Microsoft raises prices of Office one-time licenses 5% to 7%

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Microsoft Office 2016 released: updates for Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook all revealed, as software updated for Windows 10.

The company is now pushing out the update to members of its Office 365 subscription service, which allows people to sign up to a cloud-based version of the applications and store things there, rather than paying for the applications through a one-off purchase. The company also announced new and enhanced Office 365, a cloud-based subscription service built for team productivity. “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.” 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, you 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 andenterprise-grade security features. ”The new Office was built by the new Microsoft with the clear understanding that it’s too hard to work together. The “Tell Me” tool for Word, Excel and other programs allowed people to have faster search time for functions compared to navigating Office’s menus. It also allows it to work properly with Windows 10, including support for the Cortana voice-controlled digital assistant within the applications themselves. We designed the new Office to enable people to focus on progress, not process – it takes the work out of working together,” explained Sebuh Haileleul – GM, Microsoft East and Southern Africa.

Otherwise, automatic updates will start rolling out to business subscribers at the end of the month and to commercial customers at the beginning of next year. The Office 2016 apps run beautifully on the Windows, including the new Sway for Windows 10 to create shareable, interactive stories that look great on any screen. “The new Office provides built-in intelligence to help you work faster and smarter. Office connects you to your work no matter where you are,” Haileleul further added. ·Co-authoring is now provided inWord, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop software, includingreal-time typing in Word that lets you see others’ edits as they make them. ·Office 365 Groups are now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app and available on your favorite mobile device through the Outlook Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the suite. ·Introduced today, Office365 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.

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, GigJamis availableTuesdayin private preview and will become part of Office 365 in 2016. GigJam is an unprecedented new way for teamsto accomplish tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people. ·Outlook 2016 provides the smartest inbox yet, with lightning-fast search and automatic removal of low-priority mail. The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

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