It’s September the 22nd and as promised the final version of Office 2016 is now available from Microsoft on the Windows universal app platform. Office 365 subscribers have had this version available in preview for a while now.
It’s worth noting (and is apparent to longtime users of the newest version of the Microsoft Office suite) that the new release is not a drastic departure from the last version in terms of the individual software apps. However Microsoft has added some key features to the overall package.
Collaboration and better teamwork seems to be the focus of this release.
- Real Time Co – Authoring : Real time co-authoring has been a part of the web versions of Office and Google Docs for a while now. Microsoft has now brought these features to native apps beginning with Microsoft Word. Co-authoring support will be added to other native apps in the future.
- Skype for Business allows you to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs.
- Office 365 Groups allows individuals to easily create public or private teams.
- 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 now claims to have the smartest inbox yet. It will automatically remove low priority mail and deliver lightning fast search.
- Tell Me is a new feature that helps you easily and quickly find the right Office feature or command,
- 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.
- Visio and Project have also been updated to their 2016 versions
Office 365 customers can get the new version right away. More information about the release can be found here in this Microsoft blog post.