Office 365 Update – September 2018

New feature: Autosave will now be enabled by default

Major update: General Availability rollout started

Applied to: All Customers

AutoSave will be enabled by default in the upcoming semi–annual release of Office. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 33017.

How does this affect me?

This change means that for documents stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, your users will not have to worry about losing their changes. Changes will be stored in the cloud automatically, and users will no longer have to explicitly press Ctrl + S or the Save button.

However, they will have to understand this change in behavior so that they do not make accidental changes to documents when they are working with template documents, performing hypothetical changes to spreadsheets, or reading a finalized document.

This change will apply in the upcoming Semi–Annual Channel release in late September and will initially apply to Targeted Release organizations, then it will become available in the Semi–Annual Channel release in January 2019 for all Office 365 organizations.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

We recommend that you notify your users about this upcoming change and educate them about how to best take advantage of this new feature in Office 365. Please review this page for an Office 365 administrator guide to AutoSave.

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