Microsoft has announced that Office 2016 will be available on September 22 and it is packed with many new features to help users.
This will be a free upgrade to Office 365 subscribers and the release of Office 2016 for Windows desktop follows Office for Mac 2016 earlier this year as well as the touch-friendly Windows Store versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that are already available in Windows 10. Microsoft has stated that they are also releasing new tools that will make the upgrade experience easier for businesses, IT departments and IT consultants. There will be many of the new features to simplify tasks and make productivity more focused.
Here are some of the new features of Office 2016:
Math input control – Not new to Microsoft as this is already available in OneNote and Window. Math input control will now be available in Word, Excel and PowerPoint so you can write math equations with a digital pen, a pointing device, or even your finger, and have the ink converted to a “typed” format.
Microsoft PowerPoint – This will simplify resolving conflicts when coauthoring. You can choose between two versions of the conflicting slides instead of sifting through the individual conflicts.
Microsoft Project – You can now have multiple timeline bars in a single view and you can set the date range for timeline bars so they can just represent a specific phase of your project. Click on the timeline and then go to the Format tab. Note the new Date Rage and Insert Timeline Bar commands.
Microsoft Visio – Visio will now offer “The Getting Started” experience by providing a select set of pre-crafted starter diagrams which will help users with templates. There will also be tips provided with the diagram which help in editing and completing their diagram creation experience.
Skype for Business – Formerly known as Lync, there will be new features including the Call Monitor. Power users need fast and easy access to dial-pad and other calling features and in Skype for Business. You have a refreshed dial pad layout that reduces the number of clicks to the core call management tasks as well as the consumer chat experience and chat message bubbles that are now included in updated IM experience.
Clutter in Outlook – Clutter moves low priority messages out of your Inbox and into their own folder, saving you time when you scan for important messages. Clutter looks at your past to determine the messages you’re most likely to ignore and then moves those messages to a folder called Clutter.
Now the stuff that all managed IT services and IT consultants love, IT control and manageability:
Azure – When your IT team defines a set of relevant departmental templates in Azure Rights Management (RMS), it can be accessed from the relevant Office apps using Information Rights Management (IRM).
Data Loss Protection (DLP) – Is a high-value enterprise feature and now introduced in Excel to enable real time scan of content based on a set of policies for the most common sensitive data types.
Multi-factor authentication – Streamlines sign on for Office and layers security through the process in one single sign on.
For a list of all new feature and details in Office 2016, please visit “What’s new in Office 2016 Preview”.
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