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Microsoft releases Office 2016


September 22, 2015  


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Microsoft Corp. today began the worldwide release of Office 2016. The apps are the latest addition to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service. “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, the company’s chief executive officer.

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, Microsoft said.

Office 2016 also includes the following:

* Co-authoring is now provided in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop software, including real-time typing in Word that lets you see others’ edits as they make them.

* Skype in-app integration allows a user to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs.

* Office 365 Groups are now part of the Outlook 2016 client app and available on mobile devices through the Outlook Groups app.

In addition, new Office 365 solutions that combine the power of apps and services for better collaboration are coming soon. These include:

* Office 365 Planner, which 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.

* 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 available Tuesday 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.

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.


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