Microsoft Office 2016 officially launched

Microsoft Corp said it began the worldwide roll-out of Microsoft Office 2016, the latest addition to its cloud-based subscription service Office 365, on Tuesday, September 22.

Microsoft said Office 2016 brings new versions of desktop apps for Windows including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Access and allows people to collaborate and work together. The latest version of Microsoft Office comes with a number of new features including the ability to co-edit documents at the same time, sync files to One Drive in the cloud, and more.

New features in the Windows release include the ability to create, open, edit, and save files in the cloud straight from the desktop, a new search tool for commands available in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook named "Tell Me", and co-authoring in real time with users connected to Office Online.

New features in the Mac release include an updated user interface that uses ribbons, support for Retina Display, and new sharing features for Office documents. In Word, there is a new Design tab, an Insights feature, which is powered by Bing, and real-time co-authoring. In Excel, there is a Recommended Charts feature, and PivotTable Slicers. In PowerPoint, there are theme variants, which provide different color schemes for a theme. In Outlook, there is a Propose New Time feature, the ability to see calendars side by side, and a weather forecast in the calendar view.

"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," Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in a statement.

The new Office 2016 apps are available in 40 languages and require Windows 7 or later versions. Starting Tuesday, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription, Microsoft said.

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