If you’ve been waiting for the latest version of Microsoft Office, we have some good news for you. The newest addition to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service, is available to download now.
Office 2016 delivers new versions of the desktop apps for Windows, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription (automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumers and small-businesses next month). The new suite is also available to buy for a one-off fee from today.
"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", says 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".
Highlights of the new release include:
- Co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote, including the all new real-time typing experience in Word
- Intelligent features like Tell Me which allow you to use intuitive language to find the commands you need and Smart Lookup which brings insights from the web right into your documents
- Office 365 Groups are now an integrated part of the Outlook 2016 client app and available on your favorite mobile device through the Outlook Groups app, delivering a consistent team experience across the suite.
- GigJam, a new way for teams to accomplish tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people, is available in private preview today, and will become part of Office 365 in 2016
- Significant new updates to OneDrive for Business coming later this month across sync, browser, mobile, IT control and developer experiences
- Upgraded security with Data Loss Prevention and Multi-factor Authentication
The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later. Office 2016 is also available today as a one-time purchase for both PCs and Macs.