Yesterday, on the 22nd September, Microsoft sneakily released Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows. It has been two and a half years since the release of the last version of Office – 2013. Since then Microsoft has released versions of Office for the iPad, iPhone and android based devices. The mobile versions were apparently all based on the same code, so the majority of development since the last release will have been on Office 2016.
What’s new in Microsoft Office 2016?
Microsoft has described it as ‘a perfect pairing with Windows 10’ with ‘security features businesses will love’. However, Office 2016’s big focus is on collaboration. As you can see on the video provided by Microsoft below, they’ve added some pretty nifty features to help you work more effectively in a team.
- Realtime co-authoring – In the Office Web Apps, you’ve been able to collaborate on work in real time since 2013 – but this is now being brought into their offline apps.
- Skype for Business – You can screen share, message colleagues and video chat whilst working within documents now.
- Office 365 Groups – You can now create public or private teams. Each Office 365 group will have a shared inbox, calendar and cloud storage for collaborative files, amongst other things.
And whilst Microsoft have put plenty of effort into delivering cross-platform versions of Office, Microsoft have stated that they see the ‘home’ of Office being Windows. We gather from this that there is to be lots of integration with Windows 10 and Cortana.
How to Download Microsoft Office 2016
- Office 365 comes with Microsoft Office 2016 – you can buy it here.
- If you are using an older version of Microsoft Office along with your 365 subscription, you can find instructions on how to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2016. If you’re a business user, you can follow the guide here or contact us.
- More information on Office 2016.
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