Review: Microsoft Office 2016 — A New Hope.

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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. There’s no new navigation interface to deal with, no surprise menus, and basically no big changes that will disrupt a traditional Office user’s workflow.

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. Dig past the first impressions, however, and you’ll find that Microsoft has devoted a lot of time to rethinking the way it makes Office, and has laid the groundwork for more flexible, responsive and modern programs down the line. 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.

After watching consumers turn to competitors for cheap and easy collaboration tools, Microsoft started to develop some of those features for the Web versions of its programs. 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. Perhaps the biggest everyday user perk is real-time collaboration in Word, giving users the ability to share documents and see what others are typing as they type it.

The main difference in Office is that, even though multiple users can change a document simultaneously, they cannot edit the same line, defusing some of the possibility for tension — and pranking — over a single sentence. 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 focus on collaboration fits right into the messaging we’re seeing from Microsoft’s projects such as Sway, the free online layout and presentation collaboration tool the company released early last month. 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. Outlook, meanwhile, offers you the option to attach a file by putting a link from Microsoft’s OneNote service rather than actually attaching the file, matching Google’s Drive. PowerPoint remains mostly the same; it could have benefited from the collaboration features we’ve seen in Word — something Microsoft promises is on the way.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has repeatedly said he wants Microsoft to be a nimble “mobile-first, cloud-first” company, and Office is a clear articulation of that. If you want the updates, however, Microsoft is again asking consumers to subscribe to programs, which gives you access to the suite on your desktop and mobile devices.

It’s $70 per year for the “personal” option, which limits you to one user and three devices, to $100 for a subscription that supports five users who can each put the program on a desktop, tablet and phone.

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