It is finally here and took almost three years since the last major version of productivity apps. Good news for all hardware Windows fans who love nothing better than interacting with modern productivity software; Microsoft Office 2016 is now out of preview. Today represent the official worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows, which comes with a renewed focus on collaboration, as well as enhanced security features aimed at business consumers that are intended to act in perfect harmony with the Redmond-based company’s recently released operating system, Windows 10.
Right now you should make your choice to switch based on whether or not you really want the new features. Microsoft has been slowly refining Office over the past few versions, and Office 2016 isn’t hugely removed from the previous Office release that has been with us since 2013, focused on storing your documents in the cloud and introducing some touch improvements. From the aesthetic prspective, Office 2016 is really designed to make sharing a lot easier across all your devices. But there wasn’t anything particular wrong with the way the individual Office apps looked, so there’s no need to invest time or resources in hugely revamping the visuals. Of course, the functionality within has however had a lot of attention paid to it, and brings a huge cpmbat on sharing and collaboration that has never been seen before in Microsoft’s Office suite of apps.
How best is Office 2016 up there with redesigned productivity apps and services out there, is to be significant. Evidently, Microsoft has taken a long hard look at what the competition is doing and attempted to propel. With the introduction of the real-time co-authering feature within the desktop apps is a great addition, and it was already available in the web version of Office, it makes Office 2016 a lot more appealing to those looking to collaborate on documents together. Still got the ability to attach OneDrive files directly to Outlook emails. In short, Microsoft is attempting to ensure that business customers never need to really leave the ap they are using by “taking the work out of working together“.
Now that Office is no longer restricted to your desktop PC or laptop. You Windows users can create Office document from your personal computer and then edit on their phone or tablet, and no need to worry about moving the files manually onto those devices. Why that? that’s because, Office 2016 ambraces the cloud fully. In addition, there’s the introduction of Skype for Business built into the apps within Office 2016 meaning users can video chat, share docs and even send or receive instant messaging directly from within an open collaborative document.
The Official 2016 also brings with it the integration of search and Cortana that is specifically designed to provide intelligent, contextual results for a number of queries. There’s a new app within the package called Office 365 Planner that looks set to take on the likes of Trello with its powerful ability to track and assist with project management duties.
What about Continuum? Yes, Office 2016 supports Continuum mode in Windows 10. That said, the biggest addition in Word is real-time co-authering. For the first time in desktop version to Word, you can eventually see what others are typing in real time when multiple people are editing a document stored on one of Microsoft’s cloud services.
- Co-authoring in Word real-time, which lets you see what others are writing immediately, as it happens.
- Skype for Business is now available in the client apps, allowing you to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs. Coming to Office Online later this fall.
- Skype for Business also has faster screen sharing and now adds the option to start a real-time co-authoring session from any conversation or meeting.
- Keep teams connected with Office 365 Groups, now available as part of Outlook 2016 and in a new Outlook Groups app on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
- Office 365 Groups allows individuals to easily create public or private teams. Each group includes a shared inbox, calendar, cloud storage for group files, and a shared OneNote notebook to keep the team productive.
- Office 365 Planner helps teams organize their work, with the ability to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status.
- Outlook 2016 provides the smartest inbox yet, delivering lightning fast search, removing low priority mail automatically and making sure everyone on the To: line has the right access to modern, cloud-based attachments from OneDrive.
- New updates to OneDrive for Business coming later this month across sync, browser, mobile, IT control and developer experiences.
- Tell Me helps you easily and quickly find the right Office feature or command, and Smart Lookup brings insights from the web right into your documents.
- Excel 2016 now includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart-types to help you make the most of your data.
- Cloud-powered most recently used documents list allows you to pick up right where you left off in seconds.
Microsoft has made Office 2016 availavle immediately for Windows, in addition to making it a one-time-only purchase for Mac users now. There’s also a support document outlining the guide on how Office 365 subscribers can right away update to Office 2016.
To get the new Office 2016, head to office.com and get started, If you have a MSDN subscription, you can download Office 2016 for free from the downloads section on MSDN. However, Office 365 option starts at Rs. 330 per month, Microsoft Office 2016 is also available as a one-time purchase for Windows PCs or Macs. Office Home & Student 2016 costs Rs. 5,999, Office Home and Business 2016 costs Rs. 18,499 and the Office Professional 2016 is priced at Rs. 30,999 in India.
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