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Microsoft releases Office 2016

Taking teamwork to new horizons

Microsoft began the worldwide release of Office 2016, which delivers new versions of the Office desktop apps for Windows, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access,on Tuesday 22 September, 2015. The apps are the latest addition to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service that helps people do their best work, together.

The Company also announced new and enhanced Office 365 services built for team productivity.Customers can remain up-to-date through 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 and enterprise-grade security features.

Together, the new Office and Windows 10 are the most complete solution for doing. The Office 2016 apps run beautifully on the best Windows ever, including the new Sway for Windows 10, which allow you to create shareable, interactive stories that look great on any screen.Windows Hello logs you into Windows and Office 365 in one simple step. Office Mobile apps on Windows 10 empower on-the-go productivity, and work with Continuum so you can use your phone like a PC.Cortanaconnects with Office 365 to help with tasks like meeting preparation, with Outlook integration coming in November.

The Office 2016apps simplify collaboration and remove barriers to team success. Available features include co-authoringin Word, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop software,as well as real-time typing in Word that lets you see others’ edits as they make them.Skype in-app integration across the rich client appsallows users to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in the documents. Office 365 Groups are now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app and are available on mobile devices through the Outlook Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the suite.In addition, new Office 365 solutions combining the power of apps and services for better collaboration will also be released soon.

Additionally, the Office365 Planner employs visual dashboards and email notifications to help teams organize their work, create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates, and update their status. Significant new updates to OneDrive for Business are coming later this month, consisting ofa new sync client for Windows and Mac, which will deliver selective sync and enhanced reliability. Updates also comprise 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 set to become part of Office 365 in 2016. GigJamis an unprecedented new way for teams to accomplish tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people.

Office2016 also provides built-in intelligence to help users work faster and smarter. The Outlook 2016 provides the smartest inbox yet, with lightning-fast searchand automatic removal of low-priority mail.Alternately, Tell Me helps quicklyfind the right Office feature or command, and Smart Lookup brings insights from the Web right into users’ documents. Excel 2016 now includes integrated publishing to Power BI and new modern charttypes to help users’ make the most of their data.The most recently used documents list allows users’ to pick up right where they left off, traveling across devices, whether in Office Online, Office Mobile apps or Office 2016 desktop apps.

Not to mention, Office 2016 apps with Office 365 deliver new capabilities for better enterprise security and protection. Its built-in Data Loss Prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook significantly reduces the risk of leaking sensitive data, thus giving IT administrators tools to manage content authoring and document sharing policies.

The multifactor authentication ensures secured access to content anywhere when users are away from the corporate network.

Meanwhile,Enterprise Data Protection will be available for the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 later this year and for the desktop apps early next year, enabling secured content sharing within corporate boundaries.

The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later. Office 365 subscribers can now choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer and small-business subscribers in October 2015, and to commercial customers early next year.Office 2016 is also available as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Macs.

“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.”