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  • Microsoft Office 2016 Features Reviewed

Earlier this week, Microsoft released their first update to the Microsoft Office suite for almost three years. Already packed with tonnes of features, we thought we’d take a look at the latest updates to understand what has been added.

Focus on the cloud

Customers who purchase Microsoft Office via the cloud willsee newfeatures and functionality as and whenthey’re added. It will also be easier withOffice 2016 toaccess applications via mobile and tablets andsharebetweendifferent devices, meaningcustomers are less reliant on desktop PCs or laptops.

Tell Me Feature in Microsoft Word

Microsoft hasadded new functionality to Microsoft Word. One handy addition that you might miss, Tell Me lets you search for a feature or task you’re looking for and it returns the option to you. For example, if you don’t know how to insert a picture, just search for œhow do I insert a picture or similar, to find out how.

Microsoft Word’s real-time co-authoring

The standout addition to Microsoft Word, however is the co-authoring feature inthe desktop version of Word. You can now see what others are typing in real time when multiple people are editing a document stored on one of Microsoft’s cloud services. Previously this has only been available on web versions of Office. This can make a big difference to productivity for some teams. For example, if you can see a colleague amending something they no longer need to edit, you can let them know not to spendtime on that task.

With this addition quite rightly comes a new version history side panel in case somebody makes changes that need to be reversed.

Communication tools

You may have noticed recent changes to Microsoft Outlook. Clutter now prioritises your email and clears low priority messages into a separate folder. Microsoft’s Outlook for iOS has a similar Focused Inbox feature. Many aren’t fans of automating email filtering but most agree these new features areworking quite well.

Email isn’t the only form of communication in Microsoft Office 2016. If you’re using the apps at work then you’ll likely start using Skype for Business (previously Lync). It’s similar to regular Skype in regards to calling / instant messaging and integrates well with Outlook’s calendar.

Sway

One of the new applications to truly grasp Microsoft’s cloud orientated directionis Sway. Essentially, Sway permits anybody to easily make a website from just pictures and content. You can embed a whole host of rich media ranging from videosto tweets. It’s a fascinating mix of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint that can help you create an engagingwebpage as the final result. The best part is you can try it out online for free without purchasing Microsoft Office

The Future of Office

Based on Microsoft Office16 we think that large, sparse updateswill beathing of the past for Microsoft. Similar to Microsoft Dynamics releases, Office looks to be moving towards a strategy that sees more incremental improvements.

With that in mind, an Office 365 subscription puts you on a perpetual upgrade path on basically any device you can think of.

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