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Office 2016 Preview
At the Microsoft Ignite 2015rnconference, held in early May, the company showcased its latest iteration of MicrosoftrnOffice. You can download and try the Office2016 Preview for yourself if you are curious, or you can justrnflip through the screenshots in this image gallery.
This image shows Satya Nadella explaining Microsoft’srncommitment to providing the tools for a modern collaborative workforce.
Word Ribbon interface
It has the same Ribbon interface that you eitherrnhate or love.
Options and configuration settings
The options and configuration settings found underrnthe File tab are also very similar to Office 2013.
Enhanced collaboration features
The most important change for Office 2016,rnaccording to Microsoft, are the enhanced collaboration features. So, while yourncould share documents in Office 2013, users of Office 2016 will be able to dornmuch more. However, so far in this gallery, it is hard to tell how.
Ribbon associated with Tabs
I could show you an image of the Ribbon associatedrnwith each Tab, but there’s very little difference between 2013 and 2016 inrnthis regard.
Ribbon under the Insert tab
This is the Ribbon found under the Insert tab.
This is a blank workbook in Excel 2016. Again, itrnlooks like Excel 2013.
No matter which application you are using,rncollaboration is always a click or two away.
One Drive for Business
And collaboration goes hand-in-hand with One Drivernfor Business and cloud services.
Ribbon under the Formulas tab
This is the Ribbon you see under the Formulas tabrnin Excel 2016.
This is a screenshot of the commonly availablerntemplates found in the opening screen of the often forgotten database application: Access.
Power of Access
It’s a shame that Access is so often underused, because it can be a powerful tool when a problem requires a database ratherrnthan an unwieldy spreadsheet forced to act like a database.
OneNote could be a major application in a user’srnproductivity.
And, of course, there’s the inevitable PowerPointrnpresentation creating application. It would be nice to see a few more (better)rntemplates available, but these appear to be all holdovers from 2013.
Slide presentations don’t strike me as collaborative,rnbut I suppose once a collaborative project is complete, the information and therndecisions that result from it must be disseminated.
Sharing PowerPoint presentations
Sharing your PowerPoint presentations on an internalrncloud storage server might save someone from having to attend a meeting or two,rnwhich is generally a good thing.
Publisher is still around if you need to produce arnwell-laid out physical copy.
No new Publisher templates
There are no new templates in Publisher either,rnwhich is disappointing.
Microsoft Office 2016 is familiar
Based on a cursory set of screenshots, MicrosoftrnOffice 2016 is similar to Office 2013 and very familiar to users andrnsubscribers of Office 365. What differences there are, are subtle and generallyrnoperate behind the scenes. Microsoft’s plan to seamlessly integrate cloudrnservices into Office 2016 seems to be working, at least from the perspective ofrnthe user interface.
This photo is of Julia White. She’s a GeneralrnManager at Microsoft and is responsible for product management for Office,rnSharePoint, Exchange, and Office 365.
If you really want to know how Office 2016 is goingrnto work and what changes and features your users will be seeing in the nextrnyear or so, I encourage you to watch her presentations at MicrosoftIgnite 2015.