Now Generally Available Worldwide
As promised, Office 2016 has been released is now generally available worldwide. The full Office for Windows 2016 suite includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Project, Visio and Access. Along with Office 2016 for Windows, Microsoft also released Office 2016 for Mac as a one-time purchase option, along with several new and enhanced Office 365 services.
There are not a lot of major new features in this release. Microsoft’s main focus with the new version of Office for Windows has been on adding team-collaboration functionality. Among some of the new features in the suite are coauthoring for Word, PowerPoint and OneNote; real-time typing in Word; new integrated Power BI publishing functionality in Excel; and updated search and navigational capabilities in Outlook.
Built-In Collaboration in Office 2016
Skype for Business is now available in the client apps, allowing you to IM, screen share, talk or video chat right in your docs. This same experience will be coming to Office Online later this fall. Skype for Business also has faster screen sharing and now adds the option to start a real-time co-authoring session from any conversation or meeting.
Skype For Business
As is the case with Windows 10, Microsoft is planning to fill out some of the partially baked Office 2016 features in the suite with regular updates in the coming months. Microsoft is still working on improving and syncing its OneDrive online-storage service. The promised new sync clients for Windows and Mac are due later this year. Built-in coauthoring for the other Office 2016 apps beyond Word is also still in the works.
While Microsoft is encouraging users to get its latest Office suite by subscribing to Office 365 (consumer and/or business), those who shun subscriptions can still buy the latest bits. A one-time purchase of Office 2016 — for either Windows PCs or Macs — costs $149 for the Office Home & Student; $229 for the Office Home and Business; and $399 for Office Professional.
There are many more features available in Microsoft Office 2016. To learn more visit the official Microsoft Office blog.