Microsoft Office 2016 is available, and if you haven’t downloaded it yet as an Office 365 member or standalone member, it’s time to make the switch. The company has went to great lengths with this latest release, offering a lot of advanced features to the suite.
You’ll find that collaboration just got easier as well as sharing and a lot of other improvements that make the 2016 version more robust.
New Features in Office 2016Since there are 8 programs in total offered inside of Office, we’re going to list features as well as which app they are tied to.
Co-AuthoringPerhaps the best feature for large teams. The ability to co-author allows others to work on the same document at the same time. This means teams will be able to create documents and presentations together in a collaborative environment to save time and boost creativity.
Co-Authoring is available on Word and PowerPoint.
Simplified SharingSharing documents with others has been simplified. An easy-to-use share button allows you to share a document. You can also see who has access to it, and who is working on it at any given moment. On any document you own, you can also change the authoring permissions to restrict certain activity.
Simplified sharing is available on Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
You can now share these notebooks to make collaborative work easier and faster.
This feature is only available on OneNote.
Mail TriageA feature that is only available in Outlook. The Mail Triage feature allows you to:
- Prioritize messages
- Provides a daily summary of messages
One-Click ForecastingWant to create forecasts based on historical data? The one-click forecasting feature is based off of historical data and is used to predict future trends as a result. This is a completely new feature that uses the Exponential Smoothing (ETS) standard algorithm to forecast data.
For financial purposes, this is a must-have feature.
One-click forecasting is only available on Excel.
Smart LookupWhen you want to look up a fact or statistic, you no longer have to leave your Word document to do so. The Smart Lookup feature is present on 4 different apps and allows you to fact-check or explore items right through your program using Bing.
All you have to do is highlight a term or information you want to check, and use the Smart Lookup feature to verify it.
Smart Lookup is available on PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook.
New Security Features
- Access control for what users can do with documents shared to them.
- Expiry dates that can be placed on shared files.
- Data loss protection across a wider range of products, allowing for protection when saving files in public areas where exposure concerns would arise.