Microsoft’s Office 2016 includes new versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint

If you have Microsoft Corp.‘s Office suite on your computer – and the odds say there’s a very good chance that you do – you will soon notice some changes to your favourite applications with the release this week of Office 2016.

As of Tuesday, Office 365 subscribers can download the new Office 2016 apps through their subscriptions. Automatic updates will roll out to consumer and small business subscribers in October, and commercial subscribers early next year. Standalone license purchases of Office 2016 are also available now.

“The way people work has changed dramatically, and that’s why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in a statement. “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.”

Office 2016 includes new versions of the primary Office desktop apps for Windows, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. The updated programs are designed to take advantage of new user interface and other featured in Windows 10, including Sway for Windows 10 to create interactive stories, Windows Hello to log you into Windows and Office 365 in one step, and integration with Cortana – full Outlook integration will come in November.

Other new features are designed to promote teamwork and collaboration, such as adding co-authoring to Word, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Watch for a slideshow from exploring the new features of Office 2016 in depth.

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Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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