security Management provides these three functions:

  • General Anomaly Detection alerts and granular activity policies—Helps admins react quickly to suspicious activity with Advanced Security Alerts.
  • App Permissions—Enables IT to approve or revoke access for third-party apps or services that users authorize to connect to Office 365.
  • Cloud App Discovery—Enables IT to monitor what cloud services users connect to, so they can gain insights, identify anomalies and manage risky behavior.

Watch this video to see how Office 365 E5 plan helps safeguard organizations, so they can stay up and running. You can also download this infographic to see how Office 365 helps organizations stay ahead of the threats of tomorrow.