Office 2016 for Windows (aka Office 16) was released this week in 44 languages. Office 2016 for Windows was launched on September 22 while Office 2016 for Mac was launched on July 9 for Office 365 subscribers.
Office is available for all Windows tablets, Android tablets, and Apple iPads too, the latter even got retina support when Microsoft Office for iPad launched early in 2014. And as we have seen in 2015, several Android tablets now ship with Microsoft for Android pre-installed without the need to buy a subscription. Both Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 are sold with Office which includes 100GB free cloud storage from Microsoft even.
And the new Office 2016 offers a lot of new services and features and Microsoft say they will roll out new services faster than before.
Everything can be done directly in the cloud now, which also enables live collaboration of the same document, known as real-time co-authoring. Another related cloud feature is that if you access your list of recently used documents, you can go directly to where you left off now in seconds. The improved feature Skype for Business will now also allow for implementation of IM, screen sharing, talk, and video chats in documents, in real-time co-authoring.
As a part of Outlook 2016, projects and teams can come together in Office 365 Groups where they can share the same inbox, calendar, cloud storage, and shared OneNote notebook. In Q4, Office 2016 will be extended with Office 365 Planner, where teams can organize work, create new plans, assign tasks, set dates, and update statuses. And while currently in preview at this stage, GigJam will also become a part of Office 365 in 2016.
Outlook 2016 is now also faster because it filters email according to new principles. Microsoft have also added Tell Me, which helps Office users find the right feature or command in Office if they need help with that at some point, along with Smart Lookup, a feature that that gathers info from websites that can be imported into documents.
We are also seeing a few design changes in Office 2016 to conform with Microsoft Office Mobile as well as make Continuum more seamless, and a lot of work has gone into bringing Office and Windows 10 together, which we will see even more of in the coming months as the personal assistant Cortanta in Windows will gather information from Office 365. This can be particularly effective when used together with the upcoming GigJam implementation.
Office 2016 also offers improved security and more security features, particularly for IT administrators, with Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Multifactor Authentication, and later in 2015 we’ll also see Enterprise Data Protection (EDP) in Windows 10.
Office is quickly becoming more useful and easy to use for everyone and not just businesses, so it’s not surprising to see a rise in Office popularity. Prices have gone down as well, which has helped a bit. The cheapest Office solution is Office 365 Home that includes 5 Office subscriptions for any Mac, iPad, Android, or Windows tablet, computer, or phone you might have. The price for 5 subscriptions is $99.99 a year or $9.99 a month, which if you divide that price by 5 subscriptions, doesn’t amount to a whole lot of money.
The cheapest Office subscription for one person would otherwise be Office 365 Personal which starts at $6.99 a month, or if you are eligible for a student discount, you can get the Office 365 University for 4 years for $79.99. But of course it depends on your needs and what of the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, OneDrive, and Skype services you need, since all packages are a little different.
– Jim Miller