Good news! Microsoft has finally released Office 2016. As a result, this newest addition to Office 365 (yes, Office 2016 is part of Office 365, the Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service) is available for download.
As you might expect, Office 2016 delivers new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Word.
If you’re an Office 365 subscriber (and if you have a Surface 3 you are a subscriber), you can choose to download the new Office 2016 programs by going to your account settings (My Account) and select the Install button. If you don’t do it manually, you can expect to see Windows Updates start pestering you to upgrade next month.
Otherwise, you go to Microsoft’s website and try or buy a copy.
New features for Office 2016 Include:
- Co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote.
- Real-time typing in Word (Google docs has offered a simular feature for some time).
- Shared OneNote Notebooks.
- The Tell Me feature, which lets you type what you want to do in the program and it will suggest how to do it (or do it will do it for you).
- Cross-Platform and device support, so you can share and edit documents with Windows, Android, and Apple devices seamlessly.
Here’s a complete list of features from Microsoft: Office 2016 Features.
I already installed it and the only downside I found so far, is that I needed to re-pin all of my shortcuts to my taskbar and start menu.