This week, Microsoft introduced a lot of new premium content for Office 365 Insiders on the Fast ring, which will ultimately make its way to all subscribers eventually.
As part of Office for Windows Desktop version 2004 (Build 12730.20024), Microsoft added access to over 8,000 royalty-free images and icons, a small selection of which you can see in the image above. Accessing them is easy, simply select Insert > Pictures > Stock Images, then pick between Stock Images, Cutout People, Icons, or Stickers for content type to browse. It’s then possible to filter the library using keyword searches.
Posting on the Office Insider blog, program managers Craig Ellis and Aimee Leong, said, “We’re excited to announce a new feature that will take your worksheets, presentations, emails, and documents to a new level with premium creative content … Office 365 subscribers can now easily add high quality, curated images, stickers, and icons to their personal or professional files. Jazz up your content in Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint by picking from more than 8,000 royalty-free images and icons that best suit your mood and the information you want to share. ”
Suggestions for using the abundance of new content include adding royalty-free images to a PowerPoint presentation or Word document, adding stickers to your Outlook emails, or inserting some of the new icons into your Excel reports. The other good news is, this is just the start. Microsoft is promising to regularly refresh the library and “add new categories in the upcoming months.”