Microsoft Office 2016
Microsoft drops a new version of Office every three years. But despite being one of the oldest, and the single-most dominant player in the market, Office today faces more competition than it has in the recent times. A number of emerging players including Google`s Drive suite, and open source alternatives like OpenOffice and LibreOffice offer several of Office`s features for no cost at all. So what new features has Microsoft added in Office 2016 to drive it miles apart from the rivals? Here are the top 10 features.
Perhaps the single biggest addition to Office is the introduction of a feature called co-authoring in several of Office applications -- Word and PowerPoint. Co-authoring allows more than one user to work on a document simultaneously. Microsoft says that users can work on a document regardless of the device - read the operating system - they are using.
In addition, when multiple users are working on a document, the participants can see where others are working in a document in real-time. The feature, however, is limited to Word.
Microsoft has bundled Sway, a tool the company introduced earlier as a standalone service, right into the Office suite. Sway lets you make stylish media presentations that can be quickly made and embedded on websites.
Remember the annoying assistant Clippy that used to come in older versions of Office? Tell Me is a smarter version of it. Available in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access, Tell Me is a smart assistant that can understand your queries written in completely human-y words. It will assist you with whatever issues you`re having. There is also a feature called Delve, which as the company claims, uses algorithms to bring together the most relevant information or documents in one place.
Forget the crippled built-in dictionary, Smart Lookup features in the new Office version will provide you with contextual information about words and phrases you need to know more about. When you select a word or a phrase - in Word, PowerPoint, or any other Office application - the sidebar opens at the right side with details about the selected text from various sources, including Wikipedia.