Microsoft has launched Office 2016.
delivers new versions of the Office desktop apps for Windows,
including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project,
Visio and Access.
By subscribing to Office 365, customers can get
always-up-to-date, fully installed apps for use across their devices, combined with a continually evolving set of consumer and
commercial services, such as OneDrive online storage, Skype for
Business, Delve, Yammer and enterprise-grade security features.
“The way people work has changed
dramatically, and that’s why Microsoft is focused on reinventing
productivity and business processes for the mobile-first,
cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of
Microsoft. “These latest innovations take another big step forward
in transforming Office from a familiar set of individual
productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed
for modern working, collaboration and teamwork.”
Some key points of
the new Office 2016 include:
Co-authoring is now provided in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote
desktop software, including real-time typing in Word that lets
users see others’ edits as they make them.
• Skype in-app
integration across the rich client apps allows users to IM, screen
share, talk or video chat right in their docs.
• Office 365
Groups are now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app
and available on users’ favorite mobile device through the Outlook
Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the
suite. In addition, new Office 365 solutions that combine the
power of apps and services for better collaboration are expected
to be released
• The 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 with
visual dashboards and email notifications. Planner will be
available in preview to Office 365 First Release customers
starting next quarter.
• Significant new updates to OneDrive
for Business are coming later this month, including a new sync
client for Windows and Mac, which will deliver selective sync and
enhanced reliability. Updates also include increased file size and
volume limits per user, a new user interface in the browser,
mobile enhancements, and new IT and developer features.
Unveiled earlier this year, GigJam is now available in private
preview and will become part of Office 365 in 2016. GigJam is a new way for teams to accomplish tasks and transform
business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices,
apps and people.
Office 2016 also
provides built-in intelligence to help users work faster and
Outlook 2016 provides the smartest inbox yet, with faster
search and automatic removal of low-priority mail. Everyone on the
To: line has the right access to documents with modern,
• Tell Me helps users quickly find the
right Office feature or command, and Smart Lookup brings insights
from the internet right into their documents.
• Excel 2016 now
includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern chart
types to help users make the most of their data.
• The most
recently used documents list allows users to pick up right where
they left off, traveling with users across their devices, whether
users are working in Office Online, in the Office Mobile apps or
in the Office 2016 desktop apps.
Office 2016 apps with
Office 365 deliver new capabilities for better enterprise security
• Built-in Data Loss
Prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
significantly reduces the risk of leaking sensitive data, giving
IT administrators tools to manage content authoring and document
• Multifactor authentication ensures secured
access to content anywhere when users are away from the corporate
• Enterprise Data Protection will be available for the
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 later this year and for the
desktop apps early next year, enabling secured content sharing
within corporate boundaries.
Availability and Requirements
The Office 2016 suite is now available in more than 228 countries
worldwide and is ready for download by Office 365
subscribers as part of their subscription.
The new Office 2016
apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later.
Office 365 subscribers can choose to download
the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic
updates will begin rolling out to consumer and small-business
subscribers next month, and to commercial customers early next
Office 2016 is also available today as a one-time purchase
for both PCs and Macs.
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