Microsoft comes with a new version every three years and this October it brings out its 16th. It will be free to mobile devices and smaller tablets. Here are 10 top features Microsoft will be introducing in it’s 2016 version.
Undoubtedly, one of the best features introduced by Microsoft, co-authoring will allow a number of users from different devices to work on a single document simultaneously. This will be applicable to both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power Point.
In fact, Word will also allow you to view where on the document others are working in real-time. You can see the edits and changes right in front of you as they happen on a totally different device by other participants.
2. Easy Share
In Word, PowerPoint and Excel, sharing will get more simplified as Microsoft introduces the ‘Share’ button in the ribbon. You can share your document right from the Office. Moreover, you will be able to see the participants working on each document and change the author permission of the documents you own.
In OneNote, you can collect all relevant data at one central place, have a variety of participants and sync the changes made.
3. Tell Me
This feature will guide you through whatever you want to get done in the Office. All you have to do is type it out. No more of that pesky little creature doting down your requests on a clipboard. The ‘Tell Me’ smart assistant will be available on Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access.
4. One-click Forecasting
For all those data analyzing peeps whose lives literally revolve around pie charts and histograms, here’s good news. Now you can easily make these forecast charts in Excel by a single click. This new capability uses the industry standard Exponential Smoothing (ETS) algorithm to give you reliable forecasting data.
5. Mail Triage
For Outlook users, there’s a new ‘Clutter’ feature which will discreetly prioritize your mails while putting the least important ones in a separate folder. Don’t fret about its efficiency in segregating because it will give you a summary of all your mails at the end of the day. ‘Focused inbox’ is again a vital feature for those on the go.
6. Smart Lookup
Available for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, Smart Lookup will help you check and explore facts right from your document. It’s powered by Bing web services. When you select a word or a phrase, a sidebar will open at the right-hand side with details about the selected text from various sources, including Wikipedia.
7. Integration with One Drive and Skype
Save your documents to your One Drive and you will be able to access these Office documents from any device. So now you can pick up right where you left off last time, from anywhere. Your office can also be integrated with Skype IM, voice, video or screen sharing. You can have online meetings with Skype Business app while you collaborate your work and office.
8. Cross Platform Cross Device
So it’s not just the different devices on which your personalized Office will work but also on different platforms – Apple, Android or Microsoft. Review, edit, analyze, and present your files with a consistent and familiar user experience across your devices.
Introducing the feature Planner, Microsoft uses Office Graph to keep a record of every activity log of a user. Efficient and useful, Planer will definitely make multi-tasking easy and quick.
10. New Themes
As its new addition, Microsoft will also bring out a number of new themes to give a more professional look and feel to the users. There are options from suave dark grey themes to a more traditional white theme. A variety of colorful themes are also available to give a more breezy and relaxed look.