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    Microsoft Released Office 2016 Yesterday

    Nadella’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” vision is realized

    The rumors were true. In a worldwide release, Microsoft introduced us to Office 2016. The first major update this suite of tools has received in over three years comes packed with tools that facilitate real-time collaboration and improve workflow.

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has delivered his vision for a “mobile-first, cloud-first” experience that facilitates the changing ways businesses work. In a more recent interview, Corporate Vice President John Case said that, “This is the first release of Office truly built for teamwork from the ground up.” So let’s take a look at exactly what’s new.

    Cross-platform, cross-device

    Office documents can be viewed and edited across Windows, Android and Apple devices. You can easily switch between devices while enjoying a consistent look and familiar user experience across them all.

    Skype integration

    Collaborating with someone outside the office has never been easier. Skype has been integrated with Office apps so that you can collaborate using IMs and voice or video calls. You can also see who’s online, share screens and follow along when a presenter shares their screen. This works on desktops, tablets and phones so you’re able to touch base no matter where you are.

    OneDrive Integration

    Office documents can be accessed from anywhere on any device once they are saved to OneDrive. Available with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook, you’re able to pick up where you left off or even co-author the document with others. And because it’s all done through OneDrive, you have the flexibility to work from your office or while you’re on the go.

    Tell Me

    Many users struggle to navigate the maze of menus within their Office apps and find the features they want to use. Tell Me, a new text box in the app ribbon, lets you describe the feature your need or action you want to take in your own words and will quickly direct you it. Tell Me is available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Visio and Project.

    Smart Lookup

    Powered by Bing, the new Smart Lookup feature allows you to fact-check or explore terms directly from the document you’re viewing. All you have to do is highlight the terms you want to explore and this feature will pull search results from the web directly into your reading or authoring environment.

    Word 2016

    While Word has all the functionality and features you’re used to, there are some improvements and new additions that will change the way you collaborate and improve the efficiency of your workflow.

    Excel 2016

    One of the most widely used data analysis tools, Excel makes it faster and easier to get the information you need into one easy-to-view place.

    PowerPoint 2016

    With all the functionality and features you’re used to, some of the new features of Office 2016 have been rolled into PowerPoint, including:

    Outlook 2016

    With new and improved features for professional email, calendar, contacts and task management, Outlook will help you communicate faster than ever.

    OneNote 2016

    A digital notebook that allows you to capture, store and share information, OneNote has a lot of new features. How familiar it seems to you will likely depend on whether you were previously using the 2010 or 2013 version.

    Project 2016

    The best new feature in Project is likely your ability to paint a clearer picture of the work involved in any one of your projects with multiple, more flexible timelines.

    Visio 2016

    This powerful diagramming application works visually to produce all kinds of useful diagrams. Here’s what’s new in Visio:

    Access 2016

    A familiar look with a punch of power, Access lets you manage your database with ease and simplicity. Here’s what’s new:

    Continual updates

    While the updates made to the Office suite may take a little getting used to, Microsoft did a good job of combining their familiar experience with expanded and improved functionality. But with Microsoft’s promise for continuous updates, you should get used to seeing more of them. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store for the Office suite!

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