So what’s new in Office 2016? The main thing is collaboration!
Microsoft Office has always been the gold standard for productivity tools. The review and tracking features of the suite have set the standards for others. But previous versions have lacked real-time collaboration features allowing users to work on documents simultaneously no matter what location. That is changing with Office 2016. The only problem is the documents have to be stored in OneDrive or SharePoint Online. The real-time improvements are limited to Word, PowerPoint and OneNote at the moment but at some point Excel will be thrown into the mix.
But aside from collaboration what else is new?
Outlook gets most of the newest features which at best are moderately useful. Most people’s mailboxes suffer from message overload. Outlook now has a “Clutter” folder where it sends selected email, basically skipping the inbox. The first time you open Outlook it will take an educated guess on what messages should go to the folder. Advertising and promotional emails are first on the list. Over a period of time Outlook monitors how you handle email messages, which ones you open, delete or deal with later. It then begins to move these messages to Clutter for you to then review when you have a chance. The idea being you can concentrate on the important ones first.
Another nice feature is the improved recent file access in Outlook. Now when you create an email and attach a file you will get a list of recently used files, a nice time saver for most.
One other nice touch is the addition of “Tell me”. It is a simple text box top right of office documents (Excel, Word and PowerPoint). The basic premise is that you type in what you would like to do for example “create a label”, you then get a list of potential matches. If you click an item it will bring up instructions on how to perform that action.
In short the new version has some nice features for group working and real-time collaboration. Adds a few new features to save time and is free for existing Office 365 users, but is less useful for people and companies with less group working.
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