To a lot of people, Microsoft Office is exactly what its name states, a replacement for an actual office. This means that in their work many people depend on Office’s reliability and performance, which requires a lot of regular maintenance and updates. Furthermore with the launch of the new OS Windows 10 behind us, some alterations were even expected to be made. We had a chance to test out the new Office 2016 as soon as it was launched on 22 September 2015th, so here are its greatest novelties. Although most of these changes are not that radical, some of them might take some time to get used to.
The power of sharing
Many would agree that Microsoft Office (Word especially) is completely indispensable in their work, however some of its shortcomings did come to light in the last couple of years. On one hand, this software is completely optimized for everything writing related, however when it came to teamwork, this is where some other companies like Google started to get an upper hand. Naturally, it did not take long for Microsoft to realize this, so in the Office 2016, we will have some new, Google-Docs-like features.
The best thing however is that you will be able to cooperate even with someone without Office 2016. This will be made possible because of the brand new notion, a completely free Microsoft Office Online. Guess, Bill Gates decided that being the Santa Claus only to the most unfortunate of the planet is no longer enough for him. Whether or not this Samaritan act will be enough to help his multi-billion dollars giant of a company suppress their already outgunned competition only the time will tell.
These online novelties are not the only thing that Microsoft is improving this time. Same as the name of their new browser goes, their Microsoft Office is going to get an edge as well, this time in appearance. Every Office feature will get its own unique bar color. This seemingly just an unnoticeable change however has a potential of slightly improving the general impression that this package will leave with its users.
When it comes to upgrades, Excel is really stepping up. This time by adding new charts. Some of these new features are histograms like “waterfall,” that are usually used in showing running financial totals and hierarchical treemap with purpose to visualize revenue sources and their details. Although these might sound quite frightening they are really a no big deal. Still, enlisting on one of the brilliant Excel courses might make a world of difference.
New safety features
From the IT perspective, perhaps the greatest improvement in the entire Office 2016 is the extension of data loss protection (DLP) features to the most of Office. Well at least to Word, PowerPoint and Excel which are by far most widely used. This way, the administrators will have a complete authority to decide to whom and where these documents can be shared. IT administrators will also be able to create policies that control content authoring in these Office programs.
The new Outlook features
Two major changes will be introduced to the Outlook in Office 2016. The first one will be focused on its stability on the network and the second one on the speed of email downloading. It was about time that Outlook did something to gain the edge over its ever vigilant Gmail and Yahoo competitors. According to Microsoft, all of these changes aim to make the new Outlook even more “internet-friendly”
As always with something new, it will surely take some time to get accustomed to all the new Office features. Still, it is important to notice that Microsoft team works day and night, studying the surveys and feedback in order to create a better Office. It is my firm belief that if you decide to give a chance to the new Office 2016, you will not be left disappointed. I know I wasn’t.