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Office 2016 – Taking the work out of working together

Office 2016 – Taking the work out of working together 

With the release of Office 16 Microsoft is seeking to move away from what it terms “me work”, and move at lightning pace towards “we work” or collaborative working environments. In the words of Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President, Office, “we set out to make working together easier and more impactful by building a suite of integrated apps and services that removes barriers and empowers teams to do and achieve more.”

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. (Office 2016 will also be available for Mac on a one-time-basis.)


One of the great features of Office 2016 is the move from web-based real-time co-authoring, to native app real-time co-authoring. So never again will you be emailed an “old version” of a project file. Everyone on the team is able to access the most up-to-date content and collaborate in the now, rather than in the past. Down to the single character, edits are shared with all those who have access to the documents, enabling teams to work forward every time they collaborate.


Office Sway is a new interactive digital storytelling app which allows you to create presentatons, reports, personal stories and more. Bridging the gap between great looking presentations and our ideas, with no design experience necessary. We are no longer bound by the old forms of presentation like pictures, videos, graphs, or PowerPoint alone, but also now Sway will create rich mixed multimedia on a web-based canvas.

Outlook 2016

Outlook 2016 provides the smartest inbox yet. Not only are you able to search your outlook files at lightning speeds, but also removes mail that isn’t a priority. Meaning, not only will you not need to spend the time cleaning out your inbox to clear unwanted messages or subscriptions, you’ll only need to worry about those top priority items that demand your immediate attention. Also when attaching documents, Outlook will automatically pull your latest documents in the drop-down tab (as pictured below). Not to mention the ability to restrict editing rights for those you are sending it to. Talk about handy!


Excel 2016

Now Excel has integrated publishing to Power BI, as well as a whole host of new chart-types, to help you turn ordinary data into extraordinary meaningful displays. Some of the new chart types include: Waterfall (finances), Pareto (statistics), Treemap (hierachical) charts, along with Histogram, Box & Whisker, and Sunburst.

Surface Hub integration with OneNote

The illustrious Surface hub, coupled with the collaborative Office 2016 will allow workspaces to be transformed into interactive workplaces where each member of the team can express everything from concerns to new creative ideas, all while being saved into your onenote filesystem that can be sent to the group through outlook. The really nice feature of this is the fact that two files are sent, one an editable file for future brainstorming sessions, allowing you to pick up right where you left off, as well as a “hard copy” which is just what was saved up until that point, which could really help when backtracking ideas to their inception.


Availability and requirements 

The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later. Starting today, 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 year. Office 2016 is also available today as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Macs.

Customers can visit one of the more than 110 Microsoft Stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to discover and purchase the new Office. While there, they can participate in a free, one-hour Office 2016 workshop and visit the in-store Answer Desk, a one-stop shop for your Office needs. 

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