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Microsoft launches Office 2016 suite, adds features that boost productivity

By Ian Chee - on 12 Oct 2015, 2:59pm

Microsoft launches Office 2016 suite, adds features that boost productivity

From L-R: Ananthram Balakrishnan, Business Group Lead, Apps Services and Marketing, Microsoft Malaysia and Bruce Howe, Director, Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Malaysia during the launch of Office 2016. 

Microsoft recently launched its latest productivity suite, Office 2016, with tools that allow users to work better and smarter. With a key emphasis on collaboration, the modern versions of Word; PowerPoint; Excel; Outlook; OneNote;Project; Visio; and Access are all about enhanced productivity, letting people work wherever they want to, whenever they want to, and to allow those collaborating with them to do the same.

Howe explaining what's new in Office 2016.

As you’d imagine, the key feature in this latest Office iteration is the co-authoring feature, which is available in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote. This feature allows users to see edits done by collaborators in real-time. In addition, Skype integration also makes discussions and/or debates possible while working on documents.

Other notable additions to Office 2016 that allows for less time spent not achieving anything include 'Tell me', 'Smart Lookup' and 'Sway'. The first ends navigating the labyrinth that is the options menu to find what you are looking for - just type what you want in the search bar, and instead of given directions on how to get there, you are brought to where you want to be. The second allows you to access the vast library that is the Internet, right from your document, saving you the time you’d be wasting on opening a browser and typing in your query.

Ananthram and Howe demonstrating the co-authoring feature of Office 2016.

The third one, Sway, needs a more in-depth introduction. Think of it as a web-based designer; either create a new document or upload an existing one to it, tell it what you want done by simply clicking or dragging content you want around. You can even get media from YouTube and Facebook, as well as upload the version you’re pleased with to your social media of choice. Perhaps the video below will explain things better:

The Microsoft Office 2016 is now available as physical retail copies, as well as for download if you’re an Office 365 subscriber. Office 365 subscriptions are priced at RM219.99 for Office 365 Personal and RM299.99 for Office 365 Home. If you wish to get your Office 2016 as a one-time purchase, the Home & Business edition is available for RM1,099, while the Home & Student edition comes at RM499.99. They're compatible with more PCs and Macs.

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