Computers & Technology

New features in Office 2016

Competing with Google's web-based document and collaboration tools, Microsoft Office 2016 is adding many features that were already present in the Office Web Apps. As Office 365 is 'software-as-a-service', Microsoft promise to add small improvements at shorter intervals, as web app providers do. Here is what is new:

  • Real-time co-authoring: This Web apps feature is now on the desktop, noting document changes in real time within native Office apps.
  • Skype for Business: Office now comes with Skype built-in. You can IM, share screens very easily, talk or video chat. You can easily begin a real-time co-authoring session from an existing conversation or meeting.
  • Office 365 Groups: Also available as a standalone iOS app, Office 365 Groups enables you to create public or private teams to enable shared collaboration via a shared inbox, calendar, cloud storage for group files, and OneNote notebook.
  • New 'Smart Inbox': Faster search as lower priority emails are hidden. You can also find attachments to all people in the 'To' field from within Microsoft OneDrive.
  • 'Tell Me' & 'Smart Lookup': These Office online features are now in the native Office apps. 'Tell Me' is a help menu on steroids, while Smart Lookup fetches insights from the Web to paste into your document.

More features coming soon:
Cortana digital assistant support, Officer 365 Planner (a visual task & event organiser), GigJam (task collaboration across devices, apps and people), and OneDrive for business (adding better IT control and syncing across devices).

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